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Profs Recommend Keeping Your Kids in Public School to Show Anti-Racism Commitment

Profs Recommend Keeping Your Kids in Public School to Show Anti-Racism Commitment

“White America owes Black students a large educational debt”

So many parents are choosing to home school, and who can blame them? Public schools in many places are failing the community.

The College Fix reports:

Profs to white parents: Keep your kids in public schools to show you’re not racist

A pair of Minnesota professors say one of the ways in which white parents can demonstrate a commitment to “anti-racism” is to keep their children in public schools.

The University of Minnesota’s Abby Rombalski and Carleton College’s Anita Chikkatur, both professors of education, write in that (white) parents who transfer their kids to private or charter schools end up putting funding for public schools “at serious risk.”

“White America owes Black students a large educational debt,” Rombalski and Chikkatur argue. Maintenance of public school enrollment, along with “yes” votes for property tax increases (a major source of education funding), are ways to help pay that debt.

“Funding for public schools is a societal good and supports our democracy, now and in the future,” the professors continue. “[C]ulturally relevant public schools are an important facet of society that values Black lives and BIPOC children.”

Of course, guilt-tripping white parents about societal payback and highlighting things like “culturally relevant” schools probably won’t serve well the cause they espouse.


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The Friendly Grizzly | August 19, 2020 at 12:07 pm

I don’t owe them a damned thing.

The comments to the article are almost universally opposed to the “liberal” professors’ opinions, expressed with varying degrees of politeness. I guess demanding parents (of any color) sacrifice their children on the Altar of Woke is not terribly popular.

Pathetic how low intelligence “Professors” think they can use fake racism to keep themselves employed!

A check for private school is one that I have never regretted writing. You’d think that the public education communists would be happy to have the extra money that does not need to be spent on the private school students, except that the test score differences then highlight the crappy job that they are doing.

Parents owe such a large debt that they should send our kids to inferior and unsafe schools to repay it?

Please quantify this debt. How much ignorance and how many injuries are needed (per student) to pay off this alleged debt? And be sure to relate the price to the benefit from which this debt was accrued.

Or shut up and go away. Pick one.

I am not willing to send my child to an inferior school so that I can virtue signal. My child’s private school has every skin pigmentation possible represented. The school actually ‘teaches’ and requires the behaviors I expect of a civilized human.

Barry Soetoro | August 19, 2020 at 4:26 pm

These profs are right about opening schools this fall, but for the wrong reason. Blacks owe White Americans reparations for 1) the financial and human suffering costs incurred during the war to emancipate them from slavery a century and a half ago, 2) the expenditures wasted on the failed Great Society experiment to make sub-Saharans the equals of Europoids, and
3) the foregone opportunity costs of abandoning our effort to take mankind to the stars to finance the impossible goal of the Great Society.

“White America owes Black students a large educational debt”

This is a very strange statement. It implies that “White America” was given something valuable by “Black students” which should be paid back. But I can’t imagine what that “something” might be.

    rscalzo in reply to tom_swift. | August 20, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Who paid for their schools in the past?

    They should review this..something every state has in some form.

    Abbott districts are school districts in New Jersey that are provided remedies to ensure that their students receive public education in accordance with the state constitution. They were created in 1985 as a result of the first ruling of Abbott v. Burke, a case filed by the Education Law Center. The ruling asserted that public primary and secondary education in poor communities throughout the state was unconstitutionally substandard.[1] The Abbott II ruling in 1990 had the most far-reaching effects, ordering the state to fund the (then) 28 Abbott districts at the average level of the state’s wealthiest districts. The Abbott District system was replaced in 2007 by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

    At what point do they support themselves?

My dad taught me to look at what poor people do and then do the opposite. I guess that was an educational experience of high value.

Loosely translated, “We have to save our phony baloney jobs, Harrrrumph!” Public schools are dead, keep your kids home and school them yourself or put them in a private school. Colleges and public schools are cesspools for people who can’t “do”, so they teach.

    rscalzo in reply to fxdwg69. | August 20, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Unions are fearful of charter and home schooling.

    If parents don’t use their system or use an alternate that’s where their tax dollar should go.

The point is that human beings are not always rational. It is in the black man’s interest to have whites in Zimbabwe but he drives them out and starves. Most whites do not think black Americans could ever do anything so irrational. They see blacks on television smiling, fighting evil whites, embodying white values. But the real black is not on television, and you pull your purse closer when you see him, and you lock the car doors when he swaggers by with his pants hanging down almost to his knees.

For those of you with children, better a smaller house in a white district than a fancy one near a black school.

I have been in parent-teacher conferences that broke my heart: the child pleading with his parents to take him out of school; the parents convinced their child’s fears are groundless. If you love your child, show her you care — not by giving her fancy vacations or a car, but making her innocent years safe and happy. Give her the gift of a not-heavily black school.

    MajorWood in reply to ConradCA. | August 20, 2020 at 11:53 am

    There is no better model of this than Baltimore, which has a huge network of private prep schools. No one openly acknowledges why they exist, but they all know why they exist. Most of our contemporaries would calculate this into their lifestyle planning. Living in the County, especially North County, pays off because the $250K more for a house is less than 2X private school for 12 years. And then there are those who opt to go all out and cross the line into PA along I83.

    Basically, you just can’t fix people whose go-to move is to set fire to whatever they own.

And people wonder why our children are in Catholic schools . . .

America’s taxpayer supported school system has come a long way (away) from the “Deluder Satan Act” from where it all began.

If I could find my grandkids a private school, I’d show my anti-Communism commitment tomorrow.

Even the teachers try not to send their kids to the schools they teach in, unless they are in one of the anomalous good ones.

1) “Whites” don’t owe you.

2) Even if you were to agree with this – when you PAY this debt, you get no CREDIT for paying it.

There is not “bank account” of “good person who pays their debt” to the woke cult. You get NO CREDIT no matter how much you do.

The day comes when yet another group wants MORE, guess what, you owe again.