Friday, August 11, 2006

Social Justice Theory Coming to a Classroom Near You

Don’t ya just love education schools? There’s all that research into how best to teach our children. Then there’s all that training of young idealistic teachers-to-be by morally upright professors so they can impact their world.

Note, for example, the good works of Bill Ayers. A former member of the Weather Underground who planted bombs in government buildings, smashed store window, and attacked police back in 1969 has found a new cause- to educate teachers-to-be how to teach for social justice. Of course, “social justice” can mean different things to different people. To him and some other education professionals it means training the young to abhor our oppressive free market system and to become socialistic in outlook.

Here all this time I thought education was about learning how to do arithmetic and how to read and write. You know, the three R’s? Who knew it was for indoctrinating our children in communism. Apparently now some education departments even want to modify math classes to include this “social justice theory”.

This article by Sol Stern discusses this movement to teach social justice in education schools across the country. He points out that these professors are more concerned that precious hours of instruction be spent in teaching social justice to the young than in teaching those young people most in need of social justice to learn the basics so they can move into better jobs and a better life.

My experience with the education department at the university left me with the opinion that it was banal and pointless. Teaching for social justice, however, exceeds silliness and descends into the dangerous. But you can check out the article for yourself and see what you think.


At 8/11/2006 11:17 PM, Blogger starkravinred said...

This makes me more thankful everyday that my daughter home schools her number two and three children. No one is senior this year at private Christian school. Hooray!


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