Skip to comments.The Crushing Racism of Low Expectations
Posted on 09/11/2013 5:59:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Why won't America's public schools and teachers' unions raise the bar for African American students?
One of the lesser-broadcast features of the most recent jobs report is that unemployment for African-Americans actually ticked higher, to 13 percent, even as the rest of the country held even at 7.3 percent. Unemployment for Hispanics was 9.3 percent and for Asians 5.1 percent. Also worrisome, the number of African-American adults who held jobs actually declined last month, and fewer than 61 percent of blacks are working--the lowest participation rate since 1982.
While New Yorks Mayor Bloomberg sees racism in the campaign of Bill deBlasio and Jay Z finds racism in the Trayvon Martin decision, I perceive racism in these jobs figures. Blacks are increasingly left behind, at least in part because their leaders do not demand better schools. The greatest source of disparate impact in this country, to borrow a phrase currently popular with the Justice Department, is that most black kids cant read or write. Upward mobility for the African-American community, tenuous at best, is squashed the minute they enter kindergarten.
Too harsh? Not by half. Consider the results from the recent Common Core testing in New York, one of the first to measure how students meet the new nation-wide standards. Statewide, 31 percent of public school students in grades 3 through 8 were considered proficient in English; only 16 percent of blacks met that test, compared to 50 percent of Asians and 40 percent of whites results which the states education department says reveals the persistence of the achievement gap.
Only 15 percent of black kids were deemed proficient in math, while 60 percent of Asians and 38 percent of whites made the cut. It begs saying that results across the board are appalling; but that less than one in five black kids can read or write with any fluency is truly criminal.
The shocking outcome of New Yorks tests immediately sparked criticism mostly directed at the test, as opposed to the teachers or schools that are presumably preparing our children. UFT head Michael Mulgrew actually blamed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose agenda early on included taking control of New Yorks dysfunctional public schools, for the citys dismal results. (It wasnt clear whom he held responsible for the rest of the states miserable showing.) Mulgrew charged that New York teachers were not given enough time to prepare for the tests. But wasnt that the complaint about No Child Left Behind that too much time was spent teaching to the test?
Public school teachers and administrators are always quick to find another culprit when their students come up short. For poor black children, they blame the collapse of the African-American family, pervasive poverty, inadequate school funding the list goes on and on. The only problem with this finger pointing is that some educators are able to break through those very real barriers.
Eva Moskowitz, head of the Success Academies in Harlem and the South Bronx, left every other public school in the dust in the recent testing. SuccessAcademyBronx 2, with an 85 percent poverty rate and not one white or Asian student in the test pool, outperformed every other city school; 97 percent of the kids achieved proficiency in math and 77 percent in English.
Early on, President Obama tackled our schools issue by appointing reformer Arne Duncan as Education Secretary, noting that the inferior education provided by predominantly black schools helps explain the pervasive achievement gap. Duncan started strong, launching his Race to the Top program, which demanded greater teacher accountability. Unfortunately, the minute President Obama needed a boost to his then-wobbly reelection campaign, he back-burnered Duncans reform efforts, appeasing the countrys huge teachers unions. In exchange, he won an important endorsement from the NEA, our countrys largest union, a full year ahead of schedule.
To their shame, the leaders of the African-American community tolerate the educational status quo. In New York Citys mayoral contest, candidate Bill Thompson the only black in the race--has won backing from the UFT, one of the nations largest union locals.
Union leaders stated that Thompson would address the needs of teachers, according to The New York Times, including reducing standardized testing and ending the citys practice of closing low-performing schools. Why would anyone want to preserve our worst schools? To keep teachers on the payroll; its all about the money.
Money talks and the teachers unions have plenty to throw around. In New York, the UFT has about $2.5 million in the kitty, as well as some 200,000 members to help turn out voters on Election Day. No wonder Thompson has vowed to raise teacher pay as soon as hes elected.
Its quite a turnaround from the last time he ran for mayor when he objected to a proposed 4 percent pay hikes for teachers, saying the city couldnt afford the extra payout. Shame on Bill Thompson hes the candidate that should most strenuously confront the unions, not pander to them.
Until our African-American leaders target the terrible bigotry of allowing black children to grow up ignorant and often illiterate, their community will continue to suffer.
Perhaps Newark Mayor Cory Booker will provide some leadership. Mr. Booker, now running for the Senate, has supported the school reform efforts of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, including expanding the number of charter schools and demanding greater teacher accountability. He is something of a celebrity, and a maverick. If he becomes an outspoken champion of school reform, despite inevitable political fall-out, he could also become a model. Let us hope so.
True, but that is the tip of the iceberg. All too many blacks cannot think coherently. Listen to adult black commentators on any serious social issue. Even discounting the linguistic aberrations, the fact is that all too often there is an absence of reality based premises and paucity of rational logic.
One reason elections have failed in their intended functioning in latter day America is that a large bloc of voters are devoid of rational thought. Their votes are information-free and thus, in signal detection analysis terms, noise rather than signal.
When a radio program has so much static that the voice is undetectable, it is time to change the station.
Perhaps the biggest racists against blacks in America are liberal blacks and their white counterparts (i.e. masters of the liberal education and welfare plantations).
These children deserve better and should get better, not be locked into an inferior education and lesser opportunities to succeed in a country that once praised “success”.
White “paternalism” is the worst form of racist today and a growing number of black parents are beginning to realize this.
They didn’t call it “Ebonics” did they?
I don't know but you get the point. The policies of eugenics live on today in the form of street corner abortion clinics, ethnic ghettos, and the laissez-faire view of liberals toward drugs, crime and murder in the inner cities. Most 21st Century liberals don't know that the minimum wage was instituted to price blacks, Mexicans and immigrants out of the labor market. Black teenagers are the demographic with the highest unemployment rate. If employers were allowed to hire them for $4 an hour I believe many of them would work.
That, to me, has been the most frightening thing about the reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. Of course, that hasn't been confined to blacks, but it does seem to be endemic in younger, public school-educated people.
Completely emotion-based, with no apparent understanding of facts, evidence, the rule of law, forensic rhetoric, any of the things we value in Western Civilization.
But the whole thing is not actually about race per se. It is about the elite retaining their exclusive hold on elite status.
Black children are not left behind because black leaders don't demand better schools. They're left behind because black leaders don't demand that they have responsible PARENTS who will demand their kids stay in school and LEARN, rather than spend their time emulating the latest ghetto rap star or neighborhood drug dealer. Until black culture begins to take education seriously, and quit acting like it's a 'white thing', their kids will always be on the losing side when it comes to jobs.
The fundamental problem we have is that the only qualification required to vote is ability to fog a mirror.
The country did not start out this way. When you don’t have any skin in the game, in fact when people often have negative skin in the game, it won’t end well over time.
The need more marriages, more dads, and less regulation. Black America is simply another failed government program.
The KKK couldn’t have harmed blacks worse and at least blacks would have fought back. LBJ, the Democrats and their capon media lured them out of the GOP.
“...is that most black kids cant read or write.”
It’s especially disgusting, that less than a few centuries ago, many black people risked being beaten while trying to learn how to read, and some “do-gooder” crackas risked even worse by teaching them.
I guess “Black History Month” isn’t getting results these days, either.
Anybody remember Marva Collins?
That whole thing about eating skittles being an 'innocent' act that excused the reality of Trayvon attempting to beat a man to death was beyond weird... and they all mouthed it as thought it made sense.
Great quotes and graphics. Thanks.
And the whole "hoodie" thing was remarkably ironic, especially because young thugs DO use hoodies to obscure their face when committing crimes.
I'm pretty sure the term "hoodie" was popularized first in Britain, where young criminals used them tied tightly around their faces to hide from surveillance cameras. In the mid-2000's there was a great deal of public outcry in Britain about hoodie-wearing thugs, a large number of them white, to the point that shops began barring young people wearing them.
I've been in several banks that have signs telling you to remove your cap or your hood.
So this notion that hoodies are just some innocent style choice is utter crap.
I suppose some people think they're entitled to their own reality.