We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“We must encourage students to access the antagonist class positions of texts in order to demonstrate how the oppositional voices contained in them identify evidence of class struggle,” Christopher Craig writes in the December 2009 issue of Radical Teacher, “a socialist, feminist and anti-racist journal on the theory and practice of teaching.” “Through this critical process, we can show how the values and interests of the dominant class are not universal but repressive, intended to keep the power relations between the ruling and working class one-sided.”
“For most of us, learning to read texts this way helps us to see through the ruling class ideology that exists in everything from literature to the nightly news.” Craig teaches at Emmanuel College, a Catholic institution of higher learning.
Wow. That's so cool, so advanced, and so deep. And no doubt it's exactly the lesson every $145,000 UAW worker wants his kids to be taught in school...
Thank God for teacher's ed. They do it all for the kiddies.
The joy of all socialism however is to strive (and bicker and complain and denounce along the way) but not succeed: if this silly person really did achieve what he says he or she wants then they will be out of work. Worse, he or she will be out of ideology. The need for striving will not be required any more and they will be just another unhappy soul.
Unhappy now, unhappy in the future. Not exactly a positive outlook.
"...access the antagonist class positions of texts...", and "...oppositional voices contained in them identify evidence of class struggle."
How prototypically Marxist-Leninist, in its "consciousness-raising" potential - and how utterly ignorant of any significant vestige of content-based actual education, or of ethical practice in actual teaching.
"...Craig teaches at Emmanuel College, a Catholic institution of higher learning."
Actually - no, he does not teach there; at least, not in any positive, affirmative sense - he attempts to indoctrinate there, assuming that this is his typical mode. He imparts Communist-Socialist "wisdom", doing damage to the practice and the repute of genuine teaching.
And, if this is typical of the behavior thereat, Emmanuel is not an institution of "higher learning" - it is a site of corrosive quasi-"political" propaganda, and deserves only approbation for its efforts.
then you must be a victim of 'False Consciousness'
(a closed loop. be interesting to know what it has to say about The late Pope John's position that politics is about delivering the goods, that this is needful for the poor, and that capitalism is what does it)
President Hugo Chavez, Vice-President Vicente Rangel, Ministers Moncada and Isturiz, invited guests,comrades. I’m honored and humbled to be here with you this morning. I bring greetings and support from your brothers and sisters throughout Northamerica. Welcome to the World Education Forum! Amamos la revolucion Bolivariana!...
I also thank my youngest son, Chesa Boudin, who is interpreting my talk this morning and whose book on the Bolivarian revolution has played an important part in countering the barrage of lies spread by the U.S. State Department and the corrupted Northamerican media…..
Despite being under constant attack from within and from abroad, the Bolivarian revolution has made astonishing strides in a brief period: from the Mission Simoncito to the Mission Robinson to the Mission Ribas to the Mission Sucre, to the Bolivarian schools and the UBV, Venezuelans have shown the world that with full participation, full inclusion, and popular empowerment, the failings of capitalist schooling can be resisted and overcome. Venezuela is a beacon to the world in its accomplishment of eliminating illiteracy in record time, and engaging virtually the entire population in the ongoing project of education….
The great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote a poem to his fellow writers called “The Poet’s Obligation” in which he instructed them in their core responsibility: you must, he said, become aware of your sisters and brothers who are trapped in subjugation and meaninglessness, imprisoned in ignorance and despair….
Viva Mission Sucre!
Viva Presidente Chavez!
Viva La Revolucion Bolivariana!
Hasta La Victoria Siempre!
Such nonsense has a much better chance of surviving in ed schools, where conjecture has long masqueraded as fact.
(Contrary to what Billy Boy and the Chavistas claim, Thugoslavia has not eliminated illiteracy. At least that is what UNESCO said. ) Has Billy Boy read Neruda's ode to Stalin?