Phi Beta Cons

Stimulus Dollars Well Spent in Omaha

The Omaha Public Schools used more than $130,000 in federal stimulus dollars to buy each teacher, administrator, and staff member a manual on how to become more culturally sensitive.

Joe Dejka describes more about this manual in his Omaha World-Herald article:

The authors [of the manual] assert that American government and institutions create advantages that “channel wealth and power to white people,” that color-blindness will not end racism and that educators should “take action for social justice.”

The book says that teachers should acknowledge historical systemic oppression in schools, including racism, sexism, homophobia and “ableism,” defined by the authors as discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities.

The authors [of the manual] argue that public school teachers must raise their cultural awareness to better serve minority students and improve academic achievement.

Rather than insert my own witty remark on this, I’ll leave the last word to Paul Peterson, director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution:

“That must be a wealthy school district.”


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