Black Education Disaster

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Harvard University Professor Stephan Thernstrom’s recent essay, “Minorities in College—-Good News, But…,” in Minding the Campus (11/4/10), a website sponsored by the New York-based Manhattan Institute, commented on the results of the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress test: The scores “mean that black students aged 17 do not read with any greater facility than whites who are four years younger and still in junior high. … Exactly the same glaring gaps appear in NAEP’s tests of basic mathematics skills.”

Thernstrom asks, “If we put a randomly-selected group of 100 eighth-graders and another of 100 twelfth-graders in a typical college, would we expect the first group to perform as well as the second?” In other words, is it reasonable to expect a college freshman of any race with the equivalent of an eighth-grade education to compete successfully with those having a twelfth-grade education?

SAT scores confirm the poor education received by blacks. In 2009, average SAT reading test scores were: whites (528), Asians (516) and blacks (429). In math it was whites (536), Asians (587) and blacks (426). Twelve years of fraudulent primary and secondary education received by most blacks are not erased by four or five years of college.

This is evidenced by examination scores taken for admission to graduate schools. In 2007, Graduate Record Examination verbal scores were: whites (493), Asians (485) and blacks (395). The math portion scores were: whites (562), Asians (617) and blacks (419). Scores on the LSAT in 2006, for admission to law school, were: whites (152), Asians (152) and blacks (142). In 2010, MCAT scores for admission to medical schools were: whites (26), Asians (26) and blacks (21).

What’s some of the response of the black community to efforts to do something about fraudulent primary and secondary education? Voters in Washington, D.C., might provide a partial answer. Mayor Adrian Fenty appointed and backed Michelle Rhee as chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.

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  • jgreene

    The Elephant in the room is the disadvantage of Black median IQ of 85 being 2 Mean Deviation IQ 115 of that necessary to graduate from a real College Curriculum.

    A majority of high school graduates (black/white) should not be spending four years in college to get a Cerification of essentially Attendance for 4 years.

  • Jim

    The principal from the Patterson N.J. High School that he reformed came to town .
    Every liberal in town angrily jumped all over him. I stated to a colored women " It seems every time some one tries to do the right thing a crowd of haters attack him"

    She strongly agreed.

    Maybe the haters are realy Klans men in disguise?

  • greasywrench

    Hence the need for school vouchers in the poorest districts. And of course the teachers organizations and unions are against vouchers. This may sound like a terrible criteria for voting yea or no on an issue but if the teacher's unions or LAUSD is FOR something, I usually go against it. I never go wrong.

    And a median IQ of 85 is something we DON'T discuss in an open room or society. It's not PC. And, as many of the black college classmates I shared time with used to parrot "those IQ tests are culurally biased" anyway. All of them except the math tests, which according to the article, the black students scored poorest of all.

    And of course the answer is (once again) to throw more money at the problem. Aren't we spending more money per student here in the USA than any advanced and industrialized country in the world now? And for the poorest results? Once again the far-left epitomize the ultimate definiton of stupid – to repeat the same mistakes over and over again and expect a different result.

  • Randy

    I'd abolish public education entirely. I have two solutions:
    Solution One: Each parent receives a check funded by taxpayer dollars redemable at the school of the parent's choice.
    Solution Two: Total privatization of education. All education expenses are tax deductable (meaning all money spent on education is not considered taxable income). It's just like the deduction for interest payed on a home mortgage or student loan debt.
    I personally like the second solution better, as people with no children are not forced to pay for an educational system that they do not use (this includes retirees living on fixed incomes!). However, the first solution may be more politically viable.