Katherine Kersten reports on developments in education in the Twin Cities Area. Authorities in one district are cutting $7 million from the budget and laying off 94 teachers but are sending a delegation of pedagogues to the ninth annual “White Privilege Conference,” which starts today and ends April 16. This will cost the district $160 a day for each teacher plus $125 a day for the substitutes who will handle their classes while they are away, learning ”how white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression affects daily life.” Other cash-strapped districts will also be sending delegations. The keynote speaker will be Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman, who speaks on capitalism and imperialism, was evidently part of the Venceremos Brigade in Cuba, and has kept up her contacts with revolutionaries of all stripes. Last year’s speaker recommended looking to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela for “exciting progressive developments.” The sponsors of this educational event include the University of Minnesota, MnSCU, the St. Paul Foundation, Hamline University, Gustavus Adolphus College, the YWCA of Minneapolis, and Augsburg College, among others.
Some have speculated that the college “bubble” is about to burst or deflate, possibly necessitating cuts in the noxious frills involved in so-called “diversity.” But as the headline of Kersten’s piece suggests, “Always room in the budget for white guilt.”