Sunday, March 4, 2012

Race, my ass.

First off, I'd like to say I'm impressed with the girl's ability to read and comprehend Frederick Douglass's biography at thirteen years old, after having been educated in public schools in general, and inner city schools in specific.  Jada Williams is one young lady who's going to get a good education, no matter what she's offered--she won't accept less. 

Second, she's right.  The system is welding shackles onto the students it's supposed to serve.  If a student is unable to read, the only way to fail them at the early stages is to not fail them.  In passing students on with their peer group instead of holding them back until they've learned the materials, the educational bureaucracy is dooming the students to falling further and further behind--until they give up and accept that they "can't learn."  Same with math. 

And third...actually, I was wrong.  It is about race.  According to the party that runs the Department of Education like its own personal fiefdom (and populates the same), they own the pickaninny that wrote this:
“My advice to my peers, people of color, and my generation, start making these white teachers accountable for instructing you. ... They tooled this profession, they brag about their credentials, they brag about their tenure, so if you have so much experience then find a more productive way to teach the so called ‘unteachable.’”
And her teachers' reactions--harassing and bullying her out of school--are almost exactly the same as any slave owner's was to their slave learning to read.  In Douglass's own words:
I have had [my mistress] rush at me with a face made all up of fury, and snatch from me a newspaper, in a manner that fully revealed her apprehension. She was an apt woman; and a little experience soon demonstrated, to her satisfaction, that education and slavery were incompatible with each other.
In short, the current progressive party cannot afford to have their major voting bloc educated.  They cannot afford for black students to learn to read, to comprehend what they're reading, and to learn to think for themselves.  Black students grow up into adults, and voters.  And the voting bloc would be useless if they realized exactly what slavery they were stepping into, and what they were setting their children, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren up for.

Don't believe me?  Look at how Walter E. Williams, Thomas Sowell, Alan West, Herman Cain, Star Parker, and even Bill Cosby are treated.  Listen to what Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and all of the other race baiters call them: oreo, house nigger, race traitor, et. al. 

Tell me that that's not the overseer trying to force the slave back into the field.  Convince me that it's not trying to keep other blacks uneducated enough to be happy in their slavery.

And then convince me that the Department of Education isn't trying to do that to every child except their own.

I guess it's not just a race issue, after all.  It just started there.

12 comments:

  1. While I agree with much of your premise, I believe it is much broader than that. It is in the progressive's best interest to keep all students ignorant - black, white, hispanic - the more ignorance there is the more dependence on the government. The damage being done every day in our public school system is already taking a tremendous toll on our country, I can only imagine what the future holds for our kids and grand kids.

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    1. That's kind of my conclusion. It just started with race.

      Did you know that one of the platforms of the Occupy Whatever movement is to make home schooling illegal? With well-educated young people (especially educated in TANSTAAFL*), the movement would fail for lack of occupidiots.

      *http://www.jargon.net/jargonfile/t/TANSTAAFL.html

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    2. I've always wondered......about 40 years ago or so, I lived and worked in a hospital in Eureka, Ca.

      3 of my closest family friends were 3 black couples--all 3 were professionals with college degrees, all from diversified family back grounds.

      I have always maintained that if these 3 made it thru whatever it is society does (??) to blacks, then they all can!

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    3. That was 40 years ago, when families were stronger and expected more from their kids, and before the Department of Education and teacher education programs started dumbing public school down.

      But yeah, you're right. Everyone just needs to demand more of their education, and be willing to take it (i.e., teach themselves) if the education establishment won't help.

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  2. "start making these ... teachers accountable for instructing you. " (REGARDLESS of race, though it's pretty awful to say "If you aren't learning, it's those WHITE teacher's faults...")

    What about, "Start taking the initiative to learn"? I had a few pretty awful teachers as a kid (and as a college student), but I had the drive to learn even if it meant going and getting a bunch of supplemental books from the library and reading them, or hiring the neighbor's son (fresh out of the Navy) to tutor me in physics, or stuff like that. What about, "If your school is failing you, get your parents together and try to make a change"?

    Yes, the teachers need to be accountable but so do the students and parents. But then, I suppose parents and students taking the initiative for themselves will lessen the role of government in their lives...

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    1. While I know there are plenty of cases with students and parents truly indifferent at best to education, this particular case the reaction and retribution show the what the educational establishment's part in the circle of blame is.

      In the end short of making all children wards of the state(and don't think some communists don't have that wet dream) the schools are the only thing we can directly effect since we pay their bills.

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    2. Ricki, she was borrowing language and sentence structure from Frederick Douglass's biography.

      And it's so hard to know where to even start learning if you don't have the foundation of how to learn. You'd be surprised in how few students come to me not knowing how to look for information they need--well, maybe you wouldn't, given some of your stories about teaching. And the parents are a few generations away from knowing what their kids need to know, now. They trust public schools and government to take care of them, and the ones whose kids aren't satisfied are puzzled about why their kids aren't satisfied.

      Odysseus, who says that we can directly affect the educational bureaucracy? We may pay their bills, but it's not exactly like we can withhold that payment--it's taken at gunpoint in the form of taxes.

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  3. Okay, I stand corrected. Not the first stupid thing I said today but hopefully it was the last.

    And yeah, I see some students who don't have the background. But I think I'm also jaded because I see an awful lot who DO but who don't want to make the effort. And I want to scream at them "Do you think the job market out there is EASY?"

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    1. Ricki, it wasn't stupid--most of the little girl's teachers didn't get that. I'd be willing to bet that something like 90% of Americans haven't read The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. And those that have, I'd be willing to bet less than half remember what they've read.

      How much of background needed to be teachable at the college level is background knowledge, and how much of it is attitude? I haven't been able to figure that one out. And yeah: the lazy ones make me want to scream, too, and I wish that they weren't so sure their parents would let them move back home and play video games.

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  4. It's a good thing you put that comma in there. Although Odysseus your hubby may take you up on it anyway...

    What's that saying...

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    1. Which saying? And when have you ever seen my ass? :D

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    2. STOP!

      Think of all the dumb ass adults YOU KNOW and wonder what kind of students they were?

      Blame the education system or their in bred ''dumbassness"?

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