Shocked? Not at all.
To think, I thought that Karl Marx's class theory1 was no longer considered valid by the mainstream -- an outdated and dangerous relic of the past. Yet such nonsense is being adopted as research by the Brain Trust that lives off of district property tax dollars. It would appear that the district is no longer mainstream, as it slowly slides toward a socialist resting spot.
To quote from Payne (NY Times article):
Your class, Payne says, determines everything: your eating habits, your speech patterns, your family relations. It is possible to move out of the class you were born into, either up or down, she says, but the transition almost always means a great disruption to your sense of self. And you can ascend the class ladder only if you are willing to sacrifice many of your relationships and most of your values — and only if you first devote yourself to careful study of the hidden rules of the class you hope to enter.So class theory survives, and our lives are determined by our class.2 Hold on ... now we get to add Marx's theory of Materialism: Dialectical Determinism. Wonderful. Add in the Labor Theory of Value, Exploitation Theory, et al., and we will get to see The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital played out before our eyes.
To district families struggling financially: Don't allow this nonsense to chain your child to the administration's concept of class ideology. Do not let the district base its "research" on false teachings that drove the world to madness.
To district taxpayers: Do you really want to fund this nonsense?
To district administrators and fellow travelers: Advocate world revolution on your own time. Each student comes from a unique situation, unbound by any class ideology. Time to dip your collective heads in a bucket of cold water, shake off the nonsense, and attend to reality.
1. Can someone define class as used by Payne and Marx? Marx never could.
2. I taught impoverished students in South Texas and Jamaica. The hardest thing for them to escape was the psycho-babble coming from those intent on hurting ... er, helping them.