I’m a Duck

10 07 2013



Interesting parts:

“I’ve seen pictures of Normandy High School and it’s been described as the taj mahal of public high schools. And if the elected board chose maybe to step down the niceties of the high school and they chose as an elected board to spend more of that money in the classroom, rather on elaborate infrastructure, they wouldn’t be in the mess they’re in today,” said State Rep. Mark Parkinson.

Normandy was bar none the most desirable school district in North County in the mid to late 1950s.  It’s where middle and upper middle class white people in the area moved once they could afford to do so.  Yet, once white people left and blacks moved in, Normandy became a dump.  That takes the wind out of the “bad environment” sails.

“We’re not talking about Clayton and Ladue failing schools, we’re talking about failing schools in urban districts who are low income and who happen to have predominately children of color,” he stated.

Sure, because it’s just a coincidence that “failing schools” and “children of color” always seem to go together.

“Anybody who makes the race an issue in this decision is intellectually lazy. It’s purely an economic decision,” claimed Parkinson.

Except I know Parkinson knows better.  Even if I didn’t already know that, I would say the only person he’s fooling is himself.  Of course everyone is going to mouth off “it’s not race” because that’s what you’re supposed to say in polite society.  OTOH, I suffer none of these problems, because I embrace my inner tribe and accept the findings of science.  Race science, that is.

At least locally, this is going to put more wind in our sails than Trayvon riots would.

Oh, and one more thing:

Are they worried do you think about the flood of students coming in or are they worried about the flood of low-income mostly black kids coming into their mostly white districts?

“Well Charles, my response to that is if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.,” said Mike Jones, Vice President of the state board of education.

Well then, that’s me:




2 responses

11 07 2013
Unrequited Love | Countenance Blog

[…] What say you, Mike Jones? […]

23 07 2013
Sisters and Brothers | Countenance Blog

[…] Mike Jones, a member of the State Board of Education and senior policy adviser to County Executive Charlie Dooley, commented on a recent meeting at the Francis Howell district where some parents were openly hostile to the idea of accepting north county students. […]

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