Time to make more comparisons of states when it comes to race/ethnic backgrounds and math scores in elementary and junior high school: it is sadly obvious that there is a huge chasm between Hispanic immigrants and Asian immigrants. And an even bigger one afflicts black children who are at the bottom of every test group. North, South, East or West, the results are identical with slight variations. Texas, it appears, seems to be doing best for black and Hispanic students in basic math compared to other states but is identical for advanced maths which is 1 or 2 percent which is the lowest of all groups. Universally, without exception! Why is that?
This is a key question. The entire point of Brown vs. Board of Education was that desegregating schools would bring equity to black educational achievements. Instead, we had half a century of special consideration for minorities who get hired ahead of white males and get into better schools with less work compared to white males, for example has produced no good effect in the lower grades. I know first hand how black students openly boast about how little they must work to qualify for a good school while fellow students struggle to boost test scores and other efforts to gain the same access to say, Harvard (aside from the legacy rich, of course, we are talking middle class here), this has translated into poor test scores even for top black students.
It kills any incentive to work hard! This golden staircase to the 1% of black students who can do advanced math and English leads to corporate positions or government gravy while the rest of the black community sinks into the ghetto/gangsta life. I noted in the past the astonishing statistics that Asian computer experts seldom reach corporate headquarters while being the majority of staff while black ones are 2% of the workers and 10% of the executives which shows this ‘kick them upstairs if they can do anything’ culture.
I know NY well because my children went to school there and I had to remove them to private schools because of the disgusting condition of the schools there. Violent, dangerous, first day of school for my daughter’s school one year featured a shoot out at the front door and then it couldn’t open due to the body being wedged there, for example. I called the head of the school district to complain and asked her (she was a black woman kicked upstairs) to come help us out…and she told me to write her a letter.
So I stormed into her office with a Daily News reporter and ordered her to go to PS 322. She snarled and snapped and then dragged her carcass out the door somehow. The chaos that rages in schools that are mainly black or Hispanic is a huge scandal that is studiously ignored by everyone as they try to reform schools while not doing one thing about this chaos which grows worse each generation.
One can learn a lot from basic statistics. Since we can clearly see that blacks and Hispanics universally lag far, far behind all others, we have to isolate this group and study them to see why this is happening. These stats for NY, by the way, are for grade 4, by high school, the black/Hispanic grades drop like a rock. Why this happens needs to be studied and I know why this happens, of course, due to knowing schools and kids pretty well.
Here are NY’s 8th grade graduates. All race groups see losses. Even Asians drop scores. But blacks and Hispanics drop catastrophically. Not surprising to me, both white and Asian advanced students increase. Especially Asians who pull away at the top from all other races and groups. Proficient math by Asian kids is quadruple or more of black or Hispanic kids. And is 15 points higher than white students.
Vermont has one of the highest scores in the nation. And is nearly entirely white. And the scores for whites are the same as other states, for the most part. It is simply not dragged down by black and Hispanic scores. Texas rates fairly high, too!
The same forces are at work in Texas only one significant difference: the scores of black and Hispanic students are materially higher than such scores in other states, kind of bucking the trends. But even more significantly, Asian scores in the advanced group wipes out all the other states, pulling up the statistics for all groups there. I would suggest we study Texas to see why they are succeeding better than say, California which is in the basement.
The highest state for math scores is Massachusetts. The state that conservatives hate so much.
The Asian scores wipes out everyone and unlike NYC which has a high Asian colony situation but many of whom are lower working class (though their children work hard at school) Boston has a large high-education population whose parents work inside the university/school systems. Nearly half of their children are ‘advanced’. The white children do well compared to other states in the advanced area, too, but not nearly as good as Asians who have more than double the percentage.
Here is a news story that clearly shows how insane, demented and obtuse ‘school reformers’ have become and how unable they are to see the destruction they are causing: School grades: Department of Education data show less than a third of New York City high school students are college-ready – NY Daily News
Indeed, at 225 of the city’s 500-plus high schools, fewer than one in five students was college-ready by the end of four years, the statistics show. At just 25 schools, more than 70% of kids were college-ready...his year’s grades reflect the first time the city is counting college readiness as a measure of how well schools are doing.
You can bet those 25 schools are mainly Asian with a fair number of Jewish/Russian/EU students of recent vintage. Namely, immigrants eager to learn coming from families who want this, too.
Despite the shockingly low college-readiness rate, overall grades rose.
And this is bad news! It means failure of other ethnic groups is being rewarded. Poor work is given passing grades!
“School is not about silver bullets,” said Polakow-Suransky. “It’s about lots of small steps, and that’s what we’re building here.”
On this year’s report cards, 7% of high schools received a D or an F, down from 12% last year.
Now comes this puzzling part of the story which illustrates how bad students who can barely read or do math are kicked upstairs due to being black and put into colleges and universities even though they can barely do junior high work:
It Takes a Village Academy in Brooklyn scored the highest A in the city. The school illustrates some of the complexities involved in the new college-readiness measure.
The school did well at offering advanced classes to kids, and 90% of its graduates are enrolled in either college studies or a career program.
At the same time, just 12% of its students graduate ready for college, according to the official stats — a number that founding Principal Marina Vinitskaya said does not reflect her school’s actual achievements. She pointed out that nearly a third of the students are still learning English.
“These are kids who barely read in middle school, and they’re going to college,” Vinitskaya said. “It’s a huge improvement.”
90% of what they will study in ‘college’ will be courses that have no credit towards graduation as they retake all the classes they screwed up the previous 12 years! This is a gigantic scam. All these poor students will bear huge student loans for this and it is a total rip off and they will then never be allowed to shed these loans which will haunt them until they die! In poverty, I am guessing.
This is happening now to England and Australia who are copying our insane, useless system: http://www.australianuniversities.id.au/Australian_Universities-A_Portrait_of_Decline.pdf for a professor’s takedown of this mess, he is quite angry:
How is it that advertisements for adult reading classes can claim that we have over a million functionally illiterate adults in the country? How many can‟t do basic arithmetic either? How many functionally illiterate and innumerate young people are there in the pipeline…And these are not teenagers from remote, impoverished outback regions; most have been to school or at least have had the opportunity to attend school.
…In the 1970‟s, students, who would today be classified as learning disabled, left school at the end of grade 7 with the ability to do simple arithmetic and write a properly formatted and grammatically correct letter to a prospective employer. Now, at the beginning of the second millennium, fifty percent of first year university students cannot do the same. Class sizes in the 1970s were certainly no smaller, genuine poverty was greater and there was no shortage of dysfunctional families or poorly educated parents…
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