The Edujunket Gap

16 04 2018

Washington, D.C.

Okay, I can grok the theory that background knowledge has a dynamic relationship with basic literacy.

But I can’t be made to believe that the fundamental driver behind TEH GAP is that rich (“white”) parents can afford to send their little crumb crunchers off to educational junkets and sabbaticals to Europe every summer, while lower income (“black”) parents cannot.

I mean, does the Mother Continent have some sort of magic dirt when it comes to elementary education and pedagogy?


Columbia Writ Large

15 12 2017


Covered on AR and SBPDL.  Net it out:  Globe be like:  ZOMG RACISM LOL~!!!!!1

In the past, the pre-July 19 version of myself, the one with my full and complete roster of capabilities, I would have deep dived this screed and refuted every point.  No can do these days, because, even though I beat this flu, I’m back to square one with all my other problems, and if I do too much thinking, I fear it will cause me physical pain.

So I’ll spare you all and myself, and opt for a short, overarching metaphor.

The way to think about Boston is that it is, for the most part, and when boiled down, a large metropolitan equivalent of a middle sized town or city that contains a large public land grant college or university, aka a massively scaled up college town writ large. Think: Charlottesville, Va., Chapel Hill, N.C., Columbia, Missouri, and many others, magnified many times and with many prominent colleges and universities, anchored of course by Harvard and MIT.

Where the analogy is apropos is that Boston’s gentry white liberal civic and academic elite have the same attitude about black people that the much smaller scale civic and academic elites in Charlottesville, Chapel Hill and Columbia maintain. They love them, but from a distance, and the berg itself doesn’t have that many, and the blacks who are socially closest to the civic and academic elites are carefully selected and SES-similar, not the ghetto undertow. Furthermore, the main use that said elites have towards blacks is to love them from a distance whilst using them as virtue-signaling tokens against those icky sticky yucky ducky kind of white people “way out there.”


31 10 2016

Metro East


Most Metro East school districts scored below state average in annual standardized test

The majority of Metro East school districts once again performed worse than the Illinois average in the state’s annual English and math test, with some high-poverty districts having less than 10 percent of students who scored proficient, according to state data released to the public Monday.

Cahokia School District, with about 3,500 students, scored the lowest in English, with 6 percent of students scoring proficient. Brooklyn School District in Lovejoy, with 143 students, scored the lowest in math, with no student achieving proficiency.

In the East St. Louis School District, which has about 6,100 students and which has been under state control for the past five years, about 8 percent of students scored proficient in English and 4 percent in math. That’s slightly better than last year, when about 4 percent scored proficient in English and 2 percent scored proficient in math.

School districts in O’Fallon, Millstadt, Swansea, Mascoutah, Freeburg and Shiloh were among those who did better than the state average for both subjects. Fourteen of the 40 school districts in the Metro East scored above the state average for math, and 17 districts did so in English.

And I can’t think of a reason why O’Fallon, Millstadt, Swansea, Mascoutah, Freeburg and Shiloh would show better than Cahokia, ESL and Brooklyn.

Cahokia Superintendent Arthur Ryan acknowledges that his district’s scores were low but said he thought there were logistical challenges in administering the test.

“I’m not kidding myself. Our district, we have a very high poverty rate, we have very high mobility and we have a lot of factors against our kids,” he said. “I’m not pretending all our kids scored the greatest in the state. But there were a lot of factors that were not helpful with getting reasonable scores on this test because this process has kind of been a mess.”

Low income, transiency.  It’s almost as if they point to something.

Young said the Brooklyn district had worked to improve performance by extending the school day by an hour and the school year by four days, and filling the longer day with science, technology, engineering and math education through the Project Lead the Way nonprofit. She also said her district was showing improvement in the number of students who met the “approached expectations” or “partially met expectations” categories.

Okay, so you’re going to keep the same failed students in the buildings longer every day and for more days per year, and when they are there give them more difficult work.  Let me know how that works out for you.

All the other sentence means is that the district has more failures than massive epic failures.

Several other measures of accountability, such as graduation and attendance rates, remained stable on the state level from last year. Barker called that a commendable feat, considering the state’s legislative dysfunction and budget turmoil during the past year.

Graduation rates are political and attendance rates are procedural, neither are an empirical measure.  Also, I fail to see how either would much be affected by a budget stalemate in the state capital.

“Legacy of Slavery”

17 08 2016


It really does say that.

Even though this is a report by the St. Louis Fed, it’s a report about the whole country, not just the St. Louis area.  The St. Louis branch of the Fed specializes in research and reporting.  Until recently, it’s where we got BOGUMBNS (aka M0) reporting from, to expose the vast increase in physical cash circulating as a result of quantitative easing.  “Until recently,” because they no longer report it.  I guess we’re not supposed to know certain things.

I don’t have the time or ability at this moment to give serious brain power to possible flaws in their methodology, but I want to note that this is interesting:

The analysis aimed to examine a general assumption that high-risk borrowers — blacks, Hispanics, the young and the less-educated — regularly employ bad choices and risk-taking behaviors when taking out loans.

“A general assumption?”  From whom?  By whom?  I know I assume it, and I know you assume it.  But that’s because we’re part of the untouchable untermenschen of the alt-right.  Official polite society does not allow us to think about these things or even know these things.  So, if STL Fed is thinking that this “general assumption” is pervasive such that they must refute it, then it must be because people are coming to the conclusion on their own, not because they are officially instructed to think that.  As you can infer from this article, we are officially instructed to discount that.

Just as an ice breaker, I think the main problem with this methodology is that its authors think there’s a necessary Berlin Wall between “bad choices and risk-taking behaviors” and “financial circumstances.”  When in reality, the former can affect the latter, and the existence of the latter can be evidence of but is not necessarily proof of the former.

Also, they tell us about blacks, Hispanics and whites.  But not about Asians, curiously.


One Single Reason

4 08 2016

North County

“There is no single reason”

Except when there is.

Old Jamestown is the last pretty much all white area of North County, and is middle to upper middle income.  Jennings is Bell Curve City.  The Battle of the Fergaza Strip was technically only a matter of a fraction of a mile from happening in Jennings, and not Ferguson.  Southeast Ferguson, the Fergaza Strip, in fact, has a far more Jennings feel than a Ferguson one.

Couldn’t Get Through a Weekend Without Reading About Gaps

10 07 2016


Started with a tweet from Chris Hayes.  MSNBC’s, not Channel 2’s.

I tweeted this link back to him.

Which pretty much tells you all you need to know, except my problem with LGDL’s missive is that it presumes that black and white criminality rates are uniform across all states, and that the state by state differences in per-race incarceration rates is entirely a function of strictness or leniency in the various states’ law enforcement and criminal sentencing cultures.  Maybe they are roughly equal enough to fit in the relevant range of this analysis, and their differences don’t make this analysis any less true.  However, it is undeniable that the white criminality rate in Arkansas is higher than the white criminality rate in Wisconsin, and the black criminality rate in Mississippi is higher than the black criminality rate in Alaska.

It does lead to an interesting point — That if deincarceration is actually a bone fide thing, instead of what I think it is, all hot air, bluster and diversionary noise to conceal increasing incarceration, then it will wind up increasing the B:W incarceration gap, because, as you can see, moving the incarceration threshold from strict to lenient will wind up freeing or non-incarcerating more whites than blacks.  Moving the threshold the other way, from lenient to strict, hits against the law of diminishing marginal returns when it comes to blacks, because so much of their criminality is the type that not even lenient jurisdictions can ignore.  But moving the threshold from strict to lenient means scooping up a lot of low  hanging fruit kinds of whites.

Sentencing Project’s maps.  The Hispanic-white gap is interesting to me.  I think a big part of the reason why there are a fair number of states, including Missouri, where the H:W ratio is under 1 (Missouri is 0.6) is small Hispanic population sizes juxtaposed with enough lower class whites.  But when you’re in the border states, the H:W ratio is well over 1, in fact, close to 2 in New Mexico, Arizona and California.  And I think the reason why it’s higher in the Northeast (4.3 in Massachusetts, e.g.) is because East Coast Hispanics are mulatto Caribbeans, not continental Chicanos/Mestizos from Mexico southward.

Magic and Tragic Dirt

20 06 2016


I found this gem while searching the Cleveland media for news about riots overexuberant bouncyball fans.

It’s a thing, but it’s not a brand new thing to me, because this kind of thing is discussed in St. Louis a lot, the zip code health gap.

But now I think it’s just another excuse for AFFH.  Notsam perhaps can help me, but I get the feeling that the Cleveland area zip codes 44103 and 44108 have a lot of gentrification potential and are close to Cleveland’s central business district.