Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Me not know education? That’s unpossible!
First, a little mood music:
The Advanced Placement test is used by colleges to help asses the knowledge of students, and to even give them college credit for a high enough score. The knowledge that is being tested, however, tends towards how knowledgeable the students are in Progressive Propaganda.
“The invaluable National Association of Scholars is publishing a 12,000-word critique of the new AP European History (APEH) exam. The report, written by David Randall, is titled The Disappearing Continent.
“Here are Dr. Randall’s key findings.
“1) APEH presents the history of government rather than of liberty.
“2) APEH presents religion throughout as an instrument of power rather than as an autonomous sphere of European history.
“3) APEH treats the movement to abolish slavery without mentioning how it was inspired by religious faith, led by saints such as William Wilberforce, and hymned to Amazing Grace.
“4) APEH underplays British history throughout, thus minimizing the importance of Britain’s distinctive history in the European tradition as the champion of liberty.
“5) APEH minimizes and extenuates the evils of Communism, the brutal destructiveness of Soviet rule, and the aggressiveness of Soviet foreign policy.
“6) APEH virtually ignores Europe’s unique development of the architecture of modern knowledge, which made possible almost every modern form of intellectual inquiry.
“7) APEH doesn’t argue that European history is important or interesting in itself. APEH never gives a reason why students should study Europe’s history in particular.
Of course, it doesn’t get better at the college level
Indeed, many college Professors state false premises as if they were fact:
“A test, administered on April 29 in Professor John Traxler’s [of the Milwaukee Schoo of Engineering] Healthcare Economics class, told students that ‘[o]ne of the main functions of government is income redistribution,’ then asked them to explain what the statement meant. The correct answer was C: ‘Taxing the wealthy and giving it to those in poverty.'”
But that’s just one test, right?
The private women’s liberal arts college Barnard College has rolled out a new curriculum to teach their female students how they are supposed to think:
“The new curriculum at the New York City-based Barnard College, called ‘Foundations,’ aims to reteach its students ‘how to think’ by having them take courses within six new so-called ‘modes of thinking,’ according to a video touting the framework.
“For example, the video describes how students will be taught to how to ‘think’ through ‘global inquiry’ while depicting phrases such as ‘Privilege,’ ‘Identity’ and ‘Money’ to ‘see the 6 degrees of separation between you and someone who lives in South Africa.’
“Students will also have to take a class within the ‘Social Difference’ modality, in which students will examine ‘the disparities of power and resources in all their manifestations,’ the college’s website states. Students will focus on such power disparities in the areas of ‘race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, or religion,’ according to the course outline.
“The ‘Historical Perspective’ modality, meanwhile, will have students take a course that will make them ‘see the past with fresh eyes,’ the website states.”
Yup, we’re doomed.