Hegemonic heteronormatives need not apply 2

To improve their scores and life-chances, black kids doing badly at school in Minnesota are to be taught even worse rubbish than public schools already teach, as the bright sparks who decide such things plan to instill in them a sturdy sense of victimhood, self-pity, envy and resentment. That should be a real leg-up for them, saving them from any misguided ambition to do well and get ahead.

White middle-class teachers will only be licensed to carry out this noble work if they abase themselves, eat crow, and repent in writing for not being black, and/or poor, and/or homosexual, or (where applicable) at the very least female.

This is from the Star Tribune by Katherine Kersten:

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.

The task group is part of the Teacher Education Redesign Initiative, a multiyear project to change the way future teachers are trained at the U’s flagship campus. The initiative is premised, in part, on the conviction that Minnesota teachers’ lack of “cultural competence” contributes to the poor academic performance of the state’s minority students. Last spring, it charged the task group with coming up with recommendations to change this. In January, planners will review the recommendations and decide how to proceed.

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.

The first step toward “cultural competence,” says the task group, is for future teachers to recognize — and confess — their own bigotry. Anyone familiar with the reeducation camps of China’s Cultural Revolution will recognize the modus operandi.

The task group recommends, for example, that prospective teachers be required to prepare an “autoethnography” report. They must describe their own prejudices and stereotypes, question their “cultural” motives for wishing to become teachers, and take a “cultural intelligence” assessment designed to ferret out their latent racism, classism and other “isms.” They “earn points” for “demonstrating the ability to be self-critical.”

The task group opens its report with a model for officially approved confessional statements: “As an Anglo teacher, I struggle to quiet voices from my own farm family, echoing as always from some unstated standard. … How can we untangle our own deeply entrenched assumptions?”

The goal of these exercises, in the task group’s words, is to ensure that “future teachers will be able to discuss their own histories and current thinking drawing on notions of white privilege, hegemonic masculinity, heteronormativity, and internalized oppression.”

Future teachers must also recognize and denounce the fundamental injustices at the heart of American society, says the task group. From a historical perspective, they must “understand that … many groups are typically not included” within America’s “celebrated cultural identity,” and that “such exclusion is frequently a result of dissimilarities in power and influence.” In particular, aspiring teachers must be able “to explain how institutional racism works in schools.” …

That part should be easy. They have only to talk about the anti-white, anti-Anglo indoctrination in their own training.

  • Alejandro

    This post is on the verge of being racist. One must be careful when discussing issues like this not to be racist.

    • aeschines

      You see, your heteronormative white privilege actually prevents you from seeing how your post is racist, thereby (according to Derrida, pg. 245) enforcing (or masculine-enforcing, if we may coin a neologism (Foucault, pg 94)) the white-substantial supra/super-masculine superclass. Indeed, your post is not so much on the verge of racist, but rather already racist because of the substantiated fact of you writing it.

      Can I have a masters degree now?