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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” — “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.

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  1. wayne martin says:

    From studying more education data that I ever wanted to, I’ve noticed that a vast amount of this data (which is released to the public anyway) focuses on race. The amount of data that is available that looks at other variables in the process is not as easy to come by.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    We need to treat any mention of race in a classroom the way we treated Imus.

  3. wayne martin says:

    > We need to treat any mention of race
    > in a classroom the way we treated Imus.

    Be careful for you wish, because:

    SHARPTON VOWS MORE: ‘It is our feeling that this is only the beginning. We must have a broad discussion on what is permitted and not permitted in terms of the airwaves’…

    (From Drudge)

  4. The conference will center on the evil of whiteness and strongly encourage white students to deconstruct their whiteness. At the same time it will open the eyes of students of color to their victim status as oppressed by white heterosexual males. (Remember that females and male homosexuals are also victims.) The conference leaders will play games, such as lining everyone up and asking them to step forward if they have never experienced certain “racist” remarks or any other type of marginalizing that will be read from a list. If they have experienced such, they will be asked to take a step backwards. At the end of the exercise, only whites will be out in front, while the poor victims will be way at the end of the line. Whites will feel guilty, people of color will feel oppressed. The exercise shows how racist America is, and you didn’t even know it until we played this fun little game. It’s a wonderful way of bringing folks together in a powerful display of unity.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Color Sharpton white and he is just a fat, loudmouthed anti-semite.
    Not that fat is bad.

  6. wayne martin says:

    Well .. now the other shoe has dropped–

    (CBS/AP) CBS announced Thursday that it has fired Don Imus from his radio program, following a week of uproar over the radio host’s derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

    Hmmm .. wonder what this is going to do about talking about race in public venues?

  7. superdestroyer says:


    Not all research in education is about race. Just try to find any studies about white children in a majority black or majority hispanic school. It seems that it is a taboo subject even though you would think that it is relevent to the future of the U.S.