Worse yet is the idea that race is the sole determining factor of how a child will achieve. Didn’t we expose and throw out that idea, most famously promulgated by Arthur Jensen in 1969, when he defended studies showing whites scored an average of 15 points higher than blacks on standard IQ tests, and that this gap was largely due to genetic differences between the two groups?
And much, much worse is the black child’s understanding that she or he is stupid: that to be born black means you are inferior to every other race, at least according to the Florida Board of Education.
How are Florida educators responding? From CBS News:
The plan has infuriated many community activists in Palm Beach County and across the state.
“To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, told the Palm Beach Post.
JFK Middle has a black student population of about 88 percent.
“Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn,” Lopez said. “To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”
In response to this, the Florida Department of Education has stated that their policy simply acknowledges the fact that not everyone begins their education equipped with the same set of tools. The Department believes that the goals set out by this policy are very ambitious for all races, but scaled in a realistic way.
Thankfully, not everyone agrees. From CBS News:
Palm Beach County School Board vice-chairwoman Debra Robinson isn’t buying the rationale.
“I’m somewhere between complete and utter disgust and anger and disappointment with humanity,” Robinson told the Post. She said she has been receiving complaints from upset black and Hispanic parents since the state board took its action this week.
Robinson called the state board’s actions essentially “proclaiming racism” and said she wants Palm Beach County to continue to educate every child with the same expectations, regardless of race.
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