Posted on | October 15, 2012 | 50 Comments
Florida School System Gives Up on Black Children
Are black children really that hard to educate? Or are people who are supposed to be professionals, you know – experts at teaching, declaring that there’s an actual limit to black intelligence?
Are black children really too stupid to learn?
A nephew of mine believed he wasn’t as bright as Asians, and he was only in 2nd grade at the time. Who’s at fault for demotivating him from learning? If all black children hear is how stupid they are – why would they feel inclined to pay attention in school?
My mother pulled my brother out of a school system that declared him not-too-bright. She recognized B.S. and sent him somewhere else.
In high school, I was questioned as to who was writing my essays. Meanwhile, I was writing essays for my brother while he attended college. And he was studying to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering, which is almost entirely nothing but complex mathematics.
Here’s the article source link: Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals
A few excerpts from the news article:
The Florida state Board of Education passed a controversial plan to set reading and math goals based upon race.
On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.
JFK Middle has a black student population of about 88 percent.
… Florida Department of Education said the goals recognize that not every group is starting from the same point and are meant to be ambitious but realistic.
Robinson called the state board’s actions essentially “proclaiming racism” and said she wants Palm Beach County to continue to educate every child with the same expectations, regardless of race.
We all – especially mothers and fathers – should have the right to any and all learning alternatives. And these children should not be hostages to any group. The only pertinent issue is that they get an education which allows them to be self-sufficient and productive citizens.
This reminds me of the voter registration issue, where we are singled out as the only people too stupid to follow directions.
Frustrating, to say the least.
November 4, 2012
There is no federal mandate for gifted education. But if we recognize the importance of special programs for students whose atypical brains encode less-accepted differences, we should extrapolate to create programs for those whose atypical brains encode remarkable abilities.
Once again, it falls to parents to advocate for their children’s needs, often in the face of a hostile or indifferent educational system.
Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, himself a conductor and a former wunderkind, remarked dryly, “If Beethoven were sent to nursery school today, they would medicate him, and he would be a postal clerk.”