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Isn’t the point of teaching to actually teach mathematics, reading, and science??

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.


Asked by grlygrlz2 at 6:58 AM on Nov. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • There is a huge need to just focus on the basics in all our schools...too much time and money being spent on including the special needs kids and not enough effort put into making sure the mainstream kids are getting the fundamentals down before they load 'em up with all kinds of extra information. Also a little too much emphasis put on "group projects". I agree there's a need to teach kids to cooperate and get along and work with others, but I think that the individual sense of accomplishment (and subsequent degree of self-motivation) suffers when they're so often graded on what someone else did or didn't do.

    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..

    banging head into wallAgree grly this crap needs to stop ..get back to the basics


    Answer by tnmomofive at 7:28 AM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • and we wonder why everything is 'made in china'...not sure where i want to go with that...but i agree, son isn't in kindergarten yet, but i want him to have a kwality edumakation..he already loves everyone; he doesn't need to be graded or taught what that means.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 7:52 AM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • It's called dumbing down society for easier takeover by the libs.

    Answer by Carpy at 7:57 AM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • correction, the socialist/marxists disquised as libs.

    Answer by Carpy at 7:58 AM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Yep grly and the SEIU is the task force..along with ACORN

    Answer by tnmomofive at 8:01 AM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • I think there is a balance. School is to learn the fundamentals, but it is also to learn to be part of a larger group.

    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