White Privilege—The Latest Excuse For Public Schooling Failure

   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

    Public education “officials” have never seen a “social justice” issue they couldn’t support. This is the latest nonsense.

ETFO’s ‘white privilege‘ workshop not an issue: Education minister
By Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO – A “white privilege” workshop offered to elementary teachers by their union is not raising red flags in the provincial government, Education Minister Liz Sandals says.

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     Ah the union. Always at the forefront of special privilege for union members.

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is an independent organization marketing to its own members, Sandals said Thursday.       

“Getting away from the title of the particular course, it is important that we have teachers who are sensitive to the fact that there are children who come to our schools from all around the world,” she said. “And that there are different cultural practices and different backgrounds that the kids are coming from, and that teachers do need to be sensitive to the diversity of the student populations.”

When asked if she has any issue with the title “white privilege” — which some commentators have labelled racist — Sandals said it’s up to ETFO to name its seminars.

“There’s lots of things that unions do that I don’t necessarily agree with every day but the point is they are an independent organization and they have the right to their own (course) catalogue,” she said.

Toronto Sun columnist Christina Blizzard last week revealed that ETFO was planning to host the workshop for teachers, and that the union was searching out a presenter who “demonstrated commitment and understanding of white privilege and systemic issues.”

The workshop has since proven a hot topic on radio and television opinion programs.

Sandals said she does not know the content of this particular course but the need to understand diversity is important for teachers.

The new two-year teaching college program being developed will teach new instructors how to address a diverse classroom, she said.

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   I remember the white privilege I had. Working my way through university cleaning rat cages, 14 hr. days, low standard of living, good white times. I hate to think what it would have been like if I didn’t have all this virtually handed to me. I can remember the secret handshake.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “
Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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