Florida adopts plan for academic goals adjusted by race
posted at 11:55 am on October 16, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
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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