With the slew of necessary budget cuts, you would think that schools would be spending money only on necessities. But recently the school board in Omaha, Nebraska voted to spend $130,000 of federal stimulus money to buy and distribute 8,000 copies of a book called The Cultural Proficiency Journey: Moving Beyond Ethical Barriers Toward Profound School Change. The book comes with a worksheet for teachers to score their own cultural sensitivity. The highest score on this worksheet goes to teachers who believe that "white privilege" exists in America and that a person's race defines social and economic status. The book will be used in conjunction with a study guide produced by the school district. Study groups will meet each quarter to discuss the material.
In this book, teachers are encouraged to embrace all kinds of diversity, and homosexuality is treated as equivalent to race. The book instructs teachers to esteem each student according to differences instead of being "color-blind." The book asserts that our government promulgates "white supremacy" and that wealth, power and special privilege are given exclusively to white people. The book encourages teachers to "unshackle themselves from tradition and become facilitators" for the elimination of historical injustices. Apparently the school board believes that teaching this ideology of resentment is a better way to spend stimulus money than improving reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
Those who have been following public school problems recognize all this as what is called "social justice" teaching developed by the Chicago radical, Saul Alinsky, and Barack Obama's friend and University of Illinois Professor Bill Ayers. The purpose is to teach students that America is an unjust, oppressive and racist country, and that people should organize to overthrow the capitalist system.
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