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Monday, June 3, 2019

Interesting Facebook thinks this one goes against their community standards

Interestingly, I posted this on Facebook this morning, and got a message from Facebook that my post goes against their community standards.
I find it, somewhat amusing that a University Literacy Professor's post on literacy and racism violates Facebook Community Standards. My more cynical mind has me thinking perhaps the status quo prefers a more sterile kind of literacy. Maybe even an effort to keep people ignorant.
Well, anyway here is my may violate Facebook Community Standards on Literacy and Race.

Malcolm X said: “People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.”

What would you need to do to keep a race down?
What would a hidden curriculum of oppression look like?

First, keep books out of the hands of people, close their libraries and bookstores in their communities. Close school libraries, or build schools without libraries.
Turn school literacy lessons into pieces of fragmented texts focused on non-fiction texts only. Understand that narrative inspires, narratives lift, and narratives change lives. Access to narratives must be limited at best.
Turn literacy into lessons you learn without real books. Turn literacy into a chore. Do everything you can to make learning to read as bland as possible. Focus on workplace literacy, never let readers know books transform our lives and the world. Keep it simple, teach just enough to lock learners into low paying jobs.

Keep great books out of the hands of readers. Tell them everything you need to read is online. Give students Chrome books. You would not want people walking around with real books in their hands, reading them in public, on trains, buses, and on their front steps in their neighborhoods.

Focus on endless standardized testing and test prep. Isolate learning into reading, writing, and math drill and kill lessons.
What would you need to do to turn your policies into a racist dream curriculum?
Exactly what America has done to literacy in our Black, Brown, and poor communities.
These Ed Reformers are no reformers, they are the new slave merchants,
Dr. Jesse P. Turner
Central Connecticut State University Literacy Center Director
Moral Monday CT Education Ambassador

If you want to listen to the tune that inspired my walk this morning over the's Gil Scott-Heron - 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised'

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