How Should Parents Respond to Decolonization?
"Decolonize Explained" w/Dr. Bruce Gilley
How Should Parents Respond to Decolonization? I think any informed citizen, whether it's at a school board meeting, in a corporate retreat, or a government agency get-together, and here's one of their leaders saying, "We're going to decolonize our organization," I think the first thing to do is try and capture some of the things that are said. Allow it to be recorded, make sure that's okay, but first of all, let's get this on the record. Let's make sure that this is all transparent so these terms are not being used in secret to bring about changes that no one agrees with. Secondly, the most important thing, is push on a definition of what that means. Ask the person, What do you mean by that? Can you give me an example? Can you tell me specifically how that will make things different in the future compared to the way we're doing things now? Because the problem with "decolonize" is, when you push through and you understand what's being done, you will see very quickly this involves a degradation of the systems we're used to that assume excellence and freedom and merit are the standards by which any organization should judge itself. But the only way to get to that is to keep pushing them. Ask for an example. How can this work in our math class? What's this going to mean when we make corporate targets? How is this going to affect how we interact with citizens as an agency? Get those specifics, because once you get to the specifics, you'll be able to see what the problems with this agenda are.