Black Education Disaster

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She fired large numbers of ineffective teachers, most of whom were black, and fought the teachers’ union. During her tenure, there were small gains made in student test scores.

How did all of this go over with Washington voters? Washington’s teachers’ union, as well as D.C.’s public-employee unions, spent massive amounts of money campaigning against Fenty. Voters unseated him in the November elections and with him went Chancellor Rhee. Fenty had other “faults”; he didn’t play the racial patronage game that has become a part of D.C.’s political landscape. The clear message given by D.C. voters and teachers’ union is that any politician who’s willing to play hardball in an effort to improve black education will be run out of town.

The education establishment’s solution is always more money; however, according to a Washington Post article (4/6/2008), “The Real Cost Of Public Schools,” written by Andrew J. Coulson, if we include its total operating budget, teacher retirement, capital budget and federal funding, the D.C. public schools spend $24,600 per student.

Washington’s fraudulent black education is by no means unique; it’s duplicated in one degree or another in most of our major cities. However, there is a glimmer of hope in the increasing demand for charter schools and educational vouchers. This movement is being fought tooth and nail by an education establishment that fears the competition and subsequent threats to their employment. The charter school and the educational vouchers movement will help prevent parents and children who care about education from being held hostage in an environment hostile to the learning process. And there’s plenty of evidence that children do better and parents are more pleased when they have a measure of school choice.

The fact that black youngsters trail their white counterparts by three or four years becomes even more grim when we recognize that the education white youngsters receive is nothing to write home about.

According to the recently released Program for International Student Assessment exam, our 15-year-olds rank 25th among 34 industrialized nations in math and 14th in reading.

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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.