Central Falls Schools Literally Hiring SJWs

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Anybody who’s glanced around the rightward side of the Internet and social media will have come across the pejorative acronym, “SJW.”  That stands for “social justice warrior,” and it’s pejorative because it connotes excessive and superficial self-righteousness, combined with a lack of self awareness that would be comical if the SJWs weren’t able to hurt people.

Unfortunately, in a world with an entire generation stewed in political correctness (an abyss into which college campuses appear to have fallen almost completely), SJWs are not as powerless as they would be in a sane world.  Still, it’s jarring to see a public school district in Rhode Island openly advertising jobs for them, although somehow that fact didn’t find its way into Linda Borg’s glowing article on the plan in today’s Providence Journal:

This year, a pool of 15 substitute teachers will be hired to serve the full 180-day school year. They will be offered a week of training this month and repeated professional development during the school year. They will also be mentored by certified teachers. And they will be offered a sweetener — either health-care benefits or $130 per day (typical pay is $100 per day).

The “teaching fellows” would also have an opportunity to lead after-school activities, although permanent teachers would have the first crack at these positions.

In exchange, they will be asked to learn about the school’s mission and values, to become part of a team of valued educators committed to high standards.

That such a plan seems like radical innovation may be a testament to just how rigid and averse to innovation the public school system is, but another layer becomes visible if one looks at the job ad for these positions.  Note, first, that the actual title the district has given these positions isn’t “teaching fellows,” but “Warrior Fellows” (Warriors being the school mascot).  Now consider some language from the ad:

The Warrior Fellowship will require passionate leaders to serve as education and social justice advocates and mentors in all six Central Falls schools while at the same time helping to bridge the gap between the academic and social-emotional support our students and families need in their schools and community.

Fellows are expected to “go through a rigorous training program” and “weekly and monthly workshops and seminars” that will help them develop “the courage and passion to inspire change in our schools, influence the lives of our students, and become advocates for the city of Central Falls.”  Among the areas on which they can focus is “Cultural Pride,” and we can infer that “Western Culture” is not what’s meant.  Among the job requirements (third on the list and the second mandatory one) is “commitment to social justice and urban education.”

In short, the school department in Central Falls, which is largely funded with state-taxpayer money, is literally looking to hire and train “social justice Warriors.”  Thus does Rhode Island endeavor to see just how far into the abyss it can dive.



  • Censored by Justin

    Does that mean you applied, Justin? I think that spreading the gospel according to Koch would be quite a rewarding challenge for you in an inner city environment.

  • jimri

    Anyone sending their kids to public schools is guilty of child abuse.

    • Joe Smith
      • Mike678

        Because that behavior doesn’t happen at public schools, right? Try for a little objectivity.
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/21/AR2007102100144.html

        • Joe Smith

          Of course it happens at public schools, but the tone, perhaps tongue in cheek, of the previous comment was about private schools.

          The difference of course is at a public school, the offenders generally are tougher (unless it is blatant leading to arrests, etc.) to remove, but the public gets a vote on the administration through the school board. At a private school, easier to remove the offender but a whole lot more difficult in terms of holding the administration accountable.

          In both cases, it’s a problem that the offender gets passed on through sealed personnel files.

          • Mike678

            Understood. The earlier comment was hyperbole, so not sure why it required a comment that really wasn’t relevant.

            Not sure why you feel private schools are less accountable…or should be more accountable because they are less burdened in union procedures to fire sex offenders. Don’t civil courts apply to both? And cannot the public vote with their feet at a private school…an option they don’t get at a public school?

            Do you have data/links to info on school districts that agree to seal records and pass on sex offenders? That, frankly, is indefensible.

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