2.6.19

SETTING THE POOR UP FOR FAILURE.

A few weeks ago, we noted that in Madison, a middle school administrator paid a back-handed compliment to students not born into the mainstream who nevertheless managed to swim in the mainstream.  "The kids that can conform and can code switch into the predominant white supremacy culture, they are successful."  It's worse than that.  The College Fix reports that more than a few Madison teachers are saying Acts of Contrition about doing anything that might smack of inculcating bourgeois habits.
In response to the Isthmus article “A Rotten Year,” our students of color are not the reason why our schools are rotting, it is white supremacy culture. This year was rotten, but not for lack of excellence in our schools; this year was rotten because a long dormant undercurrent of white supremacy broke through our defenses this year, flooding our communities with fear and distrust. If it felt like a rotten year for teachers, it is because teachers are finally being called out on their covert and overt participation in white supremacy culture.
They write about "decentering whiteness," whatever that means. If it's about buying into the aspirations of all students while encouraging them to buy into success strategies, fine.

Unfortunately, that's probably not what's at work.  In New York, public schools honcho Richard Carranza has spelled out what that "white supremacy culture" means.
“There’s been a lot of discussion of white supremacy and how it manifests in the workplace, conversations about race, and looking at how the white culture behaves,” said a white executive who received the training.

“White supremacy is characterized by perfectionism, a belief in meritocracy, and the Protestant work ethic,” the exec said, adding that whites who object when accused of deep-rooted bias are called “fragile” and “defensive.”
That sort of stereotyping of responsible behavior as somehow racialized has been around for years: in Illiberal Education Dinesh D'Souza had some fun with a proto-social justice warrior who advanced such arguments.

Today, we have Sarah Hoyt to bring the smack.
We'll pass over the point that defensiveness is supposed to be a matter of white supremacy, okay?  Apparently, when you're being accused of horrible stuff, you're not supposed to be defensive. Yeah. That's interesting.

Instead, let's consider that individualism is now supposed to be white supremacy, and if you like working on your own, or dislike group work (remember group work from school? Almost anyone competent hated it) you're supposedly a white supremacist.

Let's consider instead stuff like perfectionism -- you know, trying to make things as perfect as possible and calling out people on their f*ck ups. Or a sense of urgency -- or as we call it around here, having your work done on time. Or what they call "worship of the written word," which apparently is the ability to express yourself in writing. Or objectivity, which they define as BELIEVING THERE'S AN ULTIMATE TRUTH.

Supposedly all of these things -- things that are absolutely required for any kind of workplace to get any kind of, you know, work done -- are toxic whiteness and signs of white supremacy.

So, the left, in teaching people to avoid white supremacy, assumes that minorities cannot express themselves in writing, can't get things done on time, and won't try to make the work as good as possible.
As College Fix notes, the soft bigotry of low expectations.

It helps to have good teachers in the underachieving districts, but when decentering whiteness turns into enabling dysfunction, good luck with that.

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