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ERIC Number: EJ958855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 10
"Just the Way Things Were" or Malicious Intent?: One Professor's Effort to Facilitate Truth--A JRLE Student Voices Essay
Mansfield, Katherine C.
Journal of Research on Leadership Education, v2 n2 2007
During a class discussion, a professor placed a quote on the overhead by Lewis Terman, former Stanford professor, APA president, and vicar of IQ testing and gifted education in America. The passage stressed that Mexicans and Blacks are born morons, not capable of learning, and should be segregated from Anglos in special classes. In addition, in Terman's view, these people were dangerous because of their fertile breeding and should be sterilized. A pair of students expressed general uneasiness with the racist discourse, but most quickly dismissed the intentions of the author as malicious. The general consensus seemed to be "that's just the way things were back then" and that a very "minute percentage" of the human population is truly motivated by hatred in ideology or action. The author protested passionately by sharing past human indiscretions as well as the current trend in anti-immigration dialogue and the surge in Klan activity. The author argues that Terman approached his research and mentoring relationships with a clear socio-political agenda that included the segregation and tracking of American schools, as well as the annihilation of the "unfit" that was used to construct eugenics laws in the United States praised by Adolf Hitler in "Mein Kampf" and used for courtroom defense in "The Nuremburg Trials." It is imperative that those occupied in the praxis of leadership engage her/his students in critical thinking and provoke dialogue concerning the philosophical scaffolding of educational leadership in multiple fields and contexts.
Descriptors: African Americans, Discussion, Gifted, Critical Thinking, Instructional Leadership, Discussion (Teaching Technique), United States History, Genetics, Selection, Racial Attitudes, Intelligence Quotient, Mexicans, Anglo Americans, Whites, College Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States