We’re all supposed to be worried about hate and bullying.
But the hate and bullying in this case seems to be lost on everybody.
We’re all supposed to be worried about hate and bullying.
But the hate and bullying in this case seems to be lost on everybody.
Hanover, New Hampshire
According to that sourcelink, a bunch of students who refer to themselves as “Concerned Asian, Black, Latin@, Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students” wrote a letter to administrators at Dartmouth to threaten “physical action” if the administrators do not respond to their list of demands.
And you can read the demands at the link.
There is debate over whether this list of demands and the whole story is real or a parody.
Either way, it makes me wonder:
Why are we to fear the “physical action” of “concerned Asian, black, Latin@, Native, undocumented, queer, and differently-abled students?” Do we really fear that Jose Rodriguez, a black Hispanic homosexual wheelchair-bound illegal alien from the Dominican Republic, will throw a lukewarm cup of Starbucks coffee in somebody’s face?
As far as the @ in “Latin@,” I think it’s meant to be interpreted as both “O” and “A,” so that it’s both “Latino” and “Latina” in one word without having to write out both.
It’s too bad that white parents, students and residents in or of the Francis Howell district aren’t allowed to notice things.
You see, Mike Jones notices things, it’s just that he doesn’t want us to notice things:
State board Vice President Michael Jones, of St. Louis, said race must be part of the conversation, because troubled schools are predominantly filled with African-American children.
“You’re either naive or out to lunch if that is not part of the equation,” he said. “It’s a legitimate issue.”
I wonder if “troubled schools” and “African-American children” being so often found together is something more than a mere coincidence.
Or maybe I better stop wondering, otherwise I myself will get too close to noticing things.
I commented at this DC thread:
Until a handful of months ago, I would have agreed with the consensus of this comment thread, that zero tolerance was a function of leftist skullduggery. My pet theory was (and to an extent, still is) that the purpose of 0T was to try to even out the race stats in school suspensions, in order to quiet the NAACP.
But then a few things happened:
One, I saw some more of these 0T-Gone-Wild news stories, and some of the things that were written and some of the things that were written between the lines made me think my initial theory wasn’t the whole story.
Second, I started a job in a business that’s a hybrid of lobbying and public relations, the lobbying part is entirely directed at Missouri state and local and county governments. I started to witness first hand the way a certain industry arrogantly throws its weight around bullying and intimidating public officials, especially Republican ones.
Now I think the real driving factor behind school districts having and fanatically enforcing 0T policies is:
Here’s how it goes:
School districts are getting discounts on their insurance policies, in exchange for districts having to implement and fanatically enforce 0T.
Watch legislation that cracks down on 0T. I predict that any such legislation will quietly be killed. Who kills it will tell the tale on whether my new pet theory or my old pet theory is right. If Republicans kill it, especially Republicans with big insurance company contributions on their campaign finance reports, then my new pet theory is right. If Democrats kill it, especially black Democrats and the legislative black caucus, then my old pet theory is right. If it’s a combination of both, then both my new and old pet theories have validity.
As an aside, Mr. Duren-Sanner appears mixed race, even though his father is white. That puts a wrench in my theory that 0T is meant to garner more white suspensions for its own sake, because this isn’t a suspension of a white student. Also, I’d like to know what a west coast commercial fisherman is doing living in Clarksville, Tennessee, and near Fort Campbell. The hyphenated surname, which both father and son have, but the grandmother (don’t know of which side) is just Duren, is also curious.
And on the same day I write this post, the Georgia State House unanimously passes a bill to eliminate 0T for knives and bats.
47% Hispanic, 40% black.
Like I have been saying. Enjoy Great Schools’s school race data while you still can, before Obama-Holder-DOJ-SPLC-ADL sue to get them to take it down. Because, we’re noticing things.
Best info I can gather from the grapevine around here is that he’s angling for some kind of job with some Commune Core type outfit (Bill Gates?) when he’s TLed out of the House; provided he wins re-election this year, the next term would be his last. Or if not that, he’s suddenly becoming a Common Whore because he thinks he can get into my line of work after he leaves office, getting hired by some school board or other education/educratic interest. The problem with that theory is that ex-pols turned around as lobbyists are only useful for whoever hires them if they have good and amicable relationships with the politicians who are still in office. This Lair putz doesn’t seem to be helping his cause in that category as of late. So it’s probably the former.
One thing I do know is that he’s your typical Missouri Republican elected official, fully brainwashed in the school choice cult. He’s not any worse in that regard than the usual, though. But by the same token, Mark Parkinson he is not.
For the record, I had no part of returning the favor with the foil on his desk. I wish I did, though.
There’s already pressure starting to mount on Speaker Tim Jones to take the Appropriations gavel away from Lair. In that, do have the ability to and will participate.
Record share of wives are more educated than their husbands
It used to be more common for a husband to have more education than his wife in America. But now, for the first time since Pew Research has tracked this trend over the past 50 years, the share of couples in which the wife is the one “marrying down” educationally is higher than those in which the husband has more education.
Among married women in 2012, 21% had spouses who were less educated than they were—a threefold increase from 1960, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census data.
Does marrying someone with less education mean “marrying down” economically? Not necessarily. When we look at the newlywed women who married someone with less education, we find that a majority of these women actually “married up.” In 2012, only 39% of newlywed women who married a spouse with less education out-earned their husband, and a majority of them (58%) made less than their husband.
What’s the inference here? More women are “marrying down” in terms of “education” (i.e. diplomas), but 58% of the “less educated” men these women marry make more money than they do.
Women generally marry up. So if they are marrying “less educated” men, it means that “less educated” and “dumber” are not the same thing, or that there is starting to be a severe disconnect between formal education and raw intelligence slash ability to make money.
Julia from Obama’s Life of Julia gets a master’s degree in some soft social science, but discovers that it’s not a route to good job with a high income. And she’s getting tired of the single life, so she trolls the plains of western North Dakota and bags a leather necked man from the oil fields who finished high school probably and at best a junior college degree. She’s way more “educated” (i.e. diplomaed) than he is, but they may have about the same level of innate intelligence. And he’s making more money than she probably ever could. Therefore, she isn’t marrying down, she’s marrying up.
[Illinois State Rep. Jay] Hoffman [D-Belleville], who was contacted by McCann, introduced House Bill 4775, which if approved, would amend the Illinois School Code to allow school districts the option of suspending or expelling a student if he or she has been charged with a violent felony and the charges are pending or if the student has been convicted of a violent felony.
And you know that the black politicians from Chicago will move hell and Earth to make sure this bill doesn’t go anywhere.
Because…school-to-prison pipeline, or, disparate impact. Or, if all else fails, racism.
Except if you’ve been charged with a violent felony, you’ve pretty much made it to the end of the school-to-prison pipeline.
As long as we’re in the business of taking away the accreditation of school districts, that there ought to be a way to race norm student achievement. Steve Sailer calls it the value added metric of student achievement.
But if that doesn’t happen or if is impossible, then the state should simply refuse to take away the accreditation of any district, and restore the accreditation of districts that are currently disaccredited.
Ooh, I didn’t just say that, did I? Have I gone too far, or have I not gone far enough?
It’s not surprising to me that this would generate outrage at an all-lesbo school. Women at a coed school are used to this — After all, guys wearing this much in the dorms during certain hours are overdressed.
State law enforcement officials said Monday that a bill that would ban BB guns and non-firing replica firearms in schools is necessary to protect students from potential tragedies, but opponents contend it is too broad and would do little to improve school safety.
Supporters of the measure say police officers could easily mistake the realistic-looking firearms for the real thing, especially with security concerns running high in light of school shootings across the country. They say a scenario of a student entering a school building with such a firearm could end badly if an officer is forced to make a quick decision, pointing to incidents like one in California last year when a 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy who said he thought a BB gun was an assault rifle.
School resource officer Rachel Horning, with the Kittery Police Department, told the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on Monday that’s the type of tragedy she’s trying to avert.
“I will do 100 percent what I need to protect myself and others,” she said. “So, if the juvenile presents that lookalike weapon and refuses to drop it, I will act.”
But the measure is receiving pushback from groups such as the Maine Civil Liberties Union, which said Monday that creating a new crime that will primarily affect young people will cause students to be unnecessarily funneled from schools to jails. People could face up to six months in Shawshank State Prison for violating the proposed law, and people with criminal convictions often face employment discrimination, are barred from public housing and have less access to educational opportunities, said Oami Amarasingham, public policy council for the civil liberties group.
On the one side, you have the same kind of people responsible for anti-gun paranoia responding to the tragic consequences of the anti-gun paranoia they peddled by doubling down on the idiocy by creating and peddling anti-BB-gun and anti-replica-gun paranoia.
On the other side, the only reason the state chapter of the ACLU can give to oppose it is that mythical never-ever-seen but all-powerful and worrisome school to prison pipeline, described here as just a funnel.
My recommendation is that everyone take a big ass super giant chill pill.
As far as that other curious thing about this article — Sorry, I couldn’t resist. A story involving both Maine and criminal law is too much a temptation.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
First off, they’re still persecuting the whistleblower.
But there’s a more fundamental reason.
In order for there to be real change, there must be a genuine and honest acknowledgment of the problem. And there can never be that in this matter because telling the truth about this particular problem is…
The worst thing in the world to be.
Because…black scholarship athletes that can’t read who otherwise would not be qualified to look at a college are admitted to college, but need some contrived way to stay eligible.
As a wise man taught me a long time ago, you can’t solve a problem until you first identify a problem, and you can’t identify a problem if you’re prevented from doing so by the dictates of political correctness.
First thought: Good for them for noticing things.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michigan’s Black Student Union delivers ultimatum: ‘physical action’ if school doesn’t meet demands
* After Harry Belafonte speech group gave Univ. of Michigan seven days to meet seven demands
* Demands include a new multicultural center, “emergency scholarships” for black students needing financial support
* Demanding “an increase in black representation on the campus equal to 10 percent.”
Then again, we’re in a win-win.
If the school gives in, it proves all the stereotypes we have about academia.
If they don’t and the ooks chimp out, it proves all the stereotypes we have about Africanus Bellcurvius.
I bet James Edwards has a thing or three to say about this.
One thing that they didn’t say here is that while there are no transfer provisions, that there is an attempt in Memphis to merge the Memphis district and the Shelby County district, the latter serves the part of Shelby County that is outside the city of Memphis. That way, Memphis’s black students can be dumped on the presumably white suburban schools, thereby masking a lot of the black academic failure behind some white people.
I don’t know which was worse:
Channel 5′s lame attempt at fishing for “news” by trying to expose KHS’s lax security, or the school’s drastic overreaction as if there was an axe murderer on the prowl.
UMSL is next up to bat.
Note to World: I found a new gap: The “affordability gap.”
Note to World Part 2: I thought there was already a state law that was supposed to prevent this.
Camden, New Jersey
P-D profile of local CTFAers. Change the proper names and any given big city newspaper could write pretty much this same article.
Here’s a few interesting tidbts that jumped out at me:
Having grown up in north St. Louis County, [Brittany Packnett, executive director of TFA-STL] knows the region’s churches, the key civic organizations, the neighborhoods. Having been educated at John Burroughs School and Washington University, she can speak the language of corporate benefactors who helped bring Teach for America to St. Louis 12 years ago and who continue to sustain it.
The daughter of two civic leaders, she also understands the layers of social and racial history that have contributed to decades of inequities in the region’s public schools.
Packnett’s father, the late Rev. Ronald Packnett, fought for better educational opportunities for African-Americans as pastor of Central Baptist Church in midtown. Her mother, Gwendolyn Packnett, is an assistant vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
There’s starting to be a big outbreak of the black relatives of black preachers of major consequence getting nice jobs with nice titles. Why? Because “revvunds” are the big chiefs in Bell Curve City. If you keep the revvunds’s relatives happy, you keep the revvund happy. And if you keep the revvund happy, he dials down the incendiary rhetoric aimed at the young men in his flock.
The mother is an “assistant vice-chancellor” at UMSL. Isn’t that redundant? Actually, what that means is that universities, like governments, are getting top heavy with administrators, mainly as sinecures. The Federal government is full of “deputy assistant” this-or-that or “assistant deputy” this-or-that, and when you start seeing redundancies in formal job titles, you can bet that affirmative action is afoot. Meanwhile, more and more actual teaching duty in academia is being sourced to wage slaves with no hope of either tenure or a real paycheck.
Hamilton Elementary is one of the lowest performing schools in the city. A significant number of its 415 students are homeless or living in poverty.
“This is not easy work,” Frenchie told Packnett and Owen. “It is not for the faint of heart. I try to make that clear.”
CTFA seems to tout its successes in elementary schools, but hardly ever middle or high schools. Wonder why.
“People look at it like it’s a club for them to get their loans paid,” said Ray Cummings, vice president of American Federation of Teachers St. Louis. He was referring to the additional cash that corps members get for college loans. Then he lobbed another criticism at the organization. “Our kids need stability,” he said. “The lack of diversity doesn’t look too good in our district.”
CTFA stands to be criticized for a lot, but this is silly. The complaint here is that CTFAers stay only as long as they need to in order to have part of their student loans paid for them, or sometimes not even that long, and the constant revolving door of CTFAers is the reason why black elementary school students have a hard time learning. Pardon me, but last I recall, in elementary school, you get a new teacher every school year. (When I was in ES, I actually had mid-year changes in my prime teacher in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.) And when you get to middle school, you have a different teacher for every subject.
Huh? Isn’t this the official orthodoxy of history education today?
Oh wait, I forgot. Christianity causes wars, Islam is a religion of peace.
BTW, “Patel Partnership School?” What’s this school supposed to do? Teach you how to run quickie marts and motels?
Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don’t
MIT neuroscientists find even high-performing schools don’t influence their students’ abstract reasoning.
To evaluate school quality, states require students to take standardized tests; in many cases, passing those tests is necessary to receive a high-school diploma. These high-stakes tests have also been shown to predict students’ future educational attainment and adult employment and income.
Such tests are designed to measure the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in school — what psychologists call “crystallized intelligence.” However, schools whose students have the highest gains on test scores do not produce similar gains in “fluid intelligence” — the ability to analyze abstract problems and think logically — according to a new study from MIT neuroscientists working with education researchers at Harvard University and Brown University.
In a study of nearly 1,400 eighth-graders in the Boston public school system, the researchers found that some schools have successfully raised their students’ scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). However, those schools had almost no effect on students’ performance on tests of fluid intelligence skills, such as working memory capacity, speed of information processing, and ability to solve abstract problems.
“Our original question was this: If you have a school that’s effectively helping kids from lower socioeconomic environments by moving up their scores and improving their chances to go to college, then are those changes accompanied by gains in additional cognitive skills?” says John Gabrieli, the Grover M. Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and senior author of a forthcoming Psychological Science paper describing the findings.
Instead, the researchers found that educational practices designed to raise knowledge and boost test scores do not improve fluid intelligence. “It doesn’t seem like you get these skills for free in the way that you might hope, just by doing a lot of studying and being a good student,” says Gabrieli, who is also a member of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research.
1. The MCAS is getting regressively easier by the year
2. The MCAS is not a g-loaded test
3. Using rote to teach to the test in order to goose up scores
4. Cheating, a la Atlanta Public Schools
This time, it means that it’s full steam ahead for transfers out of the KCPS.
That sound you hear is that from people in every other district in Jackson County and every district in every county that borders Jackson praying that the KCPS doesn’t pick theirs.
St. Paul, Minnesota
If you didn’t know what this was, you’d still get the feeling that this isn’t something you would see in a sane country.
H/T Daily Kenn.
* “Dr. Tameca Richardson,” presumably her Ph.D. is in education, uses the ghetto vernacular “hoes.”
* “You don’t know what kind of home half of these girls are coming from or any of these kids are coming from for you to make a statement like that. You don’t know their living condition and you don’t know their parents financial state. That may be the only thing they have to wear. It’s inconsiderate.“
That’s also a clue to Bell Curve City. Hauling out the “you don’t know where I/they come from” or “you don’t know me” is a common tactic of ghetto dwellers when someone tries to call them on their own wretched behavior. The retort is easy: We do know where they come from, and now we know where they come from is the way it is.
* Proof: Jack Yates High School is 92% black.
Don’t get cowed by the “racism” accusation.
BTW, when did Islam become a race?
He probably also ate PB&J sandwiches.
H/T Moderate Ricky.
It’s now national news, but Illinois Review broke it.
“But white voters would never vote for a black President.” Fine by me. The problem is that not enough white voters would never vote for a black President.
And this is supposed to be biographical literature suitable for fourth graders. When I look at it, it looks like kiddie material. When I was in the fourth grade, or actually toward the end of fourth grade, because the book I’m about to mention came out in March 1987, and it was one of my 10th birthday presents, I was reading White Rat by Whitey Herzog and Kevin Horrigan, a book that is mostly the former’s autobio. Earlier that school year, I got through My Turn At Bat, Ted Williams’s autobio written in 1969, just when he was starting what would be only a short stint managing the Washington Senators, in their last years in D.C. before moving to Dallas to become the Texas Rangers. Both books were hardly from the kiddie section of the bookstore.
“Explanations for the relatively weak performance of the United States include failings in initial schooling, lack of improvement in educational attainment over time, and poor skills in some subpopulations including migrants,” OECD concluded.
By “poor skills in some subpopulations including migrants,” they mean that our pre-existing native born vibrant diversity and our post-existing imported vibrant diversity and their low IQs are dragging down our average.
Young Conservatives of Texas to stage ‘catch an immigrant’ game on University of Texas campus
A conservative student group announced Monday they will play a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” this week on the University of Texas at Austin, drawing condemnation from Democrats and a threat of expulsion from campus officials.
The Young Conservatives of Texas have planned the game for Wednesday. Club members will wander the campus wearing signs that say “illegal immigrant,” and students who capture them and take them to the Young Conservatives’ recruiting table will get $25 gift certificates.
“The purpose of this event is to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives,” a statement posted by the group’s spokesman, Lorenzo Garcia. The group did not immediately reply to several emails sent by The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, if they actually did want to look for real illegal aliens…well…it’s Texas…lots of low-hanging fruit.
Illegal aliens, the Democrat Party, universities…all one big indistinguishable blob. Hard to tell where one faction ends and the other begins.
What’s curious here, if you read the whole article, is that you have a Hispanic listed as YCT’s spokesman, one as state Democrat committee chairman, and one as the press secretary for Attorney General and Governor-in-waiting Greg Abbott.