Is there any wonder why the quality of education in America continues its precipitous nosedive?
From kindergarten to the no-longer-hallowed halls of academia, one need look no further than two, somewhat recent education-related events to find the fundamental reason behind the fall of an education system that was once the envy of the world.
On July 14, 2021, as reported by RedState at the time, left-wing Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that suspended proficiency standards — reading, writing, and math skills — for high school graduation. Unrelated, as reported by City Journal on May 24, 2022, Northern Arizona University (NAU) will now require a minimum of four diversity classes for graduation.
While the above stories are unrelated, they combine to illustrate the concerted efforts underway; not only to dumb down economic standards (See: the soft bigotry of low expectations), but also to indoctrinate our kids with woke propaganda. Why? The mechanism by which to control us — or so they believe.
As noted by College Fix, NAU’s Diversity Curriculum Committee heralded as “unprecedented” the new “diversity” requirements, which will soon mandate students take four diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) courses, all with roots in Marxist-derived “critical race theory” indoctrination, to earn a degree.
According to City Journal, three of those four courses are described, below — emphasis mine:
A course titled Intersectional Movements of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality promises to analyze “how intersectionality, and the matrix of inequality, have shaped the production of knowledge” and to provide “a critical lens through which intersectional epistemologies can be foregrounded.”
Introduction to Queer Studies, covers “queer theory and activism,” the “social and historical construction of gender and sexuality,” and the “role of allies and social change.”
Trans Existence and Resilience, meantime, promises to “examine trans epistemologies as well as critiques of Eurocentric models of thinking about genders that explain peoples’ existence within Western frameworks and ontologies.”
The new graduation requirement is scheduled to take effect in 2024 at the large public university, which enrolls roughly 29,000 students and is located in the super woke Flagstaff, Arizona.
As noted by College Fix, the four required diversity courses must come from the categories of “global diversity,” “indigenous peoples,” “intersectional identities,” and “U.S. ethnic diversity,” according to an internal memo from campus administrators.
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John Sailor, a research associate at the National Association of Scholars told City Journal the new policy must embrace identity politics — a forte of the Democrat Party — and foreign languages don’t qualify under the “global diversity” category, either. Emphasis, mine:
These Diversity Perspectives courses must … embrace the philosophical underpinning of identity politics. According to notes from the university’s Liberal Studies Committee, foreign language courses fail to qualify for diversity designation.
Why? ‘Because they do not incorporate critical theory which the [Diversity Curriculum Committee] expects of the courses it approves.’
And there you have it. So-called “critical theory” has now not only metastasized throughout the curriculum of another major American university; it is also required indoctrination for graduation. Northern Arizona University students must now be “taught” (programmed) to buy it.
The bottom line:
Contrary to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life of teaching and “I Have a Dream” speech — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — the color of one’s skin in today’s America has everything to do with how one is judged in America; the content of one’s character, be damned.
Yeah, the left did that.
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