‘Cannibalizing the Bodies and Minds of Urban Children’: Video Shows Prof Ranting Against GOP Education Bill

Timothy Dionisopoulos, Campus Reform, June 26, 2013

Education reform legislation currently pending in Michigan is “racially motivated” and designed for “cannibalizing the bodies and minds of urban children,” a prominent professor from Wayne State University (WSU) said at a rally at the state capitol on June 19.

Thomas Pedroni, associate professor of curriculum studies and critical policy at the public Michigan school, made the comment in reference to the legislature’s passage of HB 4813, which would allow the state treasurer and school chief to dissolve school districts in severe financial trouble.

“Whether it’s Africa a hundred years ago, or Detroit or Flint or Highland Park today, it’s about greed,” he said, naming three of Michigan’s blighted urban communities.

“It’s about convincing the rest of the world that you go in with the white man’s burden to save savages, when what you’re really there for has nothing to do with salvation or education but only your own enrichment by feasting, cannibalizing the bodies and minds of urban children for the public education money you see in them,” he added.

The bill would permit officials to dissolve school districts if they do not possess the financial resources necessary to complete the coming year.  Students would be displaced to neighboring districts.

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Earlier in the speech Pedroni also compared the current financial predicament in Michigan to modern day colonialism.

“You want us to believe that this lying, stinky skunk district is helping the children of Detroit?” he asked. “We’ve all seen this script before and it’s called extracting public wealth from the poor. It’s called naked, self-serving colonialism.”

Pedroni’s “skunk district” comment was a reference to the “Skunk Works” education policy group comprised of staffers from Governor Snyder’s office who worked with outside experts to come up with policies which would lower the costs of public education, according to the Huffington Post.

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[Editor’s Note: The professor’s comments are about 35 seconds into the video]

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  • Wayne State University? Tell us more, Proactive. I know it’s your favorite institution in the world.

    I oppose this bill, too, but for a far different reason. If “bad” (i.e. black) districts are dissolved, and their idiots distributed to neighboring (i.e. white) districts, it will only ruin those districts. It will also act as deseg by any other means.

    • Sick of it

      Which means he’s right…it’s just that it’s black colonialism, not white colonialism.

    • I believe an oncologist would call this “metastasis”.

  • John Smith

    It’s time for a pure voucher system in which parents are given the money and they decide to keep it and home school, send their children to a private school of their choice, or use it on the public education system. Vouchers are the cure to the problem.

    • Bonk. Sorry, wrong answer. Insert another quarter and play again.

      Vouchers only mean trucking in the same black and Hispanic public school public fools into the expensive private schools and Mr. and Mrs. White Flight are paying to have their kids attend to avoid the black and Hispanic undertows.

      • Eagle_Eyed

        Vouchers only work if schools get to discriminate as they please. But of course the key here is not voucher programs but the right of self-segregation (also known as freedom).

        • And with the government voucher money will come government mandates, especially “diversity” mandates.

          • Ella

            Higher investment = less children. This means a one-child policy for Whites since we already pay property taxes and now, private school tuition. Plus add saving for higher education.

        • evilsandmich

          Yes, but freedom of association is dead for white people, especially if government money is involved.

    • Nathanwartooth

      I used to be a fan of vouchers until I became a race realist.

      Vouchers would just be used by Blacks and Hispanics to bus their kids into White and Asian schools.

      • John Smith

        It both gives those White and Asian parents the ultimate authority as to how and where they want their kids educated and makes it profitable for them if they decide to home school.

        You’re being myopic.

        • Nathanwartooth

          I don’t think you understand the subject well.

          You see, Black and Hispanic parents think there are these magical schools called “good schools”. Places where all the kids get good grades and the best teachers are there.

          So they always try to send their kids to the “good schools” which are always White and Asian schools.

          But once the Blacks and Hispanics arrive, it goes from a “good school” to a “bad school”.

          With vouchers it would become a merry go round as the Whites and Asians flee and the Blacks and Hispanics follow.

          Pretty much like today but you would have to be much farther away from them.

          You would either have to live very far away from the group you are trying to avoid, homeschool or go to private school.

          • Ella

            It’s called busing in our school districts to receive federal funding, up to 3K per year, being low-income and non-white as the bribing factor. These elite send their children to private schools so why would they care if they destroy our children’s education and future? They don’t and merely mock us who can’t afford sending 2-4 children to private school. So this is why many Whites have one child to heavily invest in him or her to “make it” in this world.

          • John Smith

            How can it be a merry go round if the parents are being paid to homeschool their children if they like (and in this economy MANY would choose that option)?

            As for your “merrygoround hypothesis,” there would be no forced public bussing for private schools in such a scenario. People would send their kids to the local private schools.

            As for the public school system, they are already doing it.

            Your argument is nonsense.

  • MekongDelta69

    This joker has a Ph.D in… nothing:
    https[colon]//sites[dot]google[dot]com/site/thomascharlespedroni/

    • The__Bobster

      I teach courses in critical education studies, curriculum studies, critical youth studies, and critical theory. A central concern in my teaching and research is the promotion of schools as sites in which youth develop the analytical skills and leadership qualities to identify and act upon problems that negatively impact the community and region.
      __________

      Huh? Run that gobbledygook by me again?

      • jane johnson

        Victimology 101

      • HamletsGhost

        Translation: I’m a cultural Marxist. I find new and interesting ways to blame whitey for anything when the old excuses get threadbare.

    • Just what in blue blazes is “Critical Education Policy Sociology”?

    • Irishgirl

      The only “critical” thing he does is mix an awful lot of metaphors.

  • The bill would permit officials to dissolve school districts if they do not possess the financial resources necessary to complete the coming year.

    This is so much worse than what was done to places like Shelby County, there they only stole suburban money, this is destroying neighboring districts.

    There is one somewhat positive provision in the bill right nowl:

    (iii) The school district has at least 300 and not more than 2,400 pupils in membership.

    So this excludes Detoilet.

    • Sick of it

      But this district is probably only the first target…more always follow.

      • I don’t know of any specific districts, But, “Benton Harbor, come on down. You are the newest students in St. Joseph’s schools”.

  • The__Bobster

    Earlier in the speech Pedroni also compared the current financial predicament in Michigan to modern day colonialism.

    “You want us to believe that this lying, stinky skunk district is helping the children of Detroit?” he asked. “We’ve all seen this script before and it’s called extracting public wealth from the poor. It’s called naked, self-serving colonialism.”
    ___________

    The poor have public wealth? Just when and where did they earn it?

    • ncpride

      I did a double take on that line, too. What he means is ‘ How dare YT stop paying for useless, failing schools, you racists’.

    • gemjunior

      LOL. I should have read yours before I commented – I wrote the same thing about poor people having public wealth…

  • Spartacus

    “We’ve all seen this script before and it’s called extracting public
    wealth from the poor. It’s called naked, self-serving colonialism.” “We’ve all seen this script before and it’s called extracting public
    wealth from the poor. It’s called naked, self-serving colonialism.”

    What wealth ? What wealth have you scum ever created ? The dark-skins only create death, disease and destruction wherever they go, then they blame us for their inferiority.

  • evilsandmich

    Just another case of trying to shuffle a deck of jokers in the hopes that they’ll draw a straight flush.

  • gemjunior

    “Extract public wealth from the poor?” Am I missing something here? I thought it was extracted from people who work (us)….

  • John Smith

    The “good” public school system is failing badly and continuing to rapidly deteriorate despite twice as much money per pupil in real dollars (that’s adjusted for inflation) being spent today as when it was a good school system and first in the world.

    Overall, the U.S. public school system is now average for industrialized countries (meaning there are as many out performing it as it out performs) instead of in first place like it was and the most populous states are at the bottom in standardized scoring instead of at the top where they used to be.

    I couldn’t disagree more with your false assertion that vouchers won’t provide better results.

  • bubo

    Any youths that want to play knock out king with Pedroni have my approval.

  • robinbishop34

    He states…

    “I teach courses in critical education studies, curriculum studies, critical youth studies, and critical theory.”

    Translation: “He teaches that an argument is logical if it helps destroy western culture, and illogical if it supports it.”

  • John Smith

    Even if there was an initial tuition increase amongst private schools, it would be temporary for a great many private schools would be started to compete for the sudden influx of voucher money in people’s local communities flattening out demand within in just a few years.

    And I wasn’t aware that college students were issued vouchers that completely pay for the state university degree program of their choice across the U.S.. Well, they are not of course. Your assertion is completely false and even immaterial to the discussion simply because college is optional and not required by law but K-12th is.

  • We have seen precisely the same insane tuition increases at universities. These increases were far in excess of inflation, so one must assume that universities charge more simply because the money is available via federally-guaranteed student loans that can not later be excused via personal bankruptcy.

    In short, universities charge more for undergraduate education simply because they can.

  • The Final Solution

    I’m pretty sure the only cannibals are African tribes and voodoo practicing amazon jungle dwellers.

    • rudeboi

      No, that’s not true at all, here let me get you started on your research of cannibals.

      Start here and then work your way up or down, it won’t matter.

      The Donner Party. You should come close to Jeffrey Dahmer in about to two or three days.

  • Sounds good to me. The catch is that a district that did this would be sued by the “vibrant”, “diverse” parents of violent retards in order that Shitavious and Jorge be allowed to disrupt classes in the upper-level schools and beat the genuine students in them up for their lunch money.

    Would you like to guess which way our activist judges would rule in these cases?