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Why I Stopped Teaching [Video]

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Why I Stopped Teaching

For fifteen years, Kali Fontanilla taught middle and high school students in California public schools. Then she abruptly left it behind. Why would a teacher who loves teaching quit her job? Her answer should alarm us all.

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Question: Why would a teacher who loves teaching quit her job?

Answer: When her job is no longer about teaching.

For fifteen years, I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) to middle and high school students. The last five years were at public schools in Salinas, California.

Salinas has suffered for a long time with a gang problem. Students are just as likely to fall victim to the temptations of gang life as they are to graduate from high school.

If that sounds like a challenge, it was exactly the challenge I was looking for.

It’s why I became an educator: to help put kids, especially teenagers, on a good path in life.

And that’s what I tried to do.

I taught my students that if they worked hard and accepted responsibility for their actions, they would succeed.

That their race didn’t define them.

That they should respect the police.

That there are only two sexes.

That communism leads to misery.

But in the last few years, they were hearing something different in their other classes.

That their race was their destiny.

That the police were out to get them.

That their sexual identity is a personal choice.

That socialism is compassionate, communism isn’t so bad, and capitalism is cruel.

Many of my students, especially the ones who had recently come to America, rejected these depressing lessons. They knew what they had fled. They wanted to embrace their new country and its values.

But other students completely bought into it.

I needed to know why.

So, I dove into the school’s “ethnic studies” curriculum, the source of so many toxic ideas.

I found classroom activities such as a “privilege quiz” where students would compare and contrast their gender, race, class, and sexual orientation with those of their classmates.

I found another exercise which involved conducting a mock trial to “charge various persons implicated in…genocide against Native Californians,” in order to “create a social justice…counter-narrative.”

None of this should be surprising because the “guiding principle” of the curriculum was to “critique…white supremacy, racism, anti-blackness…patriarchy…capitalism…and other forms of power and oppression…”

And in case you think this is just one school, passing an ethnic studies class will soon be mandatory for high school graduation throughout the state of California.

And it doesn’t stop at students.

Teachers who reject these radical ideas—especially teachers with the “wrong” skin color—risk being labeled racist or white supremacist, putting their jobs and careers on the line.

In June 2020, I addressed the Salinas school board. I told them that “allowing…[Critical Race Theory] and [Black Lives Matter] indoctrination in the classroom is unbalanced, too political, and will only do…harm…”

In response, the board president, a professor of ethnic studies at a local college, called me “anti-people of color.”

I am “people of color.” I’m half Jamaican.

In fact, before the board meeting, the district had sent me a gift just for being black: a mask bearing the message, “Black Educators Matter,” an “I Love Being Black” sticker, and an African greeting that “acknowledged the god in me.”

An obsession with race and gender has taken root in our educational system. It’s the weed that’s rapidly overtaking the garden.

What can we do to get rid of it?

First, advocate for academic transparency.

Demand that your school district’s lessons and materials be made accessible online, so you can see what your child is being taught. That may not protect you from an individual woke teacher, principal, or school board, but it will make them all think twice before adding radical material into the curriculum.

Second, be vocal. Express your concerns.

Pay attention. If you come across lessons you don’t like, make your dissatisfaction known. Let the teacher know, let the principal know, and if necessary, let the school board know. Speaking of school boards, consider getting on one yourself. This is the time for action.

Third, take an active role in your child’s education.

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The Student Loan Forgiveness Scam [Video]

It’s hard to imagine how we could screw up higher education any more than we already have, but we’re about to—if we make sweeping student loan forgiveness a reality. How? To answer this question, we must start by asking another one: cui bono?#studentloandebt #studentloans #debt SUBSCRIBE 👉 https://www.prageru.com/join📲 Take PragerU videos with you everywhere you go. Download our free mobile app! Download for Apple iOS ➡ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prage...Download for Android ➡ https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...Script:It’s hard to imagine how we could screw up higher education any more than we already have, but we’re about to—if we make student loan forgiveness a reality.There’s a Latin phrase that helps explain why. The phrase is “cui bono”—who benefits.In the case of student loan forgiveness, it’s first and foremost the colleges and universities who can charge outrageous tuition largely paid for by student loans; second, politicians who make cheap promises of debt forgiveness to win votes; and third, students from upper middle-class families who would get taxpayers to pay off their student debt.Who doesn’t benefit? Everyone else. That includes those who didn’t go to college and a new class of “suckers”—people who went to college and paid off their student loans. Student loan forgiveness is a reverse Robin Hood—it takes from the poor and gives to the rich.The most obvious argument against forgiving student debt is that no one forced anybody to borrow money for college. Why, then, should others be forced to pay it off? Before you think I’m going to go all tough love on you, let me say that I have a lot of sympathy for young people who have dug themselves into the student debt hole. I am one of them.For decades, our society has made the claim that you need a college degree to get ahead in life, and that the smart bet was to take out any amount of loans to ensure a bright future.And if you need help with the tuition? Uncle Sam—the US government—stands at the ready with his generous student loan programs. Fill out a few forms, and presto, there’s a check in your mailbox. You’re off to college. But here’s the dirty secret: for every dollar of student loan money the government makes available, university tuition goes up by 60 cents! Colleges and universities don’t see college loans as a problem; they see a gravy train. Most college administrators may be cowards ready to cave before every politically correct fad, but they’re not dumb. If the government is going to loan you money to go to college, they can raise tuition virtually at will. You can afford it; just borrow more.And what do the universities do with all that tuition money? Build more buildings. Hire more administrators. Hey, somebody has to pay for all those Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officers, right?Cui Bono. Meanwhile, you stagger out of college with a degree and a boat load of debt to pay off, to get the same job and salary that a decade ago didn’t require a bachelor’s. What great way to start your adult life!If you fit that profile, you’re very likely to favor student loan forgiveness. Who can blame you? With a simple stroke of a pen, some or all your debt goes away like it was never there. And, the least you can do, in return, is vote for the politicians who made it possible. At least that’s how the politicians see it. Cui Bono. But who’s going to pay for your good fortune? The taxpayers, course.The most modest debt relief proposal out there now—$10,000 per borrower—would cost $300 billion. To wipe it all out? $1.8 trillion. And a lot of those taxpayers will be working class people who didn’t go to college—in many cases because they didn’t want to take on all the debt. That’s why despite easy student loan access from the government, people in the lower and middle classes make up a smaller percentage of college students than they did 50 years ago.The reality is that loan forgiveness would overwhelmingly benefit the already well-off.It’s projected that for every dollar of debt cancellation that would go to the lower middle class and impoverished student loan holders, seven times that would go to the top 20% of earners—the lawyers, accountants, and doctors who borrowed heavily for their degrees.This group also includes the people who staff government bureaucracies, corporate HR departments, and school administrations—the people chiefly responsible for the woke mini-revolutions upending institution after institution. For this managerial class, student loan forgiveness would be great.But is it fair?Cui Bono.For the full script, visit: https://www.prageru.com/video/the-student-loan-forgiveness-scam

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