Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Pro-poverty activism in education

Public education in learning invites a sympathy to the kind of moral equivalence that helped bring its monopoly into being in the first place during the last century. A certain type of person is predisposed to become an educator or curriculum author by the advantages of social engineering that the system presents, as well as by the financial self-interests that accrue to the members of a monopoly. Modern education has the advantage not only of a resigned custom to its monopoly but also of the proliferation of accepted social engineering platitudes from which to choose. Institutionalized values — as opposed to individualized values — receptive to progressive objectives or legislations on social justice, diversity, tolerance, internationalism, anti-bullying, etc. are thus instructed to the point where one wonders how educators find the time to teach arithmetic or basic literacy. Such is the case in Mississauga's newest political indoctrination boot camp for youth where students will be fed a diet of social activist hero-worship to compete for their scant attentions — the Stephen Lewis Secondary School (S.S.), where the eponymous hero last week hied to gather his accolades.

From the Globe & Mail:

"Now I feel at home," Mr. Lewis said, after doffing his suit jacket, donning a school T-shirt and taking his place behind the microphone.

As well he should have, given the bold and novel approach the Dufferin Peel District School Board -- in particular, principal Martha Wood -- has taken to the region's newest high school.

The student body, which will rise to 1,500 when Grades 11 and 12 are added in subsequent years, has been divided into four "villages" named after four Canadian activists: June Callwood, David Suzuki, children's rights crusader Craig Kielburger and Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the House of Commons.

The idea, Ms. Wood said, is to instill a passion for social justice and humanitarianism in the students as they form a new school community.

"This is what we're teaching the kids, that we can never give up and that we are agents of change," Ms. Wood said in an interview just before Mr. Lewis arrived.
If parents want their children to have a facile and fruitless education in this sort of mindlessly celebratory dalliance with a pop-lite expression of a criminal ideology, I am defenseless. But not only am I and every other Ontarian forced to directly subsidize this fantastic debasement and enervation of children's minds through the publicly-funded education system but we will also be condemned to subsidize just as directly their future NGO or civil service aspirations or else otherwise unemployable welfare prospects. Of the cost to civil society and political conversation in this country, it is incalculable and will exact far greater tolls than only taxes.

Via Proud to be Canadian, who asks whether a Stockwell Day Secondary School with Bishop Fred Henry, Mark Steyn, Dr. Tim Ball and Bill Vander Zalm "villages" might elicit a few more blinks from the establishment than this politically correct branding.

Cross-posted to Dust my Broom


Anonymous said...

I visited a school once.

I was sucked into a vacuum.:;;;
1. Absence of matter.
2. A space empty of matter.
3. A space relatively empty of matter.
4. A space in which the pressure is significantly lower than atmospheric pressure.
2. A state of emptiness; a void.
3. A state of being sealed off from external or environmental influences; isolation.
4. pl. -uums. A vacuum cleaner.

Bruce Gottfred said...

One possible silver lining: Perhaps this will fast-forward the inevitable cynicism comes to many of those that drink the 'progressive' koolaid. I mean, it's only high school. It's far preferable to learn how vacuous this shit is there, rather than after completing a four-year 'womyn's studies' degree.

Bruce Gottfred said...

Oh, nice photoshop, BTW...

Gordon Pasha said...

They're just competing for their fair share of FedGov jobs.

MapMaster said...

Photoshop? I prefer to think of it as top-notch investigative photo-journalism.