That Damned Gap Again

28 02 2015

Overland

An elementary school in the Ritenour district serves as the backdrop for a P-D feature on the tally of non-white first graders surpassing white first-graders in St. Louis County’s public school districts.

Of course, the really big driver is North County getting more and more black by the year.  However, smaller drivers include the fact that the relatively small Hispanic population in and around St. Ann means that the Ritenour district is now 16% Hispanic, and also that the Parkway and Rockwood districts in West County have a significant but nowhere near big percentage of Asian students, Orientals and Subcontinentals.

Predictably, any discussion of race demographics in schools inevitably leads to discussion of:

gap-closed

Closing the gap.





The Color of Law

27 02 2015

Buffalo, New York

Bloomberg Business:

The First Two Law Schools to Drop the LSAT Could Be Just the Beginning

Some schools are eliminating the standard exam requirement in order to make it easier for top students to get into their programs

Two law schools said this month that they would begin accepting applicants who have not taken the Law School Admissions Test, a move that may help curb weak interest and plunging enrollments in law schools across the country. The State University of New York-Buffalo Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law said they would admit students from their respective undergraduate colleges based on their grade point average and scores on standardized tests other than the LSAT.

“Taking the LSAT is a pain, and it is expensive,” says James Gardner, dean of SUNY Buffalo’s law school. The test comes with a $170 fee, often in addition to months-long prep courses and tutoring that can cost thousands of dollars. “This is just a way to identify strong-performing students based on perfectly rational criteria that don’t involve the LSAT,” Gardner says.

If the LSAT is g-loaded, then the real reason for this is very similar for the reason why a lot of undergrad schools are making the SAT/ACT optional for admissions. Because diversity. High scorers will self-report to impress the admissions committee, NAMs won’t because they’re NAMs. Therefore, you’ll have a Freshman class that has both a very high SAT/ACT average and high NAM diversity. The dirty little secret is that you’re supposed to walk away thinking the NAMs contributed to the high SAT/ACT average, but they didn’t. Likewise, I think making the LSAT optional for law school is a means to be able to slip more NAMs in.

Currier says doing away with the test might draw people to a career in law who would otherwise go to business or medical school.

Because we’re really suffering for a lack of lawyers.





Ne’er the Twain

26 02 2015

Tallahassee, Florida

SI:

New film gives chilling account of sexual assault on college campuses

Sexual assaults on college campuses have reached alarming levels and the issue has drawn the attention of Congress and even President Obama himself. The latest research indicates that one in five [more like one in 397 — Blogmeister Ed.] college women will be sexually assaulted and as many as 90% of reported assaults are acquaintance rapes. It is believed that more than 100,000 college students will be sexually assaulted during the current school year. Nowhere is the deck stacked more against sexual assault victims than in college athletics. In just the last few years alone there have been cases at Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

All of this is a backdrop to a harrowing new film that premiers in theaters on Friday in New York City and Los Angeles. The Hunting Ground is a jarring exposé that shines a bright light on the epidemic number of sexual assaults taking place on college campuses each year.

The Hunting Ground features a group of survivors who faced harsh retaliation and harassment for reporting that they had been raped. The film focuses on institutional cover-ups and the brutal backlash against survivors at campuses such as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USC and the University of California-Berkeley, among others.

Some of the most vexing stories featured in the film involve women who were assaulted by athletes. While The Hunting Ground isn’t all about sports, the most dramatic moment in the film occurs two-thirds of the way through when the woman who accused former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston—who after a strong showing in last week’s Combine is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL draft—appears and tells her story publicly for the first time. The woman, who is named in the film but SI.com has chosen to protect her identity, is shown on camera and gives her life-changing account of what she says happened the night in December 2012 she left a Tallahassee bar with Winston.

A high school honor student who planned to attend medical school, the woman is articulate and attractive. She looks like the girl next door, a person you would trust to babysit your children. It is uncomfortable to watch—yet impossible to look away—when she describes being beneath Winston on his bathroom floor, repeatedly telling him “no” before being physically overpowered.

Lending more credence to “Distract from Black” as the main driver of the rape culture mania.  Complain about it, pawn all the blame off on mythical Haven Monahan type figures, but never say “black athlete.”

Daddy will cheer for the football team and write big checks for his daughter to go to school.  But he doesn’t want those two worlds crossing.  I predict that as you hear a bunch of noise and hoopla about frats and Haven Monahans, schools will take the opportunity to put more real physical distance between the football and men’s basketball programs (*) and facilities and the larger campus settings and life.  Of course, one might be crazy enough to think that that has already happened at the University of Oregon with its football program.

(*) – There’s news on that front, too.





Monkey See Monkey Do

24 02 2015

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Mount Holyoke students saw Fifty Shades of Grey, so obviously now they want mommy and daddy to buy them a BDSM club.

I think they’re going to have to wait, because the school administration still needs to fund the L vs T on-campus civil war.

 





Pre-Gay

24 02 2015

Atlanta

His last name is Christian, and he wants to start a school inside a Presbyterian church.

It’s not what you think.

It says that LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH Pre-K through 8th graders (gay 3-year olds?) need a “safe space” from all the “homophobia” to be found in Atlanta.

In reality, Atlanta is the capital of black gay America.

And that’s the key to solving this mystery.  This school will be how Atlanta’s gay blacks separate themselves from Atlanta’s ghetto blacks.  It has really nothing to do with the students, it has everything to do with the households in general.





The Big Number One

23 02 2015

Jefferson City

Some big big big news about the school-to-prison pipeline.

P-D:

Missouri elementary schools have highest rate of suspending black children

Black elementary school children are more likely to be suspended in Missouri than in any state in the nation, according to a national report released Monday.

Missouri also has the greatest disparity between how often black and white students get out-of-school suspension for infractions.

It’s been awhile since this state was #1 in some good positive quality metric.

So it’s time to…

Now, back to the article.

You may be wondering which school districts run by white KKK bigots are suspending black geniuses for no reason at all but to keep them away from their astrophysics lessons:

Pushing Missouri’s overall rate upward was St. Louis Public Schools, which suspended 29.1 percent of its elementary school enrollment that year. Normandy and Riverview Gardens each suspended around 21 percent of their elementary students. Kansas City had similar numbers.

Oh.  My bad.

Losen said disadvantaged schools may not have the support staff needed to effectively handle classroom management problems, which is why some turn to suspensions to deal with discipline. In many other situations, bias plays a role. As a general rule, Losen said, black males receive harsher penalties for offenses that don’t always lead to suspension for children of other races.

“What we’re coming to understand as a culture, there’s a tendency to perceive a situation involving black males as being more dangerous than it actually is,” he said. “It shows up when you look at large number over the course of time. It may not show up in every incident.”

That’s right, Losen.  You get on the phone and you tell all those white KKK bigots that run the SLPS, KCPS, Normandy and Riverview Gardens to knock off with the hateration yall.

Backing up a bit, and changing my tone to serious:

“We know that effective schools do not suspend high numbers of kids,” said Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies. “Effective schools keep kids in school and have high amount of instruction time.”

That’s because effective schools tend to have good quality white students who don’t need to be suspended because they don’t often do anything worthy of a suspension.  Daniel Losen needs a refresher course on cause and effect.

Otherwise:





Can’t You See This Is the Land of Confusion

19 02 2015

Carson City, Nevada

Nice strategic thinking.

If nothing else, it’s going to put the ZOMG RAPE CULTURE EVERYWHERE LOL~!!!!!1 fanatics in a Catch-22 for a little while.  They don’t want this for sure, but if they oppose it, they run the risk of undermining their own ZOMG RAPE CULTURE EVERYWHERE LOL~!!!!!1 narrative.  Therefore, they’ll have to try to find a way to bafflegab their way around the issue, walking a very thin line of opposing campus carry while not borking the rape 24/7/365 everywhere narrative.  They’ll probably try to make the case that CCW is ineffective against the kind of rapes that happen on college campi.

OTOH, here’s hoping that they will slip up and accidentally turn over their hand so we can see the driving motivation behind the rape culture hoopla.  I still think it could be one of three things:  Distract from black, helicopter fathers, or tuition protection.

Late update:  Guess who has already started in on the tightrope of bafflegabbery. You knew that it was going to take some Voxsplaining.

Five, six, seven, eight…








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