Media Outrage Grows over Teacher Education Scandal at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

By December 16, 2009

Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor is the latest media outlet to weigh in on the teacher education scandal at University of MinnesotaTwin Cities (transcript) (video). Bill O’Reilly gets it right in his interview with John Stossel: This is not just about introducing future teachers to other cultures but about invading and judging future teachers’ thoughts, values, attitudes, and beliefs and using these judgments to decide whether people are “culturally competent” enough to become teachers. As FIRE wrote in our letter to the university last month:

If the Race, Culture, Class, and Gender Task Group achieves its stated goals, the result will be political and ideological screening of applicants, remedial re-education for those with the “wrong” views and values, and withholding of degrees from those upon whom the university’s political reeducation efforts proved ineffective.

Indeed, this is a “plan” with a month-by-month timeline, no mere brainstorming.

Here’s a list of the people and media (that I know of) that have covered the case so far

For updates, stay tuned to The Torch and FIRE’s case page on this outrageous political litmus test for future teachers.

Schools: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities