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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Are we allowed to point this out now?

Seems like common sense has for some unknown reason trumped PC if one is to go by the recent discoveries pointed out in this NYT article, emphasis mine:

An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another. But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known. Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys. Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do just as well as African-American boys who do not live in poverty, measured by whether they qualify for subsidized school lunches.

This revelation is now considered jaw-dropping. Not to me. I have been saying forever that the biggest problem with our education system is the fact that we talk allot about how important an education is, but then do everything to the system that is contrary to supporting that belief, leaving so many kids & parents with the misguided notion that in the big scheme of things education doesn’t matter at all. Rewarding people for self esteem reasons instead of hard work, dumbing down the system constantly to avoid the fact that our public education system has gone out of control, pretending that more money is the answer instead of actually fixing anything, all while actually having so many that feel being dumb & knowing nothing makes them cool, is the problem. And no where is that more apparent than the demographic that this study dealt with.

Until people actually believe that the key to a great future is to get the best possible education, and that despite the fact we are not all going to do the same hard work is the reward in and of itself, and parents hold their kids feet to the fire, no amount of money flushed down the toilet in a meaningless attempt to correct the problems are going to make a difference. Once parents take their kids educations seriously, the teachers unions’ dominance of the education system will evaporate as well. It simply will not be tollerated unless it performs, and we all know the system reards the ones least likely to perform as it exists today.

Posted by AlexinCT on 11/10/10 at 05:45 AM in • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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