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3 CLUES

 

Reframing our nation’s history to the extent of changing the birth year without a national debate is assumptive and not the way of reflective, academic professionals – it is not progress.  Deterring character development by lowering student expectations is not progress.  Emboldening the lawbreakers while displaying indifference towards law abiding victims is not progress.   Facilitating the spread of a monolithic ideology of “acceptable opinions” with little tolerance for free debate is not progress.  Ignoring the loss of parent’s rights to local school board members is not progress – it is autocratic.   

 

Despite the extensive fodder used to justify or otherwise support  these backward policies . . .

 

. . . most people still do not agree with them.   

 

Why? . . . because most people have common sense.  Most people recognize an upside down sign when they see one.   

WHERE COULD THESE HARMFUL POLICIES LEAD US? 

HERE ARE 3 CLUES

So what’s the End Game that a lack of law and order, diminished free speech and other retrogressive policies – might lead us?    1 of 2 Possibilities.

Here are 3 examples where aspects of a grim End Game (Possibility #1) are clearly stated.

Imagine a pier stretching out over the water. Viewed from above, the pier appears to simply float there.  The top of the pier – the part that we can see – signifies the surface aspect of these claims.  Yet while the pier seems to float effortlessly, it is, of course, not floating at all; it is propped up by a structure submerged under the water. The pier rests on pillars embedded in the ocean floor.  In the same way that a pier sits on submerged pillars that are not immediately visible, the beliefs supporting our racial claims are hidden from our view.  To topple the pier, we need to access and uproot the pillars.”   Robin DiAngelo, “White Fragility”, Beacon Press 2018

So uproot the foundation/tear down the pier (i.e. pillars such as free market capitalism?) is the answer . . . and replace with what?

. . . in order to inspire all students to achieve their greatest potential we must lead and engage in a collective commitment to equity.  The Board recognizes that with our objective to provide educational opportunities that result in equitable outcomes, we must work proactively to address biases and eliminate institution structures and practices that negatively affect student learning and achievement.”  Equity Belief Statement, Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville, Illinois website, ipsd.org

What does it mean to “eliminate institutional structures and practices”?

Does it mean to eliminate a foundational principle such as meritocracy tomorrow by doing things like lowering student expectations today?  . . . and replace with what?  

According to the New York Times, “the goal of the 1619 Project is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year,” replacing 1776. 

We must honestly and thoroughly focus on the horror of slavery as part of America’s story, but do we really want to allow that terrible mistake to replace celebrating the introduction of institutionalized self-rule by a free people?   Why give top priority to an authoritarian sin of the past, and diminish the ideal that 1776 represents for the future?  . . . what ideal does 1619 represent?    . . . replace the ideal represented by 1776 with the plague represented by 1619?

 

IT SEEMS THAT THE “POSSIBILITY #1 END GAME” IS TO SIMPLY TAKE DOWN WHAT WE HAVE.   People who accept or advocate these backward policies have a tough time defining what they want our free democratic republic to look like.   Ask them — specifically:  What replaces tolerance for viewpoint diversity?  What replaces meritocracy in engineering?  What replaces a free market economic system driven by individual freedom?   What replaces protection for law abiding citizens?   What are their alternatives? How will things work?  How do the purveyors of fodder answer those End Game questions?  They do not offer answers beyond the ruble because they seem to be primarily activists. 

Instead there is Possibility #2.  What is it?   Retaining our free market economic system that is driven by individual freedom.  Embracing law and order, meritocracy (consider medicine) and viewpoint diversity — and rejecting the regressive policies, masked by the fodder.  Vote smart.

Be aware.  Do some research – start with votesmart.org, and do what you can to share what you find with your friends and family. 

 

sunrise or sunset

 

THIS OLD GERMAN EXPRESSION COMES CLOSE TO SUMMING UP THE REGRESSIVE END GAME  

 

Es is sehr schwer, eine Scheune zu bauen, aber es braucht nur einen Arsch, um sie niederzuschlagen.