Anti-racist curriculum in the classroom

When students return to school in the fall, they’ll be subjected to a newly created anti-racist curriculum (“The ‘anti-racist drive to turn schools into woke propaganda mills,” The New York Post, June 22).  Teachers will be encouraged to incorporate current events into their instruction.  There’s nothing at all wrong with that, unless of course only one side is taught.

We constantly hear about the importance of diversity in education.  The trouble is that diversity of opinion is forbidden.  I guarantee that teachers who try to present a balanced view of current events or worse a view that is politically incorrect will pay a huge price for their heresy. That’s why I maintain the anti-racist curriculum is propaganda masquerading as education.

Real education requires open discussion of all sides of issues.  But how many teachers in K-12 or professors in colleges and universities are brave enough to buck the trend?  If developing critical thinking is indeed an important goal, then what will take place in the fall is a travesty.

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4 Replies to “Anti-racist curriculum in the classroom”

  1. You know as well as I do that the NYPost, known for one of the most memorable headlines in tabloid newspaper history, HEADLESS BODY IN A TOPLESS BAR, is only a few steps away from being Fox News. Apologies to the Post for all the good things they print. Also, the NYTimes is in a slough of printing despair, having lost its way, in my opinion, when they supported W going into Iraq, is not the paper it once was. I no longer trust it. You do not know what will take place this fall. You are assuming and I think you do yourself a disservice. I’m not saying you’re wrong but as a writer/journalist, in a case like this you have an opportunity to be a voice of reason. So reason. I would be interested as a reader seeing say, three possibilities for which direction an anti-racist curriculum might go. In fact, I think that’s an article that might make print?? People are interested and you’re taking the easy way out.

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  2. Guess there are various views re what constitutes “racism”. In my opinion, the media, govt officials and interest-group leaders routinely equate inequality with racism — that is, noting that minorities are worse off re X (income, assets, homeownership, college degrees) and arguing that this proves today’s Americans are racist. I disagree with this argument. The inequality is real, but current racism is — in my opinion — a very minor cause. The much more important causes are things that occurred over many decades (even centuries) + today’s problems flowing from those earlier things (i.e., slavery’s negative impact on black family attitudes flowing through to counterproductive black family attitudes today) + the impact of recent immigration (recent Hispanic/black immigrants starting in the US with nothing will, of course, be poor). Teaching about any of this can easily be viewed as blaming the minorities for their current inequality.

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  3. dkhatt: No one knows for sure, but it seems likely that the anti-racist curriculum will present only one side of the issue. I saw that when I was teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Controversial issues always were politically correct. Anyone who tried to present a different view was intimidated.

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  4. Labor Lawyer: Racism is now an obsession in this country. Of course it exists, but it is not the cause of inequities. What about individual responsibility? Asians were discriminated against for decades, but they did not riot. They graduated from school and went on to establish careers.

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