The problem with equity is who’s more equitable? And who gets the blame for it?
Having learned nothing from San Francisco, another California school boss is in trouble for her remarks about Asians.
Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward is reportedly filing a lawsuit against the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) after its board placed her on administrative leave over her controversial remarks on Asian students.
James-Ward made the comments on April 11 during a board training session on diversity, equity and inclusion. After showing data which showed that Asian students receive fewer D and F grades compared to students of other ethnic or racial groups, Board Vice President and Trustee Michael Allman asked, “Do we know why Asian students do so well in school?”
Because they have two-parent families, a compelling work ethic, and push their children to succeed at any cost? Nah. That would imply the existence of personal responsibility, individual choice, and other systemically racist concepts.
In response, James-Ward said it is because those students are from rich families coming from China — a comment some parents and other critics later slammed as “racist.”
“We have an influx of Asians from China, and the people who are able to make that journey are wealthy,” James-Ward said. “You cannot come to America and buy a house for $2 million unless you have money.”
While there are some wealthy Asians coming to America, there are plenty of poor ones. The guys working for slave labor wages in Chinatown eateries are not coming with $2 million. If they end up with $2 million, it’s because they opened a convenience store and worked it 24/7 while James-Ward was looking for people to blame.