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A conservative Austin think tank is touting a list of no-nays worthy of Dolores Umbridge, or, if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, George Orwell.
It comes out of the paranoid “if you see something, say something” kind of civic education – a thematic guide on how to think about a topic that might or, more likely, not have been on your mind at all.
Critical theory of race.
In a tweet that was deleted just as Wednesday’s political news shifted to building a Mexican border wall, the Texas Public Policy Foundation warned of what to watch out for if you’re worried about the content. unpleasant history in Texas public school courses.
See for yourself:
It makes sense, to begin with, for you to know that you hear of “critical breed theory” if that’s the term used to describe what you mean. Nevertheless, it is the first sentence of the list proposed by TPPF for “How to identify the critical theory of race in the classroom”.
Texas lawmakers have attempted to regulate the use of critical race theory as an approach to teaching in public schools, and Gov. Greg Abbott has said he wants to go further and may add it to the agenda for a special session starting next week.
“Equity, diversity and inclusion” is a phrase you’ll hear in any large business – and in many government agencies as well – from people trying to make sure certain groups don’t have an unfair advantage over them. others. This is what you do if you are looking for a good CPA, and not just a good CPA who is also a white male.
You can go through the TPPF list this way, but the point is, these people have put together words and phrases that they consider to be signs of CRT.
Ignore the ironies and just say that it is interesting that the conservatives who denounce the cancellation of culture and politically correct language have produced a document to help those who want to cancel an approach to history and sociology based on political correctness. words and phrases that might appear when used by teachers.
Some of the terms on the list are jargon. It is unusual to come across the word “normative” in regular conversation. Don’t think about the people you know; just ask yourself when was the last time you heard it on your favorite crime show. Or a sports commentator. Public school students, as you know if you’ve been one yourself, love jargon.
A thought experiment: Teacher A uses a lot of jargon. Teacher B, with a similar class and the same subject, does not. They would have disparate results, although we can’t use that expression here because it’s on the list, and also because it’s jargon.
Let’s just say that Teacher B’s class would learn more about the topic, and Teacher A’s class would learn more about the nap.
This is all fun, and you can make up more stuff with your friends. But it’s serious, because critical race theory is currently a Republicans favorite bug, and because attacking CRT upsets many groups they like to upset: people of color, women, LGBTQ people. , etc.
If you are a teacher, you want your students to know how to navigate the world. To find out what it’s like there, what’s the story, what their odds are, compared to everyone else, and why things are the way they are.
You need to talk to them about race, gender, power, conformity and non-conformity. On how to change the things they don’t like if they live in a democracy. About who is easy to drive and who is difficult to drive – and why it so often doesn’t depend on education and skills, but on “social constructs” and identity.
And why are the people in power so defensive about all of these things that they fear might overthrow some of them. How much of a ‘king of the hill’ game it sounds like, about who owns the hill now and how to climb it if you’re at the bottom.
Words and phrases aren’t really what worries current winners.
They fear to keep people in their place and to see how education and understanding can disrupt their current status.
Educated people can change the world whether the world wants to change or not.
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