Families in one NYC school district are livid to learn that the situation in the public schools was even worse than they had imagined.
The majority of black students in NYC’s District 29 didn’t pass either Math or English on the 2019 state exams.
“A lot of people knew that it was bad,” explains local activist Michael Duncan, “but they didn’t know it was this bad.”
How bad? District-wide, just 28 percent of black students in grades 3-8 passed their 2019 state math exams and just 37 percent passed English. At some schools, almost no one passed: A whopping 94 percent of fifth-graders at PS 134 in Hollis, for example, flunked math; 83 percent bombed English.
No wonder the district saw a 13 percent drop in enrollment over the past four years. These are the children, after all, of middle-class black homeowners, “successful people,” Duncan points out. “The results in our schools are not reflective of the community. Something is wrong here.”
And this is the year before “virtual learning” became the norm with the pandemic. Just imagine how awful it is now.
Before the left gets all excited, no, money isn’t the problem here. New York state spends the most on education per pupil than anywhere else in the country and PS 134 spent $27,000 per student in 2019, much more than double the national average.
…Duncan and others in the new Students Improvement Association say, is that the DOE’s chief priority is making the adults who run the schools happy, rather than ensuring kids get the best education.
Source: New York Post
Fact Check: True.
Back in 2017, the New York State Board of Regents decided to scrap the Academic Literacy Skills Tests used to measure the reading and writing skills of would-be teachers.
This seems like a good time to bring in Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University, to weigh in on black students and test performance.
On Affirmative Action in 2021: If (black) kids do poorly on the tests it’s not because they’re victims of bias. It’s because they don’t know the material. Please don’t lower standards. Develop their potential instead! pic.twitter.com/Lh9k54ylZ7
— Glenn Loury (@GlennLoury) June 14, 2021
Amen, Professor Loury!
We want all kids in America to get a good education no matter what their skin color, religion, or whatever other characteristics they may have.
Let’s try actually teaching kids Math, English, Science, and History, rather than indoctrinating them in the asinine “wokeness” B.S. under the name of Critical Race Theory. There’s limited time in the classroom, why waste time on that when kids can’t read?!
It sounds like a radical idea in 2021, but hey, let’s give it a shot.
What have we got to lose?