National Council of Teachers of English Recommends Teachers be Trained in ‘Anti-Racism’
“Unsurprisingly, and sadly, the standards were developed by K-12 teachers … with the assistance of college professors.”
This can’t be right. I’ve been assured by Democrats and the media that Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught in schools.
The College Fix reports:
Educators’ group says English teachers need to be trained in ‘anti-racism’
The new middle and high school teaching standards created by National Council of Teachers of English include being “trained in anti-racism.”
Unsurprisingly, and sadly, the standards were developed by K-12 teachers … with the assistance of college professors.
NCTE Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick said the standards, which haven’t been revised in nine years, came about due to changes in the “demands on students” and “demands from society.”
I asked Kirkpatrick via email exactly what the “demands from society” were; she did not respond. It’s a good bet they came from the supposed “racial reckoning” in the wake of George Floyd’s killing last summer — which means they’re largely a construction of the racialist (academic) left.
The old NCTE standards used “social justice”; now it’s “anti-racist” and “anti-bias” instruction. The very first (new) standard reads “Candidates apply and demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning to foster inclusive learning environments that support coherent, relevant, standards-aligned, differentiated, and antiracist/antibias instruction to engage grade 7–12 learners in ELA.”
If you search for a definition of “anti-racist,” the answer, such that it is, will be all over the place. This statement by the NCTE offers theirs:
Racism consists of two principal components: difference and power. It is a mindset that sees a “them” that is different from an “us.” Racism in America is the systematic mistreatment and disenfranchisement of people of color who currently and historically possess less power and privilege than white Americans. In modern times, there has arisen a “cultural racism” that allows for ethnic groups that cannot always be distinguished from the majority, in terms of physical features, but are nevertheless subject to the same kinds of biases as those who have been traditionally marked as a different race.
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I’m starting to think that virtually every teacher, or at least every teacher group, is a front for the communist party.
“Racism consists of two principal components: difference and power.”
This is false. They start with a lie and work down from there. Not good.
If a black rioter throws a concrete block at a white bystander’s head, who has the power?
If a black applicant gets a job because white applicants will not be considered, who has the power?
If a black media puppet calls a black politician a white supremacist, who has the power?
Well obviously in a classroom, neither the black students nor the white students have power. The teacher has the main power.
So anti-racism could be nothing but a teacher reducing their own power. Which unfortunately does happen already with the social-justice idea of “learning communities”.
English teachers are supposed to teach English. If they want to include a unit on Ebonics, OK I suppose they can define that as English if they have Ebonics-speakers in class. That’s all.
I am embarrassed that I used to be a member of this organization. In my defense, it was in the 90s before they got woke.
Is there anything in these new standards about reading and writing? Are the teachers supposed to be trained in those skills?