Justin Parmenter on the GOP's "indoctrination" conspiracy theory


Grabbing a quote and running with it:

The Iredell County legislator ignored the overall point I was making about the challenges the pandemic has wrought for teachers and students, directing his tunnel vision at my opening words: “Not long ago I was leading a discussion about environmental pollution with my 7th grade English class…”

For McNeely, this line, which I “prominently displayed” in the state’s three largest newspapers, exposes a sinister plot to deviate from state standards in support of the leftist agenda.

I'm actually seeing this more and more with Conservatives these days. If they seem to be "listening intently" to what you are saying, don't make the mistake of assuming they're interested in the point you're driving at. They are simply waiting for some kind of "gotcha" element to pounce on, however trivial or out of context it is. It is intellectually weak to do this, and riddled with logical fallacies. But they don't care about stuff like that. Back to Justin's message about the proper approach to teaching:

I teach 7th grade English Language Arts in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. We use EL Education’s Language Arts curriculum, which is organized into modules that last several weeks. (The curriculum is open source, so materials are prominently displayed here.)

While working toward mastering state ELA standards, this year my students have studied the Lost Children of Sudan and the Harlem Renaissance, and right now we’re learning about plastic pollution. Through our current module, Mecklenburg County’s 7th grade students have gained an understanding of how plastic has become an integral part of our lives over the years but also how much of it makes its way into the world’s oceans as microplastics, harming wildlife and posing a threat to humans as well.

Not having a background in education, Representative McNeely may not be aware that teaching students to read and write involves selecting topics for them to read and write about.

This process allows teachers to create a broad and engaging educational experience for students and enables us to integrate instruction across subject areas so that our students see connections in class content between my English class, for example, and their social studies, science, and math classes. It’s not a leftist plot, it’s how school is supposed to work.

McNeely should stick to what he knows, providing feed for livestock. But that's another issue Conservatives seem to struggle with, having respect for other people's professions.



It's long past time for another.

With, as you pointed out earlier, the Legislature celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by trying to pass a bill that is both unnecessary and puts a huge burden on teachers and schools, it's long past time that we reminded them that not only are there a lot of teachers but that we have wide support from the public, including most of their own constituents. Seeing 10s of thousands marching on their doorstep is the message they need to receive, not the cherry-picked garbage that will come out of Robinson, McNeely, and the other conspiracy theorists hunkered down in their own party. It will also stiffen the spines of Legislative Democrats to resist this nonsense and uphold a veto from Gov. Cooper.

Follow the money

It's long past time for the left to look at this issue and conclude that the Republicans are wanting to "punish" teachers or push their own ideological agenda on kids.

Someone is profiting from all this.

At the heart of all this is a desire by the Repbublicans to expand vouchers for religious and private schools. And, at the heart of it, are people who will profit from it that own private schools or religious schools and publish and promote right-wing and religious instructional material and software.

This is a taxpayer-funded grift. That's all it is.