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The Crushing Racism of Low Expectations
The Fiscal Times ^ | September 11, 2013 | Liz Peek

Posted on 09/11/2013 5:59:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Why won't America's public schools and teachers' unions raise the bar for African American students?

One of the lesser-broadcast features of the most recent jobs report is that unemployment for African-Americans actually ticked higher, to 13 percent, even as the rest of the country held even at 7.3 percent. Unemployment for Hispanics was 9.3 percent and for Asians 5.1 percent. Also worrisome, the number of African-American adults who held jobs actually declined last month, and fewer than 61 percent of blacks are working--the lowest participation rate since 1982.

While New York’s Mayor Bloomberg sees racism in the campaign of Bill deBlasio and Jay Z finds racism in the Trayvon Martin decision, I perceive racism in these jobs figures. Blacks are increasingly left behind, at least in part because their leaders do not demand better schools. The greatest source of “disparate impact” in this country, to borrow a phrase currently popular with the Justice Department, is that most black kids can’t read or write. Upward mobility for the African-American community, tenuous at best, is squashed the minute they enter kindergarten.

Too harsh? Not by half. Consider the results from the recent Common Core testing in New York, one of the first to measure how students meet the new nation-wide standards. Statewide, 31 percent of public school students in grades 3 through 8 were considered proficient in English; only 16 percent of blacks met that test, compared to 50 percent of Asians and 40 percent of whites – results which the state’s education department says reveals “the persistence of the achievement gap.”

Only 15 percent of black kids were deemed proficient in math, while 60 percent of Asians and 38 percent of whites made the cut. It begs saying that results across the board are appalling; but that less than one in five black kids can read or write with any fluency is truly criminal.

The shocking outcome of New York’s tests immediately sparked criticism – mostly directed at the test, as opposed to the teachers or schools that are presumably preparing our children. UFT head Michael Mulgrew actually blamed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose agenda early on included taking control of New York’s dysfunctional public schools, for the city’s dismal results. (It wasn’t clear whom he held responsible for the rest of the state’s miserable showing.) Mulgrew charged that New York teachers were not given enough time to prepare for the tests. But wasn’t that the complaint about No Child Left Behind – that too much time was spent “teaching to the test”?

Public school teachers and administrators are always quick to find another culprit when their students come up short. For poor black children, they blame the collapse of the African-American family, pervasive poverty, inadequate school funding – the list goes on and on. The only problem with this finger pointing is that some educators are able to break through those very real barriers.

Eva Moskowitz, head of the Success Academies in Harlem and the South Bronx, left every other public school in the dust in the recent testing. SuccessAcademyBronx 2, with an 85 percent poverty rate and not one white or Asian student in the test pool, outperformed every other city school; 97 percent of the kids achieved “proficiency” in math and 77 percent in English.

Early on, President Obama tackled our schools issue by appointing reformer Arne Duncan as Education Secretary, noting that the “inferior education” provided by predominantly black schools “helps explain the pervasive achievement gap.” Duncan started strong, launching his Race to the Top program, which demanded greater teacher accountability. Unfortunately, the minute President Obama needed a boost to his then-wobbly reelection campaign, he back-burnered Duncan’s reform efforts, appeasing the country’s huge teachers unions. In exchange, he won an important endorsement from the NEA, our country’s largest union, a full year ahead of schedule.

To their shame, the leaders of the African-American community tolerate the educational status quo. In New York City’s mayoral contest, candidate Bill Thompson – the only black in the race--has won backing from the UFT, one of the nation’s largest union locals.

Union leaders stated that Thompson would “address the needs of teachers,” according to The New York Times, including “reducing standardized testing and ending the city’s practice of closing low-performing schools.” Why would anyone want to preserve our worst schools? To keep teachers on the payroll; it’s all about the money.

Money talks and the teachers’ unions have plenty to throw around. In New York, the UFT has about $2.5 million in the kitty, as well as some 200,000 members to help turn out voters on Election Day. No wonder Thompson has vowed to “raise teacher pay” as soon as he’s elected.

It’s quite a turnaround from the last time he ran for mayor when he objected to a proposed 4 percent pay hikes for teachers, saying the city couldn’t afford the extra payout. Shame on Bill Thompson – he’s the candidate that should most strenuously confront the unions, not pander to them.

Until our African-American leaders target the terrible bigotry of allowing black children to grow up ignorant and often illiterate, their community will continue to suffer.

Perhaps Newark Mayor Cory Booker will provide some leadership. Mr. Booker, now running for the Senate, has supported the school reform efforts of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, including expanding the number of charter schools and demanding greater teacher accountability. He is something of a celebrity, and a maverick. If he becomes an outspoken champion of school reform, despite inevitable political fall-out, he could also become a model. Let us hope so.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: blacks; economy; education; unemployment

1 posted on 09/11/2013 5:59:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama’s doing the best he can.
2 posted on 09/11/2013 6:06:44 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
... most black kids can’t read or write

True, but that is the tip of the iceberg. All too many blacks cannot think coherently. Listen to adult black commentators on any serious social issue. Even discounting the linguistic aberrations, the fact is that all too often there is an absence of reality based premises and paucity of rational logic.

One reason elections have failed in their intended functioning in latter day America is that a large bloc of voters are devoid of rational thought. Their votes are information-free and thus, in signal detection analysis terms, noise rather than signal.

When a radio program has so much static that the voice is undetectable, it is time to change the station.

3 posted on 09/11/2013 6:07:47 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Perhaps the biggest racists against blacks in America are liberal blacks and their white counterparts (i.e. masters of the liberal education and welfare plantations).

These children deserve better and should get better, not be locked into an inferior education and lesser opportunities to succeed in a country that once praised “success”.

White “paternalism” is the worst form of racist today and a growing number of black parents are beginning to realize this.


4 posted on 09/11/2013 6:08:54 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When the Nazis occupied Poland in 1939 their long-range goal called for exterminating part of the population through starvation and enslaving the hardier specimens. Their plans called for creating a slave language with approximately 100 words in the entire vocabulary.
5 posted on 09/11/2013 6:17:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

They didn’t call it “Ebonics” did they?


6 posted on 09/11/2013 6:19:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
I saw a study not too long ago that claimed that virtually 80% of non-union jobs in the construction industry in NYC are going to workers who were not born in this country and are largely illegal.
Many of these jobs are good paying entry level jobs that are made to order for the huge pool of unemployed African Americans here in New York
Not a word is said about groups like the NAACP & CBC supporting illegal immigration, which means they support the same people stealing jobs from blacks.
7 posted on 09/11/2013 6:31:21 PM PDT by Larry381 ("Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
[They didn’t call it “Ebonics” did they?]

I don't know but you get the point. The policies of eugenics live on today in the form of street corner abortion clinics, ethnic ghettos, and the laissez-faire view of liberals toward drugs, crime and murder in the inner cities. Most 21st Century liberals don't know that the minimum wage was instituted to price blacks, Mexicans and immigrants out of the labor market. Black teenagers are the demographic with the highest unemployment rate. If employers were allowed to hire them for $4 an hour I believe many of them would work.

8 posted on 09/11/2013 6:43:33 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee


9 posted on 09/11/2013 6:55:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Even discounting the linguistic aberrations, the fact is that all too often there is an absence of reality based premises and paucity of rational logic.

That, to me, has been the most frightening thing about the reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. Of course, that hasn't been confined to blacks, but it does seem to be endemic in younger, public school-educated people.

Completely emotion-based, with no apparent understanding of facts, evidence, the rule of law, forensic rhetoric, any of the things we value in Western Civilization.

10 posted on 09/11/2013 6:55:12 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But the whole thing is not actually about race per se. It is about the elite retaining their exclusive hold on elite status.


11 posted on 09/11/2013 6:56:54 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Blacks are increasingly left behind, at least in part because their leaders do not demand better schools. The greatest source of “disparate impact” in this country, to borrow a phrase currently popular with the Justice Department, is that most black kids can’t read or write. Upward mobility for the African-American community, tenuous at best, is squashed the minute they enter kindergarten.

Black children are not left behind because black leaders don't demand better schools. They're left behind because black leaders don't demand that they have responsible PARENTS who will demand their kids stay in school and LEARN, rather than spend their time emulating the latest ghetto rap star or neighborhood drug dealer. Until black culture begins to take education seriously, and quit acting like it's a 'white thing', their kids will always be on the losing side when it comes to jobs.

12 posted on 09/11/2013 7:13:03 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: hinckley buzzard

The fundamental problem we have is that the only qualification required to vote is ability to fog a mirror.

The country did not start out this way. When you don’t have any skin in the game, in fact when people often have negative skin in the game, it won’t end well over time.


13 posted on 09/11/2013 7:16:01 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The need more marriages, more dads, and less regulation. Black America is simply another failed government program.

The KKK couldn’t have harmed blacks worse and at least blacks would have fought back. LBJ, the Democrats and their capon media lured them out of the GOP.


14 posted on 09/11/2013 7:21:32 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...is that most black kids can’t read or write.”

It’s especially disgusting, that less than a few centuries ago, many black people risked being beaten while trying to learn how to read, and some “do-gooder” crackas risked even worse by teaching them.

I guess “Black History Month” isn’t getting results these days, either.


15 posted on 09/11/2013 7:22:18 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody remember Marva Collins?


16 posted on 09/11/2013 7:34:37 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Trailerpark Badass
...the most frightening thing about the reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. Of course, that hasn't been confined to blacks, but it does seem to be endemic in younger, public school-educated people. Completely emotion-based, with no apparent understanding of facts, evidence, the rule of law, forensic rhetoric, any of the things we value in Western Civilization.

That whole thing about eating skittles being an 'innocent' act that excused the reality of Trayvon attempting to beat a man to death was beyond weird... and they all mouthed it as thought it made sense.

17 posted on 09/11/2013 7:56:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great quotes and graphics. Thanks.


18 posted on 09/11/2013 8:03:49 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: GOPJ
That whole thing about eating skittles being an 'innocent' act that excused the reality of Trayvon attempting to beat a man to death was beyond weird... and they all mouthed it as thought it made sense.

And the whole "hoodie" thing was remarkably ironic, especially because young thugs DO use hoodies to obscure their face when committing crimes.

I'm pretty sure the term "hoodie" was popularized first in Britain, where young criminals used them tied tightly around their faces to hide from surveillance cameras. In the mid-2000's there was a great deal of public outcry in Britain about hoodie-wearing thugs, a large number of them white, to the point that shops began barring young people wearing them.

I've been in several banks that have signs telling you to remove your cap or your hood.

So this notion that hoodies are just some innocent style choice is utter crap.

I suppose some people think they're entitled to their own reality.

19 posted on 09/11/2013 8:17:01 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
What Himmler said of the Poles as slave labor was ''It is only necessary that they can count to one hundred and sign their own name''.
20 posted on 09/11/2013 9:35:47 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Margaret Sanger was truly EVIL....EVIL INCARNATE!


21 posted on 09/12/2013 2:08:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Badass, you’re comments tell me you can see truth hidden under tons of cultural lies. I’m going to link you to a piece you’ll love - an article that shores up your ability to see reality. The catch is you have to read it all the way to the end... you’ll see why when you read it.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3065831/posts


22 posted on 09/12/2013 7:53:27 AM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Oh, and you’re right about the ‘hoodie’ thing too... used by modern day criminals much as masks were used by bandits in the old west...


23 posted on 09/12/2013 7:56:47 AM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Demanding standards of behavior and classroom performance of black children would be RAAACISST!


24 posted on 09/12/2013 11:56:39 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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