Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Race-based discipline

The latest and greatest idiotic idea to come out of a school board, this one in Tucson:

The board is calling for a two-tiered form of student discipline. One for Black and Hispanic students; one for everyone else.

With the goal of creating a "restorative school culture and climate" that conveys a "sense of belonging to all students," the board is insisting that its schools reduce its suspensions and/or expulsions of minority students to the point that the data reflect "no ethnic/racial disparities."

From the section of the 52-page plan titled "Restorative School Culture and Climate," subhead, "Discipline":

"School data that show disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes. Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students."

The board approved creating an "Equity Team" that will oversee the plan to ensure "a commitment to social justice for all students."

The happy-face edu-speak notwithstanding, what the Tucson Unified School District board of governors has approved this summer is a race-based system of discipline.

Offenses by students will be judged, and penalties meted out, depending on the student's hue.


Because, we can't, of course, expect Black and Hispanic children to be held to the same standards as the White and Asian ones.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Not yet, apparently.

1 comment:

Max Jacobs said...

And they wonder why there is white and asian flight away from cities and into suburbs. The idiotically government run schools are a major part of the problem.