Max Eden writing at the City Journal has an article about The American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual conference beginning this weekend in Toronto.
The mission of AERA and presumably the 14,000 academic researchers attending the conference is”to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.”
Presumably the research conducted by these folks will help our children be better educated. So, what are these folks researching? The conference poster board gives us a clue. Here it is:
What in the world does “…multimodal narratives to democratize evidence” mean? I know what each word means but don’t have a clue as to how this relates to education. Looking further through their agende we come across these gems:
- “Liberating Oppressed Ontologies and Cosmologies for Transformational Praxis”
- “(Re)invigorating Environmental Education through Queer Interpretations of Evolutionary Onto-Epistemological Choreography.”
All this would be somewhat humorous except (1) it involves our children and (2) the conference is…
“promoting a virulent new brand of racism. A keyword search of the conference program reveals 422 hits for whiteness—more than for “personalized learning” (16), “school boards” (19), “standardized testing” (20), “high school graduation” (23) “reading achievement” (24), “digital learning” (25), “policy analysis” (31), “early education” (38), “teacher evaluation” (41) “literacy instruction” (42), “bilingual education” (48), and “achievement gap” (75) combined.“
The conference, to be blunt, has devolved into a gathering of credentialed but stupid academics who have subsumed their mission to educate in favor of the latest Lefty racism trope – whiteness and privilige.
The comments are instructive. Here’s my favorite:
“Whites” and “whiteness” are not the problem. The SATs and other test scores tell the story. Since the mid-1960s, whites have been dutifully helping to make schools more equal by getting dumber every year. The real problem is Asians. Let’s hope the next education conference deals with “Asianity,” and its disturbing quest for excellence.