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College of Education at Oregon State U. Hosts Seminar on ‘Confronting Systemic Whiteness’

College of Education at Oregon State U. Hosts Seminar on ‘Confronting Systemic Whiteness’

“claims that the seminar was created in direct response to the Black Lives Matter Movement and their increased prominence in the eyes of the public”

Do you think that the teachers of tomorrow at this school will support the teaching of Critical Race Theory? Of course they will.

Campus Reform reports:

Oregon State University’s College of Education hosts seminar on ‘Confronting Systemic Whiteness’

A recent event at Oregon State University event taught faculty of the dangers of “systemic Whiteness” in America.

The seminar, titled “Confronting Systemic Whiteness,” was held by the university’s College of Education and served the purpose of allowing faculty to, “engage in issues of whiteness and systemic racism in the institution as well as more broadly in the United States.”

The seminar’s stated learning objectives include understanding the various ways that “systemic Whiteness” plagues the country. It describes this “systemic Whiteness” as an all-encompassing force that impacts all individuals regardless of their intent. The objectives claim that “anti-Blackness permeates US society” and that it has a substantial impact on the lives and outcomes of Black Americans.

The OSU college of education claims that the seminar was created in direct response to the Black Lives Matter Movement and their increased prominence in the eyes of the public.

According to the College of Education, the seminar builds on the 2020 tenets of a faculty pledge made to Black students.

The seminar was co-facilitated by Assistant Professor Dr. Tenisha Tevis of the School of Education and Dr. Dwaine Plaza of the School of Public Policy.

Both professors have been involved in the campus social justice movement for several years. In 2017, Plaza hosted an event called, “Wake Up Coffee” in which he moderated “conscious-raising discussions” with students and faculty on race and gender. In 2019 he hosted a discussion called “Institutional Racism, Bias, and Discrimination in STEM Disciplines.”

Tenisha Tevis’s faculty page states that her research focuses on, “underserved students transition to college,” along with the, “sociology of education, school composition, college entrance exams, degree expectations, and first generation students.” She’s also a part of the University of Michigan’s Diversity Scholars Network, which claims that her current work includes,“e xploring the role Whiteness plays in higher education administration,” and that she, “co-conceptualized a anti-racist leadership framework for higher education.”


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Sometimes I think the best thing that could be done to improve education in America would be to close all the Schools of Education.

At a minimum, it’s never been obvious that it’s even possible to teach someone how to teach. No doubt some are much better at teaching than others, but that does not imply that this is a skill that can be taught.

In any case, Schools of Education abandoned the idea that teachers should actually know anything years ago. From which it followed that students don’t actually have to know anything either; they just need to know “how to learn how to learn.”

Yet nature abhors a vacuum, and once the Ed Schools no longer required knowledge they began requiring “training” in politically correct, fashionable nonsense. Such as the notion that demanding assertions of fact be supported by logic and evidence was not how scholarship advances but merely a tool used by Evil White Men to suppress and oppress everyone else.

And once the idea that teachers should impart knowledge (and perhaps occasionally, even wisdom) had been denounced as White Supremacy, all the fashionable nonsense teachers learned in Ed School came flooding in to replace it.

Closing the Schools of Education (or at least de-recognizing the credentials they award) will not solve all of the problems found in K-12 education, but it would be a damn good start toward reforming it so that it might, at least for some students some of the time, work again to produce at least a minimally educated citizenry.

Think of all that might follow from actually requiring teachers to know something before presuming to teach it!

    OldProf2 in reply to Albigensian. | August 28, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    The other thing that’s needed is to get rid of the teachers’ unions. Here in WA, the WEA teachers’ union is one of the biggest contributors to the Democrat Governor and the Democrats who run the state government in our single-party system. Then it’s the Governor and his appointees who negotiate the contract with the union.

    Anyone see a conflict of interest here? The union funds the Governor, who is supposed to represent the people, not the union, in negotiations. So the WEA gets whatever they want.

Those who can’t do, teach
Those who can’t teach, teach gym
Those who can’t teach gym, teach social justice
Those who can’t teach social justice, inspect buildings

The list just keeps growing