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My son’s school and progressive education – at least they aren’t hiding it

November 4, 2010

I love public education.  It is so special.  The children are special, the teachers are uber-special, and the messages they project are the most special of all.  Like this one:

The first breakfast will celebrate the following design principles: The Primacy of Self-Discovery and Diversity and Inclusion.

What the hell are you talking about fleece?  That is from this month’s Robious Middle School newsletter (view it here – EOctober 2010November2010), and the design principle is from a list of 10 that elected students will be focusing on for the year.  Since Robious hasn’t posted what the other ten are anywhere I can find, I will show you the 10 from an Expeditionary Learning (EL) educator resources website, these are pretty standard across the United States for EL schools:

  1. The Primacy of Self-Discovery
  2. The Having of Wonderful Ideas
  3. The Responsibility for Learning
  4. Empathy and Caring
  5. Success and Failure
  6. Collaboration and Competition
  7. Diversity and Inclusion
  8. The Natural World
  9. Solitude and Reflection
  10. Service and Compassion

Whatever happened to, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic?  Some points need to be made about this list.  My son’s school obviously combined number one and number seven, so I don’t know what their new number seven is, probably something negative about Israel – see below.

Allow me to give the description of number three, the Responsibility for Learning:

Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group. Every aspect of an Expeditionary Learning school encourages both children and adults to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning.

Collective learning huh?  Not sounding too good for the home team guys.

And here is the definition of  Diversity and Inclusion:

Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. In Expeditionary Learning schools, students investigate and value their different histories and talents as well as those of other communities and cultures. Schools and learning groups are heterogeneous.

Ok, I don’t even know what a heterogeneous school is supposed to be?  So I looked it up.  Basically it means no more gifted classes for kids.  So like normal, our best and brightest have to be brought down to the level of everyone else.  I mean, it’s the only socialist, err, fair thing to do.

Of course the list has the requisite save the environment, won’t even go into that.  But what about empathy and caring?  I am not suggesting those are ignoble goals, but who should be teaching our kids that?  Some teacher who has no emotional nor vested interest in the future outcome of my child, or, umm, ME!?!  But fleece, why can’t you both teach him?  Because I don’t know what the hell that teacher’s principles are.  I don’t want some person teaching my child social standards that I might not particularly agree with.  Teach facts, life is easier that way.

Well, I am running long here, so I will end with a quote the Principal Javaid Siddiqi used, see if you can guess who said it:

A person is a person because he recognizes other persons

Any guesses who originated this ground-breaking existential thought?  Camus?  Carter (just kidding)?  Whitman?  Nope, Desmond Tutu.  Thank you Mr. Siddiqi, for quoting an Israel basher in my son’s school newsletter, couldn’t find any appropriate quotes in Mein Kampf?

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  1. November 4, 2010 8:29 pm

    Oh. My. Freaking. Goodness. Whatta load of garbage.

    At worst, they use this fluffy pseudo-intellectual academia-speak to brainwash the kids with progressive ideals: competition is bad, and you-are-entitled-to-feel-good-about-yourself, even if you are a Class A Brat-type crap.

    At best, it is a banal waste of your kid’s time, so that dumbass progressive bureaucrats can place checks in their little curriculum boxes, when they should be teaching, you know, American history and civics and stuff. But noooo, teaching about empathy and inclusion and empathy and caring is gonna stop all the nasty bullying and stuff going on these days, right???

    Bah! It’s all the empty self-esteem pushing, entitlement-mentality-creating, and lack of actual discipline and line-drawing, ie, the daggum progressive curriculum, that causes much of the bad behavior. Oh, and boredom of the smart kids lumped in with the rest. Oh, and also so many parents today simply suck at child-rearing, because they weren’t disciplined themselves, or they feel too guilty b/c they both work or they are divorced and dating other people etc, etc, etc, hasn’t little Johnny been through enough already?

    You should get a couple other conservative parents on board with having a low key meeting with the principle about your concerns with this “curriculum.” Not b/c it’ll change anything, but just to poke ’em. I mean, you have to put up with their crap so they may as well take a little from you.

    Can you tell this kind of thing enrages me?

    • November 4, 2010 8:36 pm

      Excellent comments, lol. I love it. It pisses me off too. The Dewey progressive education system is an abject failure, but don’t ever expect a progressive to take numerous failures as proof that something doesn’t work, we just have to try harder, or spend more money, or my personal favorite, “society isn’t ready”.

      To make matters worse, they are learning in reverse order. In History they are starting with the civil rights movement, oh and they get to write poems about it, then moving on to the 1900’s and the American Indian experience, not sure if they have poems in that one. Nothing like progressives to completely disassociate history, cause humans don’t learn from the past. Apparently, progressives don’t.

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