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  • just a conservative girl 1:30 PM on 05/09/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blacks, low expectations, , standardized tests, usa today   

    The Dumbing Down Of the America’s Black Community Continues 

    I came across an article today on our very sad public education system in our country.  What is the most bothersome about the article is how little respect for the black community this administration seems to have.  I think I have made it quite clear that I am no fan of Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative.  Well it seems that we have left it behind.  But the one thing that I will say in favor of it is the fact that it did not discriminate based on color.  The present day expectations, not so much.

    Here are the very sad numbers:

    In D.C. the expectations for white students is that 94% will be proficient in math, while the expectation for the black community is expected to be only 71%.

    In Tennessee the black students are only expected to be at 64% in English 2.

    In Minnesota we are hoping for a whopping 62% in math.

    The list continues.  Why aren’t we expecting all students, regardless of color to be proficient in both math and English?  We spend a fortune on public education in this country and yet we are saying it is perfectly acceptable that blacks can lag behind.  In some cases we are saying that one-third of black students can not be able to complete a high school math problem and not be able to read and/or write a paragraph in proper English.

    Oh Al Sharpton. paging Al Sharpton.  Why aren’t you outraged at this?  What this administration is saying is that blacks are not able to be held to the same standards as everyone else in the country.  That they just can’t do the work.  I am sorry, but I refuse to accept that.  This is about low expectations.

    One parent in Alabama:

    “I think having a low bar means they can just pass them on. I think it’s dumbing our race down and preparing our boys for prison.”

    While that may seem like an exaggeration,  it really isn’t.  When you take a look at the demographics of people who are in the prison system, the numbers of people who don’t graduate high school is very high.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

    • 68% of State prison inmates did not receive a high school diploma
    • About 26% of State prison inmates said they had completed the GED while serving time in a correctional facility.

    We are giving up on members of our society, especially those of color.  We are expecting less and less, all the while the calls for income inequality, more welfare, more food stamps, and other entitlement programs grow louder and louder from the left.  Hey, I have an idea, lets stop saying that blacks aren’t capable of learning math and English, lets set the bar high and see what happens.

    Sadly, the black community will be still thinking that President Obama has the back the black community.  He is their messiah, here to right the wrongs that have been done to them by a racist society.  Never mind that this mindset is part and parcel of the democrat party, that blacks can’t do as well as whites or Asians.  We can expect less of them.

    After all, it certainly helps the party if blacks are kept in the same position that many find themselves in today.  We wouldn’t want them to do better now do we?  They might just start to figure out that government is perfectly happy in keeping them dumb-downed.  It allows the size and scope of government to grow and grow.  It is good for business.  Who cares if it is bad for people?  They are besides the point.

     
    • theraineyview 5:49 PM on 05/12/2014 Permalink | Reply

      I agree — setting the bar high for youth makes them feel competent and eager to do their best. Setting the bar low makes them feel hat no one believes in them, and they are depressed and uninterested then. At least that’s how I felt when I was a teenager.

  • just a conservative girl 7:25 AM on 06/30/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Black English” and Low Expectations 

    “It’s been a little scary. Sometimes it’s like she’s speaking Hungarian, and he’s speaking Cantonese. She’s been articulate, just in a different kind of English than mainstream English, she’s speaking Black English. Everything she says, where you can see the Twittersphere, or people I know thinking she’s making a grammatical mistake. If a Martian came down and the Martian happened to be in South-Central rather than in Grand Rapids, the Martian would have as hard a time figuring out how this dialect worked as any other. She said in the clip that ‘I had told you.’ Many people are thinking, ‘why is she using that?’ That’s Black English.”

    So says a talking head on MSNBC when discussing the testimony of Rachel Jeantel.  A network that prides itself on being for the “little guy” and champion for minorities.  Really?  This is sticking up for minorities?  This is championing the cause of the inner city blacks?  I think not.  This is nothing but a huge insult as well-being more proof that the liberal mindset that they need special dispensation because obviously they are not able to do better.  Another words, they are too stupid.

    I have heard many making fun of her and I am certainly not going to do that.  I personally find the entire episode sad and symptomatic of what is wrong with our education system and our society that we are willing to accept this.  I don’t buy the argument that English is not her first language, she was born here.  I grew up with parents who didn’t speak English as their first language either.  But I certainly learned it and so did all the children of my parents immigrant friends.  Kids especially will pick up languages quite quickly.  Outside of that even this talking head isn’t using that as a reason.  This man is saying she is just an average black kid, talking like black kids do.  Why is this acceptable?

    This young woman will have a difficult time finding a good job.  She will likely stay in the confines of the inner cities.  But what really gets me about this is why does the black community accept this meme?  Why aren’t they up in arms over these comments?  This is saying this is about what we can expect of the black community and we just shrug and say, hey this is the culture.  Why aren’t we trying to change this culture?  Why aren’t we saying there are obvious problems and these problems need to be addressed and addressed now?

    Don’t they understand that they have been called too stupid to speak proper English?  That by accepting this, in reality they are accepting the low expectations that have cursed that community?  Lets face facts here, the black population is only around 12% of our population.  Yet somewhere around 27% of the welfare given out goes to that community.  They are living in poverty in higher numbers than others.  Isn’t this part of the reason for that?  We have accepted that they have a “culture” that allows them to speak almost incoherently in a setting such as a courtroom.  She came across as ignorant as well as outright belligerent.

    I would have felt so much better if MSNBC was screaming about how poor of an education this young woman received.  Now she is far from the only person who can’t read cursive, I asked a 16-year-old suburban white girl yesterday, and she says that she has a hard time reading it as well.  She doesn’t write that way, and her public school has done little to nothing to educate her on that type of writing.  Cursive is being taken out of public and private schools at an alarming rate, and I say it is to the detriment of our society.  It is a skill that shouldn’t be tossed aside simply because we are more of a technological society, learning how to write properly will also help with other skills such as reading and comprehending what you are reading.

    We can’t keep saying well that is just culture when it comes to these types of things.  We need to start asking why is this considered acceptable?  Why is this “just culture”?  What does this say about our culture?

    I want to make it perfectly clear, that I am not making fun of this young woman.  Exactly the opposite.  I think we need to do something that stops promoting this meme and stop coming out with comments like this is “Black English”.  We shouldn’t be accepting that the simple act of speaking is done along racial lines in this country.  We should have but one “English” in this country.

    My advice to Ms. Jeantel is to go to your local public library, they normally have some sort of class that can be taken at no charge to address your language deficiencies.  Then you won’t have to accept whatever job you can find and just get by.  Sadly, the talking heads at MSNBC seem to think that is all you are qualified for.  With a little help and motivation on your part, I think you can prove them wrong.

     
    • Ike 8:43 AM on 06/30/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Your advice is wasted on this young woman and the hundreds of thousands of young men and women in America who are like her. She cannot read well enough to benefit from any program that requires reading with understanding – what is reading without understanding?? – at the age of 19 she and those in her situation are locked into a trained inability to learn, an unwillingness to change and a blindness to the reality of life outside of her neighborhood. Indeed, she has no interest in any other life, has only contempt for the taxpayers – black and white – who pay for her expenses … in short, she is willfully ignorant, stubbornly sullen and sees no reason to change her ways. Just as the Black Congresswomen – sorry, forgot her name – who was criticizing the GOP because they “…want blacks to get a job to pay for their babies food.” They live in a different world from the real one and there is no reaching them. A full generation – 30 years – of public education re-structured into indoctrination has produced these folks and I see no way to even begin to integrate them into American society, let alone give them the tools to use to help themselves. In case you missed it, they don’t want to help themselves and don’t want help; only welfare. “Oh, brave new world, that has such people in it.”

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