No Indoctrination to See Here, Move Along Now — Albemarle County Edition

Source: Bacon’s Rebellion.

In approaching the question of race teaching in the public schools it helps to apply the traditional distinction between grammar school and college. For well over 1,000 years the standard has been that grammar school teaches HOW to think, whereas college offers exploratory WHAT to think opportunities.

Many examples of race teaching I have seen violate this tradition. This is bad for all sorts of practical reasons.

First, it is a waste of time to teach college level material to grammar school students. They are literally unprepared to learn from it because they haven’t mastered HOW to think yet. Second, college level material is by nature experimental. It is subject to debate and revision and for that reason alone it is not factual in the same way that grammar school material needs to be.

With these considerations in mind, contemplate the following statement from the article:

The dominant culture is… in the U.S.: people who are white, middle class, Christian, and cisgender.

Is this particular statement grammar school or college material?

To my mind it is clearly college material because it is experimental. That is, one can readily see how the statement might be true in some respects, but false in many others. (The statement might be false, for example, based on the definition of “dominant” or how dominance is measured.)

When race teaching takes such a form it amounts to pedagogical abuse, no matter what one thinks of the racial issue itself.

7 thoughts on “No Indoctrination to See Here, Move Along Now — Albemarle County Edition

  1. A discussion about what makes a dominant culture is an excellent way to teach Middle Schoolers how to think.

    And, according to you, that is what earlier education is supposed to do. Critical thinking is required if you are to get past cherry picked talking points about race, culture, etc.

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    1. RE: “A discussion about what makes a dominant culture is an excellent way to teach Middle Schoolers how to think.”

      I don’t see how. But, in any case, “what makes a dominant culture” is not the topic in the instructional material the story presents. The instructional question is, “What is a dominant culture?” as if the answers were factual. They aren’t, and thus not suitable for middle school use.

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  2. That statements in the article are pure racist trash to begin with. “White privilege” does not exist and is an exceedingly racist accusation by some extremist racist blacks and far left wing extremist progressive ninny whites hoping to use blacks as a political stepping stone. An example of left wing racist extremism is the left’s darling BLM threatening extreme violence if the New York mayor enforces the law!!
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2021/11/11/blm-leader-hawk-newsome-threatens-riots-after-sit-down-with-eric-adams/amp/
    The extremist left is trying to start a race war and it just might happen.

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    1. “Hawk Newsome, 44, a black activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, heads one of the most prominent BLM organizations not affiliated with the original network, the Black Lives Matter Global Group. He founded the group with his sister, Chivona Newsome.

      In a statement released on June 25, 2020, the Black Lives Matter Global Group distanced themselves from Newsome, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-6 and regularly walks around the city wearing a bulletproof vest.

      ‘Hawk Newsome has no relation to the Black Lives Matter Global Network (“BLM”) founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi — and is not the “president” of BLM or any of its chapters,’ BLM Global Network Managing Director Kailee Scales said in the bulletin.”

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10190247/BLM-activists-threaten-riots-bloodshed-Eric-Adams-reinstates-NYPDs-anti-crime-units.html

      Apparently the larger, original BLM is not happy with the NYC activist either.

      It seems that the left has some extremists also. The new mayor of NY put him in his place, so we shall see.

      Right wing militias have been threatening race wars forever. Hasn’t happened yet.

      Violent crime rose sharply in 2020, so we will see if the current administration can help mayors and governors get a handle on that.

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