A company called Pearson publishes the Scott Foresman textbook used in my third-grader’s class, “Communities.”
I posted about this textbook recently, and I mentioned research on the authors of this book. Here are the results of this research:
Valerie Ooka Pang has written a book about the unmet needs of Asian Pacific American children. She teach courses in multicultural education, social studies methods, curriculum & instruction, and social foundations. She is interested in culturally meaningful teaching.
Rita Geiger is currently a trainer for lessons on the First Amendment. She recently spoke at an event entitled, “Mean Speech: Emotion + Words and the First Amendment.” At this event, attendees discussed whether a lack of civility in our political discourse is eroding our First Amendment values.
Sara Miranda Sanchez is a specialist in early childhood education. She is recognized as a national leader in multicultural education teacher training.
Dr. James B. Kracht serves as Director of the Texas Social Studies Center for Educator Development. He has recently written about educators moving in a new direction, towards “authentic assessment,” as an addition to traditional testing.
No, I do not know what “authentic assessment” is, even after reading the article. Follow the link and see if you can suss it out.
Candy Boyd is an educator, activist, and novelist. Educating people about their positive potential is her priority. As a high school student, she tried to stop blockbusting in her native Chicago by convincing an African American, a Jew, and a Protestant to join her in personal visits to two hundred white families. She worked as an organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. When she earned her degree she became known, in her own words, as a “militant teacher.”
C. Frederick Risinger is a Director of the School of Education at Indiana University. One of his publications is entitled, “Women’s Issues in an Era of Inclusion.”
Finally, Geneva Gay is a Professor of Education at the University of Washington, where she teaches multicultural education and general curriculum theory.
(What’s General Curriculum Theory? A degree that proves you have spent considerable time and money to demonstrate you know how to teach and you understand current educational theory. What’s Current Educational Theory? Oh, I dunno, I give up.)
Geneva Gay has some very interesting quotes on the webz. Unfortunately, these quotes are not backed up by verifiable sources. Flippin’ hearsay.
With that caveat in mind, here is the first statement:
In 1996, Geneva Gay of the University of Washington said at a National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference workshop that multiculturalist education demands the destruction of the American political and economic system. She urged educators to be cautious about revealing their goals to the public, however.
Finally, Geneva Gay is claimed to have said:
“That a core problem is we don’t have a language to critique the social structures that bind us. ‘English,’ she continued, ‘is the enemy of social justice and equality.’“
Wow. Makes me feel like Glenn Beck, finding statements like these. Remember, however, that these quotes are unconfirmed hearsay.
A crack team of multiculturalists, aren’t they? No wonder my kid is learning about the immigrant who painted a depiction of Washington crossing the Delaware, instead of actually learning about Washington crossing the Delaware.
UPDATE: The heavens have parted, and the sun’s rays have shone down on my little bitty blog while an angel chorus sings softly, “Innn-staaah-laaaaaaaaache . . . .”
Thank you, Glenn Reynolds.
Gosh, do Instalanches make anyone else nervous?
UPDATE #2: A personal defense of one author has served as a reminder that I do not know these people personally, and thus I should keep snark to a minimum. Consequently, I have removed a joke about the name “Texas Social Studies Center for Educator Development.”