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Florida adopts plan for academic goals adjusted by race

posted at 11:55 am on October 16, 2012 by

Talk about your bigotry of low expectations. CBS Tampa reports that the state of Florida has announced its intention to begin “teaching on a curve”:

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.

Since the measure “levels the playing field” educationally speaking, you’d think that champions of fairness and equality would be tickled pink. Instead, they are seeing red.

The aforementioned Palm Beach Post story quotes Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at the predominantly black John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, who said, “To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” adding:

Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn. To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.

Others in the community share Lopez’s outrage and revulsion with the plan. Palm Beach County School Board vice-chairwoman Debra Robinson told reporters, “I’m somewhere between complete and utter disgust and anger and disappointment with humanity.” She reports been receiving complaints from angry black and Hispanic parents, and accuses the Board of Ed of “proclaiming racism.”

But, writes James Taranto, what  Lopez, Robinson, and community organizers are bristling at is “exactly what the University of Texas and many other institutions of higher education do under the rubric of ‘affirmative action.’”

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Wouldn’t this be much easier to accomplish with segregated schools?

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

People complain about testing but this is why it happens. Instead of maintaining grade standards we just lower the bar so it doesn’t matter.

tomas on October 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

As a north Florida Mom , this to me is the ultimate betrayal of our children by the so called education department. No child no matter what color they may be is either more nor less disposed towards learning. they should all be given the same opportunities and the same level of education

katee bayer on October 16, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Wouldn’t this be much easier to accomplish with segregated schools?

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This basically amounts to segregation. They’re just trying to save on busing.

WeekendAtBernankes on October 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

this is so insulting. they act like we black people are incapable of learning as fast as the other kids, wow. what does this say to the black and hispanic kids? it tells them that they can slack off, they don’t have to work as hard as whites and asians.

and what about mixed-race kids?

Wouldn’t this be much easier to accomplish with segregated schools?

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

yeah, you might as well segregate the schools. that ridiculous suggestion makes perfect sense if you go by their logic.

Sachiko on October 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Sachiko on October 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Just trying to put in to a perspective I think we can all agree upon is totally unacceptable.

I have had many peers in my engineering career that are highly intelligent and completely as capable as anyone else in their work. I have always considered the lack of progress in closing the gap to be more of a cultural than a genetic issue.

I remember when I was in school in the 70s/80s reading about many successful black businessmen before the civil rights act came into being. The teacher of one of those classes blamed the civil rights act for the degradation of black achievement in this country. I have always tended to agree with him on that aspect.

When people are given a reason to not achieve, it is easier for some to fall well below their potential.

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

astonerii on October 16, 2012 at 5:09 PM

100% agreed!

Sachiko on October 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The NBA should adopt goals adjusted by race… and have black teams and white teams, presumably. Hey, why not some Asian teams. Pacific Islander teams. Native American teams. They could all play in their nice, adjusted racial/ethnic conferences.

J.E. Dyer on October 16, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Wouldn’t it be cool if the NBA modified it’s stats and record books to rank athletes by race? So if you’re a white guy and shoot 50% on your free throws it would automatically be upgraded to 70%.


Galtian on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Galtian on October 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Have to equal out the pay too.

astonerii on October 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM