Would you say this is helping maintain the focus of teaching mathematics, reading, and science? Or would you say this is encouraging teachers to be more of a 'community organizer'? Do you think this will help or take away from the fundamentals of education?
Do you believe in the American dream -- the idea that in this country, hardworking people of every race, color and creed can get ahead on their own merits? If so, that belief may soon bar you from getting a license to teach in Minnesota public schools -- at least if you plan to get your teaching degree at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.
The report advocates making race, class and gender politics the "overarching framework" for all teaching courses at the U. It calls for evaluating future teachers in both coursework and practice teaching based on their willingness to fall into ideological lockstep.
Answer by napoli at 8:26 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
The first step toward "cultural competence," says the task group, is for future teachers to recognize -- and confess -- their own bigotry.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:59 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
I don't think cultural incompetence is the reason the US has been lacking for so longin areas like math and science. We spend MORE money compared to most other nations. Yet we are LACKING in education performance.... I think having teachers mandate their teachings based on test scores is a HUGE problem. I think parent need to parent their children. These cultural ideologies are the responsibility of the parent. I for one think America is great. We like every other Nation in the past~did things we wouldn't not condone today. We have learned. We are becoming better for it. Move on. Teachers need to focus on TEACHING children the fundamentals of mathematics, reading, and science... Adding more community organizing coupled with teaching for a test and NOT the child is only going to fill a school day with less FUNDEMENTALS and LESS ACTUAL Subject material. No thanks.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:09 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
Good grief! LOL.its really not funny but damn..
Agree grly this crap needs to stop ..get back to the basics
Answer by tnmomofive at 7:28 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
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Answer by Carpy at 7:57 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
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Answer by tnmomofive at 8:01 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
Answer by tanya64 at 8:17 AM on Nov. 24, 2009
but it is also to learn to be part of a larger group.
But why should schools make social issues a strong focus? So much so, that a university is placing a possibly req. for teachers to essentially denounce the American Dream? Especially when the US educational system is lacking substantially to other nations in the fundamentals. This seems like more of since the parents don't parent, the Nanny Authority (public school teachers) must step in, forgo actual lessons/curriculum to do the social training/'parenting'. Meanwhile the socially adjusted children (no matter what their cultural background) who were taught about acceptance, and diversity at home are stuck in school bored because they aren't being intellectually stimulated.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:26 AM on Nov. 24, 2009