Liberals from around the country are continuing their aggression towards President Trump, calling him racist and claiming that he is causing more issues about race than anyone else. However, that seems not to be the case.
As we look at school systems and districts from numerous states and counties, we find that race, and its divisive nature is being pushed by progressive advocates at every turn. And in most communities and situations, the community is given little to no thought.
Take Howard County, Maryland, for example. Here, the school board has hired an out-of-state consultant to devise a plan that would bus 7,300 students out of their neighborhood schools and into surrounding area schools to more evenly distribute the races within each school.
However, it has been noted that neither the community, parents, or students have asked for it.
The city council stated that the plan’s goal is to “address the achievement gaps by racial and socioeconomic factors.” Students would be moved based on the number of them that receive reduced or free meals in each neighborhood. The plan states that any school with a white population that is anything lower than 40% would be defined as segregated.
However, in Howard County, only 39% of the students are white. Therefore, every school should already be classified as segregated, right?
Not only does this seem to not compute, but the community doesn’t want the change. On October 10, it was reported that the school board had heard about 2,500 comments about the decision, and those opposed the plan by 100-1. Protests have taken place in the streets with blacks, whites, Asians, and Hispanics all coming together to “Keep the ‘unity’ in community,” and allow their children to stay in school with their friends.
But politicians and school board members are pushing on anyways.
And they aren’t the only area to experience such.
In the Seattle area, public schools revealed a new plan in October that would implement a “math ethnic studies” program. The proposal claims that “math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.”
According to the school systems, the plan would ask students to “identify inherent inequities of the standardized testing system used to oppress and marginalize” these communities and “explain how math dictated economic oppression.”
It is being pushed by the district’s ethnic studies program manager, Tracy Castro-Gill, who considers herself to be a “radical atheist” and “a far-left anarchist who fights for racial justice.” She said her goal is to oppose “rewhiting” in a community that 70% white.
Other cities have also seen a push to involve “ethnic studies” or “equity programs” in their school systems.
In New York City, the mayor proposed equity programs be placed in all schools and that the schools’ gifted and talented programs be cut or significantly diminished. According to the mayor’s panel, this would decrease the achievement gap between differing demographics.
The plan may not require all programs to cease but instead would eliminate the screening or testing requirements for them. In some cases, students’ attendance records would even be blocked for entrance uses.
However, just as other communities have conveyed, it isn’t what the children need.
David Lee of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance told CBS, “If you get rid of testing, you’re open to subjective decision-making… you’ll see a lot of parents send their children to private schools, and you’re just furthering the income gap.”
A black Democratic city councilman from Brooklyn, Robert Cornegy, said that the plan is coming from “uber liberals” and that it would only hurt not help minorities. He said, “If you eliminate the gifted and talented program, it eliminates the chances of getting into specialized programs and institutions of higher learning. Just like there’s a pipeline to prison, there is a pipeline to higher academic success and college.”
And Jonathan Plucker of Johns Hopkins University and a member of the National Associated for Gifted Children’s board says, “You can say everyone is being treated the same, but if they are being treated poorly, that’s a horrible form of equity.”
While the schools’ chancellor Richard Carrenza says, “this is not about lowering the bar,” it sure sounds like it. How in the world do you expect children to succeed, if you never give them the tools to do so?
Sure there are problems with race in this country, but dumbing down schools and pulling kids out of their communities is not the way to fix them.