August 25, 2013

Possibly the dopiest thing I read this week

Joanne Jacobs links to a gent who's a “multicultural educator who facilitates creative writing and education seminars, as well as social justice workshops.” Which means you can probably figure out much of what he's going to say. In this case it's

The teaching of non-cognitive skills pushes a socialization process that homogenizes students into the mainstream culture if they want to “succeed.” These skills send cultural messages on how a student exhibits “good behavior.” They are built upon mainstream beliefs and values that could prove to be culturally irrelevant. Are low-income students therefore “bad” when they don’t assume mainstream society’s cultural ethos?

*Sigh* As Joanne writes after the above, "I hope [his] students enjoy being poor because they’re likely to stay that way." I am constantly perplexed at how radical multicultis fail to recognize that any society must have certain "common" values in order to succeed.

At any rate, the answer to the gent's final question is "no;" however, they'll certainly find it much harder to succeed when out in the real world. After reading through the comments at the original link provided at Joanne's site, I was left wondering just what the hell the guy was actually referring to in the quote above in the first place. He appears to have no qualms about teaching manners, politeness, and even hard work, and seems to restrict his beef to "socializations" such as speaking "correctly" and the like. Such nebulousness is certainly not out the ordinary for multicultis (much more difficult to pin down on specific points, after all).

As a foreign lingo teacher I harbor certain sympathies along these lines; however, in my view, it contains a certain conceit to not believe -- or teach -- that, for instance, certain language skills are indeed necessary to be successful in our society. If this gent (remember, he's a "social justice workshop facilitator") wants kids to be "free" of mainstream values so that they can change ("Revolution!") the system, terrific. But, as Joanne noted, the kids'll just remain on the lowest rungs of the socioeconomic ladder. The solution would better be to inculcate both -- the values which make success possible in our country, and the knowledge (and/or pride) of maintaining certain personal cultural charateristics. For instance, over the years I've come across students who were embarrassed to speak their native language ... and only want to speak English. While most of these students' English had been exemplary, I tried to get across the huge advantage they have in being bilingual, and that it is no shame to be able to speak Spanish (or whatever), nor to be proud of one's heritage.

The problem with this overall theme, however, is that in the wrong hands (meaning, far-left educrats, which happens way too often anymore) we see stuff like this garbage, where vile profanity and even threats are explained away as "culture." This is insanity at its finest, and it's when it's never corrected that we see scores of unemployable individuals exiting our schools (those that actually graduate, that is). And then these same folks who never did the correcting will scream about said unemployment, in addition to poverty, hopelessness, etc. ... and they'll blame society.

Posted by Hube at August 25, 2013 11:11 AM | TrackBack

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