Great leap backward
July 26, 2006
If you thought injecting political agendas into English and history classes was bad, we've got a doozy for you. In the latest edition of City Journal, Sol Stern writes about a nasty trend whereby progressivist professors (some of them former bomb-makers) aim to hijack not only the "softer" subjects, but hard ones such as math and science, too. You may not be surprised to learn that the ringleaders of this movement to teach "social justice" in even subjects most divorced from the social sphere reside in our nation's ed schools (see here). How bad is it? The authors of one "progressive" science text, for example, write that "the marriages between capitalism and education and capitalism and science have created a foundation for science education that emphasizes corporate values at the expense of social justice and human dignity." Those fat cat chemists in their designer lab coats with their gilded beakers! Research assistants of the world, unite! Ugh.
"The Ed Schools' Latest--and Worst--Humbug," by Sol Stern, City Journal, Summer 2006
"When activism masquerades as education," by Sol Stern, New York Daily News, July 21, 2006