Several of us went to a local meeting around Small Schools and White Priviledge. Presented here is the response from a local activist that attended.
"I went to hear Mr. Tim Wise talk ("White educators teaching children of color") Tues at U of I...he mainly discussed public education...pointing ou themany social justice issues that must be addressed before we can expect particular students, families, and communitiesto respect public schools and attend them and graduate...
After hearing Mr. Wise and talking to both Black and Latino groups and individuals, I am even more convinced that IPS small schools will not work to their potential and get the respect form particular groups until they become vehicles for social justice…
Tim pointed out many social justice issues that concern so-called minorities in the U.S. He talked about all the various ways this unjust status quo was/is maintained. He noted that the statement that public schools are a vehicle for equal opportunity is simple B.S. and can no longer be taken seriously.In fact and HIS MAIN POINT IS THAT: IN MANY INSTANCES OUR OWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE PERPETUATED THIS STATUS QUO…THUS, with respect to historical social justice issues, PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE A PART OF THE PROBLEM…DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY..."
There have been a few posts here regarding the efforts expose "political bias" and even "thought control" on college campuses [see earlier post: the Hunt for Bigfoot]. Well, a major blow has just landed from the thinktanks and extensions of the David Horowitz's campaign. NCATE, the group who accredits SOEs has backed down and pulled out 'social justice' as one of the dispositions recommended for effective teachers. Check out the links to the conservative thinktanks that are citing this a major victory (while you're there check out the blacklist function as well, don't worry nothing on our fair campus......yet).
While I agree that 'social justice' is often ambiguous--I'd like to see it defined for different reasons--the 'political bias' in this effort seems clear. Notice the chain here: thinktanks--DOE--NCATE--Schools of Ed. Oh, we live in interesting times....
Any thoughts, gentle readers?
Accreditor of Education Schools Drops Controversial 'Social Justice'
Standard for Teacher Candidates
By PAULA WASLEY
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education won a key endorsement on Monday in its quest for continued federal approval of its accrediting power after announcing that it would drop controversial language relating to "social justice" from its accrediting standards for teacher-preparation programs.