Confessions of a College Professor Doom is an illuminating website run by this college professor who laments the gross changes in how the schools are run today. I once taught at the university level and it definitely is going downhill. When I went to college way back beginning in 1967, we had fierce competition for student slots and I fought hard for my positions. Now, it is all about collecting vast government student loans and they take in anyone, any time in most places and professors who catch students slacking off or cheating are persecuted by the administrators who only want more students which equals more money. This wretched mess is also hammered by our school systems that focus on everything but the real problems with our young people who struggle to learn.
Finally, the liberal publications are noticing something isn’t working so hot: As Graduation Rates Rise, Experts Fear Diplomas Come Up Short – The New York Times
Last year, the legislature required all 11th graders to take a test assessing college and career readiness, as well as an exam that measured academic skills needed for most jobs.
The first results, from the ACT college admissions tests, showed that only about a quarter of students statewide were ready for either college-level math or reading. Just 6 percent of black students and 15 percent of Hispanic students scored ready for college in math, with only slightly higher rates for reading. In one poor rural district where most of the students are African-American, graduation rates have risen to more than 85 percent, yet not one student scored high enough on the ACT to be deemed ready for college in reading or math.
Even on simpler tests of the cognitive skills needed for many jobs, fewer than two-thirds of South Carolina 11th graders could show sufficient skills in both math and reading.
I would bet the 6% black students who did well went to mostly white/Asian schools. The complete chaos that has engulfed inner city black schools has been studiously ignored by everyone including especially black leaders who focus mainly on preventing police patrols from operating in these same cities with a near-universal ‘low learning rate’ levels. Back when I used to work on crime/community relations in NYC, we joked that many kids did the school to street to the pen life course. Their goal, if a male black youth, is to retire in prison if they live past 30 years which is increasingly unlikely.
The death rate is ferocious. Not just by shooting at each other but dying from drugs and drinking, suicide, and of course, disease, this is a real problem which needs real focus and so all the great leaders from our black President on down is focused on the relatively minor problem of the statistically rare case of cops messing up and killing a black male. 776 People Killed By Police So Far in 2015, 161 Of Them Unarmed versus over 8,000 blacks killing blacks per year. Considering the rolling battles between the criminal class and the police, a 10% or less kill rate is fairly small since both sides are armed and use guns. FBI reports 27 cops were killed last year. In New York, Number of cops killed by guns up 56% in 2014.
The real problem is, black youths are failing schooling attempts and are opting for a life of crime and are thus, tangling with cops in a destructive way more and more and are killing each other over crime territory issues more and more. They have been shoved out of the labor market by illegal aliens and are opting to be criminals instead because it makes money.
Back to the article about the failure of the public schools: Most readers of the NYT agrees with this comment from a reader:
Juris Marlton NJ 15 hours ago
Nobody really cares! America for the last forty years has been importing its doctors, engineers, scientists from overseas mainly India, Pakistan, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, etc.. They come here to graduate school and stay forever because they are guaranteed a very good life. Our Congress and Wall Street doesn’t need a good US public school system because of “globalization” of intellectual talent which provides America’s brain power. It’s so obvious to anyone who has worked in a technical field all his/her life. Our schools, except those in very affluent neighborhoods, are a wasteland and they will stay that way since the Fortune 500 corporations can do without them.
I remember when young males were taught how to build things and I had to sue for the right to take these same classes 55 years ago. It was a wasted effort since schools decided to not teach these vital skills for a while. From 1986: High School Shop Classes Soon May Be Thing of Past – latimes but now they are returning, sort of…The Return of Vocational High Schools – US News & World Report this year.
Here is an article today complaining about what is wrong with the schools. I remember when California had a very high level school system. Now it lies in ruins. LA Times – Achievement gaps widen for California’s black and Latino students
The new tests are based on state learning goals for each grade, called the Common Core; they have been adopted by 42 states. For the first time, the exams were given on computers. Questions become more difficult depending on students’ answers. Scoring is designed to be in line with what students would need to be successful in a four-year college, a higher standard than in the past.
The results of the new tests should sound an alarm, if one was needed, said Bill Lucia, of the Sacramento-based advocacy group EdVoice. “There’s a problem and it’s not, per se, the test,” Lucia said. “There is something going on here when you talk about the difference in the size of the gap, particularly in math.”
In that subject, 69% of Asian students achieved the state targets compared to 49% of whites, 21% of Latinos and 16% of blacks.
Although even Asian students have room to improve, their relative performance stood out. In math, the percentage of Asians who met state targets declined 12%. White students went down 21%, Latinos 50%, black students 54%. More than half the students who took the test were Latino.
So, roughly 60%+ students saw their test scores fall by over 50%? Wow. This is definitely a race issue as well as an illegal alien issue since many Hispanics first came illegally into the US over the last 40 years. The total collapse with black students, any one of whom, if they manage to successfully graduate, will be showered with offers and scholarships due to skin color, is amazing to see. Even bright, potentially hard working black children know they don’t have to lift a finger to succeed if they wish to do this and this destroys their work ethic, big time.
I saw this up close when living in New York City and elsewhere. Since Asian students are classified as ‘white’ they know they have to work very, very hard to succeed and they do this because of their families. I have known many such and my son in law is Chinese and the parents all, even if they speak no English, hammer away at their children constantly and watch over them closely even if this means parking them in the back of businesses and stores with grandpa watching over them, studying hard. It is a strong family thing.
Instead of studying why Asian immigrants are so successful in mastering school and outstrip all other groups, we have endless studies and ‘school reforms’ aimed at getting aimless, cynical, bored minority children to go to school and learn when they fiercely resist this and frankly, there is nearly no reason to work hard since, if they can coast through, they are showered with rewards? Instead, more rewards are showered on the increasingly fewer and fewer black children who manage to somehow overcome all this and complete schooling.
Here is a story that dares ask verboten questions: Where Are All the White People in San Francisco Public Schools?
Recently, our friends at San Francisco Public Press connected us with a really interesting data set: the demographics of San Francisco public schools. There were a lot of eye-opening statistics in the there. For example, in 2014, 58% of the students at public schools qualified for free or reduced-priced lunch based on their families income level — a shockingly high number of a city going through an economic boom.
Another thing stood out to us: There aren’t very many white students in the public school system, even though a lot of white people live in San Francisco. We decided to dig a little bit deeper into the data to figure this out. Where are the white people in San Francisco public schools?
In San Francisco, 41.6% of the overall population is white, according to the Census estimate for 2013. Of the city’s population age 19 and under, 28.7% are white. So you might expect, like we did, that white students would make up about 28-30% of the public school system.
In the 2013-2014 school year, only 12.9% of San Francisco public school students were white.
In NYC, we all, who had any money, black or white or Asian, removed our children to go ‘private school’ by at least 6th grade to save our children from destruction. But high school? That is a wonderful time for parents in NYC if they were very careful to not expose their children to public schools in the lower grades. This is when one competes to go to the many specialized high schools that are most excellent! Junior High is when the most children are pulled from public schools.
Obama Slams Parents Who Send Kids to Private School, But Scarborough Has Perfect Question About That except Obama won’t answer it, of course. Just like ‘climate change’. It is the #1 issue according to Obama, we are all going to die, he claims, this is a terrible thing…and then he merrily flies all over kingdom come in his private jet, travels in giant armored gas guzzling vehicles and heats and air conditions his giant mansion. At our expense, too! A win/win for him and he is destroying the planet earth! Put him in chains and have him lay rail road tracks!
Anyways, he is the same about black schools. DC has nothing but black public schools. Study: DC Schools Are LITERALLY The Worst In The Nation and Obama’s daughters wouldn’t touch these with a ten foot pole. Obama didn’t fix a single black school in DC in nearly 8 years. D.C. Schools Post the Lowest High School Graduation Rate In The Nation and not a peep from Obama who claimed he wanted to save black children from bad schools. Money has been poured into the DC school system and it still stinks and we all know if suddenly thousands and thousands of Asians moved there, the schools would be the best in the nation. This fact infuriates liberals who believe that outside forces are at work and if only money and good will were poured on populations, they would reform.
Black reforms must come from within! But present leaders are not leading this. Obama is obvious here, he loves to lecture people but won’t speak a single truthful word to his own people. WATCH: Black Chicago residents try to GUESS the rate of Black children born out of wedlock » The Right Scoop –
Preliminary data indicate that 40.7 percent of all 2012 births were out-of-wedlock, which is appalling, and there are vast differences among racial and ethnic groups. Among non-Hispanic blacks, the figure is highest, at 72.2 percent; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, it’s 66.9 percent; 53.5 percent for Hispanics; 29.4 percent for non-Hispanic whites; and a mere 17.1 percent for Asians/Pacific Islanders.
The birth/marriage numbers echo the education facts. The higher the single mom rate, the lower the school success rate. Two steady parents are better than one and all the Asian kids I have known since my youth lived also with at least one grandparent, too. A secure family=school success! What a shocking thing this is! Yet all the talk at the top about reforming schools to save the black children from destruction never mentions this.
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