Connect with us

Opinion

Why Minority Academic Underachievement Persists

In virtually every U.S. school system, the academic parity between African American students and other students is disturbing.

Jeff Davidson

Published

on

As decisions are made on the state and local level about how and in what form we will educate the nation’s children, an age-old issue remains: The underlying cause of income inequality and the resulting civil unrest likely has less to do with media-inflamed coverage and much more to do with the problem that apparently no one wants to discuss and that is educational disparity.

The disparity year after year, decade after decade, in math competency, reading proficiency, test scores, honor roll status, and graduation rates, in virtually every U.S. school system, between African American students and other students is disturbing.

No Optimism on the Horizon

Any responsible American would be concerned. Here in the third decade of the third millennium, with a disheartening male African American high school dropout rate across the U.S., can anyone view the situation optimistically?

take our poll - story continues below

Should Congress Remove Biden from Office?

  • Should Congress Remove Biden from Office?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Flag And Cross updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

“It’s remarkable,” noted Eric Hanushek, who is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, as well as a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Following his extensive analysis, he remarked, “I knew that the gap hadn’t been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised.”

When strenuous efforts to bridge the gap, in one community after another, do not bear fruit, invariably someone yells “foul,” as if some grand conspiracy is occurring and a magic wand, yet to be waved, could suddenly redress all. And, as if long-term, hard-working, dedicated teachers are not attempting their utmost for each of their students.

An Undesirable Path

Consider the school system in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, North Carolina. This locale, deemed, “The southern part of heaven,” by writers, is among the most progressive in the United States. The teachers and educators here have a vested interest in demonstrating that their school system, beyond all others, can succeed in the vital area of closing achievement gaps between whites and minorities.

Year in and year out, nevertheless, the gap remains. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education is primed to try anything. Another in an endless line of supposed “fixes” was to eliminate the advanced math classes in the middle schools and to lump all non-pre-algebra students together, with similar plans to eliminate other advanced classes such as in language arts.

One cannot easily erect a sound building on quicksand, and you cannot expect to solve a decades-old problem by starting with a shaky foundation. Taking a lowest common denominator approach to developing school curriculum has never consistently worked, anywhere. It frustrates the students and dramatically increases a teacher’s burden – all such students must then be taught at individual learning speeds. Do you know any superhuman teachers? If so, could you afford them?

The Real Issues are Masked 

Truly closing the academic gap between underachieving students and the rest of the student population requires addressing reality – airing the truth about the disparity – not resorting to politically “correct” psychobabble and curricula finagling for another ten years, and then another ten, and then another.

This disparity encompasses such issues as the number of hours the television is on in given households, family or parental encouragement for completing homework assignments, a regular workspace, and established hours for studying in a quiet environment, among other factors. Meanwhile Nigerians, Ghanians, Haitians, and other groups get into high seemingly right off the boat, and within one generation or less become a part of the U.S. economic mainstream.

Until solid analysis, exploration, and programs that address these issues are undertaken, no amount of wrangling with classes will prove to be the “winning formula.” School boards, moreover, will have zero chance of effectively addressing the continuing problem of poor academic performance among student groups.

Detective Sherlock Holmes, in Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Sign of Four, says, “… When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” The schools in U.S. communities routinely exhaust talented teachers with a task that cannot be solved by them, nor is it theirs to solve.

Committed Students, Ready to Learn

Satisfactory academic achievement, however improbable to those who wish to pretend otherwise, occurs through individual effort: one boy and one girl after another rising above and cracking the books, then coming to class as a serious student, eager to learn, and primed to excel.

Such achievement is never likely to occur any other way. Otherwise, expect that income inequality and civil unrest will continue for decades into the 21st century.

 

Opinion

Biden Busted! POTUS Blows Off DC Mask Mandate at High End Restaurant

Not a good look for the guy who keep pushing the mandates.

Published

on

Throughout American history, (and certainly throughout this infernal coronavirus pandemic), there has been a great deal of talk about our elected officials and just how little they seem to care for the rules that they themselves profess to find important.

In many cases over the last year, we have witnessed Democratic politicians flouting the rules surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, often accompanied by the old anecdote about “rules for thee, but not for me”.  This ethos was exemplified by Nancy Pelosi, of course, who was seen on CCTV having her hair done inside of a California salon despite local ordinances prohibiting any customers to be inside the building at all.

Now, in a similarly-hypocritical situation, President Joe Biden has been spotted ignoring the DC mask mandate while dining at an ultra-posh restaurant in Georgetown.

White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki didn’t have much of a response when questioned about the poor behavior. 

During her daily press briefing, Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy to address a video showing Biden and first lady Jill Biden walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday, violating Washington, D.C.’s indoor mask mandate.

“There is a mask requirement inside D.C. restaurants,” Doocy said, “yet President Biden and the first lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday. Why?”

Psaki responded by incorrectly claiming the controversy centered around a photo, not a video, and she said the Bidens were walking out of the restaurant, not through it.

Then came a tense exchange.

“Well, I think what we are referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand, where they had not had put them back on yet,” Psaki said.

“So I would say, of course, there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should,” she continued. “But I don’t think we should lose the forest through the trees here in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy.”

Doocy pushed back, saying the Bidens were clearly filmed walking through the restaurant, indoors, without masks on, but Psaki refused to elaborate.

“There is a caveat for people under 2 or people who are actively eating or drinking,” Doocy said. “So I’m just curious why the president was doing this.”

“I think I just addressed it, Peter,” Psaki responded.

Biden has been adamant about both mask and vaccine mandates of late, and has faced a great deal of pushback on account of his incessant promotion of such guidelines.

Throughout American history, (and certainly throughout this infernal coronavirus pandemic), there has been a great deal of talk about our elected officials and just how little they seem to care for the rules that they themselves profess to find important. In many cases over the last year, we have witnessed Democratic politicians flouting the rules surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, often accompanied by the old anecdote about “rules for thee, but not for me”.  This ethos was exemplified by Nancy Pelosi, of course, who was seen on CCTV having her hair done inside of a California salon despite local ordinances prohibiting any customers to be inside the building at all. Now, in a similarly-hypocritical situation, President Joe Biden has been spotted ignoring the DC mask mandate while dining at an ultra-posh restaurant in Georgetown. https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1449578978243715074?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1449578978243715074%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fpolitics%2Fpsaki-biden-video-violating-mask-mandate-overly-focus-moments-time White House Press Secretary Jan Psaki didn’t have much of a response when questioned about the poor behavior.  During her daily press briefing, Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy to address a video showing Biden and first lady Jill Biden walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday, violating Washington, D.C.’s indoor mask mandate. “There is a mask requirement inside D.C. restaurants,” Doocy said, “yet President Biden and the first lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday. Why?” Psaki responded by incorrectly claiming the controversy centered around a photo, not a video, and she said the Bidens were walking out of the restaurant, not through it. Then came a tense exchange. “Well, I think what we are referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand, where they had not had put them back on yet,” Psaki said. “So I would say, of course, there are…

Continue Reading

Opinion

Trump Boasts He Wouldn’t Need Mandates to Convince Americans to Get Vaccine

BOOM!

Published

on

One of the most heated arguments that we have in America today has to do with whether to not the federal government has any right to tell us what to put into our bodies.

Sure, they already seem to have some ideas on this, having decided when we are old enough to drink alcohol or smoke a cigarette while also completely inhibiting our ability to partake in other, more dangerous fare.

But when it comes to medical decisions, there are a great many Americans who’ve decided that this is a line too far, specifically in the case of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Former President Donald Trump, who appears very much to be pro-vaccine, still isn’t pro-mandate, and he has a good reason why.

take our poll - story continues below

Should Congress Remove Biden from Office?

  • Should Congress Remove Biden from Office?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Flag And Cross updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

“I wouldn’t say to anybody, ‘You have to.’ But I would sell it. Look, I’m very proud of what we did with the vaccines,” Trump told political news host Bill O’Reilly in an interview that will air at 8 p.m. Monday on The First TV.

“It was supposed to take five years and they said it wasn’t going to work. I did three vaccines in less than nine months and they do work, they work really well.”

And then:

Trump added: “I would convince people, take it. I don’t want to push it … When I was president, there was no talk about mandates or anything. Everybody wanted the vaccine. Now a lot of people don’t want it.”

President Joe Biden has taken a far more terse and tyrannical tone in regard to involution mandates, suggesting at one point that “Our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”

One of the most heated arguments that we have in America today has to do with whether to not the federal government has any right to tell us what to put into our bodies. Sure, they already seem to have some ideas on this, having decided when we are old enough to drink alcohol or smoke a cigarette while also completely inhibiting our ability to partake in other, more dangerous fare. But when it comes to medical decisions, there are a great many Americans who’ve decided that this is a line too far, specifically in the case of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Former President Donald Trump, who appears very much to be pro-vaccine, still isn’t pro-mandate, and he has a good reason why. “I wouldn’t say to anybody, ‘You have to.’ But I would sell it. Look, I’m very proud of what we did with the vaccines,” Trump told political news host Bill O’Reilly in an interview that will air at 8 p.m. Monday on The First TV. “It was supposed to take five years and they said it wasn’t going to work. I did three vaccines in less than nine months and they do work, they work really well.” And then: Trump added: “I would convince people, take it. I don’t want to push it … When I was president, there was no talk about mandates or anything. Everybody wanted the vaccine. Now a lot of people don’t want it.” President Joe Biden has taken a far more terse and tyrannical tone in regard to involution mandates, suggesting at one point that “Our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us.”

Continue Reading
The Schaftlein Report

Latest Articles

Best of the Week