Bored of Education: Illinois Proposes New Guidelines to Woke Up the State's Teachers

People attend a demonstration against racism in front of the state agency of the German state of Saxony in Berlin, Germany, Aug.31, 2018. Anger over the suspected killing of a man by two refugees has sparked days of protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

 

If you’re a teacher in Illinois, you may need to woke up — at least enough to appease the state’s Board of Education.

Perhaps in the past, educators had their own opinions. Typically (hopefully), those didn’t much affect classroom instruction.

But this is a modern age, and we’ve done away with a lot of things in education. In some cases, one is education (see “History, You’re History: Prominent Prep School Jilts George Washington for Not Being ‘Relevant’“.

But something several school districts are lately ensuring is that staff exercise a similarly left-wing point of view.

Apropos, on September 11th, a contemporary approach was published in the Illinois Register.

The piece’s title: “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards for all Illinois Educators.”

The new protocols are being proposed by the Board, which wants teachers to “embrace and encourage progressive viewpoints and perspectives that leverage asset thinking toward traditionally marginalized populations.”

Per the Register entry, “Culturally responsive teachers and leaders are reflective and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how they impact others.”

Ready for the rules?

Blast off:

The culturally responsive teacher and leader will: Understand and value the notion that multiple lived experiences exist, that there is not one “correct” way of doing or understanding something, and that what is seen as “correct” is most often based on our lived experiences … Recognize how their identity (race/ethnicity, national emotional ability, socioeconomic class, religion, etc.) affects their perspectives and beliefs about pedagogy and students.

Man — I wish so much nothing had been correct (or in-…) when I was in school. I can only assume my test scores would’ve skyrocketed.

Here’s more of how good guides give it up:

Critically think about the institutions in which they find themselves, working to reform these institutions whenever and wherever necessary. … Assess how their biases and perceptions affect their teaching practice and how they access tools to mitigate their own behavior (racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism).

Yes — teachers, please stop suffering from phobias, chauvinism, and Naziism.

The rules also implore them to “know and understand how a system of inequity creates rules regarding student punishment that negatively impacts students of color.”

There’s a lot to know.

One of example: to “be aware of the effects of power and privilege and the need for social advocacy and social action to better empower diverse students and communities.”

As noted by The College Fix, if the Board approves the new directives on December 16th, the initiative will advance to the Illinois General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

If given the Thumbs Up there, according to the Fix, “not only will [the rules] become part of educators’ evaluations, but also programs at (state) university schools of education.”

The Daily Wire observes neither Ralph Rivera nor Molly Malone Rumley are fans of the new approach.

The duo’s from the Pro-Family Alliance, and their response to the Board’s plan went thusly:

“These elements of the proposed rule require teachers to enunciate a government-sourced ‘progressive’ and activist viewpoint in their educational work with students. As a consequence, certain narratives will be required, and counter-narratives excluded and proscribed. This is a form of compelled speech and viewpoint discrimination which is likely to be found unconstitutional.”

Plus, it’s clear as mud:

“A statute (or, in this case, a rule) which fails to give a person of ordinary intelligence a reasonable opportunity to know what is prohibited or required so that he or she may act accordingly violates due process and is void. … Vague laws offend several important values. … Vague laws may trap the innocent by not providing fair warning. Second, if arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement is to be prevented, laws must provide explicit standards for those who apply them.”

America’s public school system appears to have completely changed its mission in recent years. The whole idea behind Scantron tests was that facts are objective and education is rooted in them. These days, I’m cranking out stories such as “Seattle Public Education Posts Its White-Privilege ‘Math Ethnic Studies Framework,’ and It Just May Blow Your Mind.”

In light of all the changes, what’s education cranking out?

-ALEX

 

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