An Ivy-League economics professor has criticised educators who teach students identity politics in higher education, asserting that teachers should instead challenge student’s views of themselves.
Glenn Loury, speaking to Columbia University linguistics professor John McWhorter in his video blog The Glenn Show, labelled the teaching of identity politics as a “criminal abdication of our pedagogic responsibilities.”
“To teach young people that they are this [the colour of their skin] is criminal in my opinion. We’re to challenge them,” Loury added.
Loury, castigating proponents of identity politics for their lack of knowledge, acknowledged the responsibilities bestowed on a teacher and lamented at the current state of education.
“Students come in telling me that they’re this [the colour of their skin] or that they’re their genitalia. That’s how they get to me at 18 years old. They think they are these things. They haven’t read anything, they haven’t been anywhere. They haven’t done anything. I’m a teacher, my job is not to reaffirm them in their preconceptions. It’s to challenge them to outgrow them – their preconceptions.”
The professor then highlighted the “pedagogic trust” given to educators.
“We’re entrusted to shepherd young minds into their maturity. To jump on a bandwagon and to fill their heads with slogans rather than challenge them with the best that human beings of any colour have thought through the ages, is a criminal abdication.”
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