Skip to comments.Is retired Santa Ana teacher helping students into science careers? Do the math
Posted on 01/02/2007 5:34:34 AM PST by shrinkermd
...Paul J. Riordan, 75, who taught for 35 years in the Santa Ana Unified School District, said he grew tired of people writing off Latinos as "dumb." So he founded his nonprofit organization to prove their academic potential, and it has since expanded to include any low-income student.
"These kids are so uniquely different. They each have a story," Riordan said. "But they are all alike in that they have so much against them. They have true grit because they fight through the system despite their shortcomings."
Riordan held firmly to his walker as he shuffled along the carpet at a local restaurant during the group's latest meeting, two days after Christmas. After adjusting his large glasses, he opened his arms wide.
"There's my kiddies!" Riordan said as they approached for a hug or a handshake. "You kids are so damn bright, you scare me!"
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Thank you for posting. That was a sweet article.
What does this mean ? They have to fight "the system" or they use the system to "fight thru" ?
Sounds like an amazing man. We could definitely use more like him.
"There's my kiddies!" Riordan said as they approached for a hug or a handshake. "You kids are so damn bright, you scare me"...
Other requirements include enrollment in a Santa Ana Unified school, a minimum 3.5 grade-point average; a letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher; the commitment to attend 50 seminars put on by Riordan's institute during the summer, Christmas and Easter school breaks; approval from parents; and eligibility for a federal free-lunch program.
"That's it. No exceptions," Riordan said. "I'm a bottom-liner. I don't stray from the rules."
This year four students each from five Santa Ana high schools will be selected.
This story is utterly fraudulent.
This fellow [or, more correctly, the LA Times disinformation specialist who is writing about this fellow] is cherry-picking the four [count 'em: 1,2,3,4] smartest kids at each high school, and extrapolating from that sample the conclusion that [politically-incorrect ethnic group name omitted so as not to anger the Admin Moderator] kids aren't dumb.
So if each high school has, say, 1500 students, he's cherry-picking the four smartest kids [i.e. the four kids at the very far right end of the bell curve], and telling the other 1496 to get lost.
Memo to Mr. Riordan [or, more to the point, Yvonne Villarreal]: Why don't you try taking the four stupidest kids at each high school, or even, God forbid, a random sample of four kids from each school, and then get back to me about just how "bright" they are.
PS: A glance at the Santa Ana Unified School District website indicates that there are not five, but rather eight high schools in the district: Century, Chavez, Lorin Griset Academy, Middle College, Saddleback, Santa Ana, Segerstrom Fundamental, and Valley West.
So in addition to cherry-picking the top four students, he's cherry-picking the top five high schools.
PPS: Names like "Claudia Leal", "Nada Soeun", and "Sokha Pin" don't sound particularly "[politically-incorrect ethnic group name omitted so as not to anger the Admin Moderator]" to me.
Don't be coy. If you've got something to say, go ahead and say it.
Everyone here knows the difference between being un-PC and being a bigot. Right?
Here are the enrollment figures for the high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District:
Century, enrollment: 2623Now I certainly don't think there's anything wrong with what this guy is doing - but to present this astronomically selective sample as any sort of indication of the academic abilities of the broader student population [i.e. the other 13,800+ who do NOT get selected] is simply farcical.
Chavez, enrollment: 252
Lorin Griset Academy, enrollment: 253
Middle College, enrollment: 273
Saddleback, enrollment: 3208
Santa Ana, enrollment: 4144
Segerstrom Fundamental, enrollment: ???
Valley West, enrollment: 3123
TOTAL HIGH-SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: >= 13,876
So he founded his nonprofit organization to prove their academic potential, and it has since expanded to include any low-income student.
Further down we see that it doesn't include any low-income student.
The requirements are to start a 3.5 grade point average. That cuts out most kids in any school.