Sabotaging Black Education


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If I were a Klansman, wanting to sabotage black education, I couldn’t find better allies than education establishment liberals and officials in the Obama administration, especially Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who in March 2010 announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.”

For Duncan, the civil rights issue was that black elementary and high school students are disciplined at a higher rate than whites. His evidence for discrimination is that blacks are three and a half times more likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers. Duncan and his Obama administration supporters conveniently ignored school “racial discrimination” against whites, who are more than two times as likely to be suspended as Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Heather Mac Donald reports on all of this in “Undisciplined,” appearing in City Journal (Summer 2012). She writes that between September 2011 and February 2012, 25 times more black Chicago students than white students were arrested at school, mostly for battery. In Chicago schools, black students outnumber whites by four to one.

Mac Donald adds, “Nationally, the picture is no better. The homicide rate among males between the ages of 14 and 17 is nearly ten times higher for blacks than for whites and Hispanics combined. Such data make no impact on the Obama administration and its orbiting advocates, who apparently believe that the lack of self-control and socialization that results in this disproportionate criminal violence does not manifest itself in classroom comportment as well.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nationally during 2007-2008, more than 145,000 teachers were physically attacked. Six percent of big-city schools report verbal abuse of teachers, and 18 percent report non-verbal disrespect for teachers. An earlier NCES study found that 18 percent of the nation’s schools accounted for 75 percent of the reported incidents of violence, and 6.6 percent accounted for 50 percent.

So far as serious violence, murder and rapes, 1.9 percent of schools reported 50 percent of the incidents. The preponderance of school violence occurs in big-city schools attended by black students.

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  • davarino

    Its a shame these children are being sold out by people of their own race, for polical gain. All it would take is a generation of leaders who expect more from these kids and the black community would be very successful. Maybe we should go back to segregation and let the races deal with their problems in their own way. Then there could be no cries of racism.

    • Alicia

      That's exactly what I thought while reading this… Well said.

    • guest

      Segregation will lower cries of racism?

      "Would their parents have accepted the grossly disrespectful public behavior that includes foul language and racial epithets?"

      They were probably not addicted to heroin and cocaine, and given $100 per month by federally subsidized state welfare for every child they have, even it's their 20th by their 7th father.

      No school will fix evil moral values. I use to think military schools would be a solution, but they're not prepared to deal with child murderers and drug dealers who stab their teachers if they are asked to sit in their seat. Liberals' Great Society created this problem over decades. It will take decades to remove the drug addict subsidies alone, and decades to heal the cultural evils.

  • Steve Chavez

    "BOOKS NOT BASKETBALLS!" S. Chavez

    • dmw

      Growing up in New Mexico, I found BOTH were helpful. Football too. However, five to six hours in the classroom, plus homework. Then 2 1/2 to 3 hours athletic practice. Finally, in bed and at least 8 hours of good sleep (not being on the phone, computer, or carousing around well past midnight). My mother worked at a substantial executive job, but always made it a point to give us a cooked and protein rich breakfast every morning. EVERY MORNING! And when I had a dad around, he made sure I studied at least 2 hours every night. Only excuse was a mid-week basketball game. Otherwise, hit the books!

      • dmw

        And God Help Me if they were ever called by the school or police for a disciplinary or delinquency problem. Grounding would only be the beginning.

  • dmw

    This is just another example of the Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose dilemma of solving what should be a community problem. Why? Because using common sense is no longer "lawful" on a whole range of issues; the main one being homes with responsible and productive fathers and/or mothers. Instead, homes with irresponsible and unproductive parents are encouraged by the "law", below the radar of so-called state child protective services. When I went to school, there was a escalating regimen of shame (teacher rebuke, stand in the corner or cloakroom, to the principal's or assistant principal's office, and then family involvement). Yet it is apparent that the current system never asks: "Reverend" Jackson, "Reverend" Sharpton, Ms Waters, Misters Conyers & Rangel, why is there no sense of shame in these kids? And what are YOU going to do about it? Or will you perpetuate the idea that "white" shame and "Black" shame should be two different American cultural responses/behaviours, don't ya know? What a, er, uh, shame!

  • SFLBIB

    Re: “The preponderance of school violence occurs in big-city schools attended by black students.”

    Those schools would be ones that have been run by Democrats for the last 60 years.

  • Ghostwriter

    Black people have to demand better from their schools,the same as whites do.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    This is not simply a black issue. All American students are infected with the "misbehavior" virus.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Education in America has now a guarantee for equal opportunity stupidity, ignorance and
    indoctrination. The left has done it's job of lowering intellectual pursuits and insuring
    inferior educational standards for everyone. The tea party is the movement that will
    create change, both the RHINO and Leftist Democrats know this and fear the results
    of American citizens fighting back. Interesting times ahead…..It is the need of all
    Americans to demand responsibility in educating for every student as a direct measure
    of equal opportunity…………………………………..William

  • A. Keen Observer

    Williams and other black conservatives and liberals need to start putting the blame for the abysmal state of black education where it rightfully belongs: on BLACKS! If blacks want better education, maybe they should start studying, stop disrupting, and stop WHINING!!! Their situation is their own doing.