Tuesday, May 31, 2005

New Teachers *Must* Be Libs

Here's the opening sentence from an article in Today's New York Sun:

Brooklyn College's School of Education has begun to base evaluations of aspiring teachers in part on their commitment to social justice, raising fears that the college is screening students for their political views.

Read the whole thing for yourself. If you see nothing wrong with this you're too far gone for help.


urbansocrates said...

Don't conservatives want justice, too? I thought justice was an equal-opportunity all-American value.

Darren said...

We do, and it is. However, "social justice" is a code word for a panoply of leftie causes (wealth redistribution, for example) that we do not support.

Assuming you got here through a link from EdWonks or Thespian Journal (via EdWonks), you have access to all my posts discussing this so-called social justice.

urbansocrates said...

Do you mean a graduated income tax? And some kind of social safety net? I can't find your posts.

Darren said...

There's a search function at the top of my blog page. Type in "social justice" without the quotation marks.

urbansocrates said...

So the Left is using this as code for multiculturalism and affirmative action, and a high level of welfare benefits, I take it. That's different.

I don't like the idea of screening teachers for political views either (short of advocating the violent overthrow of the US government, which should be fair game, I guess). I'm a social studies teacher, and we tend to be a fairly self-selected bunch in my NE state anyway. I do think that teachers who are intolerant of minorities will have a hard time advocating the level of tolerance for others that's the norm in our society these days. But there are lots of limits on folks like that anyway (pissed-off parents, for instance), so I don't worry too much about them.