Minn. U: Teacher Education Redesign Initiative

Minn. U: Teacher Education Redesign Initiative

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:56 am

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/comm ... anchO7DiUr

They must denounce exclusionary biases and embrace the vision. (Or else.)


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.

In a report compiled last summer, the Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group at the U's College of Education and Human Development recommended that aspiring teachers there must repudiate the notion of "the American Dream" in order to obtain the recommendation for licensure required by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Instead, teacher candidates must embrace -- and be prepared to teach our state's kids -- the task force's own vision of America as an oppressive hellhole: racist, sexist and homophobic.

Has everyone lost their minds? Here I though teachers were supposed to be teaching math, reading etc.

Here's the actual pages, see the link for "Race, Class, Culture, Gender"

The story of the United States is often told in terms of the American Dream. Historian James Truslow Adams is thought to have coined the phrase “American Dream” in 1931, in his book, The Epic of America. Adams wrote that the American Dream is:

“That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability and achievement. . . . It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”

Future teachers will understand that despite an ideal about what is considered common culture in the United States, that many groups are typically not included within this celebrated cultural identity and more often than not, many students with multi-generational histories in the United States are routinely perceived to be new immigrants or foreign. That such exclusion is frequently a result of dissimilarities in power and influence.

Emphasis mine, WTF is that supposed to mean? Truthfully? Keep in mind this is suggested policy for students looking to become teachers.

It's time as nation to put this BS behind us, my one hope with Obama was that it would mend a lot of old wounds but it appears that is not happening.
Richard S.
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Re: Minn. U: Teacher Education Redesign Initiative

PostBy: dll On: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:20 am

This is what happens when people don't learn their history.

The people who have written about the abuse during the cultural revolution in China must be stunned to see Mao's plans instituted in the one of the few free places on earth.