September 23, 2019

"Woke" Joke

Timothy Birdnow

Andrew Sullivan, the sometimes conservative writer and blogger, puts the "woke" movement to bed in a fine piece at the New Yorker Magazine.

From the article:

Like any religion, wokeness understands the need to convert children. The old Jesuit motto (sometimes attributed to Voltaire) was, after all, "Give me the child for the first seven years and I will give you the man.” And so I was moved but not particularly surprised by George Packer’s tale of a progressive school banishing separate restrooms for boys and girls because this reinforces the gender binary. The school did not inform parents of this, of course:

Parents only heard about it when children started arriving home desperate to get to the bathroom after holding it in all day. Girls told their parents mortifying stories of having a boy kick open their stall door. Boys described being afraid to use the urinals. Our son reported that his classmates, without any collective decision, had simply gone back to the old system, regardless of the new signage: Boys were using the former boys’ rooms, girls the former girls’ rooms....
And there is plenty more to enjoy:

As an analogy for the price of progressivism, it’s close to perfect. Authorities impose an ideology onto reality; reality slowly fights back. The question is simply how much damage is done by this kind of utopianism before it crumbles under its own weight. Simple solutions — like a separate, individual gender-neutral bathroom for the tiny minority with gender dysphoria or anyone else — are out of bounds. They are, after all, reinforcing the idea that girls and boys are different. And we cannot allow biology, evolution, reproductive strategy, hormones, chromosomes, and the customs of every single human culture since the beginning of time to interfere with "social justice.”

It’s also vital to expose children to the fact of their race as the core constituent of their identity. Here is an essay written by a woke teacher about the difficulty of teaching "White boys”:

I spend a lot of my days worried about White boys. I worry about White boys who barely try and expect to be rewarded, who barely care and can’t stand being called on it, who imagine they can go through school without learning much without it impacting in any way the capacity for their future success, just because it never has before.

This sounds to me as if he is describing, well, boys of any race. And when boys are labeled as "White” (note the capital "W”) and this requires specific rules not applied to nonwhite boys, they often — surprise! — don’t like it:

This week, a student spoke up in class to say that every time a particular writer talked about White people and their role in racism, he would start to feel really guilty, and it made him not want to listen … I try to keep an arm around the boys who most need it, but it’s hard, because I’m also not willing to give an inch on making my room safe for my students of color. It’s not their job to keep hurting while White boys figure it out.

Children, in other words, are being taught to think constantly about race, and to feel guilty if they are the wrong one. And, of course, if they resist, that merely proves the point. A boy who doesn’t think he is personally responsible for racism is merely reflecting "white fragility” which is a function of "white supremacy.” QED. No one seems to have thought through the implications of telling white boys that their core identity is their "whiteness,” or worried that indoctrinating kids into white identity might lead quite a few to, yes, become "white identitarians” of the far right.


 Here is the end quote:
Adults are increasingly forced to obey the new norms of "social justice” or be fired, demoted, ostracized, or canceled. Many resist; many stay quiet; a few succumb and convert. Children have no such options.

Indoctrinate yourselves as much as you want to, guys. It’s a free country. But hey, teacher — leave those kids alone.
I'm not a big fan of Andrew Sullivan but he wrote a fine piece here.

A tip of the porkpie to Always on Watch.

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1 Long gone are the days, apparently, when teachers taught -- and the students were expected to learn -- Readin', 'Ritin' and 'Rithmetic. If these poor kids actually survive the school experience, what will they be prepared to do?

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at September 23, 2019 11:42 AM (gbxHu)

2 Yep. They don't learn reading, nor writing, nor 'rithmatic these days. But they learn how to march and protest! How to judge and hate their countries!

The progressives have been monkeying with education for a long long time. I was taught the "New Math" in school and to this day I have trouble with basic arithmetic, because I never had to learn the multiplication tables. I know them now, but I still find myself trying to do simple math by the "new math" method, then have to stop and consciously think about the tables. It's ridiculous, but that's what they did. And it's worse now with the "new, new math".

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at September 24, 2019 06:31 AM (4Mv7b)


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