A school district in Massachusetts is actually turning students and staff on each other by asking them to report on their fellow classmates and colleagues when someone says something they deem offensive, such as ‘incidents of bias’ or ‘microaggressions’. And there will be punishments for these incidents:
NEW YORK POST – A Massachusetts school district is reportedly encouraging its students and staff to report on one another for “incidents of bias” and “microaggressions” — including “telling rude jokes,” referring to the “China virus” and scheduling exams on “cultural holidays.”
Documents from Wellesley public schools obtained by Parents Defending Education, a grassroots group that seeks to reclaim schools from “activists promoting harmful agendas,” include slides from a staff “equity protocols” training course, the National Review reports.
The district’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion defines a “bias incident” as any “conduct, speech or expression that has an impact but may not involve criminal action, but demonstrates conscious or unconscious bias” against any federally protected identity group.
Examples listed are “race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.”
Students are encouraged to report incidents of discrimination “or any concerning pattern of biased behavior” to any staffer or a trusted adult.
“Reports of any concerning behavior may be made anonymously,” the policy states, though it adds that “anonymous reports are more difficult to investigate and respond to.”
The training slides teach that “telling rude jokes that mock a protected group in person or through any electronic device” is an example of a “bias-based incident” — as are using slurs, imitating someone with a disability, or imitating a person’s cultural norm or language.
Here’s a few examples the school district provides of these “incidents of bias” and “microaggressions” that should be reported:
The slides cite multiple examples of possible equity violations, including: “Henry is a Math department head. At the school’s holiday party, he had fun telling jokes about Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims to other staff.”
Another example is: “Adam is in the high school cafeteria and jokingly turns to a friend and says, ‘I can say ‘n-word’ because my friend Bernice gave me a pass.’”
Examples of “microaggressions” include saying, “My principal is so crazy!,” asking, “Where are you actually from?” or saying, “Ohhh, you got the ‘China Virus’?!?!”
Telling a colleague, “You’re so articulate” and saying, “The way you’ve overcome your disability is so inspiring” also are listed as examples of “microaggressions.”
Students who violate the policy face potential discipline, including “detention, suspension, or other restorative responses that require them to acknowledge their responsibility and minimize its impact.”
“My principal is so crazy” is not a microaggression or even something offensive. Nor is asking someone where they are from or saying “China virus”. Good grief. This is a level of insanity that cannot sustain itself, especially in a school environment where children are generally pretty damn immature and always judging their peers.
Who thinks up these idiotic, destructive policies??? This is not a good idea and is not going to end well for students. What it’s going to do is train them to be nothing but big wussie babies when they grow up, always worried about being offended and having to be in their safe spaces. The real world is going to chew these kids up and spit them out. Or worse, they’ll get into positions of power and start changing the real world to mirror their safe spaces. We already see that happening all over the country and it’s only going to get worse.