Value added or Social Engineering?

by John Green, Bealeton

We should always be looking for ways to improve education, after all our children are our future. So when changes are made to the curriculum we should expect some value to be added.

Next year Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) are planning to offer a new elective high school course titled “Women in History”. Is this adding value to the curriculum or is it just social engineering? This is something we should all consider. We should not leave it to the education wonks sitting in their ivory towers.

In today’s politically correct environment I’m sure some will say this is great. What about the rest of us? Consider this: How can you fully understand history by just studying women in history? This may be appropriate for some college course but not high school. Time is short enough before students reach 12th grade and graduate.

A course on “Women in History” is just another attempt at social engineering by the “education wonks”. They are out to change human behavior and make the world perfect. I don’t think that’s a job for our public school system.

Our schools have their hands full trying to put some reading, writing and arithmetic in our student’s heads. Compared with other developing nations we are not doing so well. We are far down the list but rank #1 in spending.

We all want equal opportunity but does that guarantee equal outcome? No, that’s impossible because we all have different likes and dislikes. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Remember Equality and Outcome are not the same. Outcome is directly related to effort. We need more effort.

Our schools are deeply involved in Social Engineering. They are trying to change behavior to fit some understanding of a Cosmic Justice. This leads to less freedom not more. But more important our students are not getting the education they need to compete in a world economy or be good citizens of the United States of America.

Several years ago Fauquier County Public Schools adopted a Strategic Plan titled Aspirations 2015. Action plan item 1.17 stated “Establish a county-wide program to encourage girl’s increased participation in studying and pursuing careers in science, mathematics and engineering.” I found the reason given for the adoption of this item to be unsatisfactory: I was told to look at the numbers. According to Dr. Lewis, Ms. Grove and Ms. Wolfe not enough women went into these fields. Does our culture now demand every field of endeavor be balanced 50-50 male and female? What about aptitude and desire and why are male students ignored?

The same rationale is being used in the school’s Diversity program. If 15% of the population is black and 20% Hispanic and 5% Asian then all should be equally represented in EVERYTHING. Please don’t tell this to the NFL, AFL or NBA.

We are told to be a successful company it must be diverse. If success is measured by proportional distribution of various groups and not ability then you better watch where you do business.

Another more ominous aspect to Diversity programs is the notion we should not question the actions of others because they are different.

Students are told not to be judgmental of the behavior of others. This leads to the question:  is there a right and a wrong? A society without rules, without a definition of right and wrong, is in chaos. To deny there is a higher authority and to say man can make his own rules leaves it open to those in power to define what is right and what is wrong for all of us.

One more social engineering program needs to be mentioned – Multiculturalism.

This is the idea of Professor James Banks who was/is Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington in the late 1970s. He said “Our nation faces a number of serious problems and issues that the schools can help to solve if they are substantially reformed and restructured.” This marks the beginning of Multicultural Education in the United States. This concept places social issues ahead of academic achievement.

Professor Banks went on to say “By restructuring I mean a fundamental re-examination and reconstruction of the goals, values and purposes of education.” Most importantly he said all societies are equal. That is totally untrue. Are we equal to Cambodia under Pol Pot, China under Mao, Cuba under Castro USSR under Stalin, Germany under Hitler? History is full of other examples.

The policies of multiculturalism have reversed the successful policies that made our nation great. Our coins are inscribed with E Pluribus Unum meaning out of many one. Our schools used to teach America as “the melting pot” – people from all over the world came to America and became Americans. They learned our ways, our customs and language. They remembered where they came from but they became Americans.

Our culture is falling apart. The rules that governed our culture before are being abandoned in the name of freedom. We are approaching a state of chaos. Our downward slide will continue until we return to our founding principles.

To be a nation we must share a land, a culture and a language. We still have the land but the culture is being trashed and there is no need to speak English.

You may agree with all I’ve written but nothing will change unless you speak out.





2 Responses to Value added or Social Engineering?

  1. D Littlehouse Reply

    February 4, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Speaking to one example, it is wrong to push a girl into STEM careers. If this is her talent, great, she will find it and the opportunities are there. However, pushing a girl contrary to her natural proclivities is denying her the joy and fulfillment of following her talents, and consigning her to a career of frustration and missed achievement. Let’s celebrate our girls’ natural gifts, not suppress them.

    Of course it is important to expose all girls to science, but after a certain age she should be free to choose the path that is right for her. Why do we keep telling our girls that they are not good enough as they are?

  2. rickbuchanan Reply

    February 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Mr. Green, i congratulate you on a very thoughtful piece. I encourage all who read it to both comment, pro or con, and forward it to their list of contacts. This is not only a Fauquier issue, but an issue for all local school systems across the nation.

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