Not too long ago nor too far away

“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.
Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action:
you liberate a city by destroying it.
Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will
solemnly vote against their own interests.”

Gore Vidal

“Political correctness is going to kill American liberalism if it
is not fought to the death by people like me for the dangers
it represents to free speech, to the exchange of ideas,
to openheartedness, or to the spirit of art itself.
Political correctness has a stranglehold on academia,
on feminism, and on the media.
It is a form of both madness and maggotry.”

Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Not too long ago nor too far away…there was once a high school teacher.

Now for the purpose of this story, we should note that this teacher was
actually older…that being toward the end of her career verses
being at the beginning…for she was but a mere babe when she began
teaching…this story takes place long past that baby beginning.

So let’s put this teacher, say, at about the age of 50.

She had taught at the same school going on for nearly three decades,
which made her a bit of an institution within an institution.

Still viable and loved but just older and wiser.

During her years spent at this school, this teacher had watched as pay phones
and office phones gave way to cell phones. Radios become iPods, and paper
books become ebooks. Chalk boards became smart boards.
She was there for the first computers and eventually retired as each student
had a digital notebook.

This teacher had pretty much seen it all.

One day, this teacher’s school, a school which prided itself on always being
above the curve, as in always being cutting edge,
began to implement what they proclaimed as a paradigm shift—
a new and improved way of thinking.

Let’s note that this started a good 10 years prior to end of
our story…starting when this teacher was, say, in her 40s.

As time passed, change began to accelerate exponentially.

A 6 class period day transitioned to a 4 x 4 block schedule.

Teachers were made to participate in focus groups during their
planning periods, as well as on workdays.
They were given books to read.
Think book club a la pedagogy.

Speakers were brought in to offer new ways of looking at education.

Oddly it all became a bit more precise as well as peculiar.

White teachers were suddenly being told that they were no longer relating
well to their black students.
This was a reason as to why there was growing resentment from the black students
toward the white teachers.

The resentment had not been readily realized…not until the teachers were told
it was happening. We don’t even know if the kids were privy to said resentment.

White teachers were told they must begin to discipline their black students
differently.
They were told that they must try multiple means of confronting discipline
issues before ever writing a student up for an offense.
Sometimes those students who were written up for an offense were simply
sent back to class with no real cause and effect.
Much to the frustration of the teacher.
The teacher then looked rather unsupported by her superiors.

Teachers were told to be mindful of what they said and how they said it.

Students began to feel empowered over their teachers.
And thus lies much of the problem.

Respect suddenly went out the window.

Most of this new thinking was coming from Black colleagues and
administrators yet embraced by many white administrators.

White female teachers were told by black administrators that young black
male students had little to no respect for them and therefore the
white female teachers needed to work extra hard at getting through to
these young boys.

One day a speaker was brought in on one particular workday for a bit of role playing.
He had all the teachers line up along a straight line.
He would ask a question, and depending on each individual teacher’s response
to the question, they were to either step forward or backward.

Did your grandparents go to college? 2 steps forward if so; two steps back if not.
Were you raised in a two parent household? 2 steps forward if so; two steps back if not.
Did your mother work outside of the home? 2 steps backwards if so; 2 steps forward if not.
Did you have your own car in high school? 2 steps forward if so; 2 steps back if not.
Did you have to work you way through school? 2 steps back if yes, 2 steps forward in no.
Did you attend summer camp? 2 steps forward if yes, 2 steps back if not.

On and on went the questions.
And so I think you’re probably figuring out where all of this was going.
By the end of the questioning, the original straight line was now vastly staggered —
those out front were not considered so much winners as much as they were
considered “privileged”—or is that labeled as privileged?

Hummm…privileged…now where have we heard about being privileged?

As time passed and toward the end of this teacher’s career,
there was a weekend workshop that everyone was encouraged to attend.
It was a conference on racial thinking within our schools.

Now remember, this story is not a current story but rather a story that took
place almost ten years back…long before CRT right?

Well…maybe not exactly.

This older teacher had a younger colleague who was also a dear friend.
The older teacher was white, married and a mom.
The younger teacher was black, not married and overweight.
Yet both of these ladies were friends both in and out of school.
Thick as thieves.

They worked well together and often created or spearheaded new initiatives
within the school.
Initiatives with a Christian focus as each woman was a committed Christian.

The younger teacher had actually gone to this same school when she was in high school
as she had grown up in this same community. Her parents were well known and
well respected professionals in this community.

The younger teacher was very smart and opted to go back to school in search
of her doctorate.
She chose Woman’s Studies—of course she did.

She had an Asian woman chair who was her doctoral mentor.
This particular academic was a self proclaimed feminist…
she noted that her “partner” who was a man, was her lesser.

The older teacher began to notice a significant change in her younger friend.
There was an anger that came bubbling to the surface.
She constantly fussed and cussed the good ol white boy system
of administration in the school system.

She fussed and cussed and greatly disparaged a friend and colleague’s
husband who was a police officer—a white police officer who she feared
might pull over her young black nephew.

Why fret in this small town community unless one was fed the notion of fear
by others…

Now back to the workshop on racial thought.

This younger teacher attended this particular conference,
the older teacher did not.

At the end of the weekend the older teacher called her younger friend, asking
how the conference went.
The younger teacher began a small tirade.
She fussed that several administrators did not attend.
She fussed that a young white male teacher stood up taking
umbrage with the presenter– all the while she maligned said young
white male teacher and yes, colleague.

She disparaged the administrators who actually did attend, sitting stone faced
with arms folded or so she raged.

Come Monday this younger teacher came by the older teacher’s classroom and
simply blew up–
she blew up and turned on her older white friend…for no real reason…
but turned as the older teacher simply was sitting there and was deemed
to be representative of all that was wrong with life and education.

The older teacher was blindsided and distraught when her young friend
stormed off.

What had she done??

Nothing.

Nothing but to represent some sort of imagined injustice.

The older teacher was crushed.
Hurt by someone she felt she no longer knew.

The young teacher remained defiant.

The older teacher retired a year later.

So now back to this blog post…

About a week ago I read a marvelous post by our friend Mel Wild regarding
Critical Race Theory—the new hot button topic in our educational system.
Here is a link to his post:

https://melwild.wordpress.com/2021/07/01/pulling-back-the-curtain-on-critical-race-theory/

I realized after reading Mel’s post that I had actually witnessed CRT creeping into
our schools years ago.

I commented on his post and Mel responded:

Yeah, it’s been the proverbial frog slowly being cooked in the kettle since the 1970s from the radical left. They were very shrewd, slowing taking over all our cultural instititions over the last five decades, especially in indoctrinating our children.

The idea of “white privilege” actually came from guilty white academics!
The term was popularized by Peggy McIntosh,
feminist activist and women’s studies scholar
who wrote a paper called “White Privilege and Male Privilege:
A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences
Through Work in Women’s Studies” in 1988.

Now, these social sciences radicals are trying say that math is racist!
“2 + 2 = 4” is part of white supremacy, etc..
This is not only stupidly insane but dangerous.
Not to mention, it actually disempowers people of color and makes
them the left’s slaves because they will not longer be able to
function on their own in the marketplace.
This is NOT compassionate.
It’s evil.
Not only that, we will cease to function as a society
if we fully embrace this nonsense.
If we survive at all, our society will become feudal,
where the intellectuals and globalist plutocrats rule over
miseducated peasant masses.
But, apparently,
that’s what some of them want.
The rest are the indoctrinated sheeple.

Next, Citizen Tom has also offered a similar post:

https://familyallianceonline.org/2021/07/08/crt-challenge-racist-teaching/

If, as a parent, you think CRT is a liberating sort of mindset that your child
needs to be exposed to, you are sadly mistaken.
CRT is a form of deep divide and Marxism at its best.

It will drive a dangerous wedge between our students and teachers.

All the while, how we teach children will never be the same.
Go back and read your history lessons…our global history.
Go back to Germany following WWI and read the impetus for
the likes of an Adolph Hitler…read of a Valdimr Lenin, a Karl Marx,
a Leon Trotsky, a Joseph Stalin, a Fredrich Engles, a Mao Zedong…
read about what happened on the opposite end…what happened with McCarthyism…read about J Edgar Hoover and paranoia…
read what happens when certain people learn how to manipulate others.
Then read about folks like George Soros, Bill Gates and those who
think they are the wise ones while you and I are considered the goats
who simply need a herder…

And then pray my friend—pray very hard!

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant,
abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal,
not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
Avoid such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

30 comments on “Not too long ago nor too far away

  1. David says:

    And it seems to be happening everywhere Julie.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    I have never been able to completely understand the last book of the Bible, but I do believe signs of end times have been going on for centuries. We can pin our hope on the fact that God is in control and He will make the final decision. Even the Son does not know when the last day will be. As long as we remain vigilant and are prepared with the armor of God, we need not fear its consequences. Our salvation is assured. I do, however, believe that the signs are apparent and that we are in the middle of a spiritual war. Satan has been unleashed, but we know that he’s already been defeated. I know that you believe that.

  3. bcparkison says:

    We can only Pray the ” This too shall end”.

  4. bcparkison says:

    Reblogged this on moreinkpleaseblog and commented:
    This should be in every newspaper and on every TV.

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    In this post Julie both illustrates the problem with Critical Race Theory and how it has been brought nto our public schools unbeknownst to the public and even many of the teachers.

  6. Tricia says:

    Brilliant post Julie. You lay out perfectly what is so wrong about CRT with its obsessive tribalism and grievance. It’s only purpose is to divide and conquer, solving no issues and making existing ones worse.

    I’m sorry that happened to you but boy you sure got a first hand education on what was all to come now.

    • Thanks Tricia— the repercussion was the worst— the principal tried to ‘fix’ this ‘misunderstanding’
      He called a meeting in his office the day of Christmas break— the older white teacher begged him to let it all go but he wanted to ‘fix’ things—
      The young black teacher had a black administrator by her side as her spokesperson— spokesperson??? Why was that necessary???
      But this was black and white and the sign of the times. The older white teacher was in utter dismay as to how this had gotten to this point— and so she sat sad and alone across from two black angry ladies with a middle aged ex military white principal as moderator— or actually more like judge ordering everyone to move on together as he was seeking kumbiya—the black administrator made the older teacher out to be an idiot — the former friend simply sat fuming with arms crossed— it was a bad dream.
      The older white teacher walked out and fell apart as she sobbed her way to her office- the others lagged behind huddled together .
      Alone and hurt is what the older teacher now knew— what was happening??
      Had these two not been best of friends for many years??
      The guidance counselor had gotten word of the nonsense taking place and saw the older teacher walking back to her office and came to the aid of the sad older teacher— as did a friend and administrator—things were never to be the same.
      Retirement was an option but tucking tail was not although walking out at that moment would have been a comfort.

      This teacher had been teacher of the year for both the high school and entire system-
      She had a sterling career and tremendous success— she was on the leadership team and respected by both students and colleagues but the institution itself was cracking and she was to be a victim or more like casualty of the insidious change-
      I know I’m now glad to be out of teaching I know this older teacher is as well 😉

      • Tricia says:

        Ugh Julie, that whole sorry episode just sounds so awful. It really does demonstrate though how all this racial grievance mongering poisons the mind and turns good people in to little monsters. That older teacher didn’t deserve such treatment from her former friend. 😉

        I do wonder if the younger one ever. Had or will have any regrets though. One would like to hope so.

      • Yeah, it was bad….really, really, bad…Gregory was incensed—especially when you treat someone like family over the years and then suddenly they turn on you over idiocy….CRT.
        I do think the younger teacher did regret things…but it was too late and too deep.
        Pride got in the way.
        She left the school this year and headed to a middle school in a different system…a system that has a young black principal who she went to school with…
        It is something the older teacher will always feel regret over…for friendship should run deeper than skin color…

  7. cupcakecache says:

    Tricia said it all with her statement…imagine if you had been the English teacher. Whew!

    • cupcakecache says:

      Being a teacher is a hard line to take. I understand completely, hence my remark about English teacher. I could share some interesting stories but as I am still working, I defer. Even though you have no reply, I just wanted to shed light that I know so much about the topic and can emphasize with your struggles or a fictitious character.

      Thanks for sharing.

      • Thank you— I had several English/ Lang arts teachers who were and are dear friends—
        I feel for you for still being in the classroom— my daughter in law teaches and I hate it for her as it is now so utterly political— I am thankful that she is in a parochial school—
        I apologize for not responding sooner, life has been crazy —
        I do appreciate you comments and thank you for your input — and please know my prayers are with you as you continue to ‘model’ the correct behavior to your students!!!!

      • cupcakecache says:

        You know the harder person is sometimes modeling to my husband but I think he has much stronger opinions than I do. I am moderate, mostly!

      • cupcakecache says:

        I can ‘model’ good behavior but it is hard to teach innate behavior. Probably why I love my online classes!!

  8. Salvageable says:

    Thank you for an eloquent display of what is happening and how it is happening. I plan to write a post on CRT this weekend before I start my vacation. At the same time, I have looked at information from the 70s and 80s that shows how some of these things were being planned and prepared back then… and if I say much more about where I saw it and who produced it, I might get into trouble in some places. J.

  9. Mel Wild says:

    Thanks for linking to my post, Julie. Sadly, your story is too common today. It’s also sad how it destroys relationships wherever it’s allowed to prevail.

    You said, “She chose Woman’s Studies—of course she did.”

    The Social Sciences department of our universities (women’s and gender studies, etc.) have been overrun by radical neo-Marxists since the late 1960s. You will find that just about every crazy “woke” idea was first spawned in these departments. Most of our young people are indoctrinated into the “woke religion” here first. They manipulate compassion to their own evil ends. This is why we cannot allow it to fully matasticize in our grade schools. It truly is a cancer to our society.

  10. oneta hayes says:

    So sorry for your loss, Julie. Yes, indeed this CRT teaching has sown suspicion between many friends. I’m befuddled as to how it could have happened after an era when it seemed race relations were getting so much better. Electing a black president two terms I would have thought would be proof that race did not matter to a large majority of Americans. I have family who have married Blacks, Native Americans, Hispanics. I have not heard a stone thrown. As Kathy said today in her post evil has “slithered in.” Satan is master deceiver.

  11. boudicaus says:

    Reblogged this on boudica.us and commented:
    H/T Citizen Tom

  12. Karen says:

    I’m glad I went to school when I did and grew up in an age when life was so much simpler.

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