Seattle School District should worry more about educating students and less about oppression, writes Matt Rosenberg in the Seattle Times.
District officials this month are sending students from four high schools to an annual “White Privilege Conference” in Colorado. The conference is billed as an “opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression” â€” “a challenging, empowering and educational experience.”
The conference has little to do with mastering reading, writing, math and science; or with graduating from high school and keeping one’s head above water in college. Those are the lessons high-school students should be learning, not that they will be given social promotions in the name of equity and inclusion.
The district plans an “equity summit” in the spring which white-privileged students will help lead.
On his blog, Matt also comments on a letter by Seattle teachers complaining that requiring students to pass the state test of reading, writing and math skills to earn a diploma is institutional racism. The complainants say not enough money is being spent to help low-income and minority students catch up in school. Perhaps it’s all going for white privilege junkets.