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Student Activist Groups at U. Michigan Demand Required Courses on ‘Decolonial Pedagogy’

Student Activist Groups at U. Michigan Demand Required Courses on ‘Decolonial Pedagogy’

“pertaining to all facets of Academia and student experience impacted by genocide pedagogy”

What do we want? Required decolonial pedagogy! When do we want it? Soon!

The College Fix reports:

U. Michigan Native American, Latinx groups demand required courses on ‘decolonial pedagogy’

Two University of Michigan student interest groups have joined forces to make demands of school officials, including mandated classes focusing on “decolonial pedagogy.”

The Native American Student Association and La Casa sent their “United Statement” to UM Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Robert Sellers on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” October 12, The Michigan Daily reports.

Statement co-author Samara Jackson Tobey said the demands are “to perpetuate a sense of Indigenous education that actually reflects … cultural systems and Indigenous ways of knowing.”

The specific demands include:

— “Indigenous People’s [sic] Day must be mandated as a University of Michigan holiday.” Events on this day should include workshops on the Treaty of Fort Meigs, tribal sovereignty, and “cultural and environmental sustainability and Anishinaabek governance.”

— “Decolonize Pedagogies pertaining to all facets of Academia and student experience impacted by genocide pedagogy from Boarding Schools, exclusionary discipline, erasure, climate change, relocation, ICWA and generational trauma.” This includes sensitivity training on the continued effects of continued “colonial traumas” suffered by Indigenous communities.

— “Require classes focused on decolonial pedagogy and epistemology that persist beyond the history of colonialism in Turtle Island (South America, Mesoamerica, North America and The Caribbean).” For this, “Pan-Indigenous ontologies” are necessary to “present research and course-work centered in decolonial knowledge.”

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Comments

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 30, 2020 at 11:22 am

Decolonial? Hah a FAKE WORD for a FAKE IDEA.

Do these classes require that you accept their ideology? Would you pass if you wrote a paper proving that it was racist bull crap would you fail the class? Do you have to pass this class in order to get your degree?

Local people should take this class to fight this evil ideology. Then be prepared to sue on the basis of violating the first amendment. When Trump is elected he should make this racist crap illegal.

Why do administrators give so much power to the very people they are supposed to be teaching? I really long for the day when university administrators start ignoring these kinds of demands from petulant, self-important children and begin taking away much of the authority that has been relinquished to so-called “student governments” at universities across the country.

    henrybowman in reply to Idonttweet. | October 30, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Because they’re not principled independents. They come out of an industry where prestige depends on how many peers go gaga over their published papers, and rise in the ranks for the same reasons. They are intellectual Hollywood.

If that isn’t bona fide gibberish then I’ll be damned. It sounds just like the pompous B.S. I endured to get my masters degree in education. Man, it was thick and chunky. I called the whole experience “Trial by Bullshit.”

I can’t think of a better or faster way to re-awaken the KKK than this nonsense B.S.

How long has it been since the inmates have been running the asylum?

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