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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Andreas » 13 May 2013, 22:45

An informative update on the expanding diversity bureaucracy at the University of California:

http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_2_m ... rsity.html
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Andreas » 14 May 2013, 17:19

Nothing good can come of the multiculturalist “diversity” bureaucracy at the University of California, described by Heather MacDonald in the article above. Unfortunately, similar bureaucracies are probably now operating at every major American university. I sincerely hope this product is not exported and does not take root abroad. It wastes time and money, it does not help students, and it creates resentment and dislike among different groups of people rather than harmony or cooperation.

After reading the article, I wondered if anything quite like this has existed before, or what historical precedents there might be. Obviously there is never anything entirely new under the sun. I tried to identify the main characteristics of the “diversity” apparatus and where they might have come from.

---a self-perpetuating bureaucracy that produces committees, reports, recommendations, etc. but nothing of any real value to anyone, other than jobs for the bureaucrats (many precedents)

---propaganda and brainwashing (precedents in Communism, Fascism, and religious cults)

---an entity with impunity and little or no oversight or accountability to anyone else; a state within the state (a bit like the Mafia)

---a university entity one of whose main tasks (and I think this is new) is to cause other units or individuals within the university to break the law. There is a law in California, Proposition 209, which expressly prohibits state entities from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in public employment, contracting, or education. One of the purposes of the“diversity” apparatus is to intimidate and browbeat departments to hire more women and minority faculty members, in violation of Proposition 209.

The last point seems new, and in conjunction with the other elements, perhaps this is a new phenomenon, the result of a strange transformation of the liberation movements of the 1960s into a Stalinist thought police, obsessed with identity politics: a malignant growth no one seems to have foreseen, a Hydra unique to our time.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Gavin » 05 Sep 2013, 18:06

A teacher just phoned into the radio. She said:

"We're the only group of freethinkers left!"


I thought I would put that here for comedy value. She was very pro unions etc. It makes one wonder how the government can deal with all of these socialist teachers. Let them strike, perhaps. Just replace them with other people who will be grateful for the work.

Mind you, I wouldn't be a teacher in the current climate. Even when I was at school I can remember students actually offering teachers outside for fights, but also teachers excusing violent pupils on grounds of "he can't help it, it's not his fault" etc. etc.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Elliott » 21 Sep 2013, 20:27

Courtesy of Roger Kimball, here is another glimpse into life in the modern Western academy. (Not school-level education, but university-level, so not entirely relevant to this thread but there was no better match.)
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Charlie » 21 Sep 2013, 20:57

the Institute for Comparative Modernities...?

Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies...?

I feel slightly ill.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Gavin » 11 Feb 2014, 19:40

Apparently Education Secretary Michael Gove is hated by most teachers, because he is a conservative who wants to implement non-progressive reforms. He had dared to say that some teachers are something less than perfect, and even said that some of them should dress more smartly. This resulted in many phoning into radio stations and I heard one saying that they couldn't dress well when they had to work so hard! What connection there is between those two was not made clear at all. Actually, the general diction and obvious intellectual level of the teachers phoning in was quite alarming, suggesting Mr Gove is absolutely right in his concern.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Charlie » 26 Mar 2014, 22:22

I imagine that our UK-based posters know that some teachers have been on strike today.

I saw a group of these NUT sorts in the centre of Leeds this morning. As soon as I saw that they were trying to sell copies of The Socialist Worker, I thought of this thread.

I just hope that such people never up teaching any child of mine.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Nathan » 26 Mar 2014, 22:29

Don't you just love it how whenever there's any kind of strike or protest in this country you see people who've abandoned their jobs for the day holding placards made by the Socialist Worker?
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Nathan » 03 Oct 2014, 17:43

Primary school introduces unisex toilets to 'prevent transphobia'

I'm sure transphobia was a massive problem in the first place...
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Elliott » 07 Oct 2014, 05:28

Transphobia in a primary school?

I can't stand it any more...
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Nathan » 30 Jan 2015, 21:40

A Bristol schoolteacher has included UKIP alongside Neo-Nazis and the National Front on a list of "racist" groups listed in a slide entitled "The Rise of Racist Groups" used in a class discussion on "community relationships and tolerance". What subject could that reasonably come under? No subject I ever studied at school, that's for sure.

I don't have the time to save a picture of the slide and post it on here, but I recommend you have a look to see exactly what I'm referring to:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Apology-UK ... story.html

The first sentence begins:

You have the right to believe what you want...


...and then in comes the "but".

but if you have racist ideas and discriminate against a group of people then YOU ARE A RACIST.


The second part of the slide packs in the clichés nice and tight, implying that "racism" is all based on or associated with "anger, hate and violence", and "listen carefully and you will hear they are not that different to Hitler - and that is what is scary!!". Likewise, "some groups 'spout' racist language". Not more a neutral word like "espouse", or "advocate", but "spout", as in "to spout nonsense".

It really does makes me fume though at how sinister this is, the emotive wording designed to stifle discussion in particular. How dare a teacher abuse his or her (the article doesn't give the gender) position to brainwash children in this way!

Either a few days' suspension or the person's name made public and a formal warning not to do it again with closer supervision of his/her classes would seem appropriate punishment as far as I am concerned, but unsurprisingly none of this has happened.

If this multiculture idea is so natural and wonderful and children brought up in it who know nothing else are so at ease with the concept then why is it necessary to brainwash them so overtly just to keep it going? The level of PC really must have stepped up a gear since I was at secondary school 15-20 years ago, because this would have been unimaginable at my school.

Though thank God for camera phones being taken into classrooms these days, or otherwise this would never have seen the light of day.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Paul » 30 Jan 2015, 23:44

It's horrible Nathan. As Elliott says in a post before yours - I can't stand it any longer. - though I will have to.

If you can see the changes in Education compared to 15 - 20 years ago, then imagine the difference at Grammar School 36 years ago. Back then, I'm not sure the word 'Racist' even existed. In so far as it did, it was not a word I recall ever having heard spoken. We would have worked out what it meant quite swiftly (though I wonder would some boys have equated it to 'patriotism'?) but we never had cause to.

The only subject that the matter might ever arise may have been Religion - though it never did. It would have been along the lines of morality or war, but never in respect of modern British politics (says I, as modern British politics has had us embroiled in several dubious wars - Tony Blair's almost personal wars of course)

The teacher in question is using his/her important position as a political soapbox, as many now seem to be doing (see the quote here that I posted yesterday). These people are insane, as well as plain old wicked.

How dare they equate Farage or UKIP to mass murderers?

But they'll never mention Stalin & co, nor his friend Mao. Pol Pot anyone? Didn't they achieve together about twenty times the number of murders as the number attributed to the Nazis? I think (I hear) that Mao dispensed with over 60 million people in his 'great leap forward'. They'll never mention that.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Nick J W » 31 Jan 2015, 11:40

A most grievous, traitorous, folly... Three Guineas, thirty pieces of silver
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Nathan » 02 Feb 2015, 14:53

Another school has been caught out conflating the Nazis and UKIP as if they were one and the same.

We were shown a slide of a multicultural society and told how great it was that pupils were from such diverse backgrounds.

“But the teacher said that not every one agreed and then moved on to the slide showing a UKIP emblem and a picture of Nigel Farage.”


http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/ ... -slideshow

It's heartening to see that both the cases I've linked to have come to light only because one of the pupils has felt strongly enough about it to take a picture as evidence and spread the word about what is going on.
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Re: Left-wing teachers

Postby Alfred M » 03 Feb 2015, 09:55

I live in America, so what I am about to say is only a reflection on the area I grew up in.

In general, I think education as a whole is left wing. However, I find that at the level of High School, for instance, the liberals are more open to opposing ideas, and are not as rabid as in a college environment. This is not to say that having left wing teachers is a good, or even tolerable thing for a healthy society.

I think college level leftist educators are the worst, you cannot easily debate them because they have little time, the aura (even if it is false) of "credentials," and they tend to really pioneer the far left edge of social thought.

I fear someday we may have to tear down all universities, fire all academics, and start a new. Ideally, we might have a patchwork of small colleges, which explicitly state they are pro civilization, pro stability and right wing.
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