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Walter E. Williams |Posted: Nov 29, 2017 12:01 AM Share (1K) Tweet
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The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home
about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful. Let's
look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common. In 2016,
in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient
on the state's mathematics exam. In six other high schools, only one percent
tested proficient in math. In raw numbers, 3,804 Baltimore students took the
state's math test, and 14 tested proficient. Citywide, only 15 percent of
Baltimore students passed the state's English test.
Last spring, graduation exercises were held at one Baltimore high school, 90
percent of whose students received the lowest possible math score. Just one
student came even close to being proficient. Parents and family members
applauded the conferring of diplomas. Some of the students won achievement
awards and college scholarships. Baltimore is by no means unique. It's a
small part of the ongoing education disaster for black students across the
nation. Baltimore schools are not underfunded. Of the nation's 100 largest
school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil.
Baltimore's black students receive diplomas that attest that they can
function at a 12th-grade level when in fact they may not be able to do so at
a seventh- or eighth-grade level. These students and their families have
little reason to suspect that their diplomas are fraudulent. Thus, if they
cannot land a good job, cannot pass a civil service exam, get poor grades in
college and flunk out of college, they will attribute their plight to
racism. After all, they have a high school diploma, just as a white person
has a high school diploma. In their minds, the only explanation for being
treated differently is racism.
Let's look at math. If one graduates from high school without a minimum
proficiency in algebra and geometry, he is likely to find whole fields and
professions hermetically sealed off to him for life. In many fields and
professions, a minimum level of math proficiency is taken for granted.
Let's look at just one endeavor -- being a fighter jet pilot. There are
relatively few black fighter jet pilots. There are stringent physical,
character and mental requirements that many blacks can meet. But fighter
pilots must also have a strong knowledge of air navigation, aircraft
operating procedures, flight theory, fluid mechanics and meteorology. The
college majors that help prepare undergraduates for a career as a fighter
pilot include mathematics, physical science and engineering.
What's the NAACP response to educational fraud? At a 2016 meeting, the
NAACP's board of directors ratified a resolution that called for a
moratorium on charter schools. Among the NAACP's reasons for this were that
it wanted charter schools to refrain from "expelling students that public
schools have a duty to educate" and "cease to perpetuate de facto
segregation of the highest performing children from those whose aspirations
may be high but whose talents are not yet as obvious." Baltimore Collegiate
School for Boys is a charter school. In 2016, 9 percent of its students
scored proficient on the state's math test. This year, over 14 percent did
so. It's in the interest of black people for more of our youngsters to
attend better schools. However, it's in the interest of the education
establishment -- and its handmaidens at the NAACP -- to keep black
youngsters in failing public schools.
Few people bother to ask whether there's a connection between what goes on
at predominantly black high schools and observed outcomes. Violence at many
predominantly black schools is so routine that security guards are hired to
patrol the hallways. The violence includes assaults on teachers. Some have
been knocked out, had their jaws broken and required treatment by
psychologists for post-traumatic stress disorder. On top of the violence is
gross disorder and disrespect for authority.
The puzzling question for me is: How long will black people accept the
educational destruction of black youngsters -- something that only benefits
the education establishment?
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