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Sowell: The Left Versus Minorities
Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 03/10/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT by jazusamo

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things.

These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics exams, compared to 30 percent of the students in the city as a whole.

Why would anybody who has any concern at all about minority young people — or even common decency — want to destroy what progress has already been made?

One big reason, of course, is the teachers' union, one of Mayor de Blasio's biggest supporters. But it may be more than that. For many of the true believers on the left, their ideology overrides any concern about the actual fate of flesh-and-blood human beings.

Something similar happened on the west coast last year. The American Indian Model Schools in Oakland have been ranked among the top schools in the nation, based on their students' test scores. This is, again, a special achievement for minority students who need all the help they can get.

But, last spring, the California State Board of Education announced plans to shut this school down!

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: charterschools; deblasio; education; holder; leftism; minorities; nea; obama; sowell; teacherunions; thomassowell

1 posted on 03/10/2014 1:03:27 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 03/10/2014 1:05:42 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Once people learn how to think, it is hard to pour leftist mush into their brains.

Liberal solution: close down places which teach critical thinking skills.

3 posted on 03/10/2014 1:07:22 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Liberals want to teach people WHAT to think, not HOW to think..................


4 posted on 03/10/2014 1:12:41 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Vigilanteman
The net result is that public schools are often run as if their main function is to provide jobs to teachers. Whether the children get a decent education is secondary, at best.

“When school children start paying union dues, that's when I'll start representing the interests of school children.”

Albert Shanker, former NYC teachers' union boss.

5 posted on 03/10/2014 1:15:40 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: jazusamo
de Blasio/Left places the selfish interests of the teachers' unions over the very lives of minority young people ...

Our ideology (and PENSIONS!) override any concern about the actual fate of you ungrateful flesh-and-blood human beings.

6 posted on 03/10/2014 1:21:01 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Vigilanteman

Amen to that...Leftism cannot survive with people that can think for themselves.


7 posted on 03/10/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Oh my....those Teacher's Union members appear to be ignoring Moochie’s school lunch program.
8 posted on 03/10/2014 1:24:53 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Red Badger
Liberals want to teach people WHAT to think, not HOW to think..................

Kudos to you. That is one of the best quotes I have ever heard!!

9 posted on 03/10/2014 1:28:12 PM PDT by thepatriot1 (...brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue)
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To: jazusamo
Why would anybody who has any concern at all about minority young people — or even common decency — want to destroy what progress has already been made?

The answer, Mr. Sowell, is contained within the question.

Mr. de Blasio HAS no concern at all about minority young people, nor does he have a single shred of common decency.

He is, to be blunt, a worthless piece of garbage.

10 posted on 03/10/2014 1:29:07 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Vigilanteman
Once people learn how to think, it is hard to pour leftist mush into their brains.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 1:31:05 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Other than the shirts, I can see a whole lot of commonalities in that photo.

"You're a unique individual. Just like everyone else."

12 posted on 03/10/2014 1:49:01 PM PDT by wbill
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To: jazusamo

The people de Blasio is harming helped put him in office.

This is a repeat of the Obama elections.

Some people never learn.

Too bad innocent people have to suffer from the stupidity of the easily fooled.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 1:49:28 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: jazusamo

Charter schools are a slap in the face to the Liberal Education Industry. And everyone knows it.

If poor children can be taught in Charter Schools it means ‘public’ schools are failing those same types of students. It also means the excuse that it’s ‘the parents fault’ isn’t necessarily true.

The Education Industry don’t like being shown up...


14 posted on 03/10/2014 1:54:20 PM PDT by GOPJ ("Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Iron Munro

“Too bad innocent people have to suffer from the stupidity of the easily fooled.”

In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, “I just can’t stand it.”


15 posted on 03/10/2014 2:08:10 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: jazusamo

I still love him, but after Sowell attacked Cruz and preached GOP-e theology a bit, he does not carry quite the same zing as before.

I don’t dislike him, ok?

I’m just wondering HOW he wrote that stuff.

I was deeply shocked.


16 posted on 03/10/2014 2:09:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: GOPJ

You nailed that.

By and large charter schools have put public schools to shame in large cities with large numbers of minorities.

The NEA and their affiliates cannot deny the truth of that so they are determined to have those charter schools done away with.


17 posted on 03/10/2014 2:21:56 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

DeBlasio started out as a committed leftist. Now, he’s a typical corrupt political hack, who has used leftist rhetoric and the Democratic left party to achieve power. But, as a hack, he has to give back to his power backers, and the NEA is a big one.

Charter schools, as a performing alternative to the union-run regular schools, are a potential threat to the teachers’ union. Can’t have that.

A similar analysis of paying back the big money backers seems to apply with the horse-carriages. The issue wasn’t the horses, or the livelihood of the drivers. Apparently, the big horse and carriage garage sits on valuable land coveted by developers that DeBlasio is friendly with.

You can say this about him: He tries to pay back his political debts promptly, although without any subtlety.


18 posted on 03/10/2014 3:58:00 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: jazusamo

Black people are starting to recognize and speak out against the public school monopoly on education.


19 posted on 03/10/2014 5:34:17 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Civil service unions are the real government)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Four legs good! TWO legs better!!!


20 posted on 03/10/2014 8:32:19 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: jazusamo

To a politician, anyone and everyone is simply a means to an end.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 2:19:50 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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