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Walter E. Williams: Inferior Education of Black Americans
CNSNews.com ^ | February 05, 2003 | Walter E. Williams

Posted on 02/05/2003 6:02:34 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen

Last week's column discussed some of the controversy surrounding the University of Michigan's admissions practices, where blacks and Hispanics are given points based solely on race, and where whites are turned away to admit blacks and Hispanics with much lower academic qualifications.

A few weeks before that, my column discussed the deplorable conditions in Washington, D.C.'s high schools. At 12 of its 19 high schools, more than 50 percent of the students test below basic in reading, and at some of those schools the percentages approached 80 percent. At 15 of these schools, over 50 percent tests below basic in math. And in 12 of them, 70 percent to 99 percent do so. Each year, more than 80 percent-and up to 96 percent-of high school students are fraudulently promoted to the next grade.

Washington's predominantly black high schools are not alone in delivering fraudulent education. In Philadelphia's predominantly black high schools, combined SAT scores of its seniors average between 590 to 800 out of a possible 1600. I suspect that there's little difference between these education outcomes and those in other predominantly black school districts. Indeed, nationally there's over a 200 SAT score gap between blacks and Hispanics on the one hand, and whites and Asians on the other.

For the life of me, setting vested interests aside, I cannot fathom the current outrage among many in the black community over the University of Michigan affirmative action case and the deafening silence about the day-to-day sabotage of black academic excellence by the public schools that most black students attend.

With the deplorable academic outcomes at the high school level, how can anybody reasonably expect for black students to ever be admitted to college on academic merit? The problem is seen in even starker relief looking at what happens when blacks are admitted to college. Only 20 percent complete college in four years, compared to 40 percent for whites and 50 percent for Asians (which is nothing to write home about).

Calls for racial preferences in law schools, medical schools and graduate education in general highlight something else: namely, that the effects of 12 years of fraudulent education cannot be wiped away by four years or so of college.

According to a report by Abigail Thernstrom, "The Racial Gap in Academic Achievement," black students in 12th grade dealt with scientific problems at the level of whites in the sixth grade; they wrote about as well as whites in the eighth grade. The average black high school senior had math skills on a par with a typical white student in the middle of ninth grade. The average 17-year-old black student could only read as well as the typical white child who had not yet reached age 13.

Is inferior black education preordained? Check out Frederick Douglass Academy, a predominately black school, in Harlem, N.Y. It dispels a couple of myths about public schools: the "not enough money" and the "black kids can't compete" myth.

Ninety-eight percent of Frederick Douglass students graduate with a Regent's diploma, and 95 percent go on to college. Newsweek's magazine survey listed Frederick Douglass Academy as one of the top public schools in the country, based on the number of advanced placement courses it offers and the students' grades on the AP tests.

What's the philosophy that gets that job done? School principal Gregory Hodge says: "You have to demand more of your students, while providing them with the structure to meet those demands. The more difficult the curriculum, the greater the likelihood your students will be successful." So what else is new? Blacks have a long record of excellence precisely in those areas where the competition is the most ruthless and unforgiving: sports and entertainment.

(Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.)


Creators Syndicate, Inc.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: educationnews; nwo; walterwilliamslist
Here are links to various education threads (also containing numerous helpful links)

FReegards

Time for public schools to throw in the towel?
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: January 27, 2003; Author: Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Can more money make schools better?
Source: TownHall.com; Published: January 21, 2003; Author: Phyllis Schlafly

Are public schools constitutional?
Source: NewsWithViews; Published: JANUARY 20, 2003; Auythor: Lynn M. Stuter

The intellectual rape of Oakland's schools
Source: TownHall.com; Published: January 17, 2003; Author: David Horowitz

Hip-hop hogwash in the schools (Michelle Malkin)
Source: TownHall.com; Published: January 15, 2003; Author: Michelle Malkin

Dumbed Down and Dumber Still
Source: The American Prowler; Published: January 15, 2003; Author: By George Neumayr

Washington's education establishment
Source: TownHall.com; Published: January 8, 2003; Author:Walter Williams

NEA Hastens Death of American Education
Source: INSIGHT magazine; Published: January 6, 2003; Author: Ralph de Toledano

White Teachers Fleeing Black Schools
Source: Newsmax; Published:January 1, 2003; Author: Chad Roedemeier

Fiddling whilst Rome burns
Source: TownHall.com; Published: December 26, 2002; Author: Walter Williams

Government School Monopolies Leave Children Behind
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; Published: December 4, 2002; Author: Clint Green

The silence of the lambs: McMillan blasts bureaucrats for destroying public education
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: August 15, 2002; Author: Craige McMillan

Taking Charge: Let's Stop Aiding and Abetting Academicians' Folly
Source: HOME EDUCATION magazine; Published: July-August 2002; Author: Larry and Susan Kaseman

’Open Directory’ --Society/Issues/Education/Education_Reform

Deconstructing Public Education
Source: www.newsmax.com; Published: July 26, 2002; Author: Diane Alden

Specious Science In Our Schools
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: July 9, 2002; Author: Alan Caruba

SYMPOSIUM Q: Is the National Education Association Being Fair to Its Religious Objectors?
Source: INSIGHT magazine; Published: June 10, 2002; Authors NO: Stefan Gleason ////\\\\ YES: Bob Chase

Public Sector Subverting Productive Industry
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: May 16, 2002; Author: Henry Pelifian

History of America's Education Part 2: Noah Webster and Early America
Source: Sierra Times; Published: March 27, 2002; Author: April Shenandoah

How Communist is Public Education?
Source: sierratimes.com; Published:March 22, 2002; Author: Chuck Morse

History of America's Education Part 1: Johnny is in trouble
Source: Sierra Times; Published: March 20, 2002; Author: April Shenandoah

Audit rips Georgia schools' curriculum
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Published: March 11, 2002; Author:JAMES SALZER

Why schools fail: Samuel Blumenfeld warns Bush's education legislation is ineffective
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: March 2, 2002; Author: Samuel Blumenfeld

Public School Isn't Like I Remember It
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: February 28, 2002; Author: Phyllis Schlafly

What Is Lacking In Our Educational System
Source: Too Good Reports; Published: February 28, 2002; Author: Ben Cerruti

The charade of education reform
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: February 2, 2002; Author: Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

American public schools: Working just as designed
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: January 21, 2002; Author: Vox Day

High Schools Fail Thanks To Grade Inflation And Social Promotion
Source: Toogood Reports; Published: December 5, 2001; Author: Vin Suprynowicz

WHY AMERICANS CAN’T READ
Source: Accuracy in Media; Published: December 4, 2001; Author: Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid

The Failing Teacher and the Teachers' Code of Silence
Source: CNSNews.com; Published: December 3, 2001; Author: Glenn Sacks

Time for outrage! Linda Bowles reports latest results in America's public schools
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: November 27, 2001; Author: Linda Bowles

Illiterate in Boston: Samuel Blumenfeld explains U.S.'s ongoing reading problem
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: July 20, 2001; Author: Samuel Blumenfeld

NEA - Let our children go!
Source: WorldNet Daily; Published: June 23. 2001; Author: Linda Harvey

COOKING THE BOOKS AT EDUCATION
Source: Accuracy In Media; Published: June 5, 2001; Author: Cliff Kincaid

Why Do Schools Play Games With Students' Minds ?
Source: The Detroit News; Published: April 1, 2001; Author: Thomas Sowell

The Public School Nightmare: Why fix a system designed to destroy individual thought?
Source: http://home.talkcity.com/LibraryDr/patt/homeschl.htm; Author: John Taylor Gatto

Dumbing down teachers
Source: USNews.com; Published: February 21, 2001; Author: John Leo

Free Republic links to education related articles (thread#8)
Source: Free Republic; Published: 3-20-2001; Author: Various

Are children deliberately 'dumbed down' in school? {YES!!!}
Source: World Net Daily; Published: May 13, 2001; Author: Geoff Metcalf {Interview}

Could they really have done it on purpose?
Source: THE LIBERTARIAN; Published: 07/28/2000; Author: Vin Suprynowicz

New Book Explores America's Education Catastrophe
Source: Christian Citizen USA; Published: April 2000; Author: William H. Wild

Deliberately dumbing us down (Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt's, "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America"
Source: WorldNetDaily.com; Published: December 2,1999; Author: Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Deconstructing the Western Mind: Gramscian-Marxist Subversion of Faith and Education
Source: www.petersnet; Published: Winter 1997; Author: Frank Morriss

Littleton Crisis to Government Control

The UN Plan for Your Mental Health

Lexington Institute

NonPartisan Action For a Better Redding

Quality of Education Commentary, Opinion, and Book Reviews


1 posted on 02/05/2003 6:02:34 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
bump for later
2 posted on 02/05/2003 6:05:52 AM PST by umgud
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To: Stand Watch Listen
I didn't see the link to the story about the white teacher who tried for 1 year to teach in a black school. It wasn't a high school but I think the title was "My year in Hell" or something like that.
3 posted on 02/05/2003 6:07:19 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Thanks for the post.
4 posted on 02/05/2003 6:07:40 AM PST by Pukka Puck
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To: Stand Watch Listen
I really love Dr. W. Having said that, I wish he hadn't ended this article with that last sentence. It seems a missed opportunity to instead ask the reader if Hodges' philosophy of education can be found anywhere in government schools today.
5 posted on 02/05/2003 6:09:04 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Stand Watch Listen; *Education News; sauropod; *"NWO"
SWL, Below is an email I sent Walter concerning this story. THANKS for the post. Peace and love, George.



the "black kids can't compete" myth..... Or, "'Inner city' children can't learn"

What's the philosophy that gets that job done? School principal Gregory Hodge says: "You have to demand more of your students, while providing them with the structure to meet those demands. The more difficult the curriculum, the greater the likelihood your students will be successful.



Walter,
First, THANK YOU!! For writing about the abysmal thing called public education of today. It is stone cold EVIL!!

In Baltimore in the early 1990s, the Calvert Curriculum was used in two elementary schools {First the Barclay Elementary under Trudy Williams, and later, the Carter G. Woodson elementary} where the curriculum was used in a public school setting with "qualified" teachers. The children in both schools exceeded excellence. The Children at the Woodson school posted scores 39 POINTS above "the NATIONAL average" on a California Standardizes test. This in a system that finished close/if not to bottom of the national average. This in schools whose children were well over 90% black and "disadvantaged" {They recieved state subsidised breakfast and lunch which was the criteria for being "disadvantaged".}.

After these scores were posted, Nancy Grasmick's {Maryland's education C-zar} M.S.P.A.P. {Maryland State Performance Assessment Program} was administered. The SAME children finished close to the bottom of Maryland and even Baltimore public school scores.

IMHO, this don't make no sense A'-tall!! Unless, the "purpose" of M.S.P.A.P. was in SHOWING that these particular children were "disadvantaged". The deliberate ignoring of this by any media {With RARE exception} was phenominal! The deliberate ignoring of this by the N.A.A.C.P was even more astonishing. I got on talk radio, {BOTH "white" and "Black" stations}, and pointed this out time after time after time.... I caled then Congressman Mfume, and my own Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, numerous state and local lawmakers and N.A.A.C.P. Headquarters here in Baltimore to no avail. NO ONE who had the contacts would bring it up in conversation to the powers that be.IT IS DEPRESSING!!! Again, THANKS!!!

It is my fear that the "standardized" tests being engineered by the feds will be much like the M.S.P.A.P. considering that federal funding was used to implement the farce. The "the "black kids can't compete" myth..... And/Or, "'Inner city' children can't learn" statements are not merely myths, but stone cold LIES!!! And those that should DON'T CARE.

By the way, the Calvert Curriculum uses many books that are "out of copyright". ANYBODY can print them. EVEN the "state". Too inexpensive????? Peace and love, George.




M.S.P.A.P.:
A test for the most part made up of questions without answers. Subjective questions that could be answered wrong {"There is no wrong answer." according to educrats}, or graded wrong. Even depending I guess on whether the grader "got any last night". I understand it IS being phased out after so many children have been harmed.

Calvert Curriculum;
An over one hundred year home school curriculum used by parents overseas to teach their children. Parents from soldiers to diplomats used the curriculum and their children routinely excelled academically. Based in Baltimore.


6 posted on 02/05/2003 6:09:36 AM PST by George Frm Br00klyn Park (FREEDOM!!!!!!!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Walter Williams is the damn man!
7 posted on 02/05/2003 6:10:32 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Awesome list...thanks for the links.
8 posted on 02/05/2003 6:10:55 AM PST by harpu
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Great job--both you and Professor Williams.
9 posted on 02/05/2003 6:14:49 AM PST by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to)
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To: biblewonk
I didn't see the link to the story about the white teacher who tried for 1 year to teach in a black school. It wasn't a high school but I think the title was "My year in Hell" or something like that.

My Classroom From Hell


10 posted on 02/05/2003 6:15:45 AM PST by newgeezer (fundamentalist, regarding the Constitution AND the Bible)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
The article is a good one, but it focuses on the plight of inner-city majority-black schools. Those students definitely have a great need, but they aren't the only ones.

We recently had to (temporarily, I hope) abandon our homeschool, and looked into our options. Our local public elementary, located in an upper-middle-class, predominantly white, suburban neighborhood, failed the state's proficiency exam horribly. By that I mean that more than 50% failed in every single category that was tested. In some instances, the failure rate was 70%. Many of our friends send their children there, and had no idea. My wife had to wrangle the information out of the school board.

So, we opted for a private school, which, to be honest, does offer some things which we could not in our homeschool, but man-oh-man it's a hit to the pocketbook.

11 posted on 02/05/2003 6:17:14 AM PST by TontoKowalski
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To: umgud; biblewonk; Pukka Puck; anniegetyourgun; George Frm Br00klyn Park; Thane_Banquo; harpu; ...
FYI....most recent education post...
Union Fraud Underscores Need for School Vouchers
Source: CNSNEWS.com; Published: February 05, 2003; Author: Linda Chavez


12 posted on 02/05/2003 6:24:51 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: newgeezer
Thanks for the link...appreciate it. I've added the that thread to my 'education' links.

13 posted on 02/05/2003 6:38:19 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Senator Sheets if very happy with the outcome of the black public education system as is his brothers in the Klan. Time to push VOUCHERS!!! Walther Williams Rox!

Pray for GW and the Troops

14 posted on 02/05/2003 6:44:16 AM PST by bray
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To: TontoKowalski
Too bad you're locked into financing the failed public school system.
15 posted on 02/05/2003 7:01:12 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: TontoKowalski
but man-oh-man it's a hit to the pocketbook.

Double paying is quite a burden. Abolishing government schools is the only answer.

16 posted on 02/05/2003 7:11:13 AM PST by Protagoras
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To: Stand Watch Listen
BUMP!
17 posted on 02/05/2003 7:19:18 AM PST by happygrl
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To: umgud
Dr. Walter Williams is an honest voice in a dishonest profession (education). He follows the truth where it leads. He is not merely a highly educated voice for blacks in education, he is a highly educated voice for all Americans on the future of this nation.

I never miss his byline. I recommend that all FReepers do the same.

Congressman Billybob

Click for latest column for UPI, "Those in Peril on the Sea" (Not yet on UPI wire, or FR.)

As the politician formerly known as Al Gore has said, Buy my book, "to Restore Trust in America"

18 posted on 02/05/2003 7:30:25 AM PST by Congressman Billybob
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To: TontoKowalski
Tonto, welcome to the club!

But be warned, the Education Establishment has also penetrated private schools, which have weakened their curricula and been dumbed down, too. It's just not as flagrant as in the public schools.

Stay involved. The many teachers of integrity in private schools come under severe attack from the Loony Leftists and need your support.

It is still common here in New England to meet old-timers with Grammar School public educations who are accurately informed, well read, and well spoken. Their grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren, thanks to the left-wing assault on the public school system, are as the beasts of the field.

They make wonderful Democrats, which I suspect may have been the idea.

19 posted on 02/05/2003 8:39:43 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: *Walter Williams list
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
20 posted on 02/05/2003 8:41:21 AM PST by Free the USA (Stooge for the Rich)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
I think the greatest barrier to black's education ought to be removed at home: parents raising their children to remove the social stigma that academic excellence is "acting white" and that any effort toward excellence is doomed anyway ["the white man is going to keep us down"]. It is a self-defeatist attitude.
21 posted on 02/05/2003 9:47:32 AM PST by TexasRepublic
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To: George Frm Br00klyn Park
Wasn't the Calvert curriculum removed from the schools by a black superintendent who made the stupid, stupid statement, "You can't give poor kids a rich man's curriculum"?
22 posted on 02/05/2003 11:11:04 AM PST by ladylib
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To: ladylib
"You can't give poor kids a rich man's curriculum"

LL, YES this statement was made. I forget by which foolish person, but as Walter writes, if you challenge the students, and give them a good curriculum to work with, the result is routinely good. One Radio talk show host noted, "We put more and more money into education every year, and nothing changes." I responded with, "Yes it does!!! It gets WORSE!!" What passes for education today is EVIL!! And after MUCH study, I can see NO WAY that this evil could be anything but DELIBERATE!! Keep searching. Peace and love, George.

23 posted on 02/05/2003 11:46:10 AM PST by George Frm Br00klyn Park (FREEDOM!!!!!!!)
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To: MAKnight; Patriot61; Remedy
ping
24 posted on 02/05/2003 9:59:42 PM PST by Coleus (RU 486 Kills Babies)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
http://www.manhattan-institute.org/

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/cr_24_table_5.htm

http://www.miedresearchoffice.org/

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Education/index.cfm

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/618766/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a392ee9234fa9.htm

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3b320af9574e.htm

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3b22e9791ece.htm

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a380b3df1292f.htm

http://www.nje3.org/

http://pages.zdnet.com/sartre/RULES/id21.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/672013/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/833871/posts

http://www.proenglish.org/issues/offeng/index.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/617122/posts

http://www.educationnews.org/Quit%20Paying%20Schools%20to%20Push%20Healthy%20Kids%20Into%20Special%20Education.htm

http://www.friedmanfoundation.org/

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200205\CUL20020507b.html

http://thenewamerican.com/focus/education/

http://thenewamerican.com/tna/1994/vo10no16.htm

http://getusout.org/education/index.htm

http://getusout.org/un/articles/cedaw.htm

http://getusout.org/un/articles/un_child.htm

http://getusout.org/un/articles/unesco.htm
25 posted on 02/05/2003 10:19:42 PM PST by Coleus (RU 486 Kills Babies)
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To: Coleus
Thanks for the additional links...appreciate it.

26 posted on 02/06/2003 6:32:35 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Sure, my pleasure, might as well make it a resource page. I'm sure many will bookmark it.
27 posted on 02/06/2003 8:37:26 AM PST by Coleus (RU 486 Kills Babies)
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To: Thane_Banquo; Stand Watch Listen
<< Walter Williams is the damn man! >>

Amen.

One of my Absolute Favorite Americans.

What a Man!

What and American!
28 posted on 03/25/2003 4:54:40 AM PST by Brian Allen (I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny ....)
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