by Christopher Tremoglie –
The Pennsylvania State Education Association , the state’s largest teaching union, is providing its members with a seminar focused on the New York Times podcast , Nice White Parents, Todd Shepherd of Broad and Liberty reported . This podcast describes itself as a series dedicated to “building a better school system, and what gets in the way.” And, as this advertisement shows, “what gets in the way” is merely a trope for “blame white people.”
The seminar will happen through Zoom over three weekends between Oct. 4 and November. It is union-funded indoctrination at its worst. It is propaganda seeking to indoctrinate teachers across the state that, essentially, white parents are the root of all evil when it comes to education problems in our country. Teachers will then pass on this indoctrination to students.
“Nice White Parents is a halfway interesting, largely self-absorbed podcast that seeks to blame rich, white New York City liberals for lagging achievement in an urban school,” Max Eden, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Broad and Liberty .
“At a time when students are facing unprecedented learning loss and at the beginning of what’s certain to be another administratively and pedagogically fraught school year, the fact that Pennsylvania’s largest teachers union is conducting a lengthy seminar series on this New York Times podcast is worse than a bad joke,” Eden said. “It shows that their priorities are on broadcasting culturally left bona fides rather than helping students recover and learn.”
I understand that this is teachers union propaganda, designed mostly to shift blame from its own institution’s role in destroying public education. It takes some gall to attack any parents, given that the teachers unions have put so much pressure on them and harmed their children so much by keeping schools closed. Yet the ugly racial aspect of this propaganda should not be overlooked, either.
It is always abhorrent to attack people because of their race or to display prejudiced attitudes against entire racial groups. That includes, for example, the idea that white people are inherently racist or uniquely incapable of treating others with respect.
This is not an isolated case. In May, it was revealed that President Joe Biden’s Department of Education is funding school districts to “offer free, antiracist therapy for White educators and support staff.”
Indianapolis Public Schools recently released a “Resource Guide for White Teachers & Parents Developing Racial Consciousness and Moving into Action.” Among the topics are “teaching while white ,” “racial equity tools ,” and “the first step for white women teaching black boys. ”
There are plenty of other examples of this, too. No other race or ethnic group is subjected to such a curriculum and government-endorsed demonization. If we are allegedly striving for racial equality in this country, why is this type of prejudice permitted in schools? Further, what are Republicans doing to resist such indoctrination? It’s a lot more toxic than the mask mandates that have the Right up in arms.