Skip to comments.Sowell: Politics Versus Education
Posted on 01/13/2014 12:59:39 PM PST by jazusamo
Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department's latest interventions in education.
If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life.
Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher schools to which many black parents try to get their children admitted. Some of these schools have not only reached but exceeded national norms, even when located in neighborhoods where the regular public schools lag far behind.
Where admission to these schools is by a lottery, the cheers and tears that follow announcements of who has been admitted and, by implication, who will be forced to continue in the regular public schools tell the story better than words can.
When the state of Louisiana decided to greatly expand the number of schools available to students by parental choice, rather than by the rigidities of the usual public school system, Attorney General Holder's Justice Department objected on grounds that this was at cross-purposes with the federal government's racial integration goals for the schools.
In short, Louisiana's attempt to improve the education of children is subordinated by Holder to the federal government's attempt to mix and match black and white students.
If we have learned nothing else after decades of socially divisive and educationally futile racial busing, it should be obvious that seating black kids next to white kids is neither necessary nor sufficient to get them a better education.
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Excellent post, thank you.
I’m against “zero tolerance” policies, as they’re often “zero intelligence” policies.
Professor Sowell needs to better explain that part.
Every child has a “right” to an education. So when are parents going to present a class action suit against a school district claiming that a few disruptive students are violating their children’s right to an education.
Thank you for the ping, Jaz.
Eric Holder, “former” Black Panther and radical, should never have gotten
anywhere near the Attorney General’s office of this great nation.
The man is a common criminal. I dream of him in stripes and chains in solitary.
Amen to that, TOL!
Holder is 0bama’s (Jarrett’s) lapdog that they picked to carry out their assault on the American people.
The three of them should be wearing stripes.
Oh, right. I forgot about the POTUS, Jarret. She and the POTUS (puppet) should definitely join their attack dog in stripes and chains. [smiles]
Our local middle school is one of the best -- and best run -- schools I've ever encountered -- and I'm in a position to observe it "up close and personally".
Two of my granddaughters (who live with us) recently graduated there -- both as Valedictorians of their respective class. And we have just built them what the military would call, "I love me" shelves -- solely for displaying their trophies and medals from State academic competitions in math, science and writing. I just counted 72 UIL academic competition medals hanging from one of them! Needless to say, both girls also read at the college level...
On the school's website, there is an article headlined,
And, per my headcount of the students pictured in their UIL scholastic teams, nearly 14% are Black.
IOW, the school is evidently highly capable of -- and effective at -- teaching properly motivated students -- regardless of race.
The problem? Demographics -- but not, necessarly, "racial" demographics.
Rather, the problem lies in a subset of the resident Black "culture" with a multi-generation, toxically anti-education and anti-discipline attitude -- largely manifest as a refusal to speak proper English in class.
There exists a significant fraction of the student population (and their parents) who consider it "un-cool" to learn and to exercise self discipline.
That, alone, will drag the performance of ANY school down.
Thanks for your post.
It’s really sad that a few can be so disruptive for the majority and in the case you cite it sounds like the problem falls square on the shoulders of those parents.
“Cool” doesn’t cut it in the real world and unfortunately most of those young people will find that out the hard way.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
And that’s a crying dang shame.
If the Black culture involves not learning basic life skills (el-hi classes) and not
learning self discipline, then the Black culture is part of the problem that is
destroying race relations and splitting our country apart along racial lines.
Of course, all of this is totally fabricated by the race-baiter in chief, the Jesse
Jacksons, Al Sharptons, and others who are itching to react to being “offended.”
BTW, who the heck is writing “Texas State Standards?” Kick out all your lefties,
secede, and just wait for the Conservative influx in your state. I’m trying to get
my husband to move there and open a business.
It’s not just a few that are disruptive in schools; it’s a considerable number, a near majority.
That is so true in many areas. Like the example Sowell used of just 10% being disruptive and can ruin learning for a class, at 20% to 30% and over it’s pure chaos.
In that case,
That's right: not special schools for the gifted and "lucky" -- but special schools designed to contain and educate the "problem students"!
Not segregation by race, but segregation by behavior and accomplishment -- using criteria like:
Instead of "buying into" charter schools, if the parents want their kids in better schools, let them encourage and enforce behavior and attitudes that warrant "transfer and inclusion".
And -- if it takes barbed wirea and armed guards -- so be it.
The "bad news": No other schools could compete against them in sports. The "good news": college sports scouting would be simplified... '-)
So when are parents going to present a class action suit against a school district claiming that a few disruptive students are violating their childrens right to an education
They are getting a government education. There is no right to a good education
“The man is a common criminal.”
Actually that is an insult...to common criminals.
Goodness! You’re right. I apologize to common criminals everywhere. [smiles]