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  • #76
    Another delusion of Liberal Academia, note this is the 17th annual conference of such ...
    Thousands of teachers flock to ‘White Privilege Conference’

    http://eagnews.org/thousands-of-teac...ge-conference/


    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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    • #77
      Meh. Nothing new. There are lots of far Left fringe teacher's groups that have gained considerable traction. Check this organization out:

      http://www.teachersforjustice.org/

      http://www.teachersforjustice.org/p/...utdownchi.html

      http://www.teachersforjustice.org/se...l%20curriculum

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      • #78
        "Why is the Rum gone?"

        -Captain Jack

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        • #79
          Most teachers are much more liberal than I am, but I don't think that makes them any more, or less, fair than a conservative. Liberal and conservative educators/administrators have been my biggest supporters and most dangerous co-workers. Its something else that determines character.

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          • #80
            It seems like when I talk to people outside my domain (college of business, greek life, etc.), everyone just wants to whine and complain about everything. People are so delicate and soft, the slightest offense demands an apology and they need to be coddled like children. Do people actually believe this? Or do they just feel good about themselves for being politically correct? For example someone used the term cisgender is class last week. Why is that even a word, can we not just call those people normal?
            “Come and take it!"

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            • #81
              Originally posted by ForIAmSparticus View Post
              It seems like when I talk to people outside my domain (college of business, greek life, etc.), everyone just wants to whine and complain about everything. People are so delicate and soft, the slightest offense demands an apology and they need to be coddled like children. Do people actually believe this? Or do they just feel good about themselves for being politically correct? For example someone used the term cisgender is class last week. Why is that even a word, can we not just call those people normal?
              They're part of the tumblr, hyper-sensitive cult.

              However, like many extremists, their views stem from a rational, logical starting point before veering off into cuckoo land.

              For social scientists, language has an important meaning in society and culture. In this instance, the use of the term "normal" carries with it a variety of assumptions and declarations, such as others being "abnormal", which also carries a moral and ethical component as well (even if not explicitly expressed).

              Normality thus isn't really about being part of an average or majority, but actually an expression of disregard and helping to isolate the so-called "abnormal" group, just like calling them freaks, disgusting, and sinful. Normal isn't just an objective description but actually a disguised judgement call.

              So you can see how within that there is a grain of truth. The problem is that these people take something like that and begin swinging wildly with it. That's where you get into the whole "micro transgressions" realm which, again, really just boils down to people trying to change the words we use in an attempt to alter cultural and social norms.

              It seems wacky, but it's a fairly normal behavior we've seen plenty of times, and it's something we're all guilty of. After all, who doesn't alter their language and manner of speaking depending on the audience or your personal views?

              Still, that doesn't help the most militant folk from being total smeg heads in the meantime.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by ForIAmSparticus View Post
                It seems like when I talk to people outside my domain (college of business, greek life, etc.), everyone just wants to whine and complain about everything. People are so delicate and soft, the slightest offense demands an apology and they need to be coddled like children. Do people actually believe this? Or do they just feel good about themselves for being politically correct? For example someone used the term cisgender is class last week. Why is that even a word, can we not just call those people normal?
                WTF is "cisgender?" It certainly isn't a word in the English language. Looking it up in the Urban Dictionary (ie., a dictionary of slang) I got the intended meaning. It is an irrelevant term.
                It is hair splitting by the same bunch of numbskulls that keep adding letters to the LGBTQ... etc. thing. Or, by those that want to turn gender into an insane alphabet soup of personally chosen pronouns and nouns.
                It's like some secret code little school kids might invent to use among themselves to feel superior to those around them.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                  WTF is "cisgender?" It certainly isn't a word in the English language. Looking it up in the Urban Dictionary (ie., a dictionary of slang) I got the intended meaning. It is an irrelevant term.
                  It is hair splitting by the same bunch of numbskulls that keep adding letters to the LGBTQ... etc. thing. Or, by those that want to turn gender into an insane alphabet soup of personally chosen pronouns and nouns.
                  It's like some secret code little school kids might invent to use among themselves to feel superior to those around them.
                  Strangely enough it has a Dutch wiki page,

                  it basically says, "...non-existing word made up by those silly Americans."

                  It also refers to German sexologist Volkmar Sigusch,

                  who first used it in an article, where he apparently made the rather redundant point that if "transgender" is a known concept, the reverse must by necessity also exist and we may as well have a word for it.

                  "cis-" being the classic Latin opposite prefix to "trans-",

                  literally it would mean "..on this side of " [gender]

                  https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisgender
                  Last edited by Snowygerry; 20 Apr 16, 04:43.
                  Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Game.

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                  • #84
                    Professor Says Decision to Write Student Recommendation Is ‘Complicated’ After Learning She Shot AK-47 at Gun Range

                    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016...e_Morning_Test


                    TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                      Professor Says Decision to Write Student Recommendation Is ‘Complicated’ After Learning She Shot AK-47 at Gun Range

                      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016...e_Morning_Test


                      Nothing new. While the original article is no longer available, this archive version is:

                      http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3179855/posts

                      Thus, most recently in Minnesota the agenda of radical teacher education came to light; The University of Minnesota redesigns teachers. Here is what the Univ. of Minnesota’s new teacher certification program requires:

                      Students are required to adopt “race, culture, class and gender” identity politics in order to be recommended for a teaching license.

                      Students must accept that teachers’ lack of “cultural competence” is a major reason for many minority students performing poorly in Minnesota schools.

                      All prospective teachers have to meet 14 “outcomes”, as well as “assessment” methods to assure they had achieved the outcomes. The first outcome is typical: “Future teachers will be able to discuss their own histories and current thinking drawing on notions of white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, hetero-normativity, and internalized oppression.” [Think carefully upon that terminology, it's quite revealing]

                      Other highlights deserve attention:

                      “Future teachers accept that they are privileged or marginalized depending on context.”

                      “Future teachers will recognize & demonstrate understanding of white privilege.”

                      “Future teachers are able to explain how institutional racism works in schools”

                      “Future teachers can construct and articulate a sophisticated and nuanced critical analysis of [the American Dream]…. In pursuing this analysis, students will make use of…the following:

                      o Myth of meritocracy in the United States o The historical use of scientific racism to justify assumptions of fixed mental capacity o History of demands for assimilation to white, middle-class, Christian values o History of white racism, with special focus on current colorblind ideology
                      Students are evaluated and graded on whether they conform to the “race, class, gender” agenda. They must, for example, write a “self-discovery paper” in which they “describe their own ethno-cultural background.” They must describe their own prejudices and stereotypes, question their “cultural” motives for wishing to become teachers, and take two “cultural intelligence”-type assessments. They are graded (for example) on “the extent to which they find intrinsic satisfaction” in “cross-cultural interactions.”

                      Students must not only demonstrate changed thinking — they must become activists. They must learn that schools are “critical sites for social and cultural transformation.” One outcome reads: “Future teachers create & fight for social justice even if only in the classroom”
                      This was 2008.

                      Colleges of Education have become some of the most Leftist, radical, Communist (see teaching of Critical Pedagogy as a preferred instruction method in public schools for example) parts of a university campus there is.

                      One need only do a search on Critical Pedagogy and it's intimate cousin, Social and Economic Justice, to see that these radical Leftist ideas (Critical Pedagogy was invented by Brazilian Communist Paolo Freire)

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire

                      have taken hold in the US in colleges of education at most major universities and have now filtered down to the second tier schools as well. It's the spread of a cancer that will eventually consume much of public education in effect killing it through a poverty of ideas and dogmatic, rigid obedience to the party line.

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