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Denver schools’ rebellion
not the one they wanted

Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 10/9/2012 5:44:59 AM

DENVER — Students in the Denver Public Schools need to know reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but what about the fourth “r” — revolution? District officials have scrambled to respond to a public outcry over language in the new teacher-assessment criteria that describes a “distinguished” teacher as one who “encourages students to challenge and question the dominant culture” and “take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice.” The district’s “Framework for Effective Teaching” also said teachers would be scored on whether “Spades tudents appear comfortable challenging the dominant

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This ties right in with the president failing to recognize the reason for Columbus Day, but instead lamenting the effect of European influence on "indigenous peoples".

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: cThree, 10/9/2012 5:56:10 AM     (No. 8919560)

We encountered this in our local (NY) district, purveyed through the "critical thinking" part of a "International Baccalaureate" program.

It truly is a presumptuous elevation of arm-chair leftism to the "pinnacle" of intellectual accomplishment. And at the secondary education level it too easily becomes a platform for the teachers' self-aggrandizement.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 10/9/2012 6:41:57 AM     (No. 8919584)

FTA "Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg said “the original wording wasn’t worded in the way that it should have been and [failed to] capture the real intent of what we want to get at, which is, we want our students to be critical thinkers.”

Th3 'critical thinker' stuff is starting to bother me. Because all of the proponents want kids to spout the liberal social justices claptrap they are taught. They don't want kids to think about anything. Just sing this Obama song, mmmm mmmm mmmmm, kids, and believe everything the government tells you, kid. And The Denver Schools Teachers Union will give you a critical thinker sticker for the diploma you can't read.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/9/2012 7:09:58 AM     (No. 8919612)

No wonder students can't read, write, or do any arithmetic. It's all about social action and social justice. I'm surprised private schools aren't sprouting up all over the country.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cThree, 10/9/2012 7:15:17 AM     (No. 8919621)

The educators in this story really got caught with their pants down, and it says something that the whistle blower wanted to remain anonymous.

What SHOULD happen there and in thousands of similar places when such odious bias is exposed, is that the authors should undergo counseling for sensitivity to political prejudice, not unlike the knee-jerk sensitivity counseling assigned to anyone whose speech offends the Left.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chumley, 10/9/2012 7:26:37 AM     (No. 8919640)

Its just more academic double talk. Like business double talk, it is so vague it can mean whatever they want it to mean.
Thats how they read The Constitution also.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Maybeth, 10/9/2012 7:28:23 AM     (No. 8919644)

At least one principal disagrees with the community-organized 'distinguished teacher.' That principal believes it's his job to help students become produtive citizens, instead of encouragng them to become whiners about perceived injustices.
.... Imagine that.

It sounds as if this 'distinguished teacher' is either pushing for a taught ebonics language course or complaining that English is America's basic language.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 10/9/2012 7:40:37 AM     (No. 8919661)

Children are not social lab rats for the left's political agenda; they are in school to learn ... which would provide ample opportunities for self-made ''social justice''.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: oh-heck, 10/9/2012 7:47:11 AM     (No. 8919674)

One of the principals wasn't fully indoctrinated and ratted out the plan to teach the children to become revolutionaries. Little slip-ups like this risk exposing the strategy before it can be fully implemented.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bigfoot, 10/9/2012 8:09:00 AM     (No. 8919707)

What a load of Antonio Gramsci

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 10/9/2012 8:25:26 AM     (No. 8919752)

"the original wording wasn't worded in the way that it should have been and [failed to] capture the real intent of what we want to get at"

Actually, the problem is that the 'real intent' was exposed for all to see...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: skedaddle, 10/9/2012 9:39:14 AM     (No. 8919958)

Do teachers and administrators really want kids "to challenge and question the dominant culture"? What if the kiddos take that statement to its logical conclusion and challenge the way their school is run, question the teachers' classroom methods, challenge the cafeteria food quality and serving size? I know what the edu-commies meant with their language but I'm sure they don't intend to let anyone use it on them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: southernstorm, 10/9/2012 3:28:06 PM     (No. 8921114)

I didn't know that this philosophy had slipped into our public school systems. I did discover recently that at least one of our state supported colleges, Appalachian State University in North Carolina offers a graduate course called "Sustainable Development"http://susdev.appstate.edu/
The degree is described as "Sustainability means attending to and combining the important areas of environment, economics, and (social) equity."
It boils down to state supported socialist training.

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