Skip to comments.Teacher: African-Americans Most Poorly Behaved Students
Posted on 10/22/2002 9:45:22 PM PDT by maxcygregg
LOS ANGELES -- A high school science teacher in Pasadena is on paid administrative leave for claiming in a letter to teachers that African-American students are the most poorly behaved at the school.
Scott Phelps has taught at John Muir High School for 12 years. He was put on leave Monday by the Pasadena Unified School District for what board member Ed Honowitz calls a "disturbing" letter placed in teachers' mailboxes on Friday.
Phelps denies he is racist, saying he was trying to make a point that standardized test scores will go down next year at Muir because ninth- and 11th-grade classes are primarily low socio-economic African-Americans lacking academic focus.
"If you look at their scores and track them over the years you will see that they're horrible,' Phelps said. "I'm not singling out a group. I'm not saying that low test scores are caused by low socio-economic students, I'm saying that low scores and low socio-economic students are directly related."
"There are cultural behaviors... but once you talk about it racist," said Phelps.
District spokesman Erik Nasarenko would only say there was an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
"People found the material within the email to be offensive. That is what is under investigation right now," said Nasarenko.
If misconduct is found, Phelps could be terminated.
Phelps wrote that "overwhelmingly, the students whose behavior makes the hallways deafening, who yell out for the teacher and demand immediate attention in class, who cannot seem to stop chatting and are fascinated by each other and relationships but not with academics ... are African-American."
"You can't classify whole groups of kids based on stereotypes," Horowitz said. "In addition, we need to do a good job educating every kid in this district no matter what background they come from."
The Muir student body is about 47 percent African-American and 42 percent Hispanic.
You wanna eata bannana?
The Florida numbers are:
Just like it works for white people (mirabile dictu!).
What makes you think for one short second the neo-Stalinist chairing the Pasadena Unified School District school board will 'squirm' in the least?
They will fire the teacher publicly and with great theatrical indignation as a warning to anyone else so inclined to similar 'thought crime'.
Then they will fire anyone else who even looks at them funny as a result of the first termination.
Any show of public support for Phelps will be dismissed as 'hate speech'. Any public review of Phelps' dismissal will be labeled 'racist'.
Dang. And here I thought Athens was in Texas.
C-c-c-can't we all j-j-j-just get along?
I'm afraid that is not possible, for, you see, all the rhythm has been bred out of my people.
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