Owned by the teachers, the unions, and the state. Parents be damned!
“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Because of the threat by Indiana teachers to quit en masse, as well as teacher protests, the Indiana state legislature has gutted a bill that would have have attempted to ban the teaching of the Marxist and bigoted critical race theory (CRT) program in the schools.
The quotes from teachers are somewhat hilarious, in a terribly depressing way. From the first link:
“I will have to quit, or I will have to ignore it,” Lang said, the Indy Star reported. “I will not comply. I can’t. It’s that bad.”
From the second link:
“It’s the last nail in the coffin,” Suzanne Holcomb, an elementary school teacher in northern Indiana, told the Star. “I don’t know how we would move forward from this. It would just make teaching impossible.” Holcomb added that the bill “feels like an attack on education,” “an attack on our integrity,” and “Quite frankly, it’s insulting.”
“As long as I still enjoy the job, feel effective at the job, I see no reason to leave,” another teacher, Sandy James, said. “This bill could change that for me.”
The bill also has students training to be teachers rethinking their career paths. “Anyone I know, within the last semester, has said out loud ‘I’m not sure if I’m able to do this,'” said Abby Martin, a junior at Indiana University Bloomington studying to be a high school teacher. “It’s alarming.”
These complaints are all balder-dash. All these teachers really are saying is that they believe the kids belong to them, not the parents. Any advice or consultation from parents must be blocked.
Note too that the teachers’ union, Indiana State Teachers Association, organized the protests, which also suggests that a large number of the state’s public school teachers agree with these teachers. They support critical race theory, want to teach it, and will do whatever they can to keep parents from having any say in preventing them from doing so.
Thus, if the bill did pass and these teachers did quit, that would be the best possible thing that could possibly happen for Indiana’s school children.
Sadly, these teacher protests succeeded in scaring the politicians, who quickly gutted the bill so that it essentially accomplishes nothing.
To be blunt, however, the bill was always meaningless and unenforceable. The only way the bigoted but deeply entrenched critical race program can be removed from the public schools will be to cut funding, forcibly and without pity or fear. This would either force the schools to change, or result in the firing or voluntary departure of these teachers so that the school system can be rebuild from scratch, with different people.
It appears sadly that Indiana’s state politicians do not have the courage to do this. Instead, they propose feel-good legislation like this bill, and then chicken out when union-organized protests occur.
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