Monday, March 8, 2021

Liz Posner 'Was a Well-Meaning WHITE Teacher,' Except She Wasn't a 'Teacher' at All

I should be reading and posting Ann Althouse more often, because she's still one of the very best writers still "blogging" today. 

"Exhibit A" is her post from the other day, "'Black children suffer disproportionately from 'zero tolerance' disciplinary policies under which they are suspended and expelled....'"

You gotta read the whole thing, but it turns out this white "teacher" who authored an op-ed at the Washington Post, entitled, "I was a well-meaning White teacher. But my harsh discipline harmed Black kids," in fact wasn't a teacher at all. As Althouse writes:

The most up-voted comment says: "She was not a teacher. A 'Teach for America'-er. Didn't train to be a teacher. Didn't plan to be a teacher. Planned always to be a writer. Decided to swoop in and save the poor underprivileged children. For two whole years. And, uh, write about it. Not using them at all...."

Posner's own webpage supports that factual assertion: "Liz is a lifelong writer, editor and advocate for social justice. She writes frequently about feminism, education, and justice issues for various publications. While working as a high school Spanish instructor with Teach for America in Memphis, Tennessee, she wrote a novel about low-income students and teachers. As a a writer and editor, she is dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized people everywhere.... Liz has known she was destined for a writing career since the 5th grade...."

More at that top link. 

This movement towards "antiracist" ideology (and this bogus idea of "white fragility," which holds that white's feel "discomfort" in discussing race because they're "fragile," and they're actually really racist if race isn't the most important topic of their day) is killing this country. 

I can only shake my darned head, because I have to deal with this idiotic ideological baloney at my college. And while I do try to be fair and "equitable" in my teaching (which in fact translates into lowering standards and ignoring massive disciplinary problems in face-to-face, in-class instruction), as much as I might disagree, sometimes you just have to go with the flow --- especially, if you need to keep you job.