In North Lebenon, PA, schools in 2018, students had to smile all the time–yes, the whole time they were in school (and that is certainly nothing to smile about!)–or else get put into “counseling,” or detention.
Fill in the blank and win a tin-foil hat! “I send my kids to public school to be ‘educated’ by full-blown loonies because __________.
It was nice of him to answer my question–but his ideas were truly out to lunch.
Back in 2010 I interviewed America’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. He shared with me his vision of year-round school, 14 hours a day… and virtually a total ownership of the people by the government.
We have always been told that the proper way to pronounce the word “fjord” is “f’yord,” because it’s a Norwegian word and in Norwegian, the letter “j” is pronounced “y.”
But authorities at Fimbo College have ordered all students and staff to pronounce “fjord” as “fuh-jord,” with “j” as in “jump.” They have also ordered all students and staff to refer to fjords as bodies of water found not in Norway, but in Kansas. Failure to do so will incur a negative review for staff members and subtraction of a full grade point for students.
Why are they doing this?
“Requiring a new pronunciation of words is excellent training in obedience,” explained Myra Jidrool, student government president, 42, a senior majoring in Intersectional Palliative Gender Studies. “Once the Green New Deal goes into effect, obedience will be the only response allowed. This will greatly enhance our freedom!”
They’ve only just started acting on this policy, but Fimbo College already has a list of new pronunciations of words. The list includes “kay-mol” for “camel,” “sheert” for “shirt,” and “white supremacist dirtbag” for “man.” (This makes it awkward to say the word “Manhattan,” for example: but, explains Ms. Jidrool, “Unconditional obedience is the name of the game.”)
Student and staff objections to the new policy, she adds, will be dealt with “vairy harooshlay.”
I missed this story, somehow, when it was live. And now there’s no follow-up, so I don’t know how it turned out.
In 2012 and 2013, reaching back into 2010, the hottest thing in British education was a movement to forbid children from having best friends (https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/462185/schools-ban-children-making-best-friends/). This, the educators (ahem!) reasoned, would spare kiddies the pain of breaking up with a best friend later on. Kind of like if you never marry, you’ll never have to go through a divorce. If you never get a job, you’ll never get fired. You have to be a trained education professional to see how brilliant an idea this is.
Well, confound it, I can’t find any recent articles that tell us how this scheme worked out. I mean, just because it totally defies human nature doesn’t mean it’ll fail–right? Why, that might imply that socialism itself could fail!
Five years ago, there were questions being asked about this, even among the educators. A guy from the National Association of Head Teachers said of the policy, “It seems bizarre.” Well, there’s nobody as anti-human as a humanist.
I can’t find anything more recent than that. Did this idea die a natural death, or are they still pumping juice into it, refusing to let it go? I’m very surprised it hasn’t spread across the Atlantic to the United States and Canada: it seems tailor-made for our teachers’ unions. Imagine the rush an educator would get, forcing children to break up with their best friends and forbidding them to have best friends anymore–and laying down the law to the kids’ parents, too. It’d be as big a turn-on as rationing.
Perhaps some reader in the UK can enlighten us, and tell us how it all turned out. If you can, please do!
Update: Thanks to “thewhiterabbit” for this update.