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Posted on 06/04/2008 10:06:23 PM PDT by B-Chan
Fairfax May Junk Study on Behavior Staff Report Shows Racial, Ethnic Gaps Among Students
Fairfax County School Board members said they are likely to abandon a staff report that showed racial and ethnic gaps in some measures of student behavior, including in the demonstration of "sound moral character and ethical judgment."
The board had delayed an April vote to approve the report after concerns were raised that findings were based on subjective measures, such as elementary report card data, and that they would fuel negative stereotypes.
Board member Phillip A. Niedzielski-Eichner (Providence) said yesterday that he plans to propose at a June 19 meeting that a vote on the report be postponed indefinitely. Several board members have indicated their support, he said.
Board member Martina A. Hone (At Large) said that the original report is "fatally flawed" and that it doesn't make sense "to work on fixing it." She said she is pleased with the way the board is rethinking it. "I think we have come out a stronger school board," she said.
The school system's report was an early attempt to measure progress on a host of goals the board considers "essential" for success in the workplace. It identified disparities among groups of students in several skills, including the ability to contribute effectively in a group, resolve conflicts and make healthy choices, and in the demonstration of moral character and ethical judgment.
Board members plan to approve revisions to their goals June 19 to make the wording more precise. Superintendent Jack D. Dale will again be given the challenge of developing methods for interpreting and measuring the goals.
In coming months, the board intends to review the potential for teacher bias in report cards and whether it makes sense to analyze nonacademic measures by race and ethnicity.
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Let me guess. The study suggested that certain minorities don’t do as well in school because of their behavior and values. Yes, we must bury this ASAP and go back to claiming that racist teachers and insufficient budgets are to blame.
“My golf swing sucks because of 400 years of slavery!”
Shoot dat messengah! Put a cap in he azz!
In the shifting sands of a secular, atheistic, agnostic, and god-less worldview, **who** gets to determine the government school's morals and ethics? Hm?....Is it "The Government Indoctrination Camp People's Committee on Morals and Ethics"?
The board had delayed an April vote to approve the report after concerns were raised that findings were based on subjective measures, such as elementary report card data, and that they would fuel negative stereotypes
If the report showed whites in a negative light it would be approved immediately. Hm?....So?....What race was shown negatively?
psst—we are no longer allowed to mention moral character and ethical judement—to do so would be a hate crime against those who have none.
You are correct Lady. They’ve discovered a rather inconvenient truth.
I’ve got a better headline for this report: “An Inconvenient Truth”.
The only thing surprising about this study is that it was done in the first place.
There's the problem. What are our schools doing being so judgmental? Who's to say what sort of "moral character" is "sound?" I hope none of those Christians are involved in this scandal.
I say, "Please open your workbooks to page 45."
The Asians and Armenians open to page 45. The Hispanics ignore me and fiddle with the ipods and gameboys they have hidden under the desks, except for the random 1 out of 7 child who has some individuality and drive (and is usually either ignored by the others, or persecuted for it.) It's as simple as that.
Wow, you are a trooper. I do not see how any person would subject themselves to a life of teaching in our public schools. Talk about being a masochist!
Well, the down side of course is that it is stressful and depressing. The upside is that some of the kids are really sweet, I can at least sneak in some non-commie material, it allows me to live here in L.A. (which for some reason I love) and the vacations are awesome. Oh... and it’s never boring.
The kids with the gameboys and iPods should be obvious from the earphones. Keep hitting them with questions on the topic at hand. It's not fun to be embarrassed by not having the answer because you aren't paying attention. My U.S. government teacher wasn't above launching an eraser at students who didn't pay attention in class.
I commend your son for keeping himself together through what must have been a miserable and unnerving time. There was a boy here at this school a couple years ago, a tall, blond Russian kid named Gordy... man, that kid was smart. The Hispanics didn't like how smart he was and started planning to beat him up. One of our tough kids came after Gordy in gym one day. But darn the luck, Gordy was also into martial arts and bounced that brat's empty head off the chain link fence till his attitude changed. The gym teacher glanced over and saw Gordy cleaning clock and thought "Gosh, I should ... oh look, my shoe's untied." LOL... that was a good day. But yeah... middle school is like prison, both for the kids and the teachers.
Congratulations to you and your son!
Your "Gordy" story reminds me of my own tortured year in 4th grade. My teacher was a heinous b*tch. I'm convinced she was having an affair the the principal in retrospect. She was so frustrated with my flawless spelling grades that she literally picked me up out of my desk/chair and threw me on the floor one afternoon. Her "favorites" were a bunch of hispanic toughs in the classroom. One afternoon (after school) one of them walked up to me, grabbed the front of my shirt, twisted it and pushed me up against the chain link fence. That tipped the limit of my patience. I loosened half his mouth full of teeth with a single punch, then hung him up by his own shirt on the chain link fence post. That ended the reign of toughs in my classroom.
Well?....If the Christian teachers went along with it to get along, then their example certain taught all the children some powerful lessons about Christianity. The students learned that Christians are weak and timid, and will compromise their principles for a paycheck.
What student will want to join or stay in a religion with weak and timid people who will sell their principles for a paycheck?
I'm all for Christian teachers in the government schools provided they are brave and courageous Christians who will protest and meaningfully act. Unfortunately such behavior would get them fired. Well....If they can't be brave, then maybe they should quit. If Christ spits the lukewarm out of his mouth, I am not surprised that students do as well.
One afternoon (after school) one of them walked up to me, grabbed the front of my shirt, twisted it and pushed me up against the chain link fence
Your story does have that prison gang feel to it...complete with chain link fencing surround an exercise yard that looks very much like those in prisons.
Well done! Like I tell my students, “Sometimes war IS the answer!”
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