Future Teachers May Be Reeducated

They must denounce exclusionary biases and embrace the vision. (Or else.)

*By KATHERINE KERSTEN,* Star Tribune

Last update: November 22, 2009 – 6:57 PM

Do you believe in the American dream — the idea that in this country, hardworking people of every race, color and creed can get ahead on their own merits? If so, that belief may soon bar you from getting a license to teach in Minnesota public schools — at least if you plan to get your teaching degree at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.

In a report compiled last summer, the Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group at the U’s College of Education and Human Development recommended that aspiring teachers there must repudiate the notion of “the American Dream” in order to obtain the recommendation for licensure required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Instead, teacher candidates must embrace — and be prepared to teach our state’s kids — the task force’s own vision of America as an oppressive hellhole: racist, sexist and homophobic.

The task group is part of the Teacher Education Redesign Initiative, a multiyear project to change the way future teachers are trained at the U’s flagship campus. The initiative is premised, in part, on the conviction that Minnesota teachers’ lack of “cultural competence” contributes to the poor academic performance of the state’s minority students. Last spring, it charged the task group with coming up with recommendations to change this. In January, planners will review the recommendations and decide how to proceed.

The report advocates making race, class and gender politics the “overarching framework” for all teaching courses at the U. It calls for evaluating future teachers in both coursework and practice teaching based on their willingness to fall into ideological lockstep.

The first step toward “cultural competence,” says the task group, is for future teachers to recognize — and confess — their own bigotry. Anyone familiar with the reeducation camps of China’s Cultural Revolution will recognize the modus operandi.

The task group recommends, for example, that prospective teachers be required to prepare an “autoethnography” report. They must describe their own prejudices and stereotypes, question their “cultural” motives for wishing to become teachers, and take a “cultural intelligence” assessment designed to ferret out their latent racism, classism and other “isms.” They “earn points” for “demonstrating the ability to be self-critical.”

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8 Responses to “Future Teachers May Be Reeducated”

  1. CountDown Says:

    This new teaching certification model should prove interesting when applied to the minority candidates. It is impossible for any of the lefty whiney, self-absorbed cry-babies to be self-critical.

    I’m betting that only those critical of Americans of European-Caucasian descent will be certified.

    So, while the Asians continue to surpass us in science, economics and mathematics, America will advance in “useless whiney crap”. Good plan, Lefties!

    I guess we now know where Patriot went to school.

  2. Patriot Says:

    What is wrong with having teachers teach the truth to our youth? America is and has always been a racist, sexist and homophobic country. This nation was built on the backs of the enslaved. The truth needs to taught. To this very day this country hold back all minorities, women and gender based people. I am sure that our Genius President will correct this part of our sad society.
    I am a proud graduate of Columbia University. The very seat of progressive teaching and thinking.

  3. GregGully Says:

    Oh gee what a surprise!!! Columbia Univ. the seat of socialism and communism is what you should have said. The shame is that if you listened to people like Wanderant, Countdown and Armaggenoutahere you may learn something. Instead your busy constantly crying racism. Your kind use the ghost of racism as a crutch. Your kind are the “its not my fault” generation. So you need to find something or someone to blame for your lack of motivation to get ahead in the world. Your ancesters were forced to live under racism and they survived and moved ahead because they didn’t use this a a “crutch”. They didn’t let this hold them back.

  4. GregGully Says:

    Oh and another thing Patsy. I know Patriots, True Patriots and you are no Patriot. You also seem to have a problem with facts. As Wanderant said in a previous post “there are no stereotypes, just facts”.

    For libs, commies and socilaist piggies facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be your wishes, your inclinations, or dictates of your passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and evidence.

    I further state that the FACTS are irrefutable that your style of cradle to grave socialism has been and always will be a failure. It has not worked anyplace on earth…including the USA. eg. social security, welfare, medicare, housing projects, giving home loans to the poor, The New Deal, The Great Society. Is that enough proof!!! You said in an earlier post that you know your bible yet you seem to forget one of Christ most learned lessons. That being if you give a man a fish he eats for one day, but if you teach a man to fish he eats his entire life. This is not socilaist or commie thinking…now is it?????

  5. Mowena Says:

    what a suprise- more rasism from white folks. jeremia wright teaches the bible as it should be taught- and this is what our president will do for his country.

    Your facts are the white mans whitewashing of facts- not true facts. You lie about everything to support your rasist crimes and ideas.

    It is now the time for the black man to rise and take the fruits of his labors as slaves to the white man.

    We won’t have to fish for our food, we’ll make you fish and then we’ll take it from you.

  6. armageddonoutahere Says:

    Message to Mowena & Patriot:

    You never were slaves so lose your slave mentality . You hate this country so get the hell out of it. Get some ambition and pack up your bags and go. Good riddance. Stop blaming ‘the white man’ for your problems. Blame the tribal chiefs who sold your ancestors who were either going to be slaves or were going to be killed. That was their destiny…to be slaves in Africa or be killed. There’s no limit to what success you can attain in this GREAT country. Look at the wealth and success of your black brothers and sisters because they didn’t laze around complaining about their lives. They worked hard and earned their success.

    Get off your lazy butts and go out and earn your success. Stop sitting
    around waiting for someone to hand it to you. Stop blaming the GREAT country who freed your ancestors and gave you the choice of leaving this GREAT country if you don’t like it here.

    Your great half Nubian half white President, is a commie/marxist . If he gets his way, you will be a slave to the government. If that’s the mentality you have then you deserve that slavery. I, for one don’t want slavery regardless of what color the slave is. That’s the reason I’ll continue to expose this commie president.

  7. Patriot Says:

    You go girlllll MOWENA!!! You tell em. These white people dont know anything about the struggle. The mountains a black women must climb to get ahead. Its easy being white and blind to the racisim all around us every day.
    I dont know who this GregGully is but he aint no Gully. He aint got no Gully in him at all. Gully is ghetto and he dont know nothing about the ghetto. History was written by the white man, so all the white man knows are the lies contained in the history books. Jesus also said something else….Don’t judge a man until you have walked in his shoes!!!
    It is time for Black America too rise up and claim what is rightfully ours. The time is now while we have a Brother in the White House that wont call out the army to slaughter us in the street. We want our 40 acres and a mule!!

  8. Wanderant Says:

    History was made by the white man- that is why is was written by the white man. As recently as in this century, there are still prehistoric tribes in Africa that can’t read or write and are by no means “Progressive”. It is interesting that blacks in America have taken up the Progressive mantle since it is not reflective of their own history or roots. Progressivism was created by white liberals/leftists for white liberals/leftists and is entirely exclusive of minorities. It is the biggest scam and fraud ever perpetrated upon blacks in America. The whiney leftists needed to increase their numbers, so they drafted, via lies and deception, uneducated minorities to adopt their cause. After a century of yapping, whining, bellyaching and conniving – what exactly has the Progressive movement done for blacks in America?

    You are still going to have to work for your forty acres and your mule. That is just the way the world works, even in still-prehistoric Africa. The lazy, useless tribesman dies quickly. There is no redistribution of wealth (food, clothing, shelter) among the native peoples. There’s your history for you. No need for it to be written by anybody, you can still see your people living in Africa today same as they have for millenia. That’s PROGRESS by and for your people.

    The ONLY honestly-gained black wealth in the world exists ONLY in America. That is a fact even your revisionist leftists slaveowners (yes, today’s leftist blacks are the new slaves to the white progressives) can not dispute.

    I guess if you’re not capable of lifting yourselves up, the only hope for equality you have is to drag the rest of the world down. Good luck with that plan. Let us know how it works out for you.

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