The concept is a simple but powerful series of slides containing nothing but text statements that Karl designed to get the staff at his school thinking about how our society, and that of their students, is rapidly changing.
I’ve seen the video many times, both as part of the audience and as the person showing it. Karl reports that it was shown this past week to the opening session of the National School Boards Association conference.
While the content of the slide show never fails to produce a variety of reactions from the audience, I’ve never heard this one before.
One person in a group viewing the show here last week complained that the presentation is racist.
Since I wasn’t at the session I’m not sure exactly why they feel that way. But I gather it stems from a few slides at the beginning comparing the US to China and India.
Slides containing statements like:
- The 25% of the population in China with the highest IQ’s… Is greater than the total population of North America.
- Translation for teacher: They [China and India] have more honors kids than we have kids.
- If you took every single job in the US today and shipped it to China… China would still have a labor surplus.
Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see anything racist in the slides. Or about factually comparing the US to two countries that are major economic competitors.
Would anyone else like to point out the errors in my perception?