Discussion: The New Secretary Of Education Under The Obama Administration.
In 2008 why are there Black people who promote the INFERIORITY of all Black schools?
Back in 1908 a White school and a Black school in the same school district were not given equal resources. With both schools operating from the same school system budget - the White school was the favored school. The Black school got the "sloppy seconds".
In 2008 these "all Black schools" are a product of the political victories overtime which saw the "favored politicians and policies" of those who remained in the city proper take over the elected offices and the school administration. Thus far their election night celebrations have not translated into material success in the key areas that drove their political activism; education being one of them.
I make the case that this person (Vanessa) if infected with "Non-White White Supremacy" because clearly she promotes INTEGRATED SCHOOLS as the primary mode by which Black kids receive quality education. Conversely an "all Black school" is a threat to their education. Since few people would argue that an "all White school" is a threat to White kids it is time we slay this sacred cow as to WHY there is a difference.
The Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive-Fundamentalist Racism Chaser will blamed UNFAIR DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES as the key distinction between the proverbial "all White suburban school" and the failing inner city school. Despite the fact that there are plenty of inner city schools that have abundant per pupil funding to complete their mission - this Jim Crow Era truth has remained unchallenged.
I give credit to educational activist and liberal Jonathan Kozol. At least he correctly points to the CULTURE that is contained in these "White schools" that are the key distinguishing factor. In one of his books that I have read he argued that the inner city school kids should be transferred to the more culturally enriching suburban schools which are adorned with more academically stimulating material accouterments and more positive environment in general.
Let's get past the politically correct niceties folks. Kozol is making a judgment on the CULTURAL SUPREMACY of one environment versus another. I agree with his assessment but fervently disagree with the base of assumptions that he builds from. Until I see otherwise - I believe that Kozol attributes this more favorable culture to RACE. The White folks have a superior culture and thus their results are better. Move Black kids into this culture and the osmosis will occur.
My major push back against Kozol and other BQPFRCs is their assumption that this arrangement is not possible within an all Black school. The truth is is that in these all Black schools they are staring their own social policies, civics and anti-authority policies right in the face. After decades of "fighting AGAINST" authority they now need to have the students and their parents submit to authority in order to allow the system of their own to work properly. How many times have I mentioned the word "organic" as it relates to the need for the Black community? So much of the activism is external and "inorganic" in nature. The fundamental requirement for allowing these all-Black schools to become the high performing academic environments is to change the consciousness within.
Instead of making the theme of 'we are being screwed' with our lack of resources the organic notion of "our resource level is a function of the productivity of our community in generating human and monetary resources to apply to our schools". It is quite ironic that the call for education is made so that our people can become professionals in service to our own communities and yet there is always a call for an EXTERNAL jump start so that the effectiveness of education will kick in some day. Isn't this inherently in conflict with the ultimate goal? How better to inculcate the importance of academic excellence than to have the ultimate state of your community be dependent upon the efforts of the participants in the community to commit to making it so?
[quote]"Duncan has done nothing to address racial segregation in our schools--which is so bad that a 2003 Harvard University study found that CPS is "only a few percentage points from an experience of total apartheid for Black students."[/quote]
Could you tell me SPECIFICALLY what about an "All Black School" is inherently inferior to an "All White School"?
You make use of the word "Apartheid " but you clearly fail to understand the power of certain words.
The Black children living in our urban schools and attending majority minority schools are not living in APARTHEID conditions. That is unless you are smitten with the disease that I call "Non-White White Supremacy".
Do you not find it disturbing for you (I assume a Black person) to only require one piece of information ("Is the school all Black") for you to conclude that it is thus an INFERIOR SCHOOL?
I am bothered by why certain Black people emote the theory that sitting in a class next to WHITE KIDS will afford Black kids the ability to learn by some magical process of osmosis. Would a poster of a White kid in each all Black classroom do the trick?
Why is it unconscionable to work to DISTILL THE ESSENTIAL ESSENCE of the "All White School" that you covet and dare to ask "AM I WILLING TO IMPLEMENT THESE SAME STANDARDS, CULTURAL NORMS AND ETHOS in the all Black school that is in my focus so that they too can have success"?
You see Vanessa - you give yourself a mental "out" by claiming that this is all about SCHOOL FUNDING. You and I both know that this is not the case.
Worse yet - some people who hate Blacks and I would dare to say - some Black folks themselves - believe that the White student is superior and thus we see the results.
I dare to argue for the third point that is less popular. The problem with Black schools is that there is an aggregate UNWILLINGNESS to put forth the proper order both inside of the school and with regard to the management of these children to create an environment where ACADEMIC SUCCESS is a more likely outcome.
I credit Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly Hall. She said recently (paraphrased) "I have come to the conclusion a while ago that SCHOOL BUSING is not a valid option as I will ways always have more at risk students than I do quality classrooms to place them in where they will be the minority. Therefore I chose to WORK WITH WHAT I HAVE and raise the standards and my tactics accordingly".