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NY Times Blames ‘Nice White Parents’ for Public Education ‘Failing Black and Brown Kids’

NY Times Blames ‘Nice White Parents’ for Public Education ‘Failing Black and Brown Kids’

“If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ix9IkwjbUg

First, there was the 1619 Project. Now The New York Times has a limited series called “Nice White Parents” because they’re the people who get in the way of “building a better school system.”

Not just parents. The NYT had to single out white parents.

It’s not the powerful teacher unions. Not the power-hungry politicians. Not the Department of Education. Not the lack of school choice. It’s totally those white parents!

The NYT explained:

We know that American public schools do not guarantee each child an equal education — two decades of school reform initiatives have not changed that. But when we look at how our schools are failing, we usually focus on who they’re failing: Black and brown kids. We ask: Why aren’t they performing better? Why aren’t they achieving more?

Those are not the right questions.

If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: White parents.

Can someone please explain to me why it is wrong to focus on who is not performing well? Aren’t those the question we should be asking ourselves? It puts the concentration on the kids who need help.

But no because the NYT wants to keep blaming white people and look woke for everyone. Instead of concentrating on the needs of the students, the publication wants to trash “nice white parents.” I’m honestly shocked the publication didn’t say, conservative nice white parents.

Isn’t this racist? This is a great point:

The actual problem with education is that too many people treat education as a one size fits all. As a former teacher, I can tell you that does not work. I mean, anyone can tell you that, but it really hit me after I experienced it.

The main problem is the Department of Education and its stupid testing. Next are the state education boards and the cities.

I noted in a previous piece that education is the most local issue in the country. Everything should be up to the school district and the communities within that district.

The teacher unions want to delay opening schools because of the coronavirus pandemic. I find it weird that they want to delay the opening until…the start of the flu season, which is just as contagious and deadly. But I guess that doesn’t matter. It’s all about opposing President Trump.

Again, why look to the feds? Every community is different when it comes to the coronavirus. Is it so hard for them to figure it out for themselves?

Plus, if you wait until everything is 100% safe, schools will cease to exist. I guess if a breakout happens they want to avoid blame because being an adult is so hard.

A teacher wrote at the Foundation for Economic Education “that much of their energy is spent advocating for various, non-educational political initiatives.” He listed the union’s commitments, noting that “many of these issues have only a tangential relation to education, if that.”

It also doesn’t help that unions hate reform. They hate school choice, even though competition leads to better products. They also oppose entrance exams for teachers, protect the bad ones, and don’t want “stringent teacher evaluations.” God forbid a teacher receives a salary based on his or her performance.

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2smartforlibs | July 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm

SO all the kids are in the same class but the none white can’t grasp facts?? Sounds like soft bigotry to me.

    Connivin Caniff in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 24, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    The control group of Indian, Chinese and other Asian students seem to be doing pretty well.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Connivin Caniff. | July 24, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      Brown and Black parents fail their children at a very high per capita rate. Children’s success starts with parents who interactively teach and work with their children, who create a stable environment, who dispense love and discipline as needed.

      Parents need to stress the value of education, and show that they value it by constantly teaching long before children go to school.

      Teachers are not created equal, it is up to parents to make sure that they do their best to understand what they need to to improve their child’s experience, including discipline regarding doing school work and working with the child to ensure that they understand every assignment.

      When a child misbehaves in school, they should be punished at home.

      Or at school, when one of my children was not handing in assignments for 9th grade algebra, I suggested to the teacher that I should meet the child for class, and help them catch up. The teacher was ecstatic, saying it was a great example for other students. I did so, and there were no other issues after that.

      Maybe parents need to be punished for their child’s behavior?

      I know some good black parents, but for the most part, most do not really parent. If they want to understand how to parent, they need to look at Caucasians, Asians and Jews.

      There are clear reasons why some people succeed, and others and their children do not.

        drednicolson in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 24, 2020 at 6:59 pm

        Many kids would take 40 lashes over the social suicide of one of their parents coming to school with them. Just the threat of it can quickly straighten out the average troublemaker.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to drednicolson. | July 24, 2020 at 8:22 pm

          The look I received from the bull headed child was priceless, that was my tactical nuke, only one required to make the point. There were plenty of warnings.

        nordic_prince in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 24, 2020 at 7:50 pm

        Yup – parental involvement is crucial, and it is this key aspect that is, more often than not, lacking in the black community. Between absent fathers, indifferent mothers, and a culture that places enormous pressure on kids to not do well in school because that’s “acting white,” is it any wonder why inner-city schools are better at producing feral fools rather than young scholars?

    MosesZD in reply to 2smartforlibs. | July 25, 2020 at 10:50 am

    It depends. The children (second and third generation) of African, West Indies & Caribbean immigrants do quite well. As well as Asians and Whites.

    It’s the other black and brown children who aren’t doing well. And that comes down to their particular education-scoffing culture.

    The sad fact is that American Blacks of non-recent immigrant parents/grandparents would rather fail than get caught ‘acting white.’ Add in their parents discount education, unlike Asians and those previously mentioned, you have a recipe for failure and failure ends up being the dish being served.

    And the sad part is, the problem is on blacks and the left which refuses to see it. Even in the bad days of outright racism, lyching and whatnot, students at all-black Dunbar High in Washington, D.C., were outscoring white students across town, while all-black schools in many other cities were similarly excellent. Black Brooklynites had P.S. 91. You would never know from the situation depicted in the fourth season of The Wire that in the old days, black kids in Baltimore had the top-class Frederick Douglass High.

    All those schools equaled or exceeded the performance of white schools. But, over-time, black-culture changed in America and became nihilistic to education.

    Which brings us to today – routine mediocrity from low-effort black-students being blamed on whites.

Dear NYT: Schools do a shitty job for white kids too, it’s just that parents spend time and effort making up the difference at home.

I just commented on how low the bar was on a different post.

The family up the block has a kid that’s struggling and is finding out how many give-shits the principal has to offer in helping her get her kid into summer school for kids that are behind. She’ll be fine…because her parents give a damn and put in the effort.

When kids have a home where moms cook and dads work on cars they learn about fractions. When kids have a home where parents live to a budget, kids learn about budgeting. When kids have a home where the parents are idiot slaves dependent on the government to provide for them, they learn how to riot.

“The teacher unions want to delay opening schools because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Their wish to delay is not about the coronervirus. It is about not wanting to go back to work and deal with the kids in person.

In that sense, I can relate. I really do not want to go back to my office. I love seeing my colleagues once or twice a month in a zoom meeting.

That said, I would not make any complaints or demands once asked to return.

    CorkyAgain in reply to alohahola. | July 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Would their position on re-opening the schools change if it made a difference in whether or not the teachers get paid (and union dues deducted from their paychecks)?

Start by blaming the NY Times-owning Sulzbergers.

Does the NYT still have white subscribers after that?

I’m starting to think that Carlos Slim must be getting big bucks from China to publish this kind of idiotic, race-baiting nonsense, because no other explanation really makes sense.

Allegations of diversity form the bedrock of Democrat projections.

A few days ago someone suggested folks should read “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut. If you haven’t, you should. The plan the NYT seems to suggest is to lower the bar to create equity instead of raising it to promote equality.

    drednicolson in reply to elliesmom. | July 24, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    And blame the entirely predictable shortcomings of such a plan on the “tall poppies” who have the temerity to look for something more than what their “betters” have so generously given them. What selfish and ungrateful persons. 😐

    JusticeDelivered in reply to elliesmom. | July 24, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    “lower the bar to create equity instead of raising it to promote equality.”

    This is the essence of all Affirmative Action. The original intent was good, but it failed because the PC assumption that some people were failing to thrive because of their circumstances, when in reality, those people simply were not smart enough to make the grade.

    Then, rather than reexamine their hypothesis, they started lowering standards, and boy, they really lowered those standards.

    Other races have dull witted people, we do not promote any of them far past the Peter Principle, as we have been doing with blacks.

    Education is loaded with Affirmative hires, that puts black children at a disadvantage, and that is another reason that people, and now police, are fleeing cities. Show me a black city that has a competent school system.

      tom_swift in reply to JusticeDelivered. | July 25, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      The original intent was good

      The original attempt was blatantly and explicitly racist, even if not overtly malevolent. It hinged on the unspoken rationalization that some all-knowing and benevolent entity could use “good” racism to overcome “bad” racism. Which is BS; a conceptual dead end. Racism is racism, period, and it’s all miserable.

    nordic_prince in reply to elliesmom. | July 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    That’s what “No Child Gets Ahead” was about, as is its successor, Common Core.

It’s all about opposing President Trump.

TY Mary.

The NEA and AFT don’t even “protect” their members the way the FOP and most private trades do. They oppose active shooter drills. And say some enterprising young history teacher receives their mandatory tenure after two years of showing up with a pulse, and that teacher decides to teach a more orthodox view of American history than the 1619 project or Howard Zinn? Do you think for a second that the union would defend them?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | July 24, 2020 at 4:25 pm

“We ask: Why aren’t they performing better?”

What you should ask is, “Why are they performing worse than they were decades ago, when they had less money and fewer tools?”

With all the tech advancements, the price of education should be dropping like a rock. Every student has instant access to a library larger than the world’s largest libraries of 40 years ago – at his fingertips, literally, and free. No one can complain that they don’t have easy, cheap, instant access to any information they are looking for. And kids have access to free textbooks that people post on the web, for every topic and class. And free problems with solutions … and all this for material that hasn’t really changed in 100 years (the reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic – the important stuff). Schooling should be 1/20th the cost it was 30 years ago, and 10 times better. Instead, it’s 20 times more and 1/10th the effectiveness (not to mention the huge number of outright lies and falsehoods that K-12 public schools peddle to the students, that the parents have to spend the evenings correcting.

This is what happens when things are funded with public money. Inevitably. Add onto that public funding issue the idea that it’s “The Children!!!” and the left gets to warp and distort and pervert things even more.

The one fact that has to be made very public and clear is the actual level of k-12 teachers; the Education department is the WORST department at every college or university burdened with one. The GRE scores for intended Ed. grads are so pitiful that the sociologists laugh at them. They are the LOWEST scores of anyone. They score lower on the math sections than the friggin English grads. They score lower on the math than the sociology grads (and you wouldn’t think there was even any room below the idiots in sociology). This has to be made crystal clear so that people understand what to think when any teacher or education administrator tries to make any recommendations. They are IDIOTS.

I only found this out because the GRE results used to include the average scores for other intended concentrations on the back and I couldn’t believe what I saw. It turns out that the year I took the GRE was no exception, at all. Education students are the dumbest people at the university.

    I cannot agree more with your comments.

    Let me add that schools today don’t really encourage students to read books. Real books. Not flickering black letters on some electronic gadget.

    Students aren’t taught the art of handwriting (a.k.a. cursive) either. They have no ability to create their personal signature! One sad day I hope never to see, one of our presidents will make an X as “their” signature.

    Once upon a time students took notes from books, learned to cite footnote sources, could organize ideas and present arguments for their thesis. Today students learn to cut and paste from Wikipedia articles and use EzBib for the odd, feeble source. Thanks to computers and software our students don’t think they need to struggle to learn. All of us are poorer.

    Ed.D.s attract classroom teachers because they are too stupid to do anything else. They get the fake Dr. title and a boost in their income.

    What they never get is respect. They deserve none.

      Dathurtz in reply to SophieA. | July 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      Almost every day I have to sacrifice work on some useful knowledge/skill/reasoning work because we have to prepare students to pass a standardized test. I can do what I want in my other classes, but biology is strictly (and often foolishly) focused on nonsense rather than useful things. My experience has been that almost all parents care ONLY about a grade and almost all administrators can ONLY about a test score.

      Maybe I’ve been lucky in my career (80% private or charter schools) in that I can count the truly bad teachers I have worked with on one hand and they all got fired by the end of their second year.

    nordic_prince in reply to ThePrimordialOrderedPair. | July 24, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    A huge reason for the burgeoning cost of education (not only at the college level, but also with your local district) is administrative bloat. It is out of control.

I don’t know why anybody cares what the NYTimes says. Better to ignore them.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 24, 2020 at 4:43 pm

An answer to problems the NYT bemoans: separation of the white kids from the others. No oppression. No conflict.

Give them separate schools. Separate but equal, of course.

/zarc tag for those who need it

    JusticeDelivered in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | July 24, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Return to the good old days where dumb people have dumb children, who go to schools with other dumb child who are taught by dumb teachers and managed by the dumbest administrators.

    I wonder about claims that children need to be educated with other children in order to develop properly. We did not have that in the early days of America, yet people and the country thrived anyway.

I listened to the trailer yesterday and I think you’re getting this wrong. I think the people they’re going to take out to the woodshed are rich white liberals.

Think about it. Everyone hates them. Conservatives hate them. Black people hate them. And if you look at polling data, rich white liberals hate themselves.

I think what we’re going to get is exactly what everyone wants to hear. Rich white liberals (in NYC) are jerks who screwed up schools and never bothered to send their own kids there.

I totally subscribed.

Chum throwing for the race war

Moon Battery | July 24, 2020 at 5:05 pm

“If you want to understand what’s wrong with our public education system, you have to look at what is arguably the most powerful force in our schools: the poor performance of teachers”

Fixed it.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Moon Battery. | July 24, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    There are lots of good teachers, and more bad parents. If children are not taught to love learning, they are difficult at best, and many are impossible to teach. It only takes two or three bad students to bring learning to a standful for a whole class.

    I feel for teachers in the same way I feel for police, both are stuck between public dullards or worse, and incompetent low grade political hacks.

White communists lap up this sort of abuse. But no matter how much they virtue signal it still goes down painfully.

Which explains one major reason why these same white Communists demonize and dehumanize non-Communists with such ferocity and brutality. Since they don’t dare strike out at their tormentors – that would be racist! – white Communists expend their rage and hate on those who had nothing to do with tormenting them.

amatuerwrangler | July 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm

That equality of education may be the goal, but it is the same “equality” that socialism pushes, which is equal misery for all.
Its just that those pesky “white parents” (of all hues) refuse to sit around Waiting for Superman and pick up the slack that the schools leave by making their kids do the homework, get tutors when needed, even making sure the kids actually attend.

The whole s**t-storm we are now enduring is caused by the problem that the family has broken down and no one has the balls to address this issue. Parents need to start being parents, and forget wanting to be their kid’s “best friend”. That will come later when the kid grows up and realizes what the value of good parenting is. It is actually harder than “adulting”. Instead it gets derided as “white privilege”.

The best solution is school choice with the funding following the student.

I fail to see what the failure of schools in Camden, St Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, or Chicago have to do with whites generally, let alone white parents.

Such articles always blame everybody but the people who are actually failing, the students, as if they play no part in this. Teaching requires two parties, not one. How many more billions must be spent before you say “it’s not us, it’s them”?

    Dathurtz in reply to randian. | July 24, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    They blame white people for leaving an area getting crappier and accelerating the crappification process. Apparently, people are expected to sacrifice their children for equity’s sake (they don’t say equality anymore).

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Dathurtz. | July 24, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Some people just cannot be equal, except when being compared to other really stupid unequal people.

        Y’all sound like you are blaming the students.

        The principal at my youngest kid’s middle school called me in because he was doing poorly in geometry. I thought that was odd, because he is math-oriented. She admitted that everyone in the class was having trouble with this subject.

        After a pause, I very carefully told her that geometry is a well-known subject, and if everyone in class is having trouble with it, the problem might not be with the kids.

        This was in one of the purportedly best school districts in the country. That school and the nearby high school had been stripped of their teachers shortly before that, because they had been one of the best-performing schools in the area.

        The following year we had a new superintendent, and a new vice-principal at a meeting with the parents. The superintendent said we needed to say what the school needed. The vice-principal spoke up: “We need teachers. Good teachers.”

          Dathurtz in reply to Valerie. | July 24, 2020 at 8:11 pm

          Sometimes teachers suck. How long did that teacher teach geometry there?

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Valerie. | July 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

          “Y’all sound like you are blaming the students.”

          So far, we are not able to fix stupid. Some children have stupid parents, parents who should not have reproduced. So, since parents and offspring are all stupid, it is not their fault, it just is.

          By the way, I did many years ago know two morons who had children, the first, a girl, was also a moron. The second, a boy was normal. Being smarter than his parents, he was wild, and headed for jail. He joined the Marines, an act of defiance.

          That was at a time when the Marines did whatever it took. They saved him. He became an MP, did his time, became a city cop, then a detective, and eventually retired.

Back in old days, all of Chicago Public School teachers had to pass a comprehensive written test and oral interview. All high school graduates knew how to read, write, and understand math.

CPS has some of the USA’s best schools.

However, CPS is failing many, many students. This crisis has been 30 to 40 years in the making. If they really cared about the students, the public officials and teacher unions would have fixed the problem.

I still recall a newscast I heard over 30 years ago where the reporter asked the striking teacher what subject she taught:

“I teaches English.”

CPS not too long ago sent teachers on a trip to South America, and they came back with glowing praise for Venezuela and all the other dictatorships–after that, what do you expect?

    drednicolson in reply to rochf. | July 24, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    They got the tourist brochure version. All the good things (such as there are) paraded in front of them, all the bad things tastefully kept out of view.

Biting the hand that feeds them, Newspaper edition.

The ny times is the Bizarro of publications: whatever it prints, think the opposite.

They’re Pravda within our borders.

Some schools really suck. I know it is all the fashion to bash teachers because some of us are really bad at our jobs and it is a career that has access to children so it attracts predators. But, I think it is pretty rare that a school fails an area, though it surely happens. Big cities seem to have exceptionally whackadoo people in education, but I’ve no experience with such an area.

The problems of society show up in schools. Schools have failed to deal with the burden of societal breakdown. We are forced to promote kids to the next grade who have failed. That kid is gonna be screwed and there’s isn’t much we can do about it unless something really special happens. When a lot of kids are that kid, the school is done. There isn’t a damn thing the teachers can do about it. Politicians fail the populace and the problems show up first in the schools. That doesn’t mean schools can solve the problems.

Do the editors and executives at NYT send their kids to public school?

Today I learned that nobody at the New York Times has ever had their kids in public school.

healthguyfsu | July 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm

Sooner or later it will be obvious that the only thing that can be done to improve black/brown achievement will be to hinder white/asian achievement.

Then, we will all be equally stupid and foreign powers will love it.

The New York Times can kiss my lily white a$$.

I look forward to the day it closes down.

Basically they are blaming other people for their failure … That only works for so long

IIRC another story I saw on this actually said it was liberal white parents.
They are the worst. They won’t live with the black, brown or minority children, they’ll move out to the suburbs pretending they’re there for a job or the school for their kids.
They won’t admit they aren’t living up to the ideals they want everyone else (but them) to live up to. Hypocrites of the highest order.
When confronted I have yet to have one tell me the real reason is because they’re racist and scared of people of other colors when they make up the majority of the neighborhood. They won’t admit their racism and tokenism of having a “black” friend.
See it even in my town, the liberal with the sign Hate Has No Place Here. If I could find a few bums I’d drop them off at the house and tell the bums the people will feed and house them. Then I’d video the householder recoiling and slamming the door with force and hate.

Comanche Voter | July 24, 2020 at 10:51 pm

The clowns at the New York Times. Often wrong, but never in doubt.The most powerful force in public education today is the teacher’s union.

My wife and I were both big believers in public education when our two daughters went K-12 through the local public school system back from the mid 70s to the late mid 80s. These days I would not put a child in that self same school system. Standards have deteriorated. These days a school age child of mine would be in either a charter or a private school.

The local school district is rated 167th in the state. The school district next door–just three miles from my home is ranked #2. Would I move to that community in lieu of putting the kids in a private school? In a New York minute. And I had some friends who did years ago for the very same reason.

When it’s your kid’s education we are all conservatives.

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NY Times Blames ‘Nice White Parents’ for Public Education ‘Failing Black and Brown Kids’

Wow, even more condescension. “Black and brown kids” can’t even fail on their own—they need white people to do it for them.

There is nothing anyone can do to make the ghetto gangster culture children learn. Education has no value for them as they plan to live life leaching off society on welfare or crime.

The only solution is to destroy the ghetto gangster culture by ending welfare for those able to work, including mothers with children. Along with ending tolerance of criminals by implementing 3 strikes and you out nationwide. This will remove the pillars that enable the ghetto gangster culture.

    MajorWood in reply to ConradCA. | July 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    And this is why “The Wire” will always be better than “Breaking Bad.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uonc7BEZ4g

    I couldn’t find the scene on Youtube, but Michael, the smart kid is teaching the younger kids math and they just don’t get the story problems, so he changes the problem to caps in a package and money, and the little girl immediately gets the right answer. Michael asks why she can’t do the school problems, and she replies “the school don’t beat your ass when you come up short.”

    I so miss Balmer, not!

https://www.blackandblondemedia.com/2013/07/01/before-its-deleted-of-the-day/

Before-It’s-Deleted Of The Day

©Black & Right July 1, 2013 1 6807
The following was a difficult read because justifies what’s in the vile minds of liberal racists and is also an example of what blacks call “dirty laundry”: bad stuff about black folk never to be said around whites.

The essay was posted on Craigslist and it’s the kind of truth that often is taken back out of PC fear….

Essay by a teacher in a black high school
*This is a repost from the rants and raves section from the Mobile, Alabama craigslist.*

The truth is usually a tough thing to accept, so I understand if this is flagged. It would be a cowardly thing to do, but I understand it. Some people just ignore unpleasant truths. However, if you think ignoring the problem, or trying to censor the truth, will help our black children improve, you’re dreaming. This is important, so I’m happy to repost – indefinitely if necessary. I find it interesting that NO ONE has had the intellect to refute anything in the essay. They can only attempt to censor it, as if doing so somehow makes it invalid. Weak minds, weak minds.

Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state.

The mainstream press gives a hint of what conditions are like in black schools, but only a hint. Expressions journalists use like “chaotic” or “poor learning environment” or “lack of discipline” do not capture what really happens. There is nothing like the day-to-day experience of teaching black children and that is what I will try to convey.

Most whites simply do not know what black people are like in large numbers, and the first encounter can be a shock.

One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their point — something that occurs to even the dimmest white students — blacks just tried to yell over each other.

It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one woman’s class as she begged the children to pipe down. They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.

Many of my black students would repeat themselves over and over again — just louder. It was as if they suffered from Tourette syndrome. They seemed to have no conception of waiting for an appropriate time to say something. They would get ideas in their heads and simply had to shout them out. I might be leading a discussion on government and suddenly be interrupted: “We gotta get more Democrats! Clinton, she good!” The student may seem content with that outburst but two minutes later, he would suddenly start yelling again: “Clinton good!”

First, the flu is at least 7 times more deadly among children than Covid.

But really, my daughter was a substitute teacher in several metro Detroit suburban school districts. She now teaches at a charter school that services Detroit students. Believe me, from the stories I’ve heard over the last three years, there is a big difference and it has nothing to do with “white parents”.

It also has nothing to do with money. Detroit students receive twice as much funding per pupil as the suburban school districts she worked at.

And the teachers my daughter works with are there because they want to help these kids. They want to make a difference. They work 11 and 12 hour days and weekends. Unfortunately, it’s so hard that there is a 30% turnover in teachers at the elementary level where she teaches. The stories are heartbreaking and it’s hard on the teachers mentally.

It is truly offensive, as a father of a dedicated teacher, that the NYT publishes an article like that. Shame on them. Shame on the people that buy that rag.

In fairness, some teachers are excellent. Most are good. The remainder are not performing.

IMO it isn’t the school’s or teacher’s job to educate a child. Rather, it is their job to educate a child that:
1. Is well rested
2. Is well fed
3. Completes assignments
4. Is capable of emotional and physical control
5. Is willing to put forth the effort to grasp the material

In other words it isn’t the function of schools or teacher’s to ensure the child is ready to learn, that is the job of the parents or guardians. There are numerous social programs that aid in achieving this for those with lower economic means.

The real problem with our educational system is the warehouse mentality of the bloated education administration. They treat the classroom as a storage unit for children, billing the taxpayers for each occupant with little regard for educational success.

Similarly, teachers are viewed by the public education system as replaceable cogs without differentiating between them. An excellent, dedicated teacher who gets results is viewed by the administration as equivalent of a burned out, jaded, low performing teacher who does just enough not to be exiled to the rubber room.

The public sector teacher unions have created this mess by refusing to allow disciplinary proceedings against their lower performing members.

The only way out is to provide vouchers that allow parents to select the school of choice. This competition will force school boards to renegotiate union contracts and improve their product.

“Can someone please explain to me why it is wrong to focus on who is not performing well?”

Oh, please! You know that asking that question is pure, unadulterated racism. We’ve been told this enough times.

“Aren’t those the question we should be asking ourselves?”

Yes, if we were being honest and genuine.

“It puts the concentration on the kids who need help.”

Which we cannot do. If that were to occur those black and Brown students would no longer be mis-educated grievance mongers and would reject being manipulated and used by the unions and democrats.

NYT should hire Geoffrey Canada to get any and every article they intend to publish on education. If you have not seen “Waiting for Superman”, please do yourself a favor and watch it.

Used to be back in the ancient era of the 1990’s Black kids were ridiculed because they were “acting White”. That was street-talk for wanting to get educated. Teachers were (and still are) targets for physical attacks by Black students (are they so large and/or aggressive because they were held back?). The Federal Department of Education, a gift to the Teacher’s Unions by James Earl Carter, keeps changing (read dumbing down) curriculums yet students STILL can’t learn.

Now look, the New York Times – only read in upscale White homes around NYC – is making the claim Black and Brown students are failing because of White families. Another way to look at this phenomenon is that White and Asian, families would prefer safer schools that actually TAUGHT students usable knowledge.

Such old-fashioned ideas.

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