Because nothing says “Freedom” and “Liberty” like being the language police.
If you talk about “spirit murdering” and “action civics” they might even exist. Better to be “un-woke”, because you might develop an “unconscious-bias”.
Darn those concepts only taught in graduate school and law school. What’s next, anti-Cootie ordinances.
Republicans in Wisconsin are attempting to ban specific terms in K-12 classrooms, including “white privilege,” “diversity” and “woke.”
Like many Republican-led legislatures across the country, the Wisconsin legislature is seeking to restrict the teaching of critical race theory, a decades-old academic framework for examining the law which seeks to understand how race and gender shape policies in the United States. But by trying to prohibit social justice-oriented language in classrooms, Wisconsin Republicans are taking the censorship one step further.
“A growing number of school districts are teaching material that attempts to redress the injustice of racism and sexism by employing racism and sexism, as well as promoting psychological distress in students based on these immutable characteristics,” Wichgers claimed. “No one should have to undergo the humiliation of being told that they are inferior to someone else.”
Currently, no school district in the state of Wisconsin teaches the concepts of critical race theory.
The legislation put forward by Wichgers and endorsed by his fellow lawmakers would make teaching far more difficult for educators, as it prohibits them from saying terms that are needed to present a factual account of U.S. and Wisconsin history.
If the bill became law, it would ban teachers from including words like “structural bias,” “systemic racism,” “multiculturalism,” “social justice,” and “patriarchy” in their lessons. The bill also disallows teaching about the concept of “white supremacy” — despite ongoing racial oppression in the United States, and the fact that the country was built on slavery and genocide.
In addition to these terms being banned, teachers and school staff would not be allowed to receive training on ideas that include the restricted words and concepts.
Under the bill, any school district that includes these words and concepts in the curricula or that permits their educators to receive training deemed unlawful would lose state funding to the tune of 10 percent of what they ordinarily receive.