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CA: Why Our Schools Donít Work
CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 5/15/06 | Ray Haynes

Posted on 05/15/2006 9:28:27 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

This past week, a judge in Oakland, California said he thought the state’s high school exit exam is flawed, because it failed to account for English language learners’ inability to read the test. That is, since the test requires that those with limited English skills take and pass the test in English, it discriminates against those students.

Never mind that, no matter where you go in this country, English language skills are an important part of success. Never mind that a student should be able to read the high school diploma they are receiving when they graduate. Insuring competence in basic skills is apparently not the goal of our schools. Insuring that absolutely no school policy offends any person in this state is the most critical thing to this judge.

And that is one of the reasons why the state’s schools don’t work.

This week, based on a judge’s tentative decision, we may see the exit exam get tossed out because of its alleged discriminatory effect. The one thing in our schools that would make sure students actually knew something before they graduated from school has been tossed aside in favor of some alleged antidiscrimination ethic. Learning is not the most important thing in schools; advancing some liberal social ethic is.

This leads us to SB 1437, which passed the state senate on Thursday. SB 1437 would require, yes require, schools to teach about the contributions of gays, lesbian, bisexuals and transsexuals in history. Honestly, I don’t know what transsexuals have done in history, but, if my kids go to public school, they will be forced to learn about it.

Let me be clear. We don’t require that they learn about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, any details of the Civil War, or just about anything else in history, but we are going to require that they learn about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals. In fact, any book that says anything that might be interpreted as hostile to those groups would be banned from the classroom, and the textbooks that remain must go out of their way to mention their contributions.

Once again, the state senate, like the judge, has decided to emphasize a political agenda over a learning agenda. Quite frankly, a great person in history is great regardless of their sexual orientation. It really wouldn’t matter whether Thomas Jefferson had a sexual relationship with his slave, Sally Hemmings. His contributions to our history through the Declaration of Independence and the Louisiana Purchase occurred even though we don’t know who he slept with. It really doesn’t matter if Abraham Lincoln was gay or not (as homosexual activist groups have long tried to prove), his effort to abolish slavery in this country, and his work in preserving this country as a whole are a testament to his place in history no matter what they allege he did with his law partners at night when no one was looking.

We have a lot of problems in our schools. Our children are worried about their safety. We can’t seem to keep drugs out of the school. Sexual harassment, and in some cases molestations, seem to occur on a regular basis up and down the state. Our school buildings are crumbling, and we can’t fire incompetent teachers. Ten percent of the kids who enter school can’t prove they have an eighth grade level of knowledge when they graduate, and the judges and legislators are worried about discrimination and political correctness.

We give our schools $50-60 billion a year. Those that educate our children are supposed to make sure that our children know that two plus two equals four. One of the reason that they are failing at their jobs is because our political leaders are more worried about who is sleeping with whom than whether children can actually read a cereal box. We need to get our priorities straight.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: caleducation; california; dontwork; education; exitexam; glbt; homosexualagenda; rayhaynes; sb1437; schools
Mr. Haynes is an Assembly member representing Riverside and Temecula. He serves on the Appropriations and Budget Committees.
1 posted on 05/15/2006 9:28:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Never mind that, no matter where you go in this country, English language skills are an important part of success.

Not for much longer under current border control, immigration, and anchor baby policies.

2 posted on 05/15/2006 9:36:29 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really needed?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Our schools won't work because the courts and unions make sure they don't. The "no child left behind" and giving diplomas away are symptoms of players who will not face reality. Some students fail and can't be saved and trying to save them drags the system down.


3 posted on 05/15/2006 9:48:17 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NormsRevenge

Liberals and the NEA, institutionalizing mediocrity when ever and where ever possible.


4 posted on 05/15/2006 9:49:53 AM PDT by Sergio (If a tree fell on a mime in the forest, would he make a sound?)
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Let me be clear. We don’t require that they learn about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, any details of the Civil War, or just about anything else in history, but we are going to require that they learn about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals. In fact, any book that says anything that might be interpreted as hostile to those groups would be banned from the classroom, and the textbooks that remain must go out of their way to mention their contributions.

5 posted on 05/15/2006 9:50:21 AM PDT by DBeers (Ü)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Quote from a school admin here in Colorado.

The three "Ls" make it impossible:

1. Litigation.
2. Legislation.
3. Labor Unions.


6 posted on 05/15/2006 9:56:22 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: NormsRevenge
Perhaps someone should remind this jurist that Proposition 227 is the law in this State.
7 posted on 05/15/2006 9:58:03 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are REALLY stupid.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Good read. EXCEPT for one point "Insuring that absolutely no school policy offends any person in this state is the most critical thing to this judge. "

They are only concerned that school policy does not upset offend any glbt, illegal immigrant, or minority student. Schools will willfully offend Christians, and any other group of students, who hold to traditional values! Making ALL students "unsafe"
8 posted on 05/15/2006 10:11:27 AM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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To: dhs12345

Right on! Anytime stern discipline, Of the genuine practical and not PC kind, is applied it is an invitation to a lawsuit.


9 posted on 05/15/2006 10:21:58 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NormsRevenge

Cynical answer: uneducated youth = Democrat voters = socialist state


10 posted on 05/15/2006 10:36:00 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (North American distributor for Mohammed Urinals. Franchises available.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I taught in California for one year. The following adjectives describe the place well: corrupt, inept, bureaucratic, ideological, racist, anti-American, ideologically conformist. I could fill pages with horror stories about the unions, the schools, the rules coming from Sacramento, the idiot directives. By good fortune I've found a place that rewards achievement and instills discipline in the students. All I can say is that the plume of dust they saw at the end of the school year was me getting the hell out of Dodge. The only thing I miss is my garden.


11 posted on 05/15/2006 10:43:53 AM PDT by redpoll (redpoll)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

That's true.

Those Latinos had better learn Hindi & Mandarin if they expect to succeed in the US.

Hey, this is a serious question now:

What was the pass rate for this test in Monterey Park, Rowland Heights, etc?

I have to imagine that Asians did pretty well on this "racist" test?


12 posted on 05/15/2006 11:33:05 AM PDT by Utahrd
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To: NormsRevenge
The judge's stupid decision makes a high school diploma a worthless piece of paper. A prospective employer will need to order a transcript from the high school and that transcript should include a certification that the student passed the exit exam. Students who got a "social promotion" from the judge's edict will have add a GED to their worthless diploma to assure a prospective employer that they have met the minimum level of academic proficiency.

Perhaps it is time to require SAT scores from people who claim to be high school grads as a means of sorting the wheat from the chaff. A high school diploma is meaningless.

13 posted on 05/15/2006 11:53:07 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Utahrd
Your screen name reminds me of a pejorative comment made by a couple of high school students here in Pocatello. They were ticked off about how the wretched driving behavior of a driver with Utah license plates. The driver was called a U-tard.
14 posted on 05/15/2006 11:57:57 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: NormsRevenge
Let us not forget that this same bill would "remove sex-specific terms such as "mom" and "dad" from textbooks".

Bill to ban 'mom, dad' from texts advances

15 posted on 05/15/2006 12:50:00 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: NormsRevenge

CA: Why Our Schools Don’t Work


No Habla Englise.

There thats why.


16 posted on 05/15/2006 12:52:03 PM PDT by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: Myrddin

A high school diploma is meaningless.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And a college or university diploma?


17 posted on 05/16/2006 3:32:59 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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And a college or university diploma?

Depends on the institution. Admissions standards result in different levels of competitiveness in the student body. Likewise, the quality of the instructional staff and facilities has an impact. The level of rigor in the curriculum of an individual student matters as well.

Compare a BS in Physics from MIT, a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Communications from San Diego State University. Compare an MBA from Harvard vs University of Phoenix.

18 posted on 05/16/2006 9:21:29 AM PDT by Myrddin
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