Boston Schools suspend testing for advanced learning – too many Whites and Asians

 

And they wonder why the US educational standards are the worst for a 1st world country. Then they turn around and say we must lower standards while allowing schools to turn into businesses instead of education. Of course figuring out how to educate all the kids might be a better approach…….

A selective program for high-performing fourth, fifth and sixth graders in Boston has suspended enrollment due to the pandemic and concerns about equity in the program, GBH News has learned.

Superintendent Brenda Cassellius recommended the one-year hiatus for the program, known as Advanced Work Classes, saying the district would not proceed with the program for new students next year.

“There’s been a lot of inequities that have been brought to the light in the pandemic that we have to address,” Cassellius told GBH News. “There’s a lot of work we have to do in the district to be antiracist and have policies where all of our students have a fair shot at an equitable and excellent education.”

New students will be admitted in the fourth grade by standards to be determined at the school level, according to a BPS spokesman.

There will be no new students admitted in the fifth or sixth grades, the spokesman said, but those already in advanced work will be allowed to continue.

A district analysis of the program found that more than 70 percent of students enrolled in the program were white and Asian, even though nearly 80 percent of all Boston public school students are Hispanic and Black.

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The Failure of Education – America’s war on its children

 

The Failure of Education

America’s war on its children

by Mustang

If (fill in the blank) isn’t working out to your expectations, then all you have to do is throw more money at it. That’s the message we regularly receive from people who make their money from selling “education.” But, is it true?  Of course not.

The American education system is an utter failure and has been for decades, and there is no more significant proof of that than observing today’s young adults.  They have no academic skills beyond cheating on tests; they lack essential knowledge about our nation’s history or even their own states. They are unable to comprehend cause and effect relationships, and they cannot reason.  If our education system is the doctor, then we’ve killed the patient.

Educationalist (a term I use in the most disparaging manner possible) Kate Barrington wants us to know about the American education system’s top fifteen failures.  None of her “failures” represent the underlying problem of American schools, but here’s what she identified as her most significant concerns:

    1. Insufficient government funding
    2. Charter schools siphon away money from public schools
    3. Teachers aren’t making enough money
    4. Too many teachers are fired for political reasons
    5. There is too much bullying going on in schools 
    6. Students are “too poor” to learn
    7. Schools are over-crowded
    8. Students are too anxious and hyper-active to learn
    9. Insufficient parental involvement

She never once mentioned political brainwashing imposed on every child in public schools, never said anything about the costly athletic programs that take away time and money from academic curricula, never mentioned the dismal results of “high stakes” testing, or the fact that students receive no training in civics education, are taught revisionist history, or that they are bored to the point of tears in the classroom.  

Ms. Barrington didn’t say that our children cannot construct a proper sentence, much less a paragraph, or that an average first-year high school student can only read at the fifth-grade level and cannot perform algebraic computations or has no interest in the wonder of science.

She also never mentioned that the United States (federal and state expenditures) spends, on average, $800-billion on educational programs EACH YEAR.  That figure approximates $15,000.00 annually for each child in elementary and secondary schools.  Maybe we shouldn’t focus so much on what we spend on American education — perhaps we should be asking what we’re getting as a return on that investment.  Are we getting smarter kids who, within a few years, are knocking them dead in the corporate structure, on Wall Street, as engineers, as scientists?

No — actually, American kids (including those graduating from college with a four-year degree) are mediocre compared to the rest of the civilized world.  Forty years after the publication of A Nation at Risk, a ground-breaking report by the National Commission on Excellence, America’s kids are dumber than ever despite the doubling of our expenditures on education.  

Constructing more schools does not equate to better education — it only means more children per year are less competitive globally.  What other conclusions can a rational person make when more than two-thirds of the student population cannot demonstrate mastery in grade-level mathematics and science, reading, or even understanding the history of their own ancestors?

Here’s an interesting statistic: 85% of our nation’s high school graduates each year are unqualified to enter college as freshmen without substantial remediation.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average expenditure worldwide is around $9,800 per student annually.  Around the world, then, nations who spend far less educating their children are producing young adults who can (and do) read, who can communicate well in writing, who understand complex mathematics, and are geared toward careers in science and engineering.

Equally important, we must address the question of whether America’s young adults are as well-adjusted psychologically as their “other world” cohorts.  There does not appear to be any evidence to support such a claim.  Considering high incidents of violence in schools and throughout local communities, the opposite seems right. America’s young adult is maladjusted, and if there is not a trend toward psychopathic abnormality, it certainly seems that way.  

What, then, should we deduce?  Should we conclude that in exchange for $800-billion annually, we are getting psychologically damaged young adults?  As young adults, our children not only do not know who they are but also don’t care.  

Our young adults do not understand that the rights they enjoy extend to every other citizen, as well — so supporting such notions that they must silence a citizen who has different views from their own — forcibly, if necessary — tells us that our education system has grown at least two (maybe three) generations of dangerously maladjusted human beings.  Moreover, they are irrational in thinking that such behavior benefits a healthy society.

America is getting no bang for its buck.  Rather than demanding more money (to waste), perhaps reduced spending is a better plan.  Pay teachers less money, not more.  Stop pretending that high school football programs are equal in importance to science and mathematics.  Stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars on textbooks that facilitate revisionist brainwashing or communicate anti-white racial biases.

When compared to the children raised in third-world countries, our children are stupid, psychotic, and socially inept.  Is this our return on our ever-increasing investment in the American education system?  One notable scientist suggested, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  We attribute this quotation to Albert Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity.  Perhaps the educationalists should make a note of it.

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

NYC de Blasio’s panel recommends eliminating all gifted school programs

 

What to do with bright Dick and Jane in the New York school system? They have no right to an enrichment program. After all, they are more likely White. Forget that dear old mom and dad are more likely doing the heavy lifting in paying taxes to support the school system and educating the Johnnies that aren’t so bright. Just who is paying for the school lunch programs and whatever else?

No, in the Socialist perfect world we simply want mediocrity. We want no advancement for the brightest in supporting their creativity. After all they are our future scientists and engineers.  Good work New York. This should bring about a new wave of ‘White Flight” and even worse, poor Black, Hispanics and Asians bright kids will be restricted in getting the opportunity at fulfilling their potential.

No they must be sacrificed on the altar of so called desegregation.

Chalkbeat:

The advisory group tasked with finding new ways to integrate New York City schools is recommending the nation’s largest school system eliminate gifted programs and selective admissions at most city schools.

Those are some of the proposals unveiled Monday night by the School Diversity Advisory Group, made up of academics, students, parents, and advocates appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Earlier this year, 62 of the diversity advisory group’s 67 initial recommendations became city policy.

Their latest recommendations take aim at admissions policies that have been seen as critical for getting white, middle-class families who might otherwise leave the city or choose private schools to enroll in public schools.

Any of the proposed changes have the potential to ignite intense pushback. The group recognizes this tension and says they believe their recommendations “thread that needle in a bold and balanced way,” the report’s authors write.

The report calls for the admissions test to be dropped and for programs to be phased out by not enrolling any new students. Instead, the group advises that the city provide local districts with resources to create their own alternatives that avoid the kind of “rigid academic tracking” that can lead to internally segregated schools.

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have more on the topic behind a paywall. More at Chalkbeat

A press conference is scheduled for 1pm today. It will be interesting to hear what our Presidential candidate de Blasio has to say on the matter.

Other than that, all is well in the New York swamp.

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Obama to end school choice program while ‘we need to make sure ‘all children’ get a chance at a great education’

The hypocrisy reaches a new high this week. While few would disagree that education is the ticket to getting out of poverty and Baltimore for that matter, Obama tries again to end the school choice program in D.C. This from the so-called Black President. Here we go:

After having presented a budget to Congress that would phase out a school-choice program that allows a limited number of children to escape Washington, D.C.’s public schools, President Barack Obama delivered a weekly address today that said all Americans have a responsibility to make sure all children—not just their own—get a great education.

(Obama’s two daughters go to Sidwell Friends, one of the most expensive private schools in Washington, D.C.)

“All of us have a responsibility to not only make sure our own children have pathways to success but that all children do,” Obama said, while sitting in a public library in the Anacostia neighborhood of D.C. “And a great education is the ticket to a better life like never before.

“The Obama administration has tried for years to sunset the program, and the president’s fiscal 2013 budget request zeroed out funding for the program, though the proposal was never carried out,” Education Week reported last month.

“The fiscal 2016 budget request includes $43.2 million, down from $45 million last year, and $3.2 million of that must be used to carry out an evaluation of the program,” reported Education Week. “In addition, the proposal specifically states that the money will be made available until it’s all used up, an attempt to sunset the program once again and block new enrollees.”

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Affirmative action in action as applied to SAT scores

Here is a story that should put our teeth on edge. Not bad enough that we add scores to the so-called “Minorities” but better yet, let’s take away points away from Asians because you know, they are just brighter and that disadvantages others. Let mediocrity reign. Here we go:

In a totalitarian society, there are no objective measures. All data is distorted to reinforce the official ideology. Falsified temperature data meant to prop up the global warming hoax is one example. Adding points to SAT scores to reward persons of politically preferred pigmentation is another:

In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

H/T: Moonbatttery

New York Schools features Van Jones anti-cop lesson plan

Do you wonder where these marchers against the Police have come from? They are our own school based indoctrinated children who are being taught to hate cops. Let me take you back in my way back machine and drag out an old post. Yes, our man Van Jones is giving it to us under the guise of Common Core. Posted December, 2010.

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A new Human Rights Curriculum that was recently introduced to middle schools and high schools all across New York is a disservice to students because it wastes precious instruction time which would be more wisely spent on academic fundamentals. Big Government

Last Friday, December 10, over 1,000 New York students took part in the inaugural webcast of the “Speak Truth to Power” curriculum distributed by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and New York State United Teachers

From NYSut.org Van Jones Police Brutality

by SpeakTruthToPower on November 9, 2010 in Lesson Plans

LESSON GRADE LEVEL:

  • 9 – 12 and Higher Education

HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES:

  • Justice, Fair Treatment

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After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Know who Van Jones is and why he is a human rights defender.
  • Understand the issue of police brutality within the U.S. and internationally.
  • Understand the impact media has in advancing a position or perspective on an issue.
  • Understand the connection between policies and financing policy positions.
  • Examine the roles of oppression and repression and police brutality.

STUDENT SKILLS:

  • Drawing inferences
  • Making conclusions
  • Researching, organizing and interpreting information
  • Inquiry and critical thinking
  • Group discussion

MATERIALS:

ANTICIPATORY SET:

  • Instruct the students to read the Van Jones interview from Speak Truth to Power and to read the article Lessons from a Killing.
  • Ask the students to respond to the following questions:
    • What is excessive force? Is there a base standard or is it situational?
    • The Aaron Williams case happened 15 years ago. Do you think the situation has changed? Explain?
    • Identify three strategies regarding work with the media that Van Jones implemented in order to achieve justice for Aaron Williams.
    • Did Van Jones believe all police to be racist?

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Al Gore, Van Jones, Lisa Jackson to speak to 10,000 youth activists

Let the indoctrination begin…
Former Vice President, Nobel Laureate and junk scientist Al Gore will give the keynote address next month to 10,000 youth activists at the Power Shift 2011 conference in Washington DC.

Van Jones and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will speak to the youths too. (Power Shift 2011)

For four days, young leaders will come together for Power Shift 2011 — a historic summit where activists will get the skills they need to create clean and just energy solutions in communities around the country and around the world.

The brainwash summit will be held in April PR Newswire reported:

Val Jar with her best bud as she brought Van Jones into their den of vipers.

Bill Bennett gets paid to shill for Common Core Standards

To say I am disappointed to learn this is an understatement. For many years I listened to Bennett as I drove to work. When I weary of Fox, I will flip and go online and catch him there. I wrote off his over covered topic of Education due to his earlier career in Government as Secretary of Education under Reagan. A position this very man frequently dismissed as a Dept. that should be done away with. Lately, though I have found myself tuning him out when this topic came up, now I know why. What is the matter Bill? Not enough money in the bank? That is a joke. No just another paid hack like the rest of your ilk. Bye Bill.

While in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Wednesday, former Reagan Secretary of Education Bill Bennett put out what was described as the “Conservative Case for Common Core,” he admitted he is paid by a lobbying firm for his continued work in support of the controversial standards.

Bennett’s admission, reported by Politico, that the public relations, lobbying, and business consulting firm DCI Group paid him to write the op-ed perhaps explains why it doesn’t sound much like the writing of the Reagan appointee who agreed with his president that there was no real necessity for a federal Department of Education.

But not only does Bennett not adhere to true conservative principles in his piece, he also doesn’t seem to know much about the Common Core standards that he’s being paid to sell to the American people.

Bennett seems to be either just towing the pro-Common Core line (that’s his paid job), or doesn’t understand the Common Core 101 connection between the Core and the textbooks and the testing. Students will take Common Core-aligned multi-state standardized, federally-funded tests, and their school districts have chosen Common Core-aligned textbooks and instructional materials that tell them what they will read and learn in order to pass the consortia’s tests.

Unfortunately, Bennett’s piece is steeped in the same old, same old pro-Common Core talking points.

“Governors, state education administrators and teachers used these principles as a guide when they developed a set of common standards that were later presented to the country as Common Core,” he writes. “Forty-five states signed up originally.”
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Durbin says, lets get rid of tax-payers student loan debt, while we are at it, control textbooks

One can only imagine what will be in those subsidized textbooks, can’t we? Better yet, we knew all along that when the government took over student loans, forgiveness was always the intent. But as usual, that which we warned about now sees the light of day. Get rid of these Commies this fall, as least as many as we can. Al Franken springs to life on this one. Elizabeth Warren to the rescue in this one as well. Is there nothing they will do to sell their soul for a few votes?

Durbin is working in coordination with Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren and Jack Reed, who have also introduced student-focused legislation designed to turn out the youth vote in November. (Laugh line here.)

Illinois Review reports
In an attempt to gin up the youth vote for the November election, U.S. Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin has co-sponsored and written legislation that will allow students who declare bankruptcy to get rid of their taxpayer-financed student loan debt, and subsidize (again with tax money) textbook purchases.

At the moment, student debt, which is the result of ever-increasing tuition costs driven by government subsidized student loans, cannot be erased by filing bankruptcy. Durbin thinks this is wrong and argues that the government must step in and protect students from the debt they’ve accrued as a result of government loans. He’s calling his bill a student-loans “bill of rights.”

In addition, Durbin has introduced legislation called the Affordable College Textbook Act, which is co-sponsored by Minnesota Senator Al Franken (D). The bill would create a taxpayer-subsidized grant program for colleges and universities around the country to develop and expand the use of open-source textbooks. In other words, working taxpayers would now pay for the writing, updating, printing, and use of textbooks, which would then be free online for students.
Government created the problem of high tuition by subsidizing it : now Senate Durbin wants to stick the taxpayers with the bill. What’s really creepy is Dick Durbin will get into the text book writing business. Senator Durbin appears to believe in the central planning of Mikhail Suslov. –

was a Sovietstatesman during the Cold War. He served as Second Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1965, and as unofficial Chief Ideologue of the Party until his death in 1982. Suslov was responsible for party democracy and the separation of power within the Communist Party. His hardline attitude toward change made him one of the foremost anti-reformist Soviet leaders.

Born in rural Russia in 1902, Suslov became a member of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) in 1921 and studied economics for much of the 1920s. He left his job as a teacher in 1931 to pursue politics full-time, becoming one of the many Soviet politicians who took part in the mass repression begun by Joseph Stalin‘s regime. Suslov impressed the Soviet leadership to such an extent in the pre-Eastern Front Soviet Union that he was made First Secretary of Stavropol Krai administrative area. During the war, Suslov headed the local Stavropol guerilla movement. He became a member of the Organisational Bureau (Orgburo) of the Central Committee in 1946 and, four years later, was elected to the Presidium (Politburo) of the All-Union Communist Party.

Holder wants to know ‘Race, Sex, Disability, Age and English-Learner Status’ of problem students

So now the term is “New Guidance” as Eric Holder, and Arne Duncan and their drones continue to worm their way into our educational system. Of course, even the threat of a lawsuit against a school district causes most to cave to the Federal government. Unless they have deep pockets and can spend millions of dollars defending themselves. That why we have “winter breaks.”  Christmas? What Christmas.

“As part of this review, schools (and the federal government no doubt) may choose to examine how discipline referrals and sanctions imposed at the school compare to those at other schools, or randomly review a percentage of the disciplinary actions taken at each school on an ongoing basis to ensure that actions taken were non-discriminatory and consistent with the school’s discipline practices.” -previously reported.

The Obama administration, concerned that “zero tolerance” policies are sending too many students to court instead of the principal’s office, on Wednesday urged schools to back off — particularly in the case of minority students and other federally protected groups. “Racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem today,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who joined Attorney General Eric Holder in speaking about the new guidance. Holder said “students of color and those with disabilities” often receive “different and more severe punishment than their peers.” –

While the nation’s schools are under local control, they must follow federal civil rights and disability laws. And the new guidance for the nation’s schools could subject more of those schools to federal discrimination lawsuits. In fact, the crackdown already is happening. Full story at CNS

Thousands of Iranian students here will benefit from “agreement”

Little coverage is out there on the so-called interim agreement the U.S. entered into with Iran on November 24, 2013. Reuters has a great piece on the full details, but let me focus on this little known factoid that we have thousands of Iranian students over here, “more than at any time…” studying… yep, Math and Science. Better yet, they are receiving stipends from their good friends the US of A for their tuition, housing and a portion of their living expenses. Sorry folks, this is my feel good story for a Sunday. The ignorance continues unabated. What could possibly go wrong with this? Anyone want to bet they get free healthcare? Here we go:

(Reuters) – When Mohammad Hamedi Rad arrived in the United States last year, he carried his Iranian passport, a hard-won student visa and a backpack containing $14,000 in hundred dollar bills, because there was no simpler way of getting money into the country.

Hamedi Rad’s experience is by no means unheard of among many of the thousands of high-achieving, mostly middle-class young Iranians who are coming to the United States to study in increasing numbers despite U.S. and international sanctions on their homeland.

Under the November 24 interim agreement, Iran agreed to halt its most sensitive nuclear activity in return for a 6-month respite from some of the sanctions that have crippled its economy.

As part of the bargain, the United States and its partners agreed to open up a channel between Iranian and foreign banks to enable “direct tuition payments to universities and colleges for Iranian students studying abroad.”

This year, 8,744 Iranians are in the United States on student visas, more than at any time since the late 1980s. Most are graduate students, many focusing on math and science, who are more likely than undergraduates to receive stipends covering a portion of their tuition and living expenses.

Full story at Reuters

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