Oh, he or she is a few days late, and apparently doesn’t realize that we are a small blog and not worth the time, but this sort of TLC happens during elections and it is always entertaining. If you’ve missed the recent stuff, let me update you.
We first heard from what I assume is a consultant for Obama 2012 when I posted a piece about the relationship between the loss of unemployment insurance and the alarming increase in new disability claims. As people are losing their unemployment coverage, and still can’t find jobs in ObamaEconomy, they turn to disability coverage. He wrote to suggest that these two factors were not somehow connected. Uh huh.
Next I put up a little piece about how Obama is calling for some kind of change in discipline procedures in the public schools, and how Maryland has recently instituted a plan called for racial parity in punishment (discipline) in their public schools. They will be requiring schools to put out race-based reports on who is skipping school and who is being sent to study hall or suspended. My view is that African Americans are Americans and that tearing our society to shreds, race by race, incident by incident, is damaging to the United States, almost to biblical proportions. Anyway, a few days after I posted, our consultant wrote back. I think he proves my point. So I will re-post his comments in full:
I need to share some facts that this post should correct. The actual name of what Obama supports is “The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans”, not The Making Punishment Fair Policy.
Nowhere does that initiative suggest that “Obama supports disciplining children according to race”. The announcement did state:
“To deliver a complete and competitive education for all African Americans, the Initiative will promote, encourage, and undertake efforts designed to meet several objectives, including:
• Increasing the percentage of African American children who enter kindergarten ready for success by improving access to high-quality early learning and development programs;
• Ensuring that all African American students have access to high-level, rigorous course work and support services that will prepare them for college, a career, and civic participation;
• Providing African American students with equitable access to effective teachers and principals in pursuit of a high-quality education, and supporting efforts to improve the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of successful African American teachers and principals;
• Promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools, and decreasing the disproportionate number of referrals to special education by addressing root causes of the referrals;
• Reducing the dropout rate of African American students and increasing the proportion of African American students who graduate from high school prepared for college and career;
• Increasing college access, college persistence, and college attainment for African American students;
• Strengthening the capacity of institutions of higher education that serve large numbers of African American students, including community colleges, HBCUs, Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), and other institutions; and
• Improving the quality of, and expanding access to, adult education, literacy, and career and technical education.”
Your original mention of this subject on July27th included the following:
“Because of those causes, the report suggests, “over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects.””
This passage was attributed to the presidents announcement; AFAIK, it doesn’t appear anywhere in it.
That 7-27 post also changed topics, rather smoothly, from Obama to a totally separate story about Maryland. To those who had no knowledge of the second story, there was the chance they missed the shift in topic and or context.
Your post today states: “Maryland is implementing this policy”, where “this” is a direct reference to the Obama initiative. The actions in Maryland have no connection to the White House, so that is an incorrect claim.
I’m glad you introduced these topics on your blog, although they each deserve their own separate entry to avoid confusion. I reading the stories here, I was intrigued to want to learn more, and followed each of them to get the all important details necessary for understanding them. Thanks for opening these doors for my look at these two areas of education changes.
Aggie, why do you think this is written by a consultant? Because he has no sense of humor. Making Punishment Fair Policy is a play on the failed: Making Work Pay Policy… whatever that meant. At least Making Punishment Fair means something. It means that we are going to do careful measurement of skin tone (not unlike the Nazis using calipers to get exact measures of nose sizes, widths, nostril openings), and then we are going to punish mathematically, according to a fair distribution of “racial” attributes. Johnny threw a spit ball, but Johnny is African American and too many of them have served time in after-school suspension, so he gets away with it. His partner in crime, Joey, is Asian and he will be serving time because Asians are under-represented in the discipline statistics for the month of May… Both Johnny and Joey will be upset, because they will both know that this is unfair. Also, they will glean that adult are fools.
The larger point that the consultant graciously makes for all of our readers is that the obsession with race is real and it is happening in the Obama White House. African Americans are not the only people stuck in lousy schools. The real question is not about the race of the students, but about what can be done to help them. It is often said that the definition of insanity is repeating the same failed techniques again and again and expecting a different results. The talking points offered by the consultant are just that – crazy making.
Simply put: Are African American students better off today than they were four years ago?
No, they are in worse shape in The Age Of Obama. No amount of blah-blah from the White House changes that.
And thanks for opening up this very important conversation!