INSANITY: Woke New York State Cancels “Traumatic” Regents Exam

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ALBANY (Yaakov M / VINnews) The New York Department of Education has placed its leftist woke agenda ahead of our children’s education.

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The state canceled the U.S. History regents, because one of the questions may “compound trauma” among students, after the recent shooting in Buffalo. 

So, because a tiny minority of students may suffer trauma, let’s cancel the test for the entire state.

This is not sensitivity. This is lunacy.

I won’t speculate about how a history question could traumatize students, or why they cannot delete the “offensive” question, or use an old exam (after all, history has not changed very much). Sure, a resourceful student may memorize the answers to every exam from the past 50 years, but that’s still better than no test at all.  

The fact is, canceling a regents for the whole state, because of one traumatic incident, is inexcusable. They are sacrificing the education of tens of thousands of kids, because of their political agenda. 

If the education department is truly concerned about trauma, which seems far-fetched, there are much better ways to prevent it, rather than throwing every 11th grader under the bus.

But we know their real agenda. This is not about trauma. This is about wokeness. 

Liberals don’t like US history, because it forces them to admit that many popular Americans were racist. So they try to erase it. 

A white supremacist targeted and murdered black people. Now in response, they are canceling a regents exam. It makes no sense. (I’m not trying to diminish the tragic horror suffered by victims and their families. It was unspeakably painful and unimaginable, however let’s not politicize it and cause even more harm).

By canceling this exam, the state is showing kids that politics and wokeness are more important than success and educational achievement. 

One wonders, would they cancel this test if the Buffalo victims were white or Jewish, and the shooter was black? It seems unlikely.

We have seen this trend repeatedly. Leftists have hijacked the education system, and they cancel the parts they consider offensive, while using the system to indoctrinate kids with immorality. 

This is the agenda of AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and other members of the socialist squad.

To be clear, psychological trauma and anguish are a big deal, and we need to be sensitive. However it is disgraceful to hurt so many children, and use fabricated “trauma” as a scapegoat.

The irony is, the state education department does care about standards, but only when it comes to yeshivas. Right now, yeshivas and Jewish parents throughout New York are fighting like crazy to prevent strict educational standards that would crush Torah education. 

Don’t they see how ludicrous it is? They are willing to sacrifice educational standards for politics, but when it comes to religion, they use educational standards as an excuse to regulate private schools. 

But the truth is, it’s not ironic at all. It’s perfectly consistent. They cancel anything that does not agree with their woke agenda. 

Let’s hope that as a community, we can exert enough pressure, through achdus and unity, to expose their hypocrisy and prevent them from interfering with our precious yeshiva system. 

Yaakov M is a senior columnist for VIN News and former Op-Ed columnist for Newsmax. He has hosted a conservative podcast for 15 years. He studied in Kollel for 14 years, was a Bais Medrash Rebbi for over a decade, and obtained semicha from a top Rosh Yeshiva.


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Conservative Carl
Conservative Carl
2 years ago

It’s an excuse. They really don’t want to give the exams because they don’t want the racial disparity in the test results to reveal that they’ve been doing a terrible job giving everyone a high quality education.

Silence
Silence
2 years ago

I think it’s insanity too, but my high-schooler is thrilled! Between Covid and this, she will get a regents diploma having taken only 2 (I think) regents tests!

Practical
Practical
2 years ago

The shooter was not white, and was immigrant, wo were both subway shooters black.

Fair is fair
Fair is fair
2 years ago

Months of war in Ukraine. Why haven’t the Regents canceled my son’s Global exam?

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
2 years ago

Yet they refuse to take off things that are sensitive to jewish needs such as evolution, reproduction’s, LGBT in history. They are partially to blame for a lack of jewish secular education.

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Sara
Sara
2 years ago

I don’t believe for a minute that this test wasn’t reviewed countless times for content and accuracy
Now suddenly blacks are going to get traumatized perhaps from a question regarding slavery or black rights? Which they supposedly know all about already because it’s not a secret it’s part of the subject material called HISTORY. I think they cancelled the test because it’s an intensive curriculum and they expect too many public students to fail.

The_Truth
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The_Truth
2 years ago

Another attempt to re-write history. Another example of wokeism gone too far.

Moshe
Moshe
2 years ago

There is a serious coin shortage. America is officially out of common cents.

Golda
Golda
2 years ago

It’s a tragi-comedy that they want to control what the Jewish schools curriculum when they don’t educate the children in their own public schools.

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
2 years ago

yet

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
2 years ago

yet they refuse

Yeshiva Dad
Yeshiva Dad
2 years ago

They should enroll in a good Yeshiva if they don’t want to take regents exams.

Guest
Guest
2 years ago

Aside from that , I’m glad for the kids. This Regents is unnecessary , I believe Cali is the only other Regents state. It was never fair to begin with.