Ted Byfield: When teachers put on display an abysmal ignorance, what can we do?

Ted Byfield: When teachers put on display an abysmal ignorance, what can we do?

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If anyone had read in the newspapers 20 years ago that some teachers’ union had decided to declare war on Sir John A. Macdonald as a racist exterminator of the native peoples, they would have assumed it must be some kind of a joke. Which in fact it is, though the elementary teachers who actually passed such a motion earlier this month expect it to be taken seriously. The public effect, however, is not to question the deeds of Macdonald, but the sanity and historical knowledge of these teachers. Have we actually put such people in charge of our children? How could this have happened?

Away back in 1953, Professor Hilda Neatby, a University of Saskatchewan historian, analyzed the “progressive” revolution then being launched. In her highly controversial book, “So Little for the Mind,” she declared the movement “not only unintentionally anti-intellectual,” but also “quite deliberately anti-cultural” and “ferociously amoral” in its recommended methods of discipline.

Away back in 1953, Professor Hilda Neatby, a University of Saskatchewan historian, analyzed the “progressive” revolution then being launched. In her highly controversial book, “So Little for the Mind,” she declared the movement “not only unintentionally anti-intellectual,” but also “quite deliberately anti-cultural” and “ferociously amoral” in its recommended methods of discipline.

The Neatby book was carefully ignored by the new educational establishment and by the news media. Miss Neatby herself searched the newspapers for their response and discovered two editorials on it in the Victoria Times Colonist, and one columnist’s comment in the Globe and Mail. Nothing else. So the revolution continued largely unobserved.

In 2007, I wrote a little book describing the radical changes in our schools, calling attention in particular to the almost total elimination of history from the curriculum. The progressives loathe the subject because it is rooted in fact, which to them is a delusion. Feelings are real to the individual; facts are not real at all. This philosophical dogma is the basis of their revolution. There must be no such thing as true and false, good and evil, beauty and ugliness. It’s all subjective. As one result we have produced what is probably the most historically illiterate generation ever.

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