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Teachers Or Radicals? PWCPS Needs To Pick.

By Greg L | 25 February 2011 | Prince William County | 20 Comments

Tonight PWCPS Board member Don Richardson held a town hall meeting at Westgate Elementary School to discuss the upcoming school budget and other plans of the School Board (topics I’ll cover in some detail later).  What struck me first though was his answer on whether there’s been any thought to achieving some modest cost savings that could be used to pay for teachers by cutting the County’s Multicultural Department.  Richardson’s rather surprising answer was that while he was in favor of cutting this department, there aren’t enough votes on the Board to do so.

Say what?

I’ve been covering for some time the utterly outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars this department has been responsible for as it pursues a clear agenda of radicalizing teachers to indoctrinate students with an agenda of perversion, anti-Americanism, and radical leftist dogma.  I’ve managed to embarrass the School Board to the point it dictated that a host of outrageous links on the county website be taken down and for the department to be relegated to “program” status.  Still the radicals soldier on, spending taxpayer dollars to promote an agenda that would be an anathema to the vast majority of parents in the county, and we’re still funding it while the School Board pines about having insufficient funds for teachers.

Richardson was too diplomatic to name names here, but we should know just whom among our elected representatives want to continue funding this disaster instead of using those funds to marginally reduce class sizes.  What are the member’s individual positions on this?  Who on the school board thinks that it’s more important to continue funding leftist political indoctrination campaigns than to deliver a quality education for our children with more classroom instructors?

You might want to ask your elected representative whether they’d vote to cut this program and use those funds for teachers.  Apparently Don Richardson and Lisa Bell are in favor of eliminating that department, or “program” as it’s now called.  I’d be interested in seeing within the comments how other members respond to your questions on this.



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20 Comments

  1. Sanford D. Horn said on 25 Feb 2011 at 9:10 am:
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    That a multi-cultural department should exist in a public school system in the first place, only creates greater division and an increased hyphenated-American society instead of an American society. Departments such as this only go to co-opt the teaching of American History which is already being taught in an irresponsible manner to begin with thanks to liberal teachers who seek to teach about the US in as dour a light as possible.

  2. Citizen12 said on 25 Feb 2011 at 12:18 pm:
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    Thanks to Greg and others, another tentacle of the enemy to the America way of life has been exposed and underscores the fact that just because the Berlin wall fell on Reagan’s watch, the threats to the United States of America did not disappear with it.

    What was said by Maryland governor Ehrlich back in 2004 rings true today, yet few politicians have had the stones to speak as frank and honest on the subject.

    “Once you get into this multicultural crap, this bunk, that some folks are teaching in our college campuses and other places, you run into a problem,” Ehrlich, a Republican, said during an appearance on WBAL radio Thursday. “There is no such thing as a multicultural society that can sustain itself, in my view, and I think history teaches us this lesson.”

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-md.ehrlich09may09,0,3654105.story

  3. VA_Magoo said on 25 Feb 2011 at 2:23 pm:
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    Whats is wrong with simply reducing spending? Why must we spend the money we saved elsewhere? Sooner or later people are going to have to realize we can not continue to spend our way to oblivion.

  4. VA_Magoo said on 25 Feb 2011 at 2:25 pm:
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    Not to mention that immigrants are “suppose” to melt into becoming “AMERICANS”, not the other way around.

  5. Kris Nieman said on 25 Feb 2011 at 2:42 pm:
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    I agree with Sanford D. Horn. I also think we need to grow up as a country and get away from dedicating whole months to the celebration of a particular ethnic group. I am sure we are leaving out some other ethnic groups and have not celebrated everyone equally… where is the German-American heritage month for instance? (”My” people were peresecuted during World War II for speaking German and were regarded suspiciously as possible spies. Does that mean German-Americans should get a month dedicated to making us feel better about ourselves? No, and neither should any other ethnic group! It’s just silly.) Teach about the contributions of ALL Americans to our history from all ethnicities and don’t dwell on some to the exclusion of others… It’ll make us more of a melting pot than ever.

  6. Groveton said on 25 Feb 2011 at 5:05 pm:
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    Even the Europeans have figured this out …

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2010/10/17/Merkel-says-multiculturalism-has-failed/UPI-91371287295407/

  7. Groveton said on 25 Feb 2011 at 5:07 pm:
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    More than even the Europeans figuring it out … even the French have figured this out …

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4027258,00.html

  8. Groveton said on 25 Feb 2011 at 5:09 pm:
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    And, yes, I know that France is in Europe. My poorly worded comment was intended to single out France within Europe.

    Also, why do liberals love, love, love European politics, thought and lifestyle until it contradicts their own dogma.

  9. Jaspar said on 25 Feb 2011 at 9:13 pm:
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    Hey Groveton:

    Lay off France! I was born there on a U.S. Air Base just before Degaulle kicked us out of there!

    Remember, France has tanks with 21 speeds in reverse!

  10. Janae said on 25 Feb 2011 at 9:27 pm:
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    What radicals are you talking about, and what radical ideas are they teaching? I have been a teacher in the county for 10 years and have never once run across leftist dogma in the classroom. Please give some examples because the curriculum is quite clear and it is taught to the book. I thnk we may have some ‘chicken littles’ on board.

    Not sure what the multicultural department does, but we know that students from all backgrounds are dumped into our classrooms without even a thought about what their needs are. This is an administrative problem, not a teacher directed problem. Trust me, no teacher in this county wants to receive a first year english language learner and be told they must pass all county mandated tests by the end of the school year…or else! So we are forced to teach them words like ‘perceived’, when they don’t even know what the word ‘house’ means. Sorry, they dish it, we take it. Stop blaming the teachers for school system inadequacies.

  11. Greg L said on 25 Feb 2011 at 10:23 pm:
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    Click on the embedded links in the article for more details on this department.

  12. Harry said on 26 Feb 2011 at 5:11 pm:
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    The school board could have saved $67 million by not building the Kelly center, yearly central office operational costs have soared 244% since leaving the Independent Hill complex. The $67 million could have eliminated every trailer used for a class room as well as bulit a new middle school. As you are aware the School “Bored” is dominated by spend and borrow Republicans

  13. Citizen12 said on 26 Feb 2011 at 9:12 pm:
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    Janae said on 25 Feb 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Sorry, they dish it, we take it. Stop blaming the teachers for school system inadequacies.

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    “Unfortunately, teachers often allow themselves to be co-opted and controlled by these elite educators with their hidden agenda. Here is a better (indeed a revolutionary) paradigm: teachers should distance themselves from these education commissars, and focus on what is genuinely best for children.”

    “The USA seems to have two types of educators that cause most of the trouble: the Rousseauvian/Hippie/Romantic/Permissive sort that hates rules and standards of any kind; and the Collectivist/Socialist/ Communist/Totalitarian sort that hates this country and this civilization. The synergy between these two types is predictably negative: less and lower, dumb and dumber. Neither group is overly concerned with whether children can read or count. Indeed, academic success actually seems to get in the way of the social engineering schemes the top educators are often in love with.”

    AN OPEN LETTER TO THE TEACHERS OF AMERICA
    http://www.improve-education.org/id51.html

    You have 10 years in the county as a teacher and you are “Not sure what the multicultural department does.”

    The Marxist dogma of multicultural education

    Dr. Paul Gorski: Multicultural education is a progressive approach for transforming education that holistically critiques and addresses current shortcomings, failings, and discriminatory practices in education. It is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity, and a dedication to facilitating educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners and as socially aware and active beings, locally, nationally, and globally. Multicultural education acknowledges that schools are essential to laying the foundation for the transformation of society and the elimination of oppression and injustice.

    The underlying goal of multicultural education is to affect social change. The pathway toward this goal incorporates three strands of transformation: the transformation of self; the transformation of schools and schooling; and the transformation of society.

  14. Anonymous said on 27 Feb 2011 at 9:13 am:
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    The teachers are powerless to not do what is dictacted to them by the burocracy full of people who constantly tell the teachers what to do then they have to fill out all sorts of forms so these burocrates can track the progress of there initiatives.

    Thats why they cant even tell u online what the homework your son has to do because they are bussy filling out forms for homework awareness? The system is full of crud it needs to dump. PERIOD.

  15. Janae said on 28 Feb 2011 at 8:11 pm:
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    Citizen 12:

    “The USA seems to have two types of educators that cause most of the trouble: the Rousseauvian/Hippie/Romantic/Permissive sort that hates rules and standards of any kind; and the Collectivist/Socialist/ Communist/Totalitarian sort that hates this country and this civilization. The synergy between these two types is predictably negative: less and lower, dumb and dumber. Neither group is overly concerned with whether children can read or count. Indeed, academic success actually seems to get in the way of the social engineering schemes the top educators are often in love with.”

    You are really out there citizen 12. This is as far from the truth as it gets. Time to don the tinfoil hat?

  16. Citizen12 said on 1 Mar 2011 at 11:15 am:
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    Janae said on 28 Feb 2011 at 8:11 pm:

    You are really out there citizen 12.

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    You have mistakenly given credit where credit is not due.

    I take it you did not click the link to the page from which that quote came from and read the article in its entirety?

  17. Janae said on 1 Mar 2011 at 6:23 pm:
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    Nope. Heard enough. Saw enough. No links needed.

    I have no agenda in my classroom other than to teach the subject matter that I am endorsed to teach.

    I work in a positive work environment where students are encouraged to push themselves, not dummy themselves down.

    I was vehemently against the amping of the grading scale, like most teachers, to make it appear that students are achieving more than they are actually achieving.

    As far as teachers being “Rousseauvian/Hippie/Romantic/Permissive”, I have never met that type of teacher in our building because it isn’t allowed. Far too many parents would complain if there were no classroom discipline. And the “Collectivist/Socialist/ Communist/Totalitarian” type teacher - never seen it, I really have no clue what you are talking about. You really have to be specific here. Tell me exactly, what are these teachers saying?

    I think what you need is a reality check. Why not ask for a tour of PWC school classrooms to see what teachers are teaching. What is in your mind and what is really happening are two entirely different things.

  18. Citizen12 said on 1 Mar 2011 at 7:27 pm:
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    Janae said on 1 Mar 2011 at 6:23 pm
    Nope. Heard enough. Saw enough. No links needed.

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    Well there you go. One can only express utter delight in the fact that you work in teacher nirvana.

    It would appear that, based on a small section of the article, you took offence to what you saw, did not like it, and went no further. That is you choice. That may explain why you have never encountered anything but perfection amongst your fellow teachers.

    It would also lead to a suspicion that some of them have been taken over by pod people.

    It does my heat good to know that you would never let a teacher with such a flippant or negative attitude in your building, let alone in a classroom. I look forward to the day when you never let a child this side of perfection out of your classrooms. It should be just around the corner.

    But for the rest of us who have spent decades of our lives guiding our children in and out of numerous schools and every grade level from K - 12 the reality is that we have encountered both ends of the spectrum, ala descriptions above, as well as many in between. The ones in between do outnumber the bad, but the bad do exist, and they have left their mark.

  19. Janae said on 1 Mar 2011 at 9:18 pm:
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    Well, I don’t encounter perfection, I just encounter every day people trying to do their job. It is evident from your squabbling that you are yet another chicken little worried about socialism, worried about radicals, worried about negative images being spewed on the children. The sky is falling chicken little and that is your call to duty. My call? To relax and be grateful that I am not you.

  20. Citizen12 said on 1 Mar 2011 at 11:25 pm:
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    Janae said on 1 Mar 2011 at 9:18 pm:

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    LOL Fair enough. Thanks for the dialog exchange.

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