One of the worst aspects of the education system is that it conspires, implicitly and explicitly, to indoctrinate rather than simply to educate, specifically, to create generations of left-wing voters – and it’s working.
To some extent, this is innocent and unintentional, but by and large, it is both intentional and insidious, an policy to “mold young minds” – the mold is unabashedly socialist.
Teachers, as workers in the so-called “helping professions”, tend to be relatively sensitive to the needs of other and, while that sensitivity is not the exclusive realm of the political left, teachers do tend to be drawn in that direction. Unable to be 100% impartial, they tend to impart that bias in their teaching. Combined with official Ministry and and Board policies which encourage them in that direction, they become the foot soldiers of political correctness.
In doing so, they go against the grain of Canadian sensibilities for while the schools promote multiculturalism, anti-homophobia, anti-racism, etc., Canadians are by no means in favor of pursuing these agendae (correct Latin plural). In fact, majority sentiment runs against some of them.
For instance, the majority in Canada favor retention of the Monarchy, but schools have been taking down their pictures of the Queen, in some cases replacing Her with portraits of Martin Luther King – who is not even a Canadian. In my first school, over twenty years ago, my principal expressly forbid me from putting up a picture of the Queen in my classroom. In my last school, my principal opposed my donating a portrait of Her Majesty to the school as She was “not relevant”.
The schools teach an overly-liberal sex education agenda that is not favored by the majority of Canadians. The innocence of children regarding things like anal intercourse does not seem to be important to the Board or the province. There is talk now of renaming Mothers‘ Day and Fathers‘ day.
Multiculturalism is front and center. Immigration? Any teacher can tell his class that Canada should accept more immigrants, but the teacher who advocates lowering the immigration level – something that even David Suzuki favors – would find themselves in the principal’s office pretty quickly.
I distinctly remember hearing teachers railing against then Conservative Ontario Premier Bill Harris – overt political propaganda in the classroom. When my own students asked me, during the height of tensions between his government and the teachers’ unions, what my feelings were about Harris, I replied that I didn’t think it was appropriate for me to use the classroom to advocate my political views. There response was, “All our other teachers do.” My colleagues railed against Bush senior over Kuwait and Bush junior about Hurricane Katrina . . . some considered their desks to be their political pulpits, something that I, as a conservative, would not dare have done.
But nothing matched the Board’s approach to racism, which was, essentially, to vilify white people – I know that sounds extreme, and they would deny it, but I can demonstrate it, and will.
At one school, a group was brought in to give a presentation to the student body in an assembly and then fan out into the classrooms to indoctrinate the students further. Their presentation consisted of a number of skits that showed discrimination in action. After three or four of these, I started to keep score. If it concerned something sexual orientation, the heterosexual was “the bad guy”; racism, the white guy; sexual harassment, the male . . . without fail. And it occurred to me: a new stereotype was being created and advertised – the white, able-bodied, heterosexual, anglophone male. And what will happen when Toronto becomes majority non-white, as the demographers tell us will happen? Whites will face discrimination, fueled by generations of educators and other politically correct sorces telling non-whites that whites discriminate against them. I went to – in fact, was forced to attend – a workshop on racism, in which I and my fellow teachers were told that the only people who could, by definition, practice racism were whites because racism, by definition, equals discrimination plus power, and whites are the only group that has power. That’s circular logic combined with a definition that you won’t find in Oxford or Webster. When I pointed out that the them director of the TDSB was black, I was informed, straight-faced, that he was the exception, and so, in short, did not count.
The overall effect of this is to create and foster a stereotype of white people as being racist to non-whites, while non-whites are incapable of being racist, which fosters antipathy towards whites who, quite rightly, resent that – hardly a formula for reducing racism.
What little true racism exists in our society, of course, exists on all sides. I have seen black students show prejudice against Asians, Asians against blacks, aboriginals against whites . . . like I said, it’s on all sides.
I once had to deal with a group of black girls who were playing loud music in the hall, disturbing students in the Library. The hall monitor, who was also black, asked me to help because the girls would not listen to him. When negotiations failed, I simply unplugged their boom box. One of them started screaming at me. My ears literally hurt because she got so close and so loud. She called me a “fucking white racist”. For this, she received a one day suspension – one day! I asked the vice-principal what discipline he would have handed out if a large white male student had screamed obscenities at a small black female teacher, calling her a “fucking black” anything. The only answer I got was a glare.
If the Board blows the race issue – and they do – they do an even worse job with the other “R” issue they have waded into: religion.
As long as I am relating personal anecdotes, let me relate another. For about a year, once a week or every ten days, I wore a black t-shirt with white writing that said GOD IS COMING – LOOK BUSY. I got a lot of comments, all positive, not to mention amusement over it because of the obvious irony: you can’t fool God by looking busy. It was a J – O – K – E, and certainly not a religious statement. Everyone got it . . . or so I thought.
I got hauled into the principal’s office with my union rep in tow and a vice-principal acting as court reporter, taking notes. Apparently, my t-shirt was “deeply offensive”. I agreed to stop wearing it.
I called the human rights office at the Board, and found that, indeed, I was violating a Board policy. When I asked for more details of the policy, I found out the following: I could wear a cross around my neck – no-one had ever complained about that – but someone had been ordered not to wear a t-shirt that had a number of crosses in the shape of a heart. (Either multiple crosses or hearts are not allowed – you figure it out).
I was told that the schools were secular institutions – is this starting to sound like the Quebec “values charter” we’ve been reading about in the papers recently? – so these things were not allowed.
However . . .
Muslim students were allowed to miss class time to attend prayers. In one school, they did so in the school cafeteria with boys in the front, girls behind them, and menstruating girls at the very, very back. I guess religious rights trump women’s rights, but there are so many contradictions in the politically correct philosophy that it’s hard to tell.
This is what I have seen: women must have equal rights unless they are muslim; all races are equal except for whites (who are a bunch of racists); homosexuality must be respected, but if Muslims or Jamaicans disagree, that’s their culture; all cultures must be celebrated except for British; religions should be accommodated except for Christianity . . .
And this is what they teach the kids, either overtly or implicitly.
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