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8.26.2006

Philosophy of Truth

It'll be a slow Saturday here since for some stupid reason I'll be hacking around a golf course beginning at 1:00 p.m. (Is it supposed to be hot today?) But, for what it's worth, I think the situation at Everman ISD is crazy. If you don't recall, the media got all over the prinicpal at Everman High School because on the first day of class she got on the PA system and dogged the African American kids for the school receiving an academically "unacceptable" rating due to low math and science scores. One thing that was always missing from the story: Did she have facts to back it up? Yep, she did. Only 32% of the blacks passed the match and science section. So what happens? The school board president resigns (someone explain that to me), the media continues to dog the school, and the superinendent has been crying (per the normally level headed Bud Kennedy who wrote a crazy column called "Don't blame kids for unacceptable rating."

29 comments:

greta said...

Barry, it is already starting to get hot outside. Don't forget your sunscreen.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for us all, the kids can't be forced to learn if they choose not to...

Anonymous said...

Facts are facts....You can't begin to fix a problem when no one will admit there is one.

ANOYASSTAPPER said...

There is always military school !

Anonymous said...

TEA records that data. It's available for all schools by race. The State collects and reports it by race. Occassional news reports feature breakdowns by race. Yet a school principal is hammered for publicly stating the information to the school. P.C. run amok. And we see where P.C. has gotten us over the last few years. Will get worse as we enter the entitlement age.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous. Apparently the only people not allowed to collect or report data by race are the school officials. Musn't do anything to embarass or harm the fragile minds of kids who are doing poorly. Let's not light a fire under them or anything...meantime out on the football field or basketball court a coach is screaming at them, ripping them new ones to get them to perform better. But academically you can't say peep I guess.

Anonymous said...

They should try using the ebonic math text books and test scores would go up dramatically. For example, If Propecia has 10 grams of crack and sells 2, how many grams does she have left?

Anonymous said...

Parents are to assume responsibility for their offspring. The state is stupid for not holding parents accountable. Otherwise, do away with the stupid tests.

Minerva said...

"If Propecia has 10 grams of crack and sells 2, how much does she have left" is a trick question. That does not include what she smokes herself and gives her pimp.

Minerva said...

Here's a word problem:
If Shawante has two hoes on the street, 3 in jail, and 1 in the hospital having his baby, how long will it take him to make his Kay Jewelry payment?

Minerva said...

Here's one for the MENSA students:
Who yo baby daddy?

edible ethel said...

You catch on quick Minerva, that was a trick question. Most Wise county residents would have said 8.

Anonymous said...

To say that it is all the fault of the students is nonsensical. In the United States racialized and impoverished populations are statistically the lowest performing on standardized tests. Some theorize that it is the tests that are biased. Sacks' Standardized Minds addresses this topic some, I believe. There are others, including many African American students, who feel the education process marginalizes them. In other words, the process itself takes a toll eventually by sending a repeated message that racialized populations do not belong and are not valued. I think that the principal's message actually furthered any negative feelings. I doubt that the African American students were motivated by the rant. Would you be? If it were white middle class students, I doubt the issue would have been addressed similarly. Instead, the school would reorganize, hire more qualified professionals, and maybe even cheat a bit to cover up their failures. In this case, race was a scapegoat.

Anonymous said...

11:22 hits it right on the nail. The problem is that they are physical and physiological differences between the races. Hasn't anyone ever wondered why orientals do so well with Math and Technologies? They are a largely homogenous society and obviously have a physiological propensity to do well with left-brain activities. There are always going to be exceptions to the rule but the fact remains. Most of Africa is home to populations that don't know what indoor plumbing is; that are dying in droves because they mate like animals; and are starving because they choose to fight and will not accept an orderly way of living. Why is that? Why have Africans remained stagnet while the rest of the world has run circles around them? I would really like to know. That principal is frustrated because he/she is being asked to fix a problem that really has no solution.

Anonymous said...

I am pleasantly surprised by the eloquence of the racists in Wise County.

Anonymous said...

It has less to do with race and more to do with the socioeconomic position of the students. Children from poorer households typically have less parental involvement, and if the parents are involved the emphasis is usually focused on sports and not class work. The fact that African Americans typically come from a lower socioeconomic background means that they will make up the majority of the children who do poorly on the test. It is ludicrous to say the test is skewed to one race or another. 2+2 will always be four no matter how you add it.

Anonymous said...

Minerva, you are a racist pig.

Anonymous said...

It is LUDICROUS that the state can and does segregate scores! If there is to be no segregation, then let there be none. ALL students have the same opportunity to learn at a school REGARDLESS of their color! But, if the state (TEA) segregates, then those who are insulted by that should target TEA officials and lay off their local teachers! I am so tired of "don't be racist and segregate us minorities from others" but then again, when it is beneficial for the minorities, "please do segregate so that we have an excuse for our poor performance/behavior." Equality is just that.. each and every student is responsible for their own scores and education. STOP allowing excuses, please!!

Anonymous said...

Racing pigs are cool!

Minerva said...

Anonymous: Go view the P. Diddy video again and get back with me. The reality is that these are their role models....

I am not a racist; I am a realist.

And I bet I have seen a lot more of the real world than you have from your couch watching soap operas starring white people and checking prices at Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

Minerva got game!! Rock on

edible ethel said...

Minerva, I'm no lesbian but gosh I like you.

Minerva said...

Ethel:
Put on your bloggin' shoes- we're gonna light up the boards!

(Was that a mixed metaphor?)

edible ethel said...

I've had fantasies but I don't think I could ever act on them

Anonymous said...

Never forget this--it was not JUST P.C. that caused the response that is making Barry and all of us shake our heads, but our "free" press/media + P.C. that caused this situation with people resigning, etc. Our "free" press is increasingly crucifying more and more people for doing nothing more than stating what is the unvarnished, but unpopular, TRUTH. It makes you want to get sick at the cowardly bullying of our present-day "free" press.

Bud Kennedy said...

I notice almost everybody here missed the point of the column, including Barry.

Fewer black students passed TAKS at Everman than almost anywhere else in Texas.

Compared to the same students at other schools -- some far poorer -- Everman's scores were still 10-15 points worse.

If Everman's football team had the same talent as other teams but still lost every game by 15 points, I doubt anybody would blame only the players.

Anonymous said...

here is my suggestion to solve the problem.....quit forcing kids to go to school. Make it available if they want it, but dont prosecute truancy. Then we will see where their values lie. Let those who do not value a free education wallow in the pits they dig for themselves.

In college, it amazed me how many people were there not because they had ambition to do something with their life, but because they had something to proove...they were going to be the first in their family...blah blah blah. I rememember one girl who would waltz in to class late every morning and release a loudly audible sigh of disgust every time we were given an assignment. And that was an easy class too. I seriously doubt she or her parents were paying her tuition. I really doubt she stuck it out too.

I was really shocked in that class...not only by her, but also by the amount of students that could not even write a complete sentence. It was a reality check for me on the state of our education system. I guess I was blessed to go to a good school and to have the brains and ambition to actually try to do well in school and not act like it is a nuisance.

Anonymous said...

could it be that we as a society have trained blacks to be dumb.
the great society, welfare, all the programs have trained them to be unproductive, trained the them to have babies without dads, trained them to make money outside the laws so the income wouldnt effect the welfare check, etc. etc.

budkennedy said...

Let's go over those facts again.

The scores in identical schools are 10-15 points better than Everman's.

Kids in some poor inner-city schools have passing rates in the 50s. Everman's is 32.

I don't think the question is race.