“White Privilege” Invading Our Schools
A discussion topic once limited to college courses taught by obese feminists is now making its way into our general education. It’s called white privilege, and it is a field of “study” meant to open our eyes to the many invisible ways Americans with light skin are given a leg up on everyone else. If that doesn’t sound like something you care to have your son or daughter taught in school, you’d better hope you don’t live in North Carolina.
The Wake County School District is sending its assistant principals and other administrators through “cultural proficiency” training. Through this training, the educators will be taught how to “rank their societal privilege.” According to a report by a local news station, the activity “incorporates the idea that heterosexual white men in America have an advantage and may appear insensitive to culturally diverse students.” Once you make it past the political doublespeak, this means that straight white men have it made and can’t relate to poor black gays. Or something like that.
Rodney Trice is an “assistant superintendent for equity affairs” in Wake County. He says the “focus is that when they come through the doors, we have high expectations for all students, regardless of whether they come from a high-poverty family or a nontraditional family.”
Um. No. That’s exactly the opposite message sent by “white privilege” classes. The entire theory is predicated on the fact that certain racial/sexual/gender groups have an easier life than others. It’s this kind of training that leads to programs like affirmative action, hiring quotas, and varying standards in education. It leads to situations like the one in Michigan schools, where principals have to get authorization from the school district before suspending students of color. It certainly does not lead to higher expectations.
Another Wayward Fool
A high school physics teacher in Seattle has also fallen hook, line, and sinker for the left’s divisive politics. Moses Rifkin has created a unit on “institutionalized racism, privilege, and social justice” that he hopes other teachers will use. While it might be fair to ask what these topics have to do with physics, don’t worry because Rifkin has an answer. Sort of.
Teaching at a private high school, Rifkin says, meant that his “students weren’t learning about their own privilege (academic and, in most cases, economic and racial). I wanted to make my classroom a part of the solution.” After ten years of study on the matter, Rifkin is happy to announce that he’s made a breakthrough. “I’ve found a way to introduce my students to the ideas of racial and gender privilege, to the idea that our society is far from a meritocracy, and to broaden their conception of who (racially, gender-wise, etc.) does science to include a much broader slice of society.”
Well, won’t the students at University Prep be glad to hear it! Sorry, kids, we’re not going to talk about physics today. Get out your invisible knapsack, because it’s time for a rousing round of Blame Whitey!
If schools want to introduce their teachers and students to this concept, they should do so using the truest phrase ever uttered: Life isn’t fair. Get used to it. Get over it. With a little hard work, you can level the playing field yourself.
Or just keep shaming white people. I’m sure that will solve everything.