Before they become teachers, teachers must graduate from college. Just like the students they end up instructing, teachers are subject to the influence and molding of their college professors. So it is helpful to consider what is going on in college these days.
As the former governor of Wisconsin, a presidential candidate in the 2016 election, and the current president of the Young America’s Foundation, Scott Walker has good reason to know what is going on in America’s colleges and universities. Here is his latest column, ‘America’ and ‘American’ vanish in a college guide for how not to offend.
America and American are offensive.
This is not my view. But an early version of a document compiled by the “Inclusive Communications Task Force at Colorado State University” actually singled out the words “America” and “American” as being potentially offensive. Here is the actual language used in the draft:
“The Americas encompass a lot more than the United States. There is South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean just to name a few of 42 countries in total. That’s why the word ‘americano’ in Spanish can refer to anything on the American continent. Yet, when we talk about ‘Americans’ in the United States, we’re usually just referring to people from the United States. This erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.”
The conclusion in that draft was to replace “America” and “American” with “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.”
You can’t make this stuff up. I mean really. What were they thinking? (continued here)
A huge percentage of the funding our colleges and universities comes from our government. Therefore, just like our elementary schools and high schools, our colleges and universities also reflect the thinking of political activists and lobbyists rather than the parents of the students.
Why would our schools reflect the thinking of political activists and lobbyists rather than the parents of the students? When we give up our money to politicians, allow politicians to control how our money is spent, those politicians control who teaches our children and what they are taught. Unfortunately, many politicians can be bought with campaign donations and the like.
Currently, most educational funding comes from the state and local level. That is one reason we need to participate in local and state elections as well as Federal elections. This coming November we in Prince William County will elect our School Board, Board of County Supervisors, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff, and the members of the General Assembly. Therefore, if you care about the people around your, please become informed and VOTE! Vote for politicians who promise to put parents back in control.