'We Must Help"( Make)" People to Become Committed to Social Change'
Think What We Think...Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus
Candidates for certification to teach in public schools in Texas are being told that they will be held accountable for any "heterosexist" leanings and must become agents working to change society, according to one candidate who was alarmed by the demands. The applicant, who requested anonymity for fear of repercussions, told WND part of the teachings on multiculturalism required him to read several online postings about the issue inside the education industry.
One warns that "teachers and administrators must be held accountable for practices deemed to be racist, sexist, heterosexist, classist, or in any other way discriminatory." And a second warned that educators must not define education as the basic skills."How do we create a better world? How do we do more than simply survive? As educators, we must help people to become committed to social change," the article demanded.
A similar issue of demanding a specific social perspective arose recently at the University of Minnesota.Officials at the school there backed off a proposal after publicity about its planned requirements to examine teacher candidates about "white privilege" as well as provide "remedial re-education" for those who hold the "wrong" views.
The Delaware university's office of residential life was caught requiring students to participate in a program that taught "all whites are racist."School officials immediately defended the teaching, but in the face of a backlash from alumni and publicity about its work, the school decided to drop the curriculum, although some factions later suggested its revival.
FIRE, which challenged the Delaware plan, later produced a video explaining how the institution of the university pushed for the teachings, was caught and later backed off:
The report said the Minnesota plan would have required teachers to "embrace – and be prepared to teach our state's kids
– the task force's own vision of America as an oppressive hellhole:racist, sexist and homophobic."
"The first step toward 'cultural competence,' says the task group, is for future teachers to recognize – and confess – their own bigotry.
Anyone familiar with the re-education camps of China's Cultural Revolution will recognize the modus operandi.
"What if some aspiring teachers resist this effort at thought control and object to parroting back an ideological line as a condition of future employment?" she posed. "The task group has Orwellian plans for such rebels: The U, it says, must 'develop clear steps and procedures for working with nonperforming students, including a remediation plan.'"