And the Leftist have no clue. Even the “educators”.
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better…This invasion of one’s mind by ready-made phrases (lay the foundations, achieve a radical transformation) can only be prevented if one is constantly on guard against them, and every such phrase anaesthetizes a portion of one’s brain.”
― George Orwell
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
― George Orwell
Newspeak narrows the range of thought and shortens people’s memories. It is therefore ideal for a totalitarian system, in which the government has to rely on a passive public which lacks independent thought and which has a great tolerance for mistakes, both past and present. “To expand language is to expand the ability to think,”
The Party is able to achieve this by again employing psychological tactics. Instead of forcing the public to use Newspeak by law, the Party ensures that the public is immersed in the new language. Nobody is forced to read or write in Newspeak, but “its ubiquitous broadcast creates a pressure to employ it simply in order to communicate economically”
University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is hosting a program on teaching language “through the lens of social justice.”
“Teaching for and about social justice positively influences all students, yet social justice education can be challenging to integrate into the language classroom,” CARLA explains on its website.
“Social justice education can be challenging to integrate into the language classroom.”
“In the first part of this institute, participants will examine the principles of social justice education and identify ways that these principles can support our standards, objectives, and targeted skills in contemporary foreign language education.”
According to the department, the five-day program that begins on July 17 will help educators “identify their own interests and strengths in becoming language educators for social justice.”
The second part of the initiative will train participants to utilize their knowledge to create education opportunities for foreign language students.
“A collaborative, creative set of experiences will help participants go from big ideas to activities and assessments for their classroom, all while teaching for and about social justice,” the website explains.
The course, which is only intended for “elementary to postsecondary foreign language teachers, immersion educators, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, and teacher educators,” will also provide instructions on adapting “textbooks and other classroom materials to incorporate social justice principles.”
The program further stresses that participants will learn how to create a classroom environment that facilitates “social justice education,” building a “Social Justice Unit,” integrating “Social Justice in Performance Assessments,” and more.
CARLA discloses that the initiative will feature three presenters that teach at Concordia College, Rowan University, and University of Iowa.
University of Minnesota did not immediately return Campus Reform’s request for comment.