You knew it was coming didn’t you? An article by Zeus Leonardo (great name, actually), a “scholar of critical race/whiteness studies,” and Alice A. Broderick, a disability studies expert, which explores:
…”smartness” as an ideological system and particularly…the ways in which it intersects with whiteness as ideology. Using Cheryl Harris’s analysis of whiteness, the authors argue that smartness works as a form of property, with all the advantages that come with membership in the group…
Conclusions/Recommendations: Analogous to Roediger’s claim about whiteness, the authors argue that smartness is nothing but false and oppressive, and as such, attempts to theoretically rearticulate or rehabilitate smartness may serve to illuminate, but ultimately fail to dissolve, the normative center of schooling.
Lest you think this is The Onion, it is not—unless you think the Teacher’s College Record, “a journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education…published continuously since 1900 by Teachers College, Columbia University” is merely a front for the humor magazine.
And this video has got to be one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. In it, an education professor (who happens to be a black man, an obviously intelligent guy) discusses research he did in which he interviewed about a dozen male black teachers who had been hired in predominantly black schools in order to be strong male role models, asking them about their experiences. If you watch the whole thing (it’s only about three minutes long), it seems his recommendation is that they go to the gender re-education camps. You’ll see what I mean; it’s pretty ironic, although he doesn’t mean to be.
Columbia is one of the most influential education schools in the United States. It not only churns out a great many graduates, but it sets the tone for a great deal of education-education in the country. This sort of thing has been going on for many decades somewhat under the radar. But it’s my impression it’s getting worse by the minute, like a virus that’s been spreading exponentially,