The Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning, a public school in Milwaukee, plans to spent $471,073 on a new curriculum influenced by the Black Lives Matter movement. According to the Milwaukee Public Schools proposed budget for the upcoming academic year, this money will be used to “develop a cultural studies curriculum and provide staff training on restorative practices to improve student attendance, academics, graduation rates and school culture through facilitation of meaningful dialogue and support on issues surrounding race and trauma faced in communities and schools.”
Tony Tagliavia, a spokesman for the district, said, “We’re doing this work because national and local studies tell us young men of color in Wisconsin and Milwaukee are more likely to be represented disproportionally in the justice system and less likely to be represented proportionally in colleges and universities.”
Specifically, the money will go towards hiring three new social studies teachers (“employees of color”) and providing “staff development” for employees already on the payroll. The budget does not detail exactly what this training will entail, nor does it explain how the Black Lives Matter organization is involved. The district has said that BLM is not an official partner, but they are not denying their embrace of the organization’s “issues.”
You know, Democrats are always accusing conservatives of selfishness when it comes to taxes, but this is another perfect example of how much money is being wasted by government at both the state and federal levels. Before we even get into the dangerous ideas being taught to our impressionable youth, we should reflect once again on the extraordinary inefficiency of public spending. Even if we just limit our focus to education, it’s astonishingly obvious that a widespread, competitive private school market is all we need to turn the nation’s academic woes around.
Because sadly, things are only going to get worse. After failing blacks for nearly half a century, Democrats have reached their breaking point. Unable to improve educational outcomes and unwilling to embrace vouchers and privatization, they’ve decided to simply give up. Rather than lift black students up, they’re now going to bring the rest of the country down. It’s kind of like when a kid gets frustrated with a tough video game, throws the controller down, and says, “This game cheats!”
As depressing as it is to think about a generation of white children being brainwashed into carrying the guilt of “privilege,” it’s even more heartbreaking to consider how much damage this indoctrination will do to black America. Eight years after what should have been a watershed moment in black achievement, students are being taught the very opposite of Obama’s campaign slogan: No, you can’t. And if you hear that message enough times, it becomes the truth.