Skip to comments.Bush Urges Effort to Close Black and White Studentsí Achievement Gap
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 nations commitment to equality would be to fix an educational system that has tolerated low standards for too long.
Theres 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. Bushs 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 Johnsons 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. Ive 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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The feds have no constitutional authority to interfere in education.
Whatchootalkinbout Dubya? You admitting No Child Left Behind is a monumental failure?
Let me guess. Now your pimping Common Core?
He still doesn’t get it.
The democRATS need a permanant and dependent underclass to stay in power. They do NOT want this.
Good Lord. Go paint your dog, GW.
Bush: Public Education Failure Bush's Fault
I’ve got a brilliant idea? Why not tell the black kids to study?
Has the unconstitutionality of anything ever stopped the feds recently?
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....
I'm sorry. You were saying.
and even earlier....dont share your DOPE with em!!
Enter Common Core.
You must destroy urban black culture.
Before the “civil tights act”, scores were nearly identical.
What does he want to do now?
Give the non-blacks frontal lobotomies?
Having both a mother and father who don’t do drugs, are racist, etc. would certainly help.
Bovine ex raiment, but thanks for the liberal crap “GWs fault”.
Government have been failing since the civil rights act.
Let’s be fair. George W. was probably the best democrat president of the last 100 years.
Came here for the BDS, left satisfied.
Ehhhhhhh.....what the eff?
You better lay off the painting for a while Dubya. The fumes are getting to you.
Ok, I’m stealing that. LOL.
They all don't get it. They accept the Left's premise and narrative so the NY Slimes won't say mean things about them.
Get the Feds completely out of education. Public education is an anachronism that's suited to the 1800s, not the 21st century where kids can easily learn at home online.
Limiting the better performing.
By bringing down whites probably
I would say at least since FDR's New Deal.
Political correctness forbids us from having the guts to have honest discussions about race.
In the area of education, we aren’t allowed to talk about how doing well is derided as “acting white” by many black students. We’re not allowed to talk about many of their parents do not value educational achievement. We’re not allowed to talk about how critical numbers of black children are being raised in less than ideal circumstances. We’re not allowed to talk about how many inner city schools are in disrepair because blacks themselves commit vandalism and theft against the properties.
We’re not allowed to talk about the fact that many big city school systems already spend more per capita than the national average, so that simply demanding more money or resources isn’t the answer. We’re not allowed to talk about how the lack of discipline, both at home and in school, inhibits the educational process with these students.
I would appreciate a good solid discussion of how to deal with the problems in inner city schools, and lack of achievement of black students as a group, but as noted, there are a number of areas which are simply taboo to discuss as part of any discussion.
Equalizing achievement between races (school children) can only work if the kids involved want to be educated and want to become productive members of society and/or have loving parents who guide them toward success. Why gang members aren't treated as domestic terrorists is a serious question. A few examples of that happening might just change the mindset of some kids who see thuggery as a viable lifestyle for the rest of their days. If not, then they need to be institutionalized because what they espouse doing to others is criminal and costing human lives and countless taxpayer dollars.
All men may be created equal. However, all cultures are not. Change their culture and you will change their achievement.
He is a retard.
Inner city kids and kids of all races in general that attend PUBLIC SKOOLS run by the COMMUNIST TEACHER UNIONS are the problem.
My thoughts exactly. Then again, the politicians want to have a ignorant population because that allows them to rule.
You mean the “Ambition Gap.”
You can lead a horse to water....
He’s still clueless.
W, How about asking why there are so many father-less homes in the black community? Why do so many not care for their very own children?
How about asking why parents don’t have a CHOICE when it comes to education? Both black and white parents prefer sending their children to a school of their choice.
How about asking why the federal government took over education?
Well look at it this way, at least he was only speaking of the black/white divide and not his beloved illegal criminal invaders from the south or his ‘Religion of peace’ muslim pals.........
we have been working throughout my entire business career since college, with eeoc and quotas and everything else, to GIVE GIVE GIVE minorities and women and now illegals equal this and equal that, and non of them still get it. you have to WORK for it! you can not GIVE it.
today no one looks for work, everyone is too busy looking for FREE stuff...whites, blacks, minorities, illegals and women!
me...hell i’ve finally given up on the human race...yea it’s all my fault...i am a white male!
Since blacks not raised in a culture of violence and welfare and “modern” scools do as well as whites in school we can forget the ugly eugenics pseudoscience. It IS a scandal and it is created by an education system that is hopelessly compromised by progressive psychological claptrap. Unless all the “experts” with their pseudoscientific degrees are removed from the system the conditions will continue to deteriorate for all groups and races.
Yesterday I was shopping at Walmart. There was a mother (I assume) with a baby boy who looked about two. There was the grandmother (again, I assume). The little boy was in the buggy and whining and the mother would smack him. I saw her do this several times and of course, he would cry more. I see a lot of black women treat their children terribly in public. If children receive no love from their mothers (and don’t have fathers), how do we expect them to grow up?
Now I am sure there are a lot of bad white parents as well, but it seems from my personal observation in life that black women are just mean to their children. I don’t know why that is.
Is there even one politician who realizes how fed up we are with this never ending barrage of racial whining, affirmative Action, racial references, wealth redistribution and stealth reparations?
Didn’t Dubya and the late Teddy (lion of the senate, arggghh) team up on huge spending increases for public edumacation?
So that was an utter failure then too ay? The LIEberals hated Bush but he was a bit like one in some ways—not all but case in point.
Bush is still a liberal.
Exactly. Most people will know when to use slang and informal vs. formal usage. Most urban youth only speak in some weird pluralized version of English.
this is why we need no more Bushies = they cannot be trusted to do what is right for America.
Why make this into a racial act?
This is due to Democrat’s 50 years of dumbing down the blacks so they are dependent upon the govt and have taken away the stigma of handouts instead of working.
We need to start taxing stupidity instead of subsidizing it with welfare checks and EBT cards.
Charge parents $10 for every test their child fails and $1000 for every failed course; let them help reimburse the school for wasting their time and money.
Like we’ve all heard, tax something if you want less of it and subsidize it if you want more.