“Together and unequal” educational standards

Many public schools are chafing under the “No Child Left Behind” requirements passed by the Bush administration, which mandate that schools meet learning standards, an effort to ensure that all students are taught how to read, write, and calculate.  Because so many schools are failing at this, the Obama administration is allowing states to opt out by proposing and meeting their own performance standards.  Here is what Virginia is going to do:

Under the new rules, schools are expected to have 78 percent of white students and 89 percent of Asian students passing Virginia’s Standards of Learning math tests but just 57 percent of black students, 65 percent of Hispanic students and 59 percent of low-income students.

via Virginia’s ‘together and unequal’ school standards – The Washington Post.

Different standards for different races!  89% of Asians (who we all know are good at math) must pass the test, but the schools will think they are successful if only 57% of black students do.  Isn’t this racist?

The old segregated schools were said to be “separate but equal.”  The columnist Andrew Rotherham, linked above, calls this approach “together but unequal.”

HT:  Jackie

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    If you applied this line of reasoning to the 100 meter dash, you’d be assured that some of the best runners would not appear in the finals. That’s good if you want to see more diversity at the starting line but not so good if you want to have the best runners in the race.

  • Pete

    If you applied this line of reasoning to the 100 meter dash, you’d be assured that some of the best runners would not appear in the finals. That’s good if you want to see more diversity at the starting line but not so good if you want to have the best runners in the race.

  • Carl Vehse

    This “together, but unequal” standard has been going on for over half a century. You can see the results of it in graffiti-stained Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis and other major cities, in Congress and other bureaucracies with Demonicratic loyalists, and now, most blatantly, in the White House Administration.

    It comes from a cancerous subculture that is destructive toward even its own adherents , but now has the protection of a major political party and the hectored obeisance of the other.

  • Carl Vehse

    This “together, but unequal” standard has been going on for over half a century. You can see the results of it in graffiti-stained Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis and other major cities, in Congress and other bureaucracies with Demonicratic loyalists, and now, most blatantly, in the White House Administration.

    It comes from a cancerous subculture that is destructive toward even its own adherents , but now has the protection of a major political party and the hectored obeisance of the other.

  • Robin

    Tennessee also opted out and it has been a nightmare. The school where I formerly taught hired an outside person to monitor teachers in their rooms. If the monitor feels the teacher is not using “proper” teaching techniques she stops the class and lectures in order to have a “teachable moment.” Also, teachers who are what you would consider “old school” are scoring lower than teachers who do group work and incorporate some form of technology in all their lessons. I think it is quite sad. No Child Left Behind was awful. This is worse.

  • Robin

    Tennessee also opted out and it has been a nightmare. The school where I formerly taught hired an outside person to monitor teachers in their rooms. If the monitor feels the teacher is not using “proper” teaching techniques she stops the class and lectures in order to have a “teachable moment.” Also, teachers who are what you would consider “old school” are scoring lower than teachers who do group work and incorporate some form of technology in all their lessons. I think it is quite sad. No Child Left Behind was awful. This is worse.

  • Jon

    Anyone know what the federal standards are? Are they race-based, too?

  • Jon

    Anyone know what the federal standards are? Are they race-based, too?

  • Steve Billingsley

    What a mess. Education is too important to be left to the “experts”.

  • Steve Billingsley

    What a mess. Education is too important to be left to the “experts”.

  • Carl Vehse

    Under “together, but unequal” standards, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has told two Georgia high schools that their choirs will not be allowed to perform with the Symphony this year because they are not racially-diverse enough. The two schools are in Cobb county, ranked the twelfth most educated in the U.S.

  • Carl Vehse

    Under “together, but unequal” standards, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has told two Georgia high schools that their choirs will not be allowed to perform with the Symphony this year because they are not racially-diverse enough. The two schools are in Cobb county, ranked the twelfth most educated in the U.S.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    I have three immediate family members who teach in our public schools and universities, and they are unanimous – NCLB is probably the worst piece of education “reform” ever drafted. This stems primarily from the false presuppositions upon which it is built, but also for the built in incentive to cheat. Regardless, the best solution is probably to scrap it altogether.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    I have three immediate family members who teach in our public schools and universities, and they are unanimous – NCLB is probably the worst piece of education “reform” ever drafted. This stems primarily from the false presuppositions upon which it is built, but also for the built in incentive to cheat. Regardless, the best solution is probably to scrap it altogether.

  • MarkB

    I think one of the major problems with education lately has been the intervention of federal money and with it federal control. It is much better for the children if education is dealt with on a local basis. Let the parents and the local school boards decide what is right for their children.

    As well intentioned as No Child Left Behind was it is a failure.

  • MarkB

    I think one of the major problems with education lately has been the intervention of federal money and with it federal control. It is much better for the children if education is dealt with on a local basis. Let the parents and the local school boards decide what is right for their children.

    As well intentioned as No Child Left Behind was it is a failure.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    What matters to society ultimately is whether we are willing to provide the appropriate job skills training for those of any race who cannot meet some arbitrary standard. What are we going to do to help them be productive and employed? Are we just going to flunk them till they drop out? Or are we going to design curriculum and instruction that are appropriately paced with enough training and interning to get them to function? If they can’t pass algebra, okay, teach them bricklaying or some such and give them help to get their first job and reward diligence, etc. In other words don’t just set them up for failure and dump them. We need to help them for their sake as well as for society’s sake. I doesn’t cost any more to have them in classes they can’t pass than it does to teach them stuff they can learn in classes they can pass.

    There is no way for all students to be above average.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    What matters to society ultimately is whether we are willing to provide the appropriate job skills training for those of any race who cannot meet some arbitrary standard. What are we going to do to help them be productive and employed? Are we just going to flunk them till they drop out? Or are we going to design curriculum and instruction that are appropriately paced with enough training and interning to get them to function? If they can’t pass algebra, okay, teach them bricklaying or some such and give them help to get their first job and reward diligence, etc. In other words don’t just set them up for failure and dump them. We need to help them for their sake as well as for society’s sake. I doesn’t cost any more to have them in classes they can’t pass than it does to teach them stuff they can learn in classes they can pass.

    There is no way for all students to be above average.

  • Carl Vehse

    In Atlanta, a tribunal has been hearing the cases of school teachers who were accused of giving Atlanta Public School students the answers as they took standardized CRCTs in 2009. There are 21 cases still pending, with 16 reinstatements, 18 terminations, and 110 resignation or retirements.

    One teacher, whom witnesses saw or heard giving correct answers to students taking the test, told another teacher that she gave her kids the answers because they were “dumb as hell.”

    Dr. Beverly Hall, who was Atlanta School District Superintendent during the time investigators said there was a pervasive pattern of cheating at 44 schools and involving 178 educators, claims she knew nothing about it.

  • Carl Vehse

    In Atlanta, a tribunal has been hearing the cases of school teachers who were accused of giving Atlanta Public School students the answers as they took standardized CRCTs in 2009. There are 21 cases still pending, with 16 reinstatements, 18 terminations, and 110 resignation or retirements.

    One teacher, whom witnesses saw or heard giving correct answers to students taking the test, told another teacher that she gave her kids the answers because they were “dumb as hell.”

    Dr. Beverly Hall, who was Atlanta School District Superintendent during the time investigators said there was a pervasive pattern of cheating at 44 schools and involving 178 educators, claims she knew nothing about it.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    sg – Exactly. But there seems to be no small amount of snobbery around – as if certain jobs are beneath people (and therefore, immigrants fill them, and do them well, and get ahead, and upset all the locals ;) ).

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    sg – Exactly. But there seems to be no small amount of snobbery around – as if certain jobs are beneath people (and therefore, immigrants fill them, and do them well, and get ahead, and upset all the locals ;) ).

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    as if certain jobs are beneath people (and therefore, immigrants fill them, and do them well, and get ahead, and upset all the locals

    Uh, I don’t really see that happening. Immigrants do the jobs, but they don’t get ahead. The immigrants that do get ahead are not much resented by locals. The immigrants on social welfare programs annoy locals especially at our stunningly low labor participation rates:

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t02.htm

    The unemployment rate is a joke. It is the percent of those who were working but now aren’t. It is not the percent of those who could be working.

    Labor participation is 64%
    Of those, 7% are unemployed.

    for those of us who don’t speak government data-ese, that means 41% of the people over age 20 are not employed.

    not 7%, but 41%

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    as if certain jobs are beneath people (and therefore, immigrants fill them, and do them well, and get ahead, and upset all the locals

    Uh, I don’t really see that happening. Immigrants do the jobs, but they don’t get ahead. The immigrants that do get ahead are not much resented by locals. The immigrants on social welfare programs annoy locals especially at our stunningly low labor participation rates:

    http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t02.htm

    The unemployment rate is a joke. It is the percent of those who were working but now aren’t. It is not the percent of those who could be working.

    Labor participation is 64%
    Of those, 7% are unemployed.

    for those of us who don’t speak government data-ese, that means 41% of the people over age 20 are not employed.

    not 7%, but 41%

  • helen

    Carl @ 6
    Wonder when they’ll apply “diversity quotas” to athletic teams… and what would happen if they tried!?

  • helen

    Carl @ 6
    Wonder when they’ll apply “diversity quotas” to athletic teams… and what would happen if they tried!?

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    @13

    Diversify the NBA to look like America!!!

    LOL

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    @13

    Diversify the NBA to look like America!!!

    LOL


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