According to professional education consultant Heather Hackman, aspiring teachers should go into their careers with the intention of changing the system from the inside. That advice makes a certain amount of sense given the state of public education, but the subversive track Hackman promotes could have devastating consequences. Speaking at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, Hackman said that teachers are obligated to strip their schools of white supremacy.
“The racial narrative of White tends to be like this: Rugged individual, honest, hard-working, disciplined, rigorous, successful,” she said. “And so then, the narrative of U.S. public education: Individual assessments, competition, outcome over process, ‘discipline’ where we care more about your attendance and making sure you’re not tardy than we care about your relationships, proper English must be spoken (which is just assimilation into standard U.S. dialect), hierarchical power structure, and heavy goal orientation.”
Yes, we’ve reached the stage of societal evolution where traits like honesty and hard work are considered remnants of white supremacy. One can only imagine what the U.S. education system will look like in ten years if people like Hackman have their way. At one point in her speech, she related fondly how she allowed her students to turn in essays written in foreign languages she couldn’t understand.
“If I don’t know it, frankly, that’s my issue,” she said. “All I need to know is that you’re thinking about it, I don’t really care how you do it.”
To Hackman, the solution to what ails America’s education system lies in moving away from grades and instead assessing student learning at the class level. And she believes that any teacher who resists this philosophy should find something else to do.
“If I was a white faculty member and unwilling to get with the program, I do not have any business in teacher education,” she said.
Underlying Hackman’s ludicrous ideas is a fact that we don’t like to talk about. When it comes to white students, there really aren’t many problems in the U.S. education system. White students, by and large, are doing just fine. Hispanics and blacks, on the other hand, are not. So there’s this new push from the radical left to change things so that minorities can succeed. The easiest way to do that? Lower expectations dramatically.
They have embraced this notion of “disparate impact.” We now judge the racism of a policy by the results, not the intentions. If black students are failing a class, it’s because the class is somehow racist. And if the only way to solve that problem is to eliminate grades altogether, liberals will do just that.