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Root Causes, Root Cures

Want to fix America? Tear down the entire education system and rebuild it the old way. Get the hippies, leftists, communists, revisionists, and America haters out. And the unions. All of them.

Walter Williams (Negro Card revoked, 1990) writes about the dreadful state of black city kid’s performance on standard school exams. Nothing to see here, move along, just throw more good money after bad, and don’t forget: doing well in school is acting white and being a race traitor.



Detroit’s (predominantly black) public schools are the worst in the nation and it takes some doing to be worse than Washington, D.C. Only 3 percent of Detroit’s fourth-graders scored proficient on the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test, sometimes called “The Nation’s Report Card.” Twenty-eight percent scored basic and 69 percent below basic. “Below basic” is the NAEP category when students are unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at their grade level. It’s the same story for Detroit’s eighth-graders. Four percent scored proficient, 18 percent basic and 77 percent below basic.

Michael Casserly, executive director of the D.C.-based Council on Great City Schools, in an article appearing in Crain’s Detroit Business, (12/8/09) titled, “Detroit’s Public Schools Post Worst Scores on Record in National Assessment,” said, “There is no jurisdiction of any kind, at any level, at any time in the 30-year history of NAEP that has ever registered such low numbers.” The academic performance of black students in other large cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles is not much better than Detroit and Washington.

What’s to be done about this tragic state of black education? The education establishment and politicians tell us that we need to spend more for higher teacher pay and smaller class size. The fact of business is higher teacher salaries and smaller class sizes mean little or nothing in terms of academic achievement. Washington, D.C., for example spends over $15,000 per student, has class sizes smaller than the nation’s average, and with an average annual salary of $61,195, its teachers are the most highly paid in the nation.



No, Williams doesn’t have the answers. Not all of them. But he is trying to make the first step by getting other black people to admit that the problem is theirs; it’s time to own up to it. Read the rest. This is the real CHANGE that America needs; without it we have no HOPE.


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