Tuesday, May 30, 2006

JUST SAY NO...

...to yet another class of victims. That's Heather Mac Donald's advice, anyway; and I think it very sound:
The moment is close at hand when the United States will be composed entirely of victim groups.
The news media have been sounding the alarm about a new gender crisis in education: Boys reportedly make up a declining portion of college students. And so the future is clear. Boys are poised to become the newest victim class.
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To be sure, there is a clear culprit in the boy shortage: feminized progressive education. Teacher education programs preach contempt for competition and fact-based learning; K-12 classrooms follow suit. When schools place more importance on group collaboration than on achievement of mastery in a subject, many boys are going to tune out.

But the costs of creating wall-to-wall victim groups outweigh the benefits of using boys' new victim status to overthrow progressive pedagogy. Let's get rid of the knowledge-crushing banalities of progressive education because it drags down all students' learning, not because it hurts boys.

I especially like her idea of overthrowing the progressive pedagogy which is at the root of the attempt to feminize boys and eliminate any masculine "taint" to learning (e.g. competition).

Nevertheless, Mac Donald underestimates the extent of the problem. A generation of educators has ingested the progressive poison and it saturates the k-12 curriculum. Diversity and multicultural nonsense abound even in kindergarden and any attempt to eliminate the indoctrination into perpetual victimhood status--which begins at that age--is doomed to fail.

Why? Because victimhood is still "in", having replaced personal responsibility and hard work as the means of getting ahead in the world. Try to change that and you will be accused by the progressive lot (see here) as being either Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Imperialist, Bigoted, or--worse of all --Intolerant or Insensitive.

That's what it has come down to. Either you do it the "progressive" way; or they will label you as vermin and attack you with all the firepower of their rhetorical armament. "Progressives" aren't really interested in what works to achieve the desired result in the real world; they are more interested in what makes them feel virtuous.

Now, I ask you; how can they feel virtuous if any members of their preferred victim groups learn to take responsibility for their own lives?

How can they feel virtuous if they don't keep creating and maintaining new victim groups which they can then virtuously champion?

Just saying no is not enough. I say we destroy the victimhood cult once and for all by using their own rules so logically and consistently against them, that the utter ridiculousness and complete insanity of their PC and diversity talk is so exposed that even a little boy can see how morally and intellectually bankrupt they are.

Some time ago, Gates of Vienna helpfully listed the 10 Commandments of Multiculturalism (the holy ideological tenets of the victimhood cult) :
1. America is uniquely evil.
2. America is never justified in defending itself.
3. Illiterate people from poor societies are superior to Americans.
4. The Earth would be better off without human beings.
5. Making a profit is always immoral.
6. Differences between individuals or groups are unfair.
7. For Designated Victim Groups, strong feelings excuse all behavior.
8. Policies informed by Jud├Žo-Christian principles are inherently suspect.
9. Conservatives are hypocrites; liberals are sincere.
10. There are no acts of God; there are only acts of Government.

The only way we can rid ourselves of these toxic commandments; and free the millions held hostage in our own country by the virulent victimhood cult of the left; is to expose progressive pedagogy for what it is--totalitarian propaganda that disables free will; individuality and personal responsibiity; replacing them with "an oppressive tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its perpetual victims." (C.S. Lewis, again)

And never forget that even the most sincerely exercised tyranny is still...tyranny.

And just say NO.

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