I came across an article today on our very sad public education system in our country. What is the most bothersome about the article is how little respect for the black community this administration seems to have. I think I have made it quite clear that I am no fan of Bush's No Child Left Behind initiative. Well it seems that we have left it behind. But the one thing that I will say in favor of it is the fact that it did not discriminate based on color. The present day expectations, not so much.
Here are the very sad numbers:
In D.C. the expectations for white students is that 94% will be proficient in math, while the expectation for the black community is expected to be only 71%.
In Tennessee the black students are only expected to be at 64% in English 2.
In Minnesota we are hoping for a whopping 62% in math.
The list continues. Why aren't we expecting all students, regardless of color to be proficient in both math and English? We spend a fortune on public education in this country and yet we are saying it is perfectly acceptable that blacks can lag behind. In some cases we are saying that one-third of black students can not be able to complete a high school math problem and not be able to read and/or write a paragraph in proper English.
Oh Al Sharpton, paging Al Sharpton. Why aren't you outraged at this? What this administration is saying is that blacks are not able to be held to the same standards as everyone else in the country. That they just can't do the work. I am sorry, but I refuse to accept that. This is about low expectations.
One parent in Alabama:
"I think having a low bar means they can just pass them on. I think it's dumbing our race down and preparing our boys for prison."
While that may seem like an exaggeration, it really isn't. When you take a look at the demographics of people who are in the prison system, the numbers of people who don't graduate high school is very high. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
- 68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma
- About 26% of State prison inmates said they had completed the GED while serving time in a correctional facility.
We are giving up on members of our society, especially those of color. We are expecting less and less, all the while the calls for income inequality, more welfare, more food stamps, and other entitlement programs grow louder and louder from the left. Hey, I have an idea, lets stop saying that blacks aren't capable of learning math and English, lets set the bar high and see what happens.
Sadly, the black community will be still thinking that President Obama has the back the black community. He is their messiah, here to right the wrongs that have been done to them by a racist society. Never mind that this mindset is part and parcel of the democrat party, that blacks can't do as well as whites or Asians. We can expect less of them.
After all, it certainly helps the party if blacks are kept in the same position that many find themselves in today. We wouldn't want them to do better now do we? They might just start to figure out that government is perfectly happy in keeping them dumb-downed. It allows the size and scope of government to grow and grow. It is good for business. Who cares if it is bad for people? They are besides the point.