I just assigned Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s 1961 short story, "Harrison Bergeron." People in Harrison's world are punished for excelling in anything on their own. With an amazing ability, Vonnegut predicted what 2081 would be like, but he didn't realize that his dystopian vision would arrive much sooner.
Rather than thumping for learning, hard work, and persistence, the Woke culture wants equity of outcomes, which means skipping traditional factors to success and doing whatever is necessary for underachievers to become just as successful at reaching a goal as those who worked hard.
How is equity of outcomes imposed? Lower the academic standards; make university admissions favorable to those with lower scores; hold achievers back through lack of advanced course offerings; bring slow learners up and hold excelling learners back, which ends in the creation of a homogenous, middle-level learning experience to be imposed on all.
The New York Post editorial board recently summed up the newspaper's position on the [federal] administration's seeming push for woke culture vs. equality:
"The 'equity' approach assumes that any outcome that doesn't meet inane racial quotas is the result of bias. Liberals used to call (rightly) for equality of opportunity - to have every American treated the same before the law. 'Equity' demands equal outcomes. If some group of Americans is doing better than another, no matter the reason, government must fix it."
Critical Race Theory explained here:
Equity Over Equality: Critical Race Theory (CRT) - Freedom's Forge America (freedomsforgeamerica.com)
Harrison here: PDF File (chino.k12.ca.us)
Political commentator Dave says, "Anyone sane at this point is conservative."
I am a tutor, not a teacher.
As a tutor, I do not have to accept an objectionable reading list from an English department, school, school district, or state. From 2017 to 2018, I scrutinized more than 500 agents. Since then I have received many emails showing me the types of authors and the types of books agents are choosing. The ideology behind current reading lists is anti-male, anti-white, anti-American, anti-Catholic/Christian, anti-Western Civilization, and anti-tradition. It is a Marxist world view.
As a tutor, I do not have to give students poorly written material. An example is The Book Thief (2005). I read this long novel to help a 10th grader write an essay. I write crime fiction, and the genre dictates realism. Thief is young adult fiction, and the genre calls for inspirational content.
The theme of Thief is books and education will set you free from ignorance and prejudice, and the main character steals books or is given them for free. Her father approves of her reading. The main character and her father provide the only inspiration. However, the girl and her father are otherwise not likeable.
1) No one is likeable. They constantly swear, and the teaching nun is mean.
2) The novel is too depressing for a young person.
3) The author's train of thought frustrates the most willing and patient reader, causing him or her to reread to understand what is going on.
4) The author violates every principal of novel writing. For instance, he regularly inserts himself into the narrative by giving readers his interpretation of German history during the Nazi period.
5) The drawings are amateurish and have an opaque connection to the story.
As a tutor, I do not have to abandon the classics of Western literature.
The parents of my students are pleased.
In the 1938 film, You're Only Young Once, dad says, "I've never known a human being capable of learning anything valuable from happiness."
It is possible that on entering this church, you may hear the Call of God. On the other hand, it is not likely that He will contact you by phone. Thank you for turning it off. If you would like to talk to God, come in and choose a quiet place. If you would like to see Him, send Him a text while driving.
We are still battling the COVID-19, and the next thing is already here. Virologists have identified a new Nile virus - type C. It appears to target those who were born between 1930 and 1970.
Symptoms: Causes you
1. To send the same message twice.
2. To send a blank message.
3. To send a message to the wrong person.
4. To send it back to the person who sent it to you.
5. To forget to attach the attachment.
6. To hit SEND before you've finished.
7. To hit DELETE instead of SEND.
8. To SEND when you should DELETE.
It is called the C-NILE virus! If you cannot admit to doing the above, you have obviously caught the mutated strain — the D-NILE virus.
In the 1932 film, Faithless, a male character tells Tallulah Bankhead that he is a metallurgist. Miss Bankhead says, "Does metal take a lot of urging?"
An Open Letter to the American Medical Association
by Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D. The Federalist Pages 5/26/2021
Dear Sir and Madam,
I read with great disgust your "Organization Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity." Seldom have I read a more destructive, divisive, and inflammatory document by a professional organization, and I have never been more ashamed of being associated with the American Medical Association at any time in my career.
The suggestion that our country owes anyone "equity" because of "past injustices" is revolting. My family arrived in this country in 1961. We have not been a party to any of the injustices that occurred so many decades ago, yet you hold my family, my colleagues, and me in the same light that you hold the cruelest slaveholder. How dare you say that I, a person who is forced to answer on a census form as being white/Caucasian, but who on a different question answers Hispanic/Latino/Cuban, should be in anyway held responsible for those who traded slaves and the African chieftains who willingly sold their tribesmen and women to the Europeans four hundred years ago?
How dare you say that I, and every one of my colleagues who have spent our lives treating the poor, minorities, majorities, and anyone else who may stumble into our emergency rooms, legally or not, without bias or favor, and without any chance of being reimbursed for our training and our efforts, should be thought of as members of an oppressive consortium designed to inflict evil or inequity to those who we selflessly treat?
How dare you join the countless number of camouflaged communists who furtively and purposely try to confuse those around them by conflating equity with equality? Ours is a nation built on the premise of equal standing under the law and only that. Everything else is to be achieved through excellence, dedication, training, and hard work.
Equity, on the other hand, is achieved by fiat, by taking from some and giving it to others at the point of a gun. Few better ruses exist for the state control of the means of production than through the illusory promise of achieving equity instead of equal standing under the law. This is a dangerous track you are entering from which you and the social system you seek may never be able to return.
You claim that we live in a land that was taken from Native Americans hundreds of years ago. That may be so, but you neglect that the same is true of all other civilizations on earth. The Babylonians invaded Israel. The Norwegians invaded England. The Visigoths invaded Rome. Rome invaded Egypt and North Africa. The Turks invaded Constantinople. The Mongols invaded Europe. The Germans invaded Russia. The Russians starved their people. The Germans committed holocaust upon the Jews. The Calusas ransacked and sacrificed their neighboring tribes. The Caribes attacked and imprisoned the Taínos. The Mayans continuously conquered each other and tore their victims' hearts out while they were still beating. Mao starved 69 million people and the People's Republic of China killed millions with their latest virus.
Every single civilization, even those in Africa and the Far East, have conquered and been conquered. It is a fact of life and a staple of history. Your skewed and biased view of the events that took place between the Europeans and Native Americans while ignoring every other injustice carried out throughout history upon the very groups against which you point an accusatory finger is ignorant, hypocritical, and insulting to the 100% of us living Americans who played no part in the invasion nor were victims of the conquests.
You have abused your position as the self-proclaimed purveyor of the medical profession to promote a self-proclaimed social(ist) agenda against the will of so many of those whom you falsely claim to represent.
I will oppose you with all my being, all my strength, my intellect, and my voice. I will oppose you from here to the ends of the earth. I will oppose you because of your disgusting abuse of the great privilege that has been bestowed upon you, and because of the great insult you asperse upon me by suggesting that I carry anything other than love, charity, and good will towards every human being that I meet and have treated in my 30 years of practice as a physician.
There is a magnificent document whose signers pledged their Lives, their Fortunes, and their Sacred Honor to a cause much greater than themselves. Today, I pledge the same in opposition of you.
Here's to seeing the end of your filthy, disgusting, and vile organization.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Former Florida State Representative
Former Congressional Candidate
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons.