My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Political correctness in the fourth grade...

Barry Rubin reports on the latest in the fourth grade...
First came the reading list of four books: one about an African-American, one on an Asian- or Hispanic-American, one on a Native American, and one--amazingly enough--a free choice.

Then came the first book read in class on an African-American runner.

By the way, it should be understood that all these readings are not about a group of youngsters from all races, religions, and creeds, playing together while getting along but rather a focus on minorities in isolation rather than as part of the whole big society.

And next came the second book read in class, portraying the “horrors” of Japanese internment in the United States during World War Two.

By this point, my 10-year-old son piped up that he thought internment was necessary as a war-time measure. Whether or not this position is "correct," it is certainly one that wasn't going to be made otherwise in that classroom.

The teacher gave my son’s remark, in conversation with my wife, as an indication that he was opinionated and didn’t listen to other views. Naturally, of course, precisely the same thing can be said of the teacher. Different views weren't permitted in the class. Indeed, when he gave another opinion the opinionated teacher shut him up fast. Remember that these students had never been presented with two points of view but only one, over and over again.

No commemoration of September 11 but three days on manmade global warming. Even if the latter is more likely true, no alternative point of view or reservations were expressed.

The teacher explained later to my wife that when she went to school she was taught that the Indians were “bad” but now she understands things from the Indians, I mean Native Americans, view point. When applied to history and international affairs, this is clearly the dominant orientation today: America is always in the wrong

But dimwitted guardians of our children don’t understand the most basic concept of democracy and free speech. If at one point, teaching portrayed Native Americans as “bad” and the U.S. government, cavalry, and white settlers as “good,” the best solution is not simply to reverse this and to teach that Native Americans are “good,” and the United States, cavalry, and white settlers were “bad.”
Every parent I know has horror stories about what goes on in the classroom today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a high school teacher, and can confirm that students are almost universally given a one view 'party-line' on all kinds of issues. However, I always advise my students not to trust teachers, to question what they hear, to question what I tell them. Very few students do think though - rarely do I find a student who actually does want to learn (as opposed to wanting to gain credits), and they attach themselves to a variety of emotional bandwaggons. You may find it both amusing and alarming to discover a lack of general knowledge, let alone good thinking skills, in some new teachers. A colleague of mine recently asked the history teacher in a packed staffroom which side of the Berlin Wall they put the Jews on! If I had young children again I'd likely home school; I would feel happy about only 10% of my colleagues teaching my children.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just noticed I spelled bandwagons wrong! .... And just in case you think I spelled 'spelled' incorrectly - it is ok to use 't' or 'ed'.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Skinny Dipper said...

I believe the Brits spell wag(g)on with an extra g. Get with the programme.

9:55 PM  

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