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University of Florida College of Education History Course Requires Statement of Privilege for a Grade

University of Florida College of Education History Course Requires Statement of Privilege for a Grade

“One of the assignments suggested students write their final essay on topics such as the Black Panther Party or the socialist political gang called the Young Lords.”

This is so typical of the left. They insert a political agenda item and make it required.

Campus Reform reports:

University of Florida history course requires an examination of privilege for a grade

Over the summer, the University of Florida (UF) College of Education offered a history course titled “History of Education in the U.S.” that required students to create a positionality statement on their “personal and educational experiences.”

The statement was worth 10% of students’ grades, The New Guard reported.

The course “explores how issues of race, class, gender, exceptionality, sexual identity, language, geography, and religion have historically impacted U.S. education,” the class syllabus explains.

Carolyn Silva, a Ph.D. candidate and teacher of the course, focused primarily on “the development of schooling and educational practices in the land that became the United States and the interaction between educational practices and the larger cultural, social, economic, and political context.”

One of the assignments suggested students write their final essay on topics such as the Black Panther Party or the socialist political gang called the Young Lords.

“I was shocked to find out that the class that was supposed to be about the history of the education system was more focused on telling me how different minority communities have been oppressed by our government,” a student told YAF.

The class comes hot off the heels of Florida’s enacted House Bill 7, which took effect July 1 and prohibits the teaching of any content in Florida that “espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels such individual to believe specified concepts constitutes discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin”.

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henrybowman | September 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm

I would write a piece documenting how gun control laws were originally introduced to keep weapons out of the hands of black people.

To add that indispensable Florida cachet, I’d quote the concurring opinion of Florida Supreme Court Justice Buford, in Watson v. Stone (1941):

I know something of the history of this legislation [criminalizing carrying of a handgun without a permit]. The original Act of 1893 was passed when there was a great influx of negro laborers in this State drawn here for the purpose of working in turpentine and lumber camps. The same condition existed when the Act was amended in 1901 and the Act was passed for the purpose of disarming the negro laborers and to thereby reduce the unlawful homicides that were prevalent in turpentine and saw-mill camps and to give the white citizens in sparsely settled areas a better feeling of security. The statute was never intended to be applied to the white population and in practice has never been so applied.

Justice Buford was a loyal Democrat, goes without saying.

UF is a great school, but like any school it has some lemon departments.
Finding a problem like this in a “College of Education” is no surprise.
“Colleges of Education” are producing teachers for the government schools.

If you are a student who wants to teach, pick a useful major and get a teaching job in a carefully vetted private school.

If you are a parent, send your children to a carefully vetted private school, or homeschool them.

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