Bill O'Reilly picks up Katherine Kersten's "mind control" cudgel
In her latest column, Star Tribune scold Katherine Kersten has decided that the University of Minnesota's College of Education is hell-bent on destroying freedom of thought among its students with what she called "mind control." And it appears that Bill O'Reilly has picked up her cudgel.
The Race, Culture, Class and Gender Task Group of the U's College of Education and Human Development has recommended that race, class and gender politics become the "over-arching framework" of all teacher education courses. Under the group's proposed plan, future teachers would be required to pass an ideological litmus test -- denouncing "white privilege," "hegemonic masculinity" and "heteronormativity," and proving their determination to "fight" for "social justice."
The passage she quotes is a tiny part of a paper related to a much larger re-engineering of the school's entire approach to educating teachers. You can read the quote in its much larger context by clicking here. It was written in an effort to come to grips with what its authors call the "intensity, pervasiveness, and sheer complexity of race, class, culture, and gender dynamics that beginning teachers will confront."
O'Reilly's batting all this around like a pinata. On Tuesday night with guest John Stossel, he managed to acknowledge that, as the country's demographics change, there need to be new approaches in the ways that teachers teach. But in the end, well, The U just hates America. From the transcript:
O'REILLY: Then why -- if it's one of the good ones, why do they want to get out into the radical left branch? I mean, look, they want to incorporate into this curriculum white privilege, hegemonic masculinity. I guess that means that men have all the power.
O'REILLY: You know, internalized oppression. What is internalized oppression? What is that?
STOSSEL: Are you telling me you don't think there is white privilege in America? I mean, Obama notwithstanding?
O'REILLY: I think there is white privilege in America, and I think it should be discussed. I don't think it should be accepted as the way it was, say 50 years ago. You know, look, if you're going to push America's a terrible place, which is what this is all about, and you tell your students America is a terrible place, I'm going to oppose you on every front.
STOSSEL: Well, I would, too. But I don't know that they're doing this. It's one of the best ed schools in the country. Are you telling me when you were a teacher that you or some of your colleagues might not have been helped by a cultural sensitivity course? Some Asian cultures, it's impolite to look an adult in the eye. So if the kid is looking down, the teacher may think he's not paying attention when he's just being polite. That stuff's good to know.
O'REILLY: But what this is is a continuation, and this is the extreme, a continuation of the theory on college campuses that America's a bad place. Look, we got problems in America. You know, the white majority has oppressed minorities, not just African-Americans, but others. Yes. But America is the best country in the world.
It's just another day in the culture wars, folks.
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