It was no surprise that Cedric the Entertainer, a black comedian, could get away with doing a comedy skit about “Colored People’s Time,” playing on the stereotype of tardiness in the black community. But in an example of life imitating art, a group helping to shape teaching in American schools is now actually instructing that tardiness is a legitimate part of certain “minority” cultures. It’s just one of many stereotype-related behaviors that the San Francisco-based Pacific Educational Group (PEG) says should be accepted and unquestioned — in teacher training paid for with millions of your tax dollars.
Plumbing the politically correct depths to explain why black and Hispanic students lag behind whites academically, the PEG identifies the supposed culprit: “white privilege.” The idea is that our educational system is based upon white culture and norms and thus is not conducive to minority success. And what are “white norms” according to the PEG? Qualities such as industriousness, punctuality, and civilized classroom behavior. Of course, it’s phrased a bit more euphemistically than that.
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