Hot-button political issues are having a chilling effect on public schools

Researchers at UCLA and UC Riverside today released a nationally representative survey of 682 high school principals, making clear that political conflicts affecting schools are pervasive and growing, with more than two-thirds of principals surveyed reporting substantial political conflict over hot-button issues. Almost half (45%) of principals said the amount of community level conflict during the 2021-2022 school year was “more” or “much more,” than prior to the pandemic. Only 3% said it was less. 카지노사이트

The report, “Educating for a Diverse Democracy: The Chilling Role of Political Conflict in Blue, Purple, and Red Communities,” finds that political conflicts have had a chilling effect that has limited opportunities for students to engage in learning and respectful dialogue on controversial topics and made it harder to address rampant misinformation. The highly charged environment has also led to marked declines in support for teaching about race, racism, and racial and ethnic diversity. In addition, there has been sizable growth in harassment of LGBTQ youth. 

“Public schools increasingly are targets of conservative political groups focusing on what they term ‘critical race theory,’ as well as issues of sexuality and gender identity, and are impacted by political conflict reflecting growing partisan divides in our society,” said John Rogers, a professor of education at UCLA and the director of the UCLA Institute for Education, Democracy and Access. “These attacks are undermining the role public schools play in educating for our democracy.” 

Principals at schools in more evenly divided communities were far more likely than those in communities that have substantial partisan majorities to report acute levels of community conflict. The increasing political conflicts often result from intentional and organized efforts that have targeted these more evenly divided communities in particular.

These are among the most nagging questions we Filipinos are faced with at this juncture of our socio-political evolution as a people: What and where is justice if the ones who are supposed to uphold,administer and render justice where justice is due have miserably bungled and made a mockery of justice itself? Who are now the credible and respectable dispensers of justice when the government´s stronghold of justice itself has collapsed and disintegrated into smithereens? What if the ¨authorized¨lawmakers and definers of justice have made the very concept—and hence the spirit—of justice equivocal? What if the best and most genuine definition of justice is better understood in rational terms and held morally sacred by the people themselves? Are we not confident that the critical mass of a nation´s populace is more intelligent, rational, creative, moral and decisive than the mesmerizing bunch of so-called ¨legal luminaries¨ who have made the trek towards justice a Herculean struggle? Do we underestimate the organic intellectuals (cf. Antonio Gramsci) among the people? Do Filipinos lack the sense of discipline to 바카라사이트 adhere to strong principles and the sense of justice to make these principles pragmatic in daily life?

Dealing with matters as complicated as these requires a more sober-minded focus on the hard issue that does not only centre on the Filipino per se. There are certain socio-political forces that operate along the way in the whole gamut of the Philippine condition and these forces have been internalized in the Filipino cultural apparatus through time. Basic to all these is the long-running economic disempowerment that the common Filipino has been subjected to for generations. In this consideration, we should also look at how systemic violence has plagued the Filipino. And without getting to the nitty-gritty of this matter, there is a very real possibility that any superficial look into the Philippine situation would lead us to inaccurate conclusions.

In this connection, it is more balanced if attention is not only focused on the Filipino as such. It would be more accurate at this point to analyze and evaluate the Filipino attitude towards discipline and justice in the light of a more general consideration of her/his personhood and her/his concrete socio-cultural location as well. This is a fair evaluation of the Filipino´s human dignity. In simple terms, we say that we cannot reasonably deal with the matter by abstracting the person from the location. As a case in point, the Filipino who operates in a more highly evolved socio-cultural milieu is responsible, disciplined and has a more defined sense of justice. This reality has been proven time and again when s/he finds employment and/or a place of residence in another society that is culturally far more advanced in its social evolution.

Getting back at this point to the Philippine situation with the challenge posed by the hard issue at hand and examining closely the ¨evil¨ forces that have pulled the Filipino to such a life where discipline and justice are wanting and non-operational, we find along the way the real significance of accepting the fact that liberation is not only personal but systemic. But who will take the frontline and lead the way to systemic liberation? This directs us to a further discussion of the issue of leadership triggered by the question: Can leadership come from the masses? 온라인카지

Leadership can emanate from the masses and history proves that even without going far from the Philippine situation. The inaugurator of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the great Andres Bonifacio, was a leader who came from the masses. Going a little farther, Mao Zedong of China and Ho Chi-Minh of Vietnam both came from the masses. These are paragons of responsible, disciplined and just leadership devoid of manipulative and exploitative streaks commonly found in dominating taskmasters who cannot identify themselves with the masses. These are shining examples of authentic pro-people leaders who are fellow bearers of the people´s interests and aspirations.

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