Kate on Awareness

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2 thoughts on “Kate on Awareness”

  1. Kate said:

    …and how do I determine what is the greater good?….

    That statement helps me understand why the recent comments against putting George Floyd front and center are so offensive to me. They offend because there doesn’t seem to be any concern about the greater good in them.

    The right wing view seems to be that oppressed people are oppressed not so much by society but by their own lack of ability to succeed, due to whatever qualities in them that don’t measure up to the qualities seen in “more successful” members of society.

    Dong that endorses racism through ignoring it (ignorance). Is there a hidden bias in a teacher that we can just keep ignoring? The world of education is being forced to change now. We need to ask ourselves what we can do to make things better.

    Why do we just look the other way when people are being treated in a certain way because of their skin color, privileged background, etc. Are those who are oppressed expected to solve the problem themselves?

    They’ve been trying, God knows they have been trying. But would it be so hard to reach out to them if we come from privilege? Do those kids we teach deserve our help? Or are we just here to teach verbs? Is it just all about us?

    The U.S. used to be a more helping country. Out of the abundance and wealth we have enjoyed for so long, we have given. I would like to see us do that again.

  2. Jake Firestine

    “The right wing view seems to be that oppressed people are oppressed not so much by society but by their own lack of ability to succeed, due to whatever qualities in them that don’t measure up to the qualities seen in “more successful” members of society.”

    You have it wrong. It’s not based on abilities. It’s about personal responsibility and not blaming other people, most of which you don’t know, for your problems. Can we as a society try to help the downtrodden? Of course! Ben, you work your butt off. Whether you come from a “privileged group” or not, you still had to work and wade through all the shit to get where you are now. We all have shit to wade through. This is about personal responsibility, which you’d think everyone could get behind. Everyone now has equal protection under the Constitution thanks to Dr. MLK Jr. and those that marched in the 60s. God bless them! Now, people (black, brown, white, Asian, etc.) need to take responsibility for their lives and stop blaming others. It’s easier to do that than to make a plan for your life and turn yourself around. Ben, this is something you often preach. You’re a big boy and you can take responsibility when you screw up. It’s only fair to expect the same out of others, regardless of class, race, sex, etc.

    This is obviously my last past as Ben has removed me from the PLC due to my opinions. Thank you all for the help you provided me last year as it was a tough year for me professionally. It’s unfortunate that because my viewpoints differ from Ben’s that I’m being removed. I thought the PLC was for people who wanted to do language teaching the right way, but when social issues are brought up and you comment, make sure it doesn’t dissent from Ben’s viewpoint because he’ll cancel your membership. God’s blessings to you all in the upcoming school year.

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