Saturday, August 08, 2009

And we welcome socialism

"When we embrace social justice as a pillar of learning in our classrooms, we declare that we're all responsible for improving our world." Laurel Schmidt in ASCD's Educational Leadership.

Remember the 3 R's, the artifacts of education. They have been replaced with indoctrination from those who seek a socialist world -- the workers' utopia.

Schmidt continues: "Learning about all these injustices would be emotionally daunting for kids if it were just an exercise in cataloguing calamities and human indifference. But social justice education encourages students to act. It is based on the notion that we, the people, agree to live by a covenant that defines how we will behave toward one another in a community, whether you define community as a prairie town or the planet. If individuals, town leaders, or federal officials violate the covenant, then we attempt to restore justice through concerted action."

How we behave? Hmmm. By this she means children are to learn that government is the tool to force other to act. To act how?

Schmidt once again: "The best social action projects are like an earthquake. One minute you're comfortably ensconced in your classroom, earnestly working through your curriculum, and the next minute, the ground shifts. Even before the room stops rocking, you sense that you're in new territory, face-to-face with a genuine adventure. The best projects come organically from the work and conversations you have with your students every day.

Sometimes students will burst through the door on red alert and demand that their peers sit up and take notice. Here are a few examples:

  • Students organized a boycott of chocolate candy manufacturers at Halloween to register their support for fair trade chocolate."

Ah, yes. Fair trade. But isn't all uncoerced trade fair? (Read Jesus's parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard for the answer.)

You say: "None of this fits into the approved curriculum."

You are wrong. The educationists own the curriculum. And they interpret it as they please.

According to Schmidt: "Here are just a few of the cognitive challenges that students will face when they're immersed in the work of creating a more just society. Students will

  • Examine what it means to be a citizen.
  • Identify ways people can participate in their government.
  • Discuss the importance of political leadership and public service.
  • Locate, access, organize, and apply information about an issue of public concern.
  • Use spoken, written, and visual forms of communication effectively with a variety of audiences to promote their social justice efforts.
  • Use knowledge of government, law, and politics to make decisions about and take action on local, national, and international issues to further the public good.
  • Examine and develop others' ethical and moral reasoning."

They are covered. And they get to decide what is moral and ethical. Are you willing to grant them that power? You have already, by the way.

Schmidt's dream: "As educators, we hold the next generation of voters, politicians, and corporate leaders in our hands. Teaching students about interdependence and responsibility through social action is a lesson that can stick."

The unionized employees of government schools will lead this nation into the workers' paradise -- if we let them.

That is their goal. What is yours?


Anonymous said...

Jim--why do you insist on giving Jeff Brown and Mike Nicholson ideas to introduce to the OLSD curriculum?

Jim Fedako said...

Oops. But I didn't think I had to worry since they likely cannot read.

Anonymous said...

I heard that those two presented the OLSD CIP last week with big, colorful VIN diagrams. VINs are typically used to show relationships between large or complex spheres of process--or, in the case of our CIP (as these two clowns have designed it), concepts that cannot be conveyed easily in plain English.

It should alarm anyone that our directors of curriculum have designed a program of improvement that is either so sophisticated or so nonsensical that it must be presented in VIN diagrams. Then again, how else would Mike Nicholson explain "Formative Assessment" or "Summative Assessment" without getting laughed out of the room?

Maybe next year they'll present the CIP in 3-D holograms wearing Jedi costumes, or do it with a laser light show projected on the ceiling.

Anonymous said...

That is training in COMMUNITARIANISM, plain and simple. We are now under COMMUNITARIAN LAW. Nobama and Bush are both COMMUNITARIANS. People need to get up to speed on this subject because it is a stealth operation. Citizens have no understanding of how everything has changed. Fight it or you and your posterity are lost.