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Bush Urges Effort to Close Black and White Studentsí Achievement Gap
New York Times ^ | April 10, 2014 | Peter Baker

Posted on 04/11/2014 7:15:18 PM PDT by reaganaut1

AUSTIN, Tex. — Former President George W. Bush called the achievement gap between white and black children “a national scandal” on Thursday and urged both parties to come together to address it as the central civil rights issue of the modern era.

Paying tribute to President Lyndon B. Johnson at a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Mr. Bush said the real test of the nation’s commitment to equality would be to fix an educational system that has tolerated low standards for too long.

“There’s a growing temptation among public officials in both political parties at the federal, state and local levels to lower expectations,” he told an audience. “Without meaningful accountability, it is poor and minority children who suffer most. The goal of ending achievement gaps should unite Republicans and Democrats, it should unite teachers and parents.” He added, “It is only right to blow the whistle on mediocrity.”

Mr. Bush’s speech concluded the three-day conference hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, where three other presidents also commemorated the landmark antidiscrimination law of the Johnson era. Mr. Bush reached across the aisle to hail Johnson’s domestic achievements, including his commitment to education, and noted that he signed a law naming the Department of Education for him.

“Lyndon Johnson was continuing the work of Abraham Lincoln, which is really the work of the Declaration of Independence — ‘All men are created equal,’ ” Mr. Bush said. “He made us one people. I’ve got great respect for the way President Johnson used the presidency to achieve big goals. He understood the risks to his party and the risks to his coalition.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: achievementgap; bellcurve; bush; education; georgewbush; gwbush; lbj; nclb
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We tried this with NCLB, and it did not work. The only way to close the achievement gap between two races separated by one standard deviation in IQ is not to teach anyone anything. And even that would be foiled by white and Asian parents teaching their children at home. Now that Bush is retired, he should have time to read "The Bell Curve".
1 posted on 04/11/2014 7:15:18 PM PDT by reaganaut1
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The feds have no constitutional authority to interfere in education.


2 posted on 04/11/2014 7:17:12 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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Former President George W. Bush called the achievement gap between white and black children “a national scandal” on Thursday and urged both parties to come together to address it as the central civil rights issue of the modern era.

Whatchootalkinbout Dubya? You admitting No Child Left Behind is a monumental failure?

Let me guess. Now your pimping Common Core?

3 posted on 04/11/2014 7:17:19 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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He still doesn’t get it.


4 posted on 04/11/2014 7:17:43 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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The democRATS need a permanant and dependent underclass to stay in power. They do NOT want this.


5 posted on 04/11/2014 7:18:15 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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Good Lord. Go paint your dog, GW.


6 posted on 04/11/2014 7:18:36 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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Alternate headline...

Bush: Public Education Failure Bush's Fault

7 posted on 04/11/2014 7:18:37 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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I’ve got a brilliant idea? Why not tell the black kids to study?


8 posted on 04/11/2014 7:20:32 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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Has the unconstitutionality of anything ever stopped the feds recently?


9 posted on 04/11/2014 7:20:33 PM PDT by doc1019
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All men are not created equal...some are smart, some are not, some are rich, some are not, some are beautiful, some are not....

All people are equally precious in the eyes of God though....


10 posted on 04/11/2014 7:23:51 PM PDT by Bobalu (Four Cokes And A Fried Chicken)
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I'm sorry. You were saying.

11 posted on 04/11/2014 7:24:19 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: ilovesarah2012

and even earlier....dont share your DOPE with em!!


12 posted on 04/11/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ..Benghazi Clinton Alert)
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Seeing as the average black student has an IQ of 85, the only way to "close the achievement gap" is to dumb the non-black students down.

Enter Common Core.

13 posted on 04/11/2014 7:24:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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There's only one way to achieve what GW wants.

You must destroy urban black culture.

14 posted on 04/11/2014 7:25:14 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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This.


15 posted on 04/11/2014 7:25:18 PM PDT by steel_resolve (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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Before the “civil tights act”, scores were nearly identical.


16 posted on 04/11/2014 7:25:34 PM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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What does he want to do now?

Give the non-blacks frontal lobotomies?


17 posted on 04/11/2014 7:25:37 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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Having both a mother and father who don’t do drugs, are racist, etc. would certainly help.


18 posted on 04/11/2014 7:26:11 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: ilovesarah2012

Racist! /s


19 posted on 04/11/2014 7:26:38 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Texas Eagle

Bovine ex raiment, but thanks for the liberal crap “GWs fault”.
Government have been failing since the civil rights act.


20 posted on 04/11/2014 7:27:09 PM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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