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Evergreen Program Instructs Students To ‘Consciously Act On’ Race, Gender

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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter
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Evergreen State College, which swept headlines in May for protests and threats that shut down classes, is hosting a Fall 2017 teacher training program which instructs aspiring teachers to “consciously act on” on the basis of race, gender, and other identities.

The Washington school’s “Master in Teaching” program has an application deadline of June 25, and calls on prospective teachers to “plant the seeds of justice,” according to The College Fix.

“Rather than erasing or marginalizing differences, we examine and consciously act on differences such as ethnicity, race, class, gender, gender expression, culture, religion, language, ability, and sexual identities,” reads the program’s catalog. “Future teachers must provide K–12 students with culturally responsive, equitable learning experiences, and opportunities to develop critical consciousness.”

Professor Bret Weinstein, who became a focus of the May protests after he refused to participate in a segregation-themed event at the school, called Evergreen’s promotion of “equity” an advocacy for equality of outcome, which he called a “discredited concept failing on both logical and historical grounds, as anyone knows who has studied the misery of the 20th century.” (RELATED: Inside The ‘Equity Council’ Established Before Evergreen State Protests)

Evergreen hosts the two-year Masters in Teaching program at its Tacoma, Wash. campus, which is approximately 40 miles from the Olympia campus at which the protests occurred.

“We analyze schooling in relation to the structures of power and privilege and what it means to work and learn in a democracy operating within a state-supported, advanced capitalist economy,” explains another section of the program’s catalog.

The Masters in Teaching program also examines how “reading, writing, and quantitative reasoning [are] related to personal, economic, and political oppression and power.”

The school boasts that 100 percent of its 2016 graduates searching for employment have obtained teaching jobs, but does not elaborate on the pay grade or precise nature of these roles.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Evergreen State for comment, but received none in time for publication.

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