It seems the right has got themselves a new boogeyman, Pacific Educational Group, a company that has been offering racial diversity seminars since 1992, and according to their web site, "is committed to achieving racial equity in education."
Or, if you read right wing blogs, is a "Marxist attack on American values." Bill O'Reilly apparently reads those blogs, and he made PEG the subject of his Talking Points Memo this Wednesday night.
What would we do without O'Reilly explaining for everyone what's really causing poverty in minority communities across the United States?
Bill-O has got it all figured out and will take his white privilege with a shot of Marxism, thank you very much: Get Ready for the Underclass:
In countries like India and Great Britain, there is a class system.
The rich and the middle class prosper.
The so-called underclass is mired in poverty.
In America, we pride ourselves that we're all equal. However, that's not true. There is a growing underclass here that is quietly becoming a major problem.
A recent CNN poll asked American adults, how well are things going in the country today?
- 47% say things are good.
- 52% say things are bad.
Which of the following is the most important issue facing America today?
- The economy: 22%
- Education: 17%
- Terrorism: 13%
Now the education percentage is telling.
Many Americans are catching on that the public school system is a mess, generally speaking.
We spend the second-highest amount on students in the world next to Switzerland, yet American students do not perform well on standardized tests.
Well, there's a new fairly secret approach to public education that is part of the reason.
Last night we spoke with a teacher in St. Paul, Minnesota who says fourth graders are running wild in his school:
AARON BENNER, MINNESOTA TEACHER: “I had an altercation with a student that actually punched me. I restrained the student, brought the student into the principal and I didn't want the student to be incarcerated. However, I wanted some consequences. That student was returned back to my class, Mr. O'Reilly, within 10 minutes.”
Mr. Benner says much of the problem with discipline is because of the Pacific Educational Group, PEG.
The St. Paul School District has paid that group about $3 million to tell teachers to treat minority students differently than white students.
Discipline is put aside in order to understand their behavior.
The group was founded by Glenn Singleton, a former educator, and is based in San Francisco.
Here's the philosophy quote:
"It is critical for educators to address racial issues in order to uncover personal and institutional biases that prevent all students, and especially students of color, from reaching their fullest potential."
In other words, minority kids are not to be treated like white kids.
School districts in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston and Denver, to name just a few, pay this crew a lot of money.
And for that money they get advice like this: "Examine the presence and the role of whiteness."
What's happening here is that minority students at risk in poor neighborhoods are being told they don't have to obey the same rules as white kids.
They have a special status because of their circumstance.
This, of course, creates a sense of entitlement among the children that they are somehow exempt from uniform rules of conduct.
Thus, an underclass is being created in the public school system of children who are not held to the proper standards of learning and behavior.
They are given special treatment and that treatment is based on race.
The result is that those kids will leave school with a jaded view of what it takes to succeed in a competitive society.
And when the reality of the marketplace crushes them, many will become permanent members of the underclass.
All of this is going on very silently. I bet few of you ever heard of the Pacific Educational Group.
I didn't know about it until EAGNews.org broke the St. Paul story.
In the end, this racist educational program hurts the very children it is allegedly trying to assist. By allowing minority kids to avoid responsibility for their behavior, the school districts are dooming many of them to a life of poverty and chaos.
Pity the kids.
And that's the memo.