The Lessons of Progressive Kindergarten

Welcome to Ms. Johnson’s kindergarten class. Before we begin teaching you the irrelevant stuff like letters, numbers, colors and shapes, we have some important lessons for you. Are any of your parents pressing you to be of a gender identity that you are not comfortable with? Let us know and we will have them arrested for cruelty. The first three weeks of kindergarten we will be exploring what gender preference you choose to occupy. You may be male, female, transsexual or agender, which is: “Someone who calls themselves agender have no gender identity” (genderless.) Good to know in kindergarten, don’t you think? We do.

 

We want to do just a quick review of the rules before we go any further. There will not be any punishment for bad behavior or the using of foul language, because how you behave on the street is fine with us in the classroom. Feel free to treat your fellow students as well as the faculty with the appropriate disrespect and violence if necessary. We feel sorry for you, and you can take those feelings of sorrow all the way up to fighting with your fellow students; we will understand if you fight, we know it is just something that you do and we feel your pain. You will learn that punishment will be minimal, and that we view violence against your fellow classmates as an expression of your frustration. We will concentrate on teaching you enough words so that you can read the rules posted on the wall of the prison.

 

The second week we will help you determine who you wish to have sex with. You can be homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, or, again, asexual. Your sexual preferences will not be judged or commented on, and you will be free to be whatever you want to be, because that is important in school. Week three will be the lessons in microaggression. We will concentrate on and develop your abilities to spot anyone making the smallest of slights that could be construed as a slight to you regarding your sexual identity, preference, ethnicity, or intellectual standing. Just so you understand, microaggression cannot be done against you by a member of your own ethnicity, sexual preference, or gender identity. The attorneys will be instructing during the second half of that week and they will inform you as to how to successfully file the lawsuits and the key words to make sure that you heard, whether or not you really did. The ability to recognize microaggression is very important. Along with the coursework on microaggression there will be a short identity politics lesson, where you learn that you should vote for people of your sex, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation despite their qualifications. Anyone who meets your sex, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation qualifications is the person for whom you should vote; competency, education and experience are irrelevant when they’re “one of you.”  

 

After we establish your gender identity and sexual preferences, on week four, we will concentrate on your ethnicity. If you are from a white European background, we will teach you to be ashamed by how people you never met and have never had any even remote contact were treated and that you are supposed to feel guilty about things that happened centuries ago. Please let us know if your parents are taking you involuntarily to church and we will have them arrested.

 

In week number five, we will concentrate on cultures with “oral tradition” meaning that cultures and societies that pass things down orally and have not advanced any further than arrows and spears and their importance in the global economy. We will also examine why the white Europeans are supposed to feel guilty for this, despite all of the efforts to vaccinate these people and teach them how to farm, none of the things that they wish to do because it will destroy their “culture.” We must respect their cultural rights to starve to death, and accept the guilt that comes when they die, because it is our fault.

 

Week six will be a short week, where we celebrate Thanksgiving, that holiday started by evil white men who took over the Native American lands. After we get back from Thanksgiving break we will explore and celebrate Kwanzaa until Christmas break. After Christmas break we will learn to hold pencils and pens in any manner that you find comfortable. Writing on paper is no longer a required skill, as there will be computers or processing devices everywhere in the future.

 

Beginning in the new year, we will start vocabulary. We will teach you that the F-bomb is an OK word if it is used in an artistic context, like as in: “F* that F*ing whore, I’ll bust a cap in her A*.” Artistic liberties are needed as the artistic context for the artist to truly express themselves. The limiting of artistic expression is just more of the oppression that the underserved have faced all of their lives. The other words you will need to know will be in the following paragraphs, and our thanks to Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos, “an applied sociologist of Latin-Australian background.” Those uncaring, inconsiderate, insensitive people of the prior generations didn’t have the politically correct terms, so we have to make up a bunch more; after all, the educational institutions are paying us thousands of dollars, and we certainly couldn’t be expected to dream up anything useful for the economy, we’re far better off picking on the culture that gave us the freedom and lifestyle that we enjoy. The following information, with comments of my own, are from the posting by Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos.

 

Cis-gender: “Cis-gender describes people whose biological body they were born into matches their personal gender identity.” We couldn’t just use boy and girl now could we?

Intersexuality:  “Intersexuality describes variations on sex definitions related to ambiguous genitalia, gonads, sex organs, chromosomes or hormones. Transgender and intersexuality are gender categories, not sexualities. Transgender and intersexual people have varied sexual practices, attractions and identities as do cis-gender people.”

 

I swear this is used, quoted in full, by Dr. Zevallos: “People can also choose to be gender queer, by either drawing on several gender positions or otherwise not identifying with any specific gender (nonbinary); or they may choose to move across genders (gender fluid); or they may reject gender categories altogether (agender).” Don’t write me and tell me I used the word queer, it is cited by Dr. Zevallos.

 

Apparently, there are conflicts within masculinity (who knew?) with:” Similarly, counter-hegemonic masculinities signify a contest of power between different types of masculinities,” and I swear I am not making this up. Of course, women do not create any conflicts, because: “As women do not have cultural power, there is no version of hegemonic femininity to rival hegemonic masculinity.” Good to know, Dr. Zevallos. But let’s not be too hasty on letting women off the hook: “Leaning in” is a limited way of overcoming gender inequality only if you’re a White woman already thriving in the corporate world, by fitting in with the existing gender order.” No typos on my part, that is a direct quote. I hope you understand the politically-correct educational system and how it will benefit your child. Good luck in the future, you’ll be needing it.

 

 

Comments

George N Romey Added Mar 11, 2017 - 12:47pm
We are raising people not to think or use logic.  It all can be found in some app or some charlatan selling their snake oil reasoning.  I've given up on LI (and won't pay for it) because its full of supposedly experts selling useless crap.
Dino Manalis Added Mar 11, 2017 - 1:47pm
An obstetrician looks at the baby's sex organs and either shouts boy or girl, that's the end of it.  People sometimes flirt with their appearances, but public safety is #1, including a public bathroom.  Genuine transgender is a serious hormonal imbalance, not a matter of choice.  Males and females should be proud of their genders!
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 11, 2017 - 3:25pm
Those with a problem have my sympathy- however, I think they can be dealt with on an individual basis. The entire thing has gotten out of hand.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Mar 11, 2017 - 4:03pm
This bullshit happens in Europe too..
Tom C. Purcell Added Mar 11, 2017 - 4:10pm
Yup these social issues are embarrassing as an American.  If one will not or cannot identify as being either male or female, perhaps they should learn to identify with being mentally disabled. 
 
Just because someone can doesn't mean that they should.  "I personally can identify as being a mythical dragon and therefore I should deserve special classification and a '"dragons only" bathroom".     
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 11, 2017 - 5:01pm
Tom, you're right on the money on this. There is, I think, too much effort given on things that students "express" when they should be thinking about learning and not how to "express themselves." If they are to take courses on expressing themselves, and those used to be called English, although they are now called language arts. Exploring your sexuality is not an academic exercise, it is a personal exercise that academic training might help with, only in the ability to identify certain things and to think about things. I just do not see teaching sexuality as an academic exercise, and given some of the poorly-educated graduates that are coming out of our schools, it seems obvious that they aren't concentrating on learning things that will help them like learning to read, how to add and subtract, those things.
George N Romey Added Mar 11, 2017 - 5:06pm
Why can't we let 5 year olds be 5 year olds? 
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 11, 2017 - 5:46pm
Ah, George, there it is. All of these things that political correctness has foisted upon us, and upon the children. They have to be aware of things that really aren't part of their venue. I have had students that I had to discipline because they misbehaved, but I don't carry grudges, that was then, and maybe they understand not to repeat the unwanted behavior. I have recently had to write bad things about classes that needed it because they weren't on task. We need to educate children in things that are relevant. Raising a politically correct but ignorant generation will not give this society much, and the politically correct see their lessons as essential when they are the most irrelevant of things to know. The new terms, the shallow and biased observations of people like Dr. Zuleyka Zevallos are the way they stay relevant, but in practical terms, they aren't relevant at all, and the lessons to the young are misguided to say the least. 
George N Romey Added Mar 11, 2017 - 6:01pm
We are raising a bunch of Rainmen.  No social skills because they spend all day attached to a computer screen rather than in the world of play learn how to communicate and work with others. 
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 11, 2017 - 6:33pm
But George, they know how to be sensitive, and that's important.
Neelon Crawford Added Mar 12, 2017 - 1:49am
That sounds like a terrible Kindergarten class.  Thank God it’s also a fictional one or do you have some evidence that progressives would offer lessons such as this to 6-year-olds? 
 
I think progressives have done enough wrong and are interested in doing enough wrong that we don’t need to make-it-up.  So my advice is to stay away from exaggeration and make arguments based from the standpoint of fact.  For serious matters such as teaching kids that are too young about sexual orientation, my advice is doubly important if you wish to advance conservative causes.
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 12, 2017 - 7:14am
The obvious sarcasm and exaggeration was to get your attention, Neelon, and that worked. That the lessons are taught at all is troubling. I cannot say how young they teach these things, but many feel that it is inherent wrong to teach them at all, I have had enough experiences dealing with "indoctrinated" students to know it happens. The only aspect is the age, not the message, and I would speculate if you looked hard enough you could find some of these messages at the age mentioned, or at least close to it. The point was that the inappropriate messages are taught at all.
While I appreciate your "doubly important advice" I am not attempting to "advance conservative causes" as much to point out education that is inappropriate and unnecessary on a classroom level. The connotation that conservatives are insensitive and uncaring about such things has not gained them much credit nor admiration, and I am not in favor of insensitivity towards young people with these problems, so let me point that out. These issues could be addressed individually, and again, I do not side with conservatives who say these conditions should not be addressed at all, which is where I part with conservatives, so your assumption that I am siding with the conservatives or attempting to "advance their causes" is mistaken. While I would like to align with conservatives, I feel that conservatives hold too many positions that are insensitive and unrealistic, not to mention blatantly unfair and inhumane. The purpose was to get your attention, which succeeded.
Advancing conservative causes is not on my agenda, and I think reasonable positions are more and more in the middle between the left and the right. The last section of vocabulary that has been invented was meant to be a lesson in what "professionals" are getting paid to examine and what they are attempting to teach young people, which, again, I feel is objectionable, not from a conservative position but from simply a reasonable position. Thank you for your comments.
Billy Roper Added Mar 12, 2017 - 9:12am
When we have control over our own destiny as a people again, those who encourage children to be transgender will be put up against a wall.
Patrick Writes Added Mar 12, 2017 - 8:12pm
Good post. Just send your kids to private school. 
 
I attended a church-based primary school in Milwaukee (German-Lutheran, they are just as big as the public schools and quite popular). 
Patrick Writes Added Mar 12, 2017 - 8:14pm
The public schools in the USA have been circling the drain since the 1960's (in general), haven't they? There are excellent school districts and horrible ones. But all it takes is one crazy person to come into a great school and raise you know what about the stupidest of things, and in a few short years, you've arrived at this. 
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 12, 2017 - 8:38pm
Thanks for the comments. Yes, the public schools have the problem of trying to please everyone, and not doing well. I am told that administrators  don't last long because they always eventually make enough people angry with them that they have to leave or get voted out. I think the smaller districts do better only because there is more agreement on how to do things. I seem to see the smaller districts keep administrators longer.
Ari Silverstein Added Mar 13, 2017 - 10:06am
 As you admitted, this is a fictional account of what education could be like if progressives agreed with your vision of progressives.  In other words, this article is a strawman argument.  The reason being, there are no progressives advocating for this type of education and at such a young age.  A healthy discussion should/could occur where society debates the issues raised in your article, but by characterizing one side of the debate in such a negative and unsubstantiated way, you accomplish nothing.  For example, name one progressive education proposal that wishes to concentrate on cultures with “oral traditions?” 
Janie Smith Added Mar 13, 2017 - 5:15pm
I think this author wants to be clever, but really this is one of the reasons why we have the problems that we do.  We don't listen to each other, we make grand assumptions about the other sides motives and morals and the rhetoric produces ignorance which produces intolerance.  We are not really that different in the things that make us happy, feel safe, and serve our needs. 
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 13, 2017 - 6:17pm
Ari, The changes in education, at least where I have seen, weren't debated, they were required. The evidence of these lessons being required is in the parents who removed their children from public schools because they didn't want their children exposed to this. Most of these ideas weren't debated in the school systems, they were just added to the curriculum.
Mike Haluska Added Mar 14, 2017 - 2:49pm
Ari - your claim:
 
"The reason being, there are no progressives advocating for this type of education and at such a young age."
 
merits a response: 
 
1)  Yes our small kids are being indoctrinated every day - pull your head out of the sand.  Ever heard of that children's classic from 1989 - "Heather Has Two Mommies"????
 
2)  Your statement implies that there is a proper age to begin this bullshit. 
 
3)  Did you see little kids marching at the Women's Protest with pink hats that resemble a vagina?
 
"Progressives" and their immoral advocacy of perversion without bounds, immorality without consequence and continuous need to shove their beliefs in everyone else's face will be the end of the Democratic Party.
Janie Smith Added Mar 14, 2017 - 7:19pm
ummmm...the hats have cat ears...get it...pussy hat...they are not vaginas.  
 
Also, no one is trying to indoctrinate anyone, it just about tolerance, inclusiveness and alternative family styles for those that identify that way naturally or for children who grow up in families with same-sex parents.  
 
You don't have to agree with homosexuality, but the only thing perverse about what anyones doing is your interpretation of what people are doing.
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 14, 2017 - 7:36pm
Mike, I am glad you get it, thanks for the comments. Janie, I wish tolerance were the only issue. There is a lot of shoving these concepts down the throats of young people, and insisting that young people know all of this. I don't think redoing sex ed classes and insisting that kids accept behaviors that disagree with their religious beliefs is quite the same.
Janie Smith Added Mar 14, 2017 - 8:21pm
Religious beliefs belong to the individual, they are free to keep them and nothing anyone does can take that away...not even laws. Public schools are public, they belong to everyone and therefore must create an environment where everyone can come together.  Thats all anyone is trying to do.  
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 14, 2017 - 8:34pm
And people are choosing private schools because they do not want their children exposed to all of that. Keep in mind that not too long ago these were treated as mental illnesses. I am a very tolerant person, despite certain appearances, but I think the schools need to leave a lot of this out of the classroom, and leave it to parents, who can choose. That is my position, that parents should be able to choose.
Janie Smith Added Mar 15, 2017 - 11:35am
Choosing private school is a choice.  The fact that it was treated as a mental illness, not too long ago, is one of the reasons why the education is so important.  Also, treating it as a mental illness is a western born idea, not historically born. 
 
That being said, I don't think our education system does a very good job and giving teachers responsibility over sensitive topics is probably not really be the best idea.  But if parents are teaching their children hate then I guess it gives them no choice but to take those topics on because school needs to be a place of safety and inclusiveness for all children. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 15, 2017 - 2:26pm
Janie - your statement:
 
"Public schools are public, they belong to everyone and therefore must create an environment where everyone can come together.  Thats all anyone is trying to do."
 
Public schools are interjecting themselves into areas that are both unrelated to the proper function of schools which is basic education (including math/reading/writing/history/science) and NOT a proper function like indoctrinating kids to be "tolerant" of issues they don't understand or care about. 
 
By the way - "tolerance" means you tolerate - it doesn't mean you must accept.  It also means that you "tolerate" the idea that others can be diametrically opposed to your view and shouldn't be castigated, smeared, slandered, threatened with lawsuits or other crap.
 
If you want me to tolerate your view then you must tolerate my opposition to it.  Teaching my kids your viewpoint in NOT tolerant since you don't want the other view taught.    
Janie Smith Added Mar 15, 2017 - 3:17pm
Mike, you don't want to see it any differently, so talking with you about it is really a waste of my time.   You really do just want to believe that this is some kind of evil being forced upon you and your children.  Well, be happy in your hate and misery then. 
 
 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 15, 2017 - 3:33pm
Janie -
it's your "Progressive Friends" deciding what is "fit" for someone else's children to be exposed to that upsets me - not what's being taught.  You know, it's not like our public schools are doing such a great job at basic education that they have time to waste on social engineering.
 
Trust me - you would be just as upset if little kids were shown videotapes of abortions and aborted babies and told that they must only be "tolerant" of people that oppose this "reproductive rights procedure". 
 
Again, it's typical of the left.  They have "redefined" common language to suit their purposes:
 
Tolerant = you accept my beliefs and I ignore and degrade yours
Racist = white (and ONLY white) person who hates other races
Sexist = male (and ONLY males) who hates opposite sex
 
In addition, to mask their real intentions and acts, they make euphemisms of simple everyday terms to hide their real meaning:
 
Fetus - a piece of tissue residing in a woman (NOT a human unborn baby)
Reproductive Rights - legal license to kill unborn children (which is the exact opposite of "reproduction")
Choice - decision made by an adult to kill an unborn child who has NO CHOICE or input into the decision
  
 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 15, 2017 - 3:43pm
Janie - admission by you of "redefined common language":
 
"Well, be happy in your hate and misery then." 
 
So, anyone who dares disagree (despite your blathering on about how "tolerant" liberals like yourself are) MUST be a hateful, miserable person.  The vast majority of hateful, miserable people are on full display every Frakkin' night on the news - the LEFT.  NOBODY on the right acted like this when Obama got elected, and George Bush didn't hand around Washington DC to direct an uprising to overturn the election. 
 
The behavior of the Left has been and continues to be disgraceful and hypocritical.  The very people accusing Trump of not accepting the results of the election are now the ones who won't accept it.  The "hate and misery" is ALL on your side, Janie.  Open your eyes!!! 
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 17, 2017 - 8:58am
Let's consider a few things. Education in the U.S. has been left to the local authorities since the beginning of this republic. The cities and states were originally left to decide curriculum on their own. Then the politically correct folks got involved, and they invented new standards and added curriculum and threatened the states if they didn't comply.
Consider that the states still, for the most part, control the curriculum, as well as what the qualifications are required to be a teacher. Many states are quite lax about what qualifications are required. There are several states, Ohio being one of them, that if you have a license to teach in that state you are qualified to teach in almost any state, usually after taking some coursework on that state's history, such as in Texas, which is understandable. For the record, I am not in  favor of the federal government determining curriculum. We became a great nation (liberals always challenge that) with an educational system that was left up to the local districts with the oversight of the states. My position is that it should stay that way. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 17, 2017 - 4:28pm
Jeff - great commentary!  I wish we could eliminate government funded schools entirely, or at bare minimum they be funded at the town/city/county level depending on whether the district is urban or rural.