Is post-modernism beating science dead at your local school board?
|November 9, 2017||Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, science education|
In response to falling test results, teachers’ federation proposes ending testing
The obfuscation of the teachers’ union publication continued: “Soon, a perceived crisis in Ontario education began to emerge when our students began scoring lower on mathematics standardized tests … First politicians placed the blame for these low test scores on educators.” What an outrageous act of scapegoating that was — what would deteriorating academic performance have to do with the quality and competence of teaching? “Money was poured into boosting the math proficiency of teachers … but the curriculum remained largely unchanged … Scores continued to decline. It looked like it wasn’t the educators after all.” To whom came this apparition that absolved the teachers? The answer, of course, is the teacher’s union: “Now it was the curriculum’s turn to take the blame. Throughout this period of panic over low math scores on standardized tests, some questions have simply not been asked.”
The main question was how to jimmy the system so that not learning anything doesn’t matter:
The reader then learns that “A modern educator does not base a student’s final course mark on just one test. Ongoing assessment and evaluation, based on professional judgment and knowledge of students’ needs, are integral aspects of the work that teachers and education workers undertake every day.” What imbeciles we parents and grandparents have been! We don’t need tests that merely muddy the waters and produce irritating competitiveness, and other stressful complexities for young sensibilities. We must simply have continuing assessments, many of which can be lifted from the over-burdened shoulders of teachers and entrusted to “education workers.” (The identity of these people to whom the tasks of teaching are to be downloaded evades my imagination, but I am prepared to fear the worst.) More.
Idea!: Maybe the post-modern student can get extra points for threatening to beat up a Canadian version of Bret Weinstein (social justice credit transferable to the US). Because, please, folks, this is happening everywhere, not just in Canada.
Modern science, beginning in Europe in the 18th century, has been dominated by educated European men. But their dominance was not a principle of science. The principles were the laws and theorems that apply an internationally recognized thought pattern to nature. “Hidden figures” who sought and gained equality applied the same principles to the same effect.
But for post-modernists, philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend (1924–1994) provided liberation: “Anything goes.” One outcome is that social justice activists have shifted away from helping marginalized people qualify in science toward questioning its principles, supposedly on behalf of the oppressed.
We hear that objectivity is “cultural discrimination” (or sexist), Newtonian physics is exploitative, mathematics is a “dehumanizing tool” (if not white privilege), and algebra creates hurdles for disadvantaged groups. And mavericks in science are a problem because they tend to be wealthy, white, and male.
These post-modern talking points are launched from American education faculties. It may be relevant that the United States spends far more on public education but gets far less than many developed countries. Do public educators find it convenient to focus attention on the personal attributes of current scientists and away from their own policies, practices, and performance?
Many hope that these attacks on science’s core disciplines are a passing fad. Unfortunately, when biology professors Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying were targeted by social justice mobs at Evergreen State College, the message was clear: Attacks on core science values (like just teaching science) are inevitable, not random, outcomes of post-modernism.
Just think. If post-modern science is happening where you live, you are probably funding it.
Added below in response to comments:
Black was brownbagged that information because he still has a platform in Canada even though he is too far out of the fashionable elite feeding frenzy to either need them or care for their opinion. Prison will do that to a guy.
Parents, take heed. Just think what you would know *if your local traditional media were not in bed with righteous-sounding politicians.*
There is hope for Canada because, unlike the United States, we do not have a national education bureaucracy of any consequence. And provincial populations tend to be smaller. (California has roughly the same number of people as Canada.) Thus, the inflicters of damage here are much closer to those who absorb it, with – I hope – the expected consequences.
Bob O’H at 5, Finland, I am told, does not just trust teachers to teach, it selects teachers from the best science students. “Trusting” teachers combined with the stranglehold of union and bureaucrat politics is a recipe for the education meltdowns in North America. These meltdowns most seriously fail the students most at risk. Worse, it can all be marketed to the fishwraps as “social justice.”
I won’t be surprised if social justice mobs begin to turn on serious science teachers.
See also: Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science. Excuse me guys but, as in so many looming strategic disasters, the guns are facing the wrong way (cue End of Science rent-a-riot).
Can science survive long in a post-modern world? It’s not clear.