By: Diane Benjamin
As a graduate of ISU I am continually appalled by their lurch to the far left. Below are two examples.
Both articles were in a newsletter meant to extol the great research done at ISU. Instead of common sense solutions to educating kids, both want to change how teachers teach.
We know schools in poor neighborhoods don’t educate students. We know nationalized test scores are lower in inner city schools. We know these kids don’t have access to the same education as suburban kids. We know it isn’t fair. We also know who is blocking access to a better education.
Who always opposes Charter Schools? Who always opposes school choice? Why are kids required to attend schools based on their address?
Part of the first article talks about a pipeline from school to prison for black students. The article says 92% of students receiving an out-of-school suspension were black. The article doesn’t say that school district is over 80% black. This link says 82% but doesn’t include the year: https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2019/06/17/racial-disparities-in-schools/1333607001/
ISU should be explaining why the misleading 92% was used? When the school is overwhelmingly black obviously suspensions of black kids is going to be high.
The same arguments and demands for more money have been recycled for years. Microaggressions have been added now as contributing to the failure of black students. Instead of re-training teachers: Abolish the schools. They are why kids without opportunities grow up to be adults without opportunities. Education is the golden ticket out of poverty. We need a study on who doesn’t want to provide that golden ticket to minorities!
Make schools compete for kids by giving parents choices. ISU scholars are ignoring the obvious. See the link below to this story.
The link to a second story is below too.
This researcher set out to prove we aren’t capable of a color blind society. Khyati Verma grew up in India where she claims the cast system no longer exists when in reality it does. She set up an experiment to see if black boys would be judged harsher than white boys in pictures of them doing inappropriate behavior.
Even though this study proved many Americans are colorblind, Verma doesn’t believe it:
Evidently Verma believes all whites are covert racists.
Verma also believes teachers have to be retrained to teach black kids. No Verma, black kids need good schools. Study why they don’t have them in cities like Chicago instead of blaming teachers.
Very soon Martin Luther King Day will be erased from history. Judging people on the content of their character worked too well. Those attempting to divide people based on color should be erased instead. Americans care about character, not skin color. Verma didn’t believe her study results, ISU evidently agrees.