I’ve been pointing out over the last few years how Social Justice is trumping actual academics in our nation’s public schools and how Common Core has become a vehicle to increase the level of it.
I’ve highlighted it in my own state of North Carolina, but over in Missouri there is a school district Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction actually promoting it on Twitter.
— Bryan Painter (@DocPainter) February 19, 2016
It’s worth noting that from what I’ve gathered, Mr. Painter is in the Kirkwood area. The Superintendent there is the second highest paid in the state. Your tax dollars are thereby funding this promotion of Social Justice.
What are we talking about here when we say Social Justice? We’re talking about promoting self-identifying transgender people to be allowed to use whatever bathroom they want because their perceived comfort apparent surpasses that of all other people.
We’re talking about the ginned up Black Lives Matter protests led by professional and taxpayer funded agitators. It’s about seeing racism around every corner of one’s waking moment despite a black president being elected — twice.
We’re talking about the vicious attacks on anything male by feminists in the name of ‘gender equality’. We’re talking about ‘white privilege’ and ‘rape culture’.
We’re talking about gay marriage, abortion, restorative justice, climate change, being anti-Second amendment, the totally made up ‘Islamophobia’, and any topic ending in “Equity”. The list goes on and on.
Social Justice is liberalism personified with a bad case of ADHD.
Questionable Resources on Questionable Topics
Not only is Supt. Painter promoting ‘resources’ for teaching Social Justice in K-12 classrooms, the resources he’s pointing to are dubious at best.
One of them is Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance”, which I have written about extensively over the last year.
Another one is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The article Supt. Painter refers to apologizes if the ADL’s pro-Israel position offends anyone out there:
Update: Since publishing this post, a few readers have pointed out that some of ADL’s other website content (separate from this curriculum) takes a strong stance on issues relating to Israel and may offend some users.
Gee, the Social Justice Warriors reading about resources on Social Justice only want certain kinds of resources available. If it offends them, it’s not really “social justice”? This is where one should point and laugh at the blatant hypocrisy.
The ADL, however, is hypocritical itself as it is also one of the participants in Twitter’s new “Trust & Safety Council, which is a who’s who collection of Social Justice Warriors who will apparently monitor speech on Twitter. It is being speculated that this Trust and Safety Council recently banned Social Justice Warrior fighting blogger Stacy McCain.
How long until such a Trust and Safety Council is put in place in our schools to monitor their speech? How far are Social Justice promoters like Mr. Painter willing to go to make sure your child is made to care?
The the article Painter’s tweet references also mentions the National Center for the Social Studies. Let me save parents some time — this center is less about “studies”and more about “social”. If you want proof, visit Missouri Education Watchdog’s article on this center. Also, here’s my own where I include links to the related “Council On The Social Studies” and their 2013 meeting , which featured a teacher as presenter who was also a supporter of Occupy Wall Street.
What is the Purpose of Education? What is the Purpose of Social Justice?
One has to ask, what is the purpose of education? What are the priorities we bear in mind for our children when we think of education?
The basics like reading, writing, history, science and math are likely what first comes to mind. Making sure a child has a strong foundation in these areas from which to build on it is unquestionably essential.
Education is supposed to allow any given child the basic ability of self-reliance, of thinking for one’s self and to find their own path. Instead we see the influx of a path dictated to them through a non-stop stream of subjective and slanted Social Justice themes.
These basics, as stagnant and declining national test scores are showing, are clearly not priorities — or if they are, there is not enough time spent working towards mastery.
Why is that? One can easily blame the last five years of Common core for some of the short-comings, yet I’d hazard a guess that these basic subjects are being ‘enhanced’ with social justice themes, which in turn crowds out actual instruction time spent on mastery of the actual skill or topic at hand.
In my opinion, these topics are being infused into regular curriculum without the consent of the public for the purpose of getting to the kids before their parents do. It’s about government replacing the role of parent and the tool is the schools. Clearly this strategy has been working if one has been paying attention to the latest crop of Special Snowflakes throwing ‘safe space’ temper tantrums on college campuses.
Much of what Social Justice purports to be about is, in actuality, the driving of political agenda items.
Social Justice isn’t actually about Justice. It’s about controlling people through conditioning and intimidation. Social Justice depends on Political Correctness to be its enforcer.
I’ll leave you with this video down below that features British comedic icon, John Cleese.
If there is one take away from it that I hope people pick up on and that is when Cleese says, “If people can’t control their own emotions then they have to start trying to control other people’s behavior.”
This, to me, is one of the main poles hold up the tent of Social Justice.