December 05, 2002
Go Jo!

Joanne Jacobs has some particularly choice stuff up just now. This quote, for example:

Mainstream art education begins with the assumption that art is inherently valuable, whereas VCAE [visual culture art education] assumes that visual representations are sites of ideological struggle that can be as deplorable as they can be praiseworthy. The starting point [for VCAE] is not the prescribed inclusive canon of the institutionalized art world, but students' own cultural experience. A major goal is empowerment in relation to the pressures and processes of contemporary image-makers, mostly those who work on behalf of corporate capitalism, not the cherishing of artistic traditions and the valuing of artistic experimentation. The basic orientation is to understand, not to celebrate.

There you have it, the disaster that is the "progressive movement" in education: you are free to think as I tell you to think. What if the "students' own cultural experience" causes them to want to "celebrate" capitalism?

Or how about this?:

The point of a virtual school is that students and their parents have the flexibility to organize their school hours. Students enrolled in the California Virtual Academy, which uses Bill Bennett's K12 program, for example, must still record attendance and instructional minutes as if they were going to class 175 days, on a Monday-Friday schedule. So even when children complete lessons on Saturday or do two lessons in one day to compensate for a field trip, the official K12 record must reflect 175 school days, or the charter school will not get paid-regardless of how many instructional minutes the child completes.

As Joanne says:

… The Blob will do its best to regulate its competition. And the power to regulate is the power to destroy.

Are you listening, all you massed ranks of British education voucher freaks? Education vouchers means the government deciding what education is. And once they've decided that, they'll have those home-schoolers, and home-unschoolers right in their cross hairs.

And this is probably my favourite:

... We had to go around and talk about at least one way in which we have been/are oppressed. When my turn came up, and I answered that I have never been oppressed, the instructor corrected me, saying that I must have been, as I'm female. I persisted, saying that being female has never been anything short of a blessing for me. The instructor was relentless, insisting that I was necessarily oppressed at one point in my life. The instructor asked to speak with me after class. He was visibly shaken and angry. He told me that my classroom behavior was disruptive …

… and this next bit didn't make sense to me Joanne, sorry, copying error? Never mind, it's still terrific as soon as it gets back to making sense again …

… and that I would be kicked out of class and would thereby lose my job and my housing for the next year unless I learned to be more cooperative.

If I say you are oppressed by the male hegemony, young lady, then you are oppressed! Too right, mate.

I love the internet. I wonder if this ass knows what an ass he has made of himself, and how many, many people, all over the Anglosphere and beyond are now laughing at him.

As we say over at Samizdata, what a wanker.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 05:29 PM
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