Destroying Hope

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The white liberal’s agenda, coupled with that of black race hustlers, has had and continues to have a devastating impact on ordinary black people. Perhaps the most debilitating aspect of this liberal malevolence is in the area of education.

Recently, I spoke with a Midwestern university engineering professor who was trying to help an inner-city black student who was admitted to the university’s electrical engineering program. The student was sure that he was well prepared for an engineering curriculum; his high school had convinced him of that and the university recruiters supported that notion. His poor performance on the university’s math placement exam required that he take remedial math courses. He’s failed them and is now on academic probation after two semesters of earning less than a 2.0 grade point average.

The young man and his parents were sure of his preparedness. After all, he had good high school grades, but those grades only meant that he was well behaved. The college recruiters probably knew this youngster didn’t have the academic preparation for an electrical engineering curriculum. They were more concerned with racial diversity.

This young man’s background is far from unique. Public schools give most black students fraudulent diplomas that certify a 12th-grade achievement level. According to a report by Abigail Thernstrom, “The Racial Gap in Academic Achievement,” black students in 12th grade dealt with scientific problems at the level of whites in the sixth grade; they wrote about as well as whites in the eighth grade. The average black high school senior had math skills on a par with a typical white student in the middle of ninth grade. The average 17-year-old black student could only read as well as the typical white child who had not yet reached age 13.

Black youngsters who take the SAT exam earn an average score that’s 70 to 80 percent of the score of white students, and keep in mind, the achievement level of white students is nothing to write home about.

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  • tanstaafl

    The universe is not "fair", despite the efforts of the Democratic Party.

  • Radar in Va

    Walter Williams for President!!! He can have Thomas Sowell as his VP!!!

    I have learned more about economics from Walter and Thomas than all my Econ professors combined.

    • old white guy

      it is unfortunate that both of these brillant men are considered elderly. i believe thomas sowell is 80 and walter williams in his mid seventies. the truth of what they say is undeniable but the socialists have gained far too much control and it will require more than words to reverse the loss of freedom.

  • Jim C.

    It's true that "diversity" is a hollow value that can create unrealistic expectations for those who benefit from it.

    However it is clear that author is more interested in zinging "white" "leftists" (I'm sure the author has scientific proof of both appelations!) than in addressing the gross inequities in academic achievement and opportunities. Thus, this article gets an "F" for "frivolous" and "featherweight"

    • buzzard

      '"Frivolous and featherweight"? Bollocks.

      You might want to check spending on those inner city schools. I'm willing to bet it is above the national average. Check out school funding for DC, Detroit, Newark, or any other extremely benighted ghetto and you will see that the per pupil spending is very high.

      The education system is laughable, and Williams is rightly calling it on the sorry treatment is serves to black Americans.

      There are a lot of factors which contribute to the lack of performance in inner city schools, but I can assure you it is not a lack of funding.

    • fmobler

      Right on! If by "zinging" you mean calling them out on the tragic failure of their policies.

      It is hardly frivolous to point out that the education industry in this country has been a progressivist project for the last 40 years and that it has completely failed the very people it has claimed to be most concerned with helping. Things are the way they are. The "School of Ed" experts that have been pinching out public school teachers for two generations have failed.

  • old white guy

    i guess you folks don't like posts about action.

  • Simon

    This is so sad but so true. It's good to see this info in print as the NYT won't touch it. What happened to the dignified black families I remember from earlier days? Some are still around but a huge % of blacks are born into social chaos. Hence, academic difficulties.