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.
...dangerously, schools of education impose “political litmus tests” on those who want to become public teachers. They vet students’ “dispositions,” especially their commitment to the left-wing notion of “social justice.” One of the most prestigious education schools in the country, Columbia University’s Teachers College, tells its students that teaching is a “political act.” Aspiring teachers are expected to be “participants in a larger struggle for social justice” and “to change the system and make schools and societies more equitable.”
Lukianoff points out the problem with such politicized pedagogy: “Vague, subjective, and politicized evaluation standards are dangerous. They invite administrators and faculty members to substitute their own opinions and political beliefs for fair, professional criteria to evaluate students’ demonstrated skills as members of a profession.” Competence, then, takes a backseat to political correctness, a problem rife in K-12 teaching credential programs, where knowledge of subject matter is less important than political ideology.
Sending your kids to a public school is child abuse. Not merely because of the inane indoctrination by illiterate, marxist teachers, nor because of the rampant discrimination and drugging of boys by women teachers and nurses, but also because of the widespread (and uniformly covered-up) sexual abuse of students by teachers. The US Dept of Education produced a report several years ago that claimed that for every case of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest (and these were homosexual assaults and seductions by homosexual priests on adolescent boys and not, therefore, pedophilia) there were around 200 cases of sexual abuse in the public schools. And in the public schools, there were not only heterosexual and homosexual assaults on both adolescent boys and girls, but try pedophilia in the grade schools.
I became a Roman Catholic a few years ago, and the name of the Social Justice Committee totally flummoxed me the first time I heard it. Does it mean everyone has equal seating at the Symphony? ...was the first thought that went through my head...
Sorry, liberals, but I had never heard of Social Justice till then.