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Re: Academic decolonization
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2021, 06:45:34 pm »
Just keep in mind losing ones virginity does not necessarily equate to a person not reproducing. My aunt on my mothers side has plenty of sex with her partner, yet neither of them have ever reproduced any offspring, as an example. With equating sexual experience to mere reproduction you may get into a pickle debating someone who argues that sex is a spiritual experience more than a physical one. Just a thought....

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Re: Academic decolonization
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2021, 10:38:07 pm »
"At least he didn't leave any offspring. But you could argue the amount of knowledge he discovered has been far more damaging to the rest of the world even though he did not reproduce."

In particular, the ways in which the Industrial Revolution (many processes of which required calculus to design) raised total population carrying capacity could be called "Newtonian fecundity" if we want to stress the point.

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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2021, 11:27:38 pm »
Previously:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/academic-decolonization/msg3000/#msg3000

Now more along similar lines:

https://reason.com/2021/05/04/california-math-framework-woke-equity-calculus/

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California's Department of Education is working on a new framework for K-12 mathematics that discourages gifted students from enrolling in accelerated classes that study advanced concepts like calculus.
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In fact, the framework concludes that calculus is overvalued, even for gifted students.

"The push to calculus in grade twelve is itself misguided," says the framework.

As evidence for this claim, the framework cites the fact that many students who take calculus end up having to retake it in college anyway. Of course, de-prioritizing instruction in high school calculus would not really solve this problem—and in fact would likely make it worse—but the department does not seem overly worried. The framework's overriding perspective is that teaching the tough stuff is college's problem: The K-12 system should concern itself with making every kid fall in love with math.

Of course we disagree with this superficial reasoning that tries to make it a mere administrative tweak to benefit larger numbers of students. Most leftists still do not have the courage to come out and say outright that calculus was never meant to have been invented, and therefore we have a positive ethical duty to terminate knowledge of it ASAP. However, they will not hold this position until they abandon progressivism and adopt regressivism:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/leftists-against-progressivism/

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« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2021, 01:20:11 am »
And more:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-accelerated-math-courses-equity

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Virginia moving to eliminate all accelerated math courses before 11th grade as part of equity-focused plan

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Re: Academic decolonization
« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2021, 10:58:31 pm »
You know how far we have come when Jews have trouble getting published:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9583887/Acclaimed-British-author-Richard-Cohens-new-book-historians-cancelled-US.html

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A new history book by an acclaimed British author has reportedly been dropped by its US publisher over concerns it was 'too white'.

Richard Cohen was asked to produce more for work for his upcoming book 'The History Makers' because publishers were concerned the 780-page book failed to feature enough black historians, academics and writers.

Mr Cohen, 75, who wrote the acclaimed Chasing The Sun, is said to have written 18,000 extra words covering the work of black historians.

Academics such such as Frederick Douglass and Booker T Washington are said to have been covered in the additional work.

But US publisher Random House has still decided to drop the book, according to the Guardian.

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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2021, 10:14:43 pm »
Well spotted!

https://www.classicfm.com/composers/handel/royal-academy-of-music-decolonise-collection-slave-trade/

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Royal Academy of Music to ‘decolonise' collection as composer linked to slave trade
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The review could give wider context to the Academy’s displayed portraits and sculptures of Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, who we now know repeatedly invested in the transatlantic slave trade.

Other items ripe for reevaluation in the on-site museum include rare 18th-century pianos and violins, whose keys and fingerboards were made with colonial ivory and ebony.

All of them must be destroyed!

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In 2015 Dr David Hunter, lecturer at the Butler School of Music in Texas, found Handel repeatedly invested in the Royal African Company. “It was quite by chance that I came across Handel’s name in the investors of the Royal Africa Company – the main slave traders in the 1710s,” he said.

Hunter said many members of the 18th-century wealthy elite would have profited from slavery, and what’s crucial now is to provide contextual focus of such historical figures and objects.

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Re: Academic decolonization
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2021, 01:47:44 pm »
This teacher gets it:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/twitter-outraged-over-teacher-telling-educators-to-embrace-anti-racist-thinking-or-be-fired/ar-AAKuGXa

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Eighth grade humanities teacher Katherine Watkins made her comments during the district's virtual equity summit published to YouTube by Parents Defending Education (PDE) in late April and clips of her comments were shared to social media Thursday, garnering many reactions.

"If you're being resistant, I understand that, but you're going to have to eventually come to the light because if you're going to keep up those old views of colonialism, it's going to lead to being fired because you're going to be doing damage to our children...trauma," Watkins said during the Zoom call.

"So as we fire the teachers who sexually abuse our children, we will be firing the teachers who do racist things to our children and traumatize them," she added before saying "you either evolve or dissolve."

Inflicting trauma is precisely what the colonial system was deliberately designed to do in order to promote Eurocentrism. It was immensely successful.
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2021, 11:56:28 pm »
https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/tom-hanks-tulsa-racism-174252824.html

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Self-described armchair historian Tom Hanks sounded off on what gets taught about race in American schools in a New York Times opinion piece that argues every child should have to learn about the 1921 destruction of “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

With his essay, published Friday, the actor parachuted into a culture war currently being waged by conservatives over critical race theory, an academic term referring to the ways racism has influenced history that has become a right-wing boogeyman. Just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence said it was a “left-wing myth” that systemic racism exists in America.

“How different would perspectives be had we all been taught about Tulsa in 1921, even as early as the fifth grade? Today, I find the omission tragic, an opportunity missed, a teachable moment squandered,” Hanks wrote.

Schools, Hanks said, “should also stop the battle to whitewash curriculums to avoid discomfort for students.”

“America’s history is messy but knowing that makes us a wiser and stronger people,” he wrote.

The Tulsa riot just passed its 100th anniversary. Over the course of two days in late May and early June, 1921, white Americans stormed Greenwood, an economically booming Black neighborhood of the prairie city, and burned it to the ground, killing an unknown number of Black Americans in the process. Estimates range from dozens of Black victims to 300 dead, while thousands were left homeless. In congressional testimony last month, survivors of the attack said that some of the dead were simply dumped into a river; 107-year-old Viola Fletcher said she still can see “Black bodies lying in the street.” Excavators are currently unearthing a mass grave in Tulsa believed to be the resting place of some of the victims.

Recent television shows ― HBO’s “Watchmen” and “Lovecraft Country” ― that touched on the Tulsa attack have highlighted how few Americans recall learning about it in school.

In his essay, Hanks marveled at the fact that he only learned about it by way of a New York Times article last year, writing that failing to teach about Tulsa and patterns of extreme violence against Black Americans had the effect of “placing white feelings over Black experience — literally Black lives in this case.”

“The truth about Tulsa, and the repeated violence by some white Americans against Black Americans, was systematically ignored, perhaps because it was regarded as too honest, too painful a lesson for our young white ears,” Hanks wrote. “So, our predominantly white schools didn’t teach it, our mass appeal works of historical fiction didn’t enlighten us, and my chosen industry didn’t take on the subject in films and shows until recently.”

“Today, I think historically based fiction entertainment must portray the burden of racism in our nation for the sake of the art form’s claims to verisimilitude and authenticity,” he said.

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Re: Academic decolonization
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2021, 12:32:41 am »
Resistance to Red pressure at last:

https://us.yahoo.com/news/teachers-across-u-protest-laws-050523891.html

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Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.
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    Organizers of the Zinn Education Project initiative say they want to send a message that they won't lie to students about past and present racism in the U.S.

    Thousands of teachers have also signed a pledge declaring that the educators "refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law."

https://twitter.com/BeckyPringle/status/1403721759816359946

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Educators deserve support, and our students deserve to be taught the truth. Some politicians would have us lie in the classroom to whitewash our history—not on my watch. Today, I join with @BLMAtSchool, @ZinnEdProject, and educators across the nation in pledging to #TeachTruth.

It is not "CRT"; it is simply teaching truthful Western history. If truthful Western history is disgusting to learn about, it is because Western civilization is disgusting.

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« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2021, 10:28:38 pm »
Essentially what I have been saying:

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/critical-race-theory-debate-whitewashing-120000936.html

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The Republicans’ current crusade against teaching race and racism in schools is part of the same tradition of erasing truth and amplifying fiction. Perhaps more importantly, it mirrors the type of dangerous, disturbing behavior of those history-makers that the modern GOP fears discussing. If today we talk about the racists and white supremacists of yesterday, then years from now, we’ll be talking about the racists and white supremacists of today, many of whom are the very same leaders trying to rewrite history.

This year alone, 21 states have either banned critical race theory (CRT) or introduced legislation that moves in that direction. CRT is described as being a framework that considers race to be a social, institutional construct that’s intended to keep Black and brown people in the lower rungs of society — i.e., an accurate description of the past few centuries of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, and myriad other forms of discrimination.
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the problem is the fact that, to many Republicans, discussing slavery and systemic racism seems to be more “highly contentious and highly controversial” than the acts themselves.
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The proof is there, and in many cases, it’s in black and white. There’s the explicitly racist language in the Federal Housing Authority’s Underwriting Manual that laid the groundwork for redlining; the government-funded Kerner Commission’s documented findings on the racial uprisings from 1965 to 1968; and the reality that Black Americans were considered to be three-fifths of a person. There’s also the obvious impacts that the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of African Americans has had on their descendants.

The fear of teaching American students how to think critically about race is alarming. If merely thinking about the construct of race is so dangerous, the practice of enforcing political and systemic divisions based on that same construct is even more dangerous. Consider what these whitewashed, often false, historical narratives have done to the psyches of nonwhite students. Some textbooks refer to enslaved people as “immigrants” or “workers,” many of whom were not “unhappy” with their place within the “peculiar institution” of slavery. Others teach students that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, totally disregarding the millions of Indigenous people who inhabited this land before him (a concept that truly baffled me as an elementary school student). Where’s the outrage about the ways those false teachings hurt nonwhite kids?

I was baffled in the same way! But now I understand: it is because "non-whites" do not count. What should be taught to history students today is how previous generations of history students (such as the author and myself) used to be taught.

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The U.S. that we live in today, with all its flaws and beauty, wouldn’t be what it is without race. James Baldwin, writer and activist, once said, “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

This proves what rightists love is not America, but Western civilization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5OczxHYofk

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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2021, 01:06:55 am »
Finally!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9727255/The-word-caucasian-banned-say-Cambridge-UCL-scientists.html

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The word 'caucasian' should be banned because it is 'associated with a racist classification of humans', according to five Cambridge and UCL scientists.

Researchers said scientists should only use the term when absolutely unavoidable but refrain from 'usage where possible'.

Authors of the article titled 'The language of race, ethnicity, and ancestry in human genetic research' said the term Caucasian was an 'old term associated with racist and pseudo-scientific classifications of humans'.
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The paper said scientists should add quotation marks around the word when used in research, the Telegraph reported.

We are always ahead of mainstream academia.

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Authors Dr Ewan Birney, Michael Inouye, Dr Jennifer Raff, Dr Adam Rutherford, and Aylwyn Scally said their is intended 'to stimulate a much-needed discussion about the language of genetics'.

Adding they hoped it would help 'begin a process to clarify existing terminology, and in some cases adopt a new lexicon that both serves scientific insight, and cuts us loose from various aspects of a pernicious past.'

Indeed!

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/human-evolution/

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Dr Ewan Birney, deputy director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, has added terms such as 'Native American', 'Hispanic', 'White Irish', and 'European', should also be avoided.

Yes! (Except Hispanic, which refers to Spanish language and thus does not require "". )

Unfortunately, mainstream academia is extremely slow-witted:

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Instead, he says, researchers should use more scientific language derived from a two-step genetic analysis.

'European', for example, would instead be 'the European-associated PCA [principal component analysis] cluster, which aims to minimise variation in non-genetic factors and genetic factors'.

That is not an improvement FFS. Use common selective pressure, not common geographical habitat! Those (Joetnar) who lived through the Ice Age have little in common with those (Aesir etc.) who arrived after the Ice Age was over. What about this is so hard to understand?

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Re: Academic decolonization
« Reply #27 on: July 03, 2021, 10:36:14 pm »
The same as what I was saying earlier:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/true-left-breakthrough-anti-whiteness-476/msg7038/#msg7038

about rejecting the term "CRT":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsfX-Mjio0E

What our enemies call "CRT" is simply honest teaching of history.

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« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2021, 04:01:48 am »
First we say it over and over. Then Hartmann says it over and over. And now Psaki is saying it:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pressed-teachers-unions-stance-critical-181300825.html

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Pressed on teachers union's stance on critical race theory, Psaki says Biden believes children 'should learn our history'
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She added, "So as the spouse of an educator and as somebody who continues to believe that children should learn not just the good but also the challenging in our history, and that's part of what we're talking about here, even as it's become politically charged."

There is no such thing as "CRT". This is simply about honest teaching of history vs dishonest teaching of history.

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Let's talk about Boebert and Republicans suggesting CRT is true....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9RrZ56O1Pg

Would add that anti-racists are superior ethically and morally compared to racists. This is an elitist stance, which happens to be true and easily proven as such. If holding a civilization together requires unity and racists are divisive simply because of their racism, we can easily argue that racists do not have what it takes to hold a civilization together, only anti-racists do. Therefore racists are inferior to anti-racists. This fact should not require a massive amount of intellect to understand....

Don't believe me? Then take it from the people who held together one of the largest and longest lasting empires the world has ever known for over a thousand years:
https://trueleft.createaforum.com/ancient-world/what-did-the-romans-think-about-race/

See also: https://trueleft.createaforum.com/true-left-vs-false-left/superiority-cannot-be-taught/