Sunday, January 13

Marxism in Oakland teaching group?

Out in Oakland--just south of the Peoples' Republic of Berkeley--the "Occupy Wall Street" spinoff has been getting support from a group of public-school teachers.  The latter have now formed a group called "Classroom Struggle," and are calling on members to "Transform Education, Abolish Capitalism and Heal."

Yes, these brain-trusts have finally dropped the mask and announced that most of the problems in the U.S. are due to--wait for it--capitalism.

Yeah.  Who could have guessed, eh?

These enlightened theoreticians have noticed that the public school system is a...um...less than stellar:
With this blog...we confront the continuing destruction of quality public education for the working class and people of color in Oakland and across the United States and thus the elimination of our childrens’ right to learn and grow.
If you're wondering what role capitalism plays in this "continuing destruction," here's what the folks at Classroom Struggle say:
public schools have served a role in developing white supremacist, capitalist and imperialist ideology and social structure (for example through segregated schools, tracked programs, mandated pledge of allegiance, etc.)
Yeah.

But wait...aren't public school teachers in CA entirely unionized?  Surely the marxists at Classroom Struggle don't think California's teachers' unions are, um, terrible at teaching.  I mean, they do say "continuing destruction."

You really need to read their screed to get a sense of where they're coming from.  Classic class-struggle, marxist stuff.

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