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What Students Learn and Don't Learn (Academic Dumbing Down Alert)
Eagle Forum ^ | April 8, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly

Posted on 04/08/2011 10:40:49 AM PDT by Fiji Hill

What Students Learn and Don't Learn

By Phyllis Schlafly

If you are attending college to get teacher certification, you will probably be required to attend classes on "multicultural education." This is supposed to bring diversity to the classroom and prepare teachers to teach pupils of various ethnic or national backgrounds. The textbooks in these courses typically include Teachers as Cultural Workers by Paulo Freire, a Brazilian socialist who preached that society is divided into oppressors and oppressed. Other required readings teach that Americans are an institutionally racist society and are designed to train teachers to create political radicals to promote "progressive" social change.

The monthly journal Education Reporter published an informative expose by a teacher who attended a conference on training teachers how to teach students what is called "social justice," a code word for a specific type of teaching that is contrary to traditional American notions of justice based on individual rights. "Social justice" teaches children that America is an unjust and oppressive society that should be changed.

Social justice materials typically include far left proposals such as acceptance of homosexuality, alternate lifestyles, radical feminism, abortion, illegal immigration, cultural relativism, and the redistribution of wealth.

Social justice is often promoted through what is called "student-directed learning" because students are supposed to "construct" their own knowledge. These words put a new spin on what was previously called "unguided learning" or "minimal guidance learning."

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; Society
KEYWORDS: academia; colleges; constructivism; education; learning; teaching; universities

1 posted on 04/08/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill
Why the hell do writers keep acting like we live in a segregated world? Every single neighborhood I have lived in within the past 20 years has had a variety of ethnicities, religions, groups of individuals/families - including a gay female couple.

Even the smallist West Texas town has schools that include all sorts of folks from rich to poor, black/white/asian/hispanic. There is NO NEED to teach children about multiculturism - they live it.

2 posted on 04/08/2011 10:45:07 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("Elections have consequences...." Barry O. Thank you Scott Walker and WI Republicans!!)
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