This disturbing article about Obama racial management was printed at PowerLine on Monday:
“The Obama administration’s Department of Education has announced that it will crack down on “civil-rights infractions” in public schools, including alleged disparities in the disciplining of white and black students. This means that the administration will identify and investigate situations in which a facially neutral discipline system — offense X brings punishment Y — results in blacks being discplined more often than whites. School systems will face the prospect of being punished unless they can explain the disparities, presumably based on a painstaking analysis of each disciplinary decision.
As Roger Clegg points out, the easy way out for schools — and what school bureaucrat won’t prefer the easy way out — is to make sure the numbers pass muster, i.e., to make discipline decisions based not solely on the merits, but also on the basis of race. And since administrators aren’t likely to mete out punishment just to balance the numbers, they will balance them by going easier on black students because they are black.
As a result, school discipline will be further eroded, making it increasinigly difficult for students of all races to learn.
It’s bad enough that the Obama-Duncan Education Department is intent on trapping students in bad public schools. Now, it plans, though aggressive “civil rights” enforcement, to undermine whatever measure of discipline these schools have been able to maintain.
Duncan announded his “civil rights” initiative during a speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., scene of the “Bloody Sunday” civil-rights confrontation 45 years ago. That’s good PR, I suppose. But did the civil rights protesters of the 1960s really march so that school administrators would be intimidated into not disciplining black students who violate the rules?
Naturally, no student should be disciplined due to his or her race. But the way to prevent this abuse is to identify and address (at the local level, I would argue) specific cases where administrators treat minority students differently due to race. Such cases are not likely to go unnoticed given the tendency these days for students and their parents to complain. Imposing a presumptive quota system for discipline and forcing administrator’s to justify deviations from the numbers is wrongheaded and corrosive
Once, it was axiomatic that education is a local matter. Today, many believe that there are aspects of the eduational process as to which the federal government has a proper role. But it’s difficult for me to see how classroom discipline is one of them”.
Comment: I taught at a senior high school in Minnepolis 40 years ago. It was the era of the Leftwing dictate of forced busing. Blacks were being spread around the city and later to the inner suburbs to share the burdens caused by the plantation nature of inner city chaos. The courts and school admininstrators and politicians in general dictated that any public schools without significant black enrolments were failures. These schools did not represent American culture, therefore they could be no worthwhile learning occurring there. They demanded that everyone believe that there was no cultural differences between inner city society and the civilized Minneapolis public schools with all white populations. Everyone was totally equal, one side of the liberal mouth insisted.
In reality the whole purpose of busing was to merge the two diverse cultures because academic and social behaviors were not equal!……One institution was quite civilized obeying traditional rules of school behavior and standards for learning and the other high school was sinking in a sea of torrential disorder dominated by hoodlums allowed to express their trouble.
Educators, widely known for their dishonesty, pretended there wasn’t the thinnest dime’s difference between black schools and those with white enrolments. It would be racist to say so. Yet they proposed busing to solve the vast differences between the two communities. Nothing quite measures up to public school thinking. Opponents to busing were purged.
I was transferred to a ‘black’ high school after years of successful teaching at a high school where the only black would be among the teaching faculty….a fine, highly qualified and respected fellow.
It was assumed and TAUGHT by some on the faculty at the ’minority’ school that whites were just as disorderly and chaotic as the predominantly ‘minority’ school……that the beatings and robbings and shootings there were normal at all white schools and communities as well. Newspaper reporters, they claimed, would write only about black-caused crime, as part of the white population’s conspiracy against them.
The white high school where I taught had been a civil, well disciplined high school remindful of “Happy Days”. A major crime there would be throwing snowballs at police cars.
To this day black students are far more disruptive in schools than non blacks. Liberals will intentionally read this statement as racist …..to stir the passions of their plantation culture allies, a culture in which the family unit has disappeared and racism flourishes.
So, the Obama administration apparently is going to even things out.