That the Left has taken over public education (and most private education) in America is common knowledge. But the extent to which it has solidified its grip, and is in the process of driving out all non-conforming thought, may not be.
An instance of this, in Minnesota, is the currently pending revisions to teacher licensure rules. The rules are being amended so that no one can be licensed as a teacher in the state, in either public or private schools, unless he or she at least pretends to agree with Leftist orthodoxy. I doubt that any legislature would adopt such rules by statute, but here, as in many other instances, a far-left governor can appoint a far-left panel or commission to devise rules that then are approved by an administrative law judge.
In this case, citizens alerted by Center of the American Experiment registered overwhelming opposition to the proposed teacher licensure revisions, but the ALJ required only a few modifications. A revised version has been submitted and likely will become law in July. American Experiment’s Catrin Wigfall has the story. Proposed revisions are shown:
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This is the kicker: in order to teach in Minnesota, you will need to sign on to theories of “power, privilege, intersectionality, and systemic oppression,” and teach students to be left-wing activists:
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createsdemonstrates the ability to create opportunities for students to learn about power, privilege, intersectionality, and systemic oppression in the context of various communities and empowers learners to be agents of social change to promote equity.
So unless a prospective teacher promises to inculcate students in trendy far-left dogma, he or she won’t be licensed in Minnesota. We all know that our country is in trouble, but the rot goes far deeper than most realize.