Originally published January 19 2015
Schools now indoctrinating 4-year-olds with guilt, labeling them 'racist' for asking questions
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) Reading and writing skill standards have dropped considerably along with other language skills, especially English. When it comes to actually educating children, schools are really nothing more than daycare warehouses for children to become conditioned for corporate jobs and social compliance.
What used to be taught at the high school level is now college level, and before that, high school level was once covered in grade school. Instead of focusing on what should be covered better and on essays to prove a grasp of what's studied instead of multiple choice exams that can be cleverly manipulated by students for higher grades than deserved, the trend is now focusing on politically correct behavior.
Permanently recording "bigot" labels on young schoolchildren in EnglandSchool districts in England have issued manuscript guidelines for what is considered offensive rhetoric among children as young as five. Instead of coaching the children directly for callous remarks, looks or behavior deemed politically incorrect along color, social class and gender lines, teachers are required to fill out lengthy forms and check off items listed.
An incident of a seven-year-old boy asking a younger brown-skinned boy if he was from Africa came to the UK media forefront after the boy's mother objected and defended her son's claim of simply asking where the boy was from. She refused to sign an official school form agreeing that her son had made a racist remark. The boy's mother insisted that he's merely inquisitive.
This sparked a media controversy in which several educational experts commented. Among them was Chris McGovern, a former headmaster now with the Campaign for Real Education, who stated, "In many cases in many schools we have over-zealous bureaucrats who have responsibility for politically correct behaviour, who are almost brain-washed by their teacher training and put upon by their local authorities."
"As a result, they are looking for examples of racist or homophobic comment .... It is a bit like witch-finding -- they are seeking out examples to justify their position," McGovern continued. The boy who had asked the question was confused and a bit traumatized by the incident.
Another mother wrote how her five-year-old daughter got into trouble for calling her best friend brown. The mother pointed out that her daughter has other friends and even relatives of color. But now the child is on record as being racist.
Inspectors from England's Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) look over these records to see if schools are upholding standards in political correctness. Though no longer required by British law, schools still use these reports to curry favor from Ofsted. Parents can be called in and the forms become a part of the child's school record permanently.
Some examples of items listed in those forms, in addition to perceived racial slurs and other "prejudice based behavior," include: "retard/ spaz/geek/nerd" among special needs kids; "sissy/butch, she/he, gender bender" are words suggested for gender identity taunting; even the word "posh" comes under scrutiny for the "home circumstances category."
The forms require checking off whether words, dirty looks, sarcasm or jokes were part of the offender's behavior.
Back in the USAThe Sacramento Bee reported how part of grading on report cards will include politically correct (PC) behavior on an even more subtle level to conform with statewide Common Core values: Grit, gratitude and being sensitive to others.
Though grit (persistence and courage) is a quality beyond PC, how is that accurately assessed within a classroom environment?
There are four possible grades for each of those qualities: A for almost always or always, O for often, S for sometimes and R for rarely. Who decides on these qualities? What if a child exhibits none or isn't observed with any? Since when are school teachers psychiatrists?
Oh right, they can appeal to psychiatrists for prescriptions to cure brain imbalances among the newly categorized behavioral conditions that aren't "normal." With all this attention on programming politically correct behavior, the stuff of education that needs more focus is shoved aside.
Can anyone spell homeschooling?
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