Jan 25, 2013Print This Post
The Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Association is promoting a series of workshops to help heal teacher’s infected with racism.
The “Healing Racism Workshops” provide college credit for educators who enroll in the class.
“We have all been assigned a race by America’s pervasive socialization process,” read a flyer promoting the workshop. “This racial conditioning permeates the fabric of our inter-personal and inter-group relations, taking little account of laws and statutes, and reaching deep into the hearts and minds of individuals.”
But critics of the class said it smacks of blame and victimization.
“Here we go again,” said Kyle Olson, founder of EAG, a non-partisan group that promotes sensible education reform. “Here’s another example of education activists seeking to implement their personal political agenda on others.”
The MTEA did not return calls seeking comment – nor did the group hosting the workshops.
“There’s a strain of thought in education that white people are racist,” Olson told Fox News. “We have educators and their trainers who put huge emphasis on this and they are seeking to dispel this so-called white privilege.”
The training workshop comes just days after a high school in southern Wisconsin came under fire for teaching a white privilege class to high school students.
“Their teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’”
The class at Delavan-Darien High School is currently under review by educators. Click here to read our original story.
“Parents should be alarmed,” Olson said. “You’ve got people who have this ideology and they are impressing it upon our teachers – the people who are instructing our students.”
Olson said the state Dept. of Public Instruction puts a “huge emphasis on white privilege.”
“It’s people who have this certain ideology who believe if you are white, you are racist – and if you’re not, you’re not,” he said. “It’s such an obsession for them and a distraction from what schools should really be about.”
Olson said student achievement rates in Milwaukee, for example, are incredibly low. He said drop-out rates are high and graduation rates are suffering.
“We have educators who are focusing on these sorts of issues (white privilege) instead of teaching students the fundamentals of reading, writing and math,” he said. “These eggheads should stop trying to drive wedges between the races and focus on giving the best possible education to children of all racial backgrounds.”