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As a retired high school teacher, this really resonates. When I started teaching in the '90s, marks and accomplishments still meant something. There were still somewhat objective standards. Gradually over the years, self esteem started to take precedence over standards. One principal actually said to one of my colleagues, "Your job is not to prepare these students for university, it's to prevent them from quitting school." This was in Canada in the mid 2000s. By the time I retired a couple of years ago, I felt that objective standards were almost completely gone. I was ordered to use specific phrases on students who were having behaviour problems and not to discipline them. I was ordered to pass students who did almost no work. I was forced to justify teaching the curriculum at an academic level to students who absolutely refused to attend class or submit assignments (I was told by an administrator, "People are saying that there is simply no way to pass your class"). Meanwhile, gifted and hardworking students in that very same class were pulling marks of 90 or even 100. Students who were struggling were given one-on-one attention until their essays improved (this was a public, not a private school). I told all of the students in the class that I would spend every lunch hour helping them with their writing if they wanted it. Only a few students took me up on it. They all got at least 90% in the course. My "reward" for all of this hard work? The course was cancelled for the following year because so many students dropped it because it was clear that they actually had to do work in order to pass. Unfortunately, that is simply not cool in today's educational climate.

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Your experience is mine. I was in a public high school in the US. I constantly received complaints for actually teaching M-F, requiring students do the work and expecting respect for everyone in the classroom. I was told I "expected too much" and my class was hard. No one failed if they did the work and tried to learn. I came to school early, worked during lunch, and stayed after school every day and only had a rare handful of students who wanted help. It was exhausting and so I left the classroom after 30 years.

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I hear you. I saw the writing on the wall and knew it was time to hand over the reins to someone young enough to put up with this bs.

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As retired juniour and senior high school teacher I also ran into similar situations. I was told to pass a grade nine student because he was too tall for juniour high! That happened in the 90's and I retired in 2010. I probably would be fired today because I was a teacher who expected kids to get work done and show up to class. I refused to lower my standards and gave kids plenty of time to do extra work to earn credits. I also did tutorials for free and rarely had more than one or two kids attend. But just a week ago, I had a student find me and message me that I was a warrior woman and great teacher because I helped her when she really needed some help to make important educational decisions in her life. Go figure!

Love your subtext and I did subscribe :)

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Good for you for sticking to your guns and having standards. There aren't enough teachers like you left.

Yes, junior high is a big part of the problem. In Canada at least, no one can fail (no credits), and when they come to high school, they have can have massive learning deficits. Then all the nonsense I mentioned begins.

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Sorry to hear that. Is this something that is happening only in some schools, most schools, all schools in Canada?

Do they teach woke stuff in Canada the same way it is being taught in the USA? I mean critical race theory, over sexualization of kids, identity politics and so on. I would be curious to know more about it.

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It is probably more prevalent in Canada as there is almost no open push-back against wokeness, for fear of cancel culture. I get private messages from progressive friends wondering what the hell is going on.

The woke-lash is about to explode in Canada. Tara really touched a nerve with her first piece, and the culture warriors are having conniption fits.

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I retired almost two years ago and I started teaching in the 1990s, so my perspective is from the past. Things seem to have gotten even more radical since I left. As an English teacher, for the most part, I was encouraged to teach authors of different races, nationalities, and perspectives. I did not find this onerous or intrusive. I still had plenty of time to teach classic literature, grammar, writing, and media. My classroom was, in my opinion, welcoming, but not "woke": I didn't feel the pressure for ideological purity. That was Canada and it is now in the past. Like I say, it might be quite different now.

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I've seen plenty of teachers strike over pay, and recently, just returning to do their jobs, but I've never seen one of you useless scum strike over curriculum.

We're going to eliminate you. Since you won't do your job educating people, we're going to make you entirely redundant. There's 100's of years of books that are out of copyright and online that have been used for education.

Parents haven't realized the need, well, thanks to our "pandemic", they're seeing just how worthless you have become.

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This was wonderful. Brilliantly written and so insightful.

I'm a conservative but look forward to reading more of your perspective. All of my Substack subscriptions are with left-leaning journalists, because I recognize the danger of only listening to people who agree with me about everything. I think that's a big part of what's wrong with this country. We're all stuck in our own echo chambers.

Wishing you great success with this new endeavor.

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Can you recommend a few, I am mostly right leaning substacks.

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https://greenwald.substack.com/ (Rob and Donna, can you recommend a few right leaning ones for us lefties?

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You are highly intelligent, trying your best to avoid groupthink and mass formation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09maaUaRT4M

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Readers should know that the Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) is now also in Canada, with chapters across the country. Sign up at:

fairforall.org/join-us/

Include your postal code, or (better yet) sign up at fairforall.org/volunteer, if you want to get involved with a chapter.

If you just want to learn more about FAIR, check out:

fairforall.org/about/

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Tara, I did not know who you were until my son forwarded the piece about your resignation from CBC. I've appreciated getting the "Lean Out" releases since then and I'm hopeful that you will truly be an Island of Reason in this Sea of Insanity into which our society is degenerating. If I see more of pieces of this quality I will start forwarding them to my circle and I will seriously consider a paid subscription.

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I would be more able to accept and rationalize a situation where aliens from Plant-X swarmed the nation and staged a REAL insurrection taking over government, schools and the media to program the population into their alien cult beliefs. This woke stuff is beyond weird. It is the most absurd fake scholarship that history has ever bestowed upon us. It reminds me of a sort of mythic pagan orthodoxy brewed up by witches.... but in this case the non-believers are soon to be burned at the stake.

The origins of this stuff... 1970s French and German collectivists upset about communism's failures but incapable of admitting they were just wrong about everything... got desperately creative to deflect and excuse the collapse of their utopian dreams... to make up this thing called Critical Theory. It was so absurd then that nobody would worry about it then. And nobody would worry about it later either. Until now we should be alarmed and terrified about it.

To hell with COVID. The actual virus risking the crash of humanity is this woke bug. It needs to be exterminated from the vocabulary and those stuck in the cult will need some committed sanitation to get them clean once again.

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Thanks - I look forward to checking out Steele's movie

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LOVE work by Eli Steel and his dad, Shelby!

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All this talk about doing away with any standards of excellence(or Any standards at all for that matter?)can be traced to postmodernist thought. It is literally "deconstructing" all culture and replacing it with Identity politics. It's terrible?!

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"The documentary is about a Los Angeles public school trying to force Steele to check a racial box for his multiracial son Jack."

You mean the GOVERNMENT is forcing people to assign themselves to a "race"?? Why, that would mean that our GOVERNMENT is imposing racism and racial politics....

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In this kind of situation, it's mid to upper-level civil servants doing it.

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My point is that when racism is being promoted or being implemented it's generally the government that is doing it.

My mother was born in 1939. She told me in the 1950's there was segregation still, but it was primarily enforced by the governments, not by business. SOMETIMES businesses, but mostly the government. It's not in the interest of a business to discriminate, they just loose customers.

Our government tries to create strife, mistrust, and hatred among the population quite purposely as a distraction. The government are REAL criminals. If you think of your federal government as a "criminal syndicate" suddenly everything they do will make sense to you.

It's not like a mafia, it IS a mafia.

My government CERTAINLY still engages in racism. For example, why on the census do they need to know anything other than I'm a real living person? They ask about demographics because they are implementing policies different depending on the demographics of the area. Naive people think "well, maybe a minority dominated area needs more money" - no, such an area is targeted for different policies. A predominately Jewish / White / Asian / Black - whatever place is treated differently than the others.

Now many "liberals" would say I'm crazy. I'm not crazy, and I'm not a conservative, I just have I think pretty clear observation, and I'm entirely cynical for it.

If more people saw what the government ACTUALLY does, I think (perhaps naively) they'd put a stop to the nonsense.

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Tara,

I appreciate you taking the courageous stand you did. I hope others will follow your lead.

I am glad to know about you now and I look forward to following you here on Substack.

Thank you for this great interview. Eli Steele and his father, Shelby Steele, are both courageous as well.

If you have the bandwidth, it would be great to see an interview with Pastor Brooks, who is a hero, role model and inspiration. I hope that others around the country will step up and replicate in their own communities what he’s doing in his.

All the best!

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I ready Shelby Steele yea these many years ago. And his brother Claude. Most of my early work was aimed at increasing the number of Black and Hispanic students graduating with distinction in STEM majors at the collegiate level. It was wildly successful. It could not happen today. I am white (sound of buzzer) and the faculty I worked with would all be at an anti-racism workshop.

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Have I understood this correctly? You define yourself as "white" and you are implying that some struggle because of their s.c. "race", and you're giving them much more attention because of their s.c. "race"? So a kid you would label "white", who is struggling, you will not help equally, because of his s.c. "race"? How is that anti-racist?

I love you and forgive you, because I think you are a victim of narcissists in mass media and has unwillingly copied a willingness to signal how good you are in a false mass formation. Do not feel shame! You are not alone. Tara Swart has an interesting clip in TED about nationalism. Check it out!

In my opinion, more equality without focus on identity is fair for everyone. Everybody shares workload and benefits together, and that is a democratic socialist society. I am not implying to vote for any pathological liars, but in my opinion there actually are some great candidates not getting enough attention and votes, like Tulsi Gabbard. I do not care about her s.c. "race". She is just an excellent woman, with a lot och Jesus-energy radiating from her.

Why did all the stupid people agree on choosing between two pathological liars instead of her? Why? I don't get it.

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Jan 14, 2022·edited Jan 14, 2022

We should also take note of other destructive, past forms of *white* identity politics: the post-Civil War South and its romance with the Lost Cause, for example. (See: D. W. Griffiths' Birth of a Nation. There's also Gone with the Wind, although it's toned down in the 1939 movie, after many complaints.) It's just destructive all around. It took from the 1880s to the 1950s for most white southerners to start figuring this out, although some had already.

There's nothing irrational about identity: it just is what it is. Identity politics is inherently irrational.

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“Where will they work? “ good question Tara. Here is an insight as to what the future will look like for many people who have been victims of inadequate public Education systems.

https://horizons.gc.ca/en/2020/02/11/exploring-biodigital-convergence/?fbclid=IwAR1fGgDUDiUBpwMWZEA8gtQQcxlIQ5w_YsI_DvczmVLGT-1r1iNcLSmV22I

For your info, my wife, her mother and father, and my mother and father were all teachers in the Ontario public Education system. I in the Information Technology sector as a Professional Recruiter for 35 years and have interviewed over 10,000 IT professionals. My life lens on the topic is better than most.

If you want to talk about this, call me at 647 309-7817.

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Love Shelby Steele's message.

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I want to be a Citizen. I do not want to be a "Consumer of Services". As a citizen, I would like to engage with my fellow citizens and decide together how we are going to live our shared lives. To do so is to work hard, and take a lot of risks, as I will have discover about my fellow citizens and by so doing create a shared destiny in the fabric of our lives.

I know that my fellow citizens see the world in very different ways, but that is what makes being human interesting

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Looks like just the dvd option in Canada

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