Skip to comments.Progressive Cities and Black Education
Posted on 03/25/2020 7:08:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
A recent report by Chris Stewart has shed new light on some of the educational problems faced by black youth. The report is titled "The Secret Shame: How America's Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All." Stewart is a self-described liberal and CEO of Brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists who want to hold progressive political leaders accountable.
The report asks, "So how do we explain outstandingly poor educational results for minority children in San Francisco -- which also happens to be one of the wealthiest cities in the country?" "The Secret Shame" reports that progressive cities, on average, have black/white achievement gaps in math and reading that are 15 and 13 percentage points higher than in conservative cities. For example, in San Francisco, 70% of white students are proficient in math; for black students it's 12% -- a 58-point gap. In Washington, D.C., 83% of white students scored proficient in reading compared to 23% of black students -- a 60-point gap.
Yet, three of the 12 conservative cities researchers looked at -- Virginia Beach, Anaheim and Fort Worth -- have effectively closed or even erased the gap in at least one of the academic categories studied, achieving a gap of zero or one. "The politically conservative Oklahoma City has even turned the tables on our typical thinking about race-based gaps," says Stewart. Black students in Oklahoma City even have higher high school graduation rates than white students.
Had the "Secret Shame" study analyzed other cities, it would have found that educational outcomes for most black youngsters is a national disgrace. As of 2016, in Philadelphia, only 19% of eighth-graders scored proficient in math, and 16% were proficient in reading. In Detroit, only 4% of its eighth-graders scored proficient in math, and 7% were proficient in reading. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state's math exam. In six other high schools, only 1% tested proficient in math. Only 15% of Baltimore students passed the state's English test.
National Assessment of Education Progress tests (also called the Nation's Report Card) give further testament to the tragedy. In Philadelphia, 47% of its students scored below basic in math and 42% scored below basic in reading. In Baltimore, it was, respectively, 59% and 49%. In Detroit, 73% scored below basic in math and 56% in reading. Below basic means that a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at his or her grade level.
Then there's gross fraud practiced by the education establishment. High school graduation rates for black students range from a high of 84% in Texas to a low of 57% in Nevada and Oregon. However, according to ACT data, the percentage of black students judged to be college-ready in English, math, reading and science ranges from 17% in Massachusetts to only 3% in Mississippi. One concrete example of this fraud is the fact that Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School has a graduation rate of 70% while not a single student tested proficient in mathematics and only 3% did so in reading.
"The Secret Shame" report didn't say why the black/white achievement gap was smaller in conservative cities compared to their progressive counterparts. But permit me to make a suggestion. An Education Week article reported that in the 2015-16 school year, "5.8% of the nation's 3.8 million teachers were physically attacked by a student." The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that in the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. A National Center for Education Statistics study found that 18% of the nation's schools accounted for 75% of the reported incidents of violence, and 6.6% accounted for half of all reported incidents. These are schools with predominantly black student populations. My guess is that part of the reasons black academic achievement is greater in conservative cities is that schools are less tolerant of crime whereas schools in progressive cities make excuses.
The education system in the US has a respect gap. It isnt racist. When students and parents enforce respect of all others everyone wins.
Not a bad guess at the end.
I would go further, when the community as a whole is more likely to accept an ideology that race, the color of your skin, is vital to who you are, who you should be and indeed who you can be which despite claims to the contrary is almost entirely owned by the Left and not conservatives they have poisoned to waters well beyond just making excuses for bad behavior to things like peddling a form of hopelessness.
Of course the Left doesnt maintain just the plantation but has a camp for every group that they demand you conform to or else be considered a sellout or bad person ... but thats for another day.
In our inner city school district, the uniformly young liberal white women teachers are “The Man” to the black kids.
World-view is taught by Mom. (Dad left, as instructed by welfare policy.)
Add to that so called colleges of education (and I will call out University of Minnesota College of Education) take the position that inner city kids are to be written off, little more than warehoused. Anyone who disagrees is a heretic.
There are “People (cultures) of the Book” (an Islamic term) with a broader meaning. I once read that Israel publishes more books than the entire Islamic world. There are cultures in which reading is a main source of enjoyment. There are other cultures in which noise is.
Excellent article. The suggested way to teach here is EXACTLY opposite to the teaching methods demanded of teachers in NYC—pass everyone, ignore black student misbehaviors so that they can basically do as they please with no consequences. Thus, they “graduate” and can’t even read what it says on their diplomas!
I hope Williams is consulting DeVois.
WADR, I don’t see any black children in the accompanying photo.
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"And in the Greater New Orleans area, nearly 40 percent of the population aged 16 and older have a literacy rate below that of a 5th-grader, according to The Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy.
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