Wednesday, March 31, 2010




If a person does not understand that 'Race' is a very great factor in education, then someone has missed the boat. Why is it, over and over.... that the vast majority of Blacks just cannot seem to get knowledge and understanding? Omit the Black student scores and then see what the 'proficient scores in math' would be in the country. Why is it that it is always the Blacks who are tested and not just the Whites or Asians for the 'proficient scores' on different subjects in education? As before, the "education department" would just lower the passing percentage on the tests given to Blacks in cities, so all looked good on paper. That's what happened for years and years. What is a passing grade now in the Black majority public schools in the cities? 30%? 24%? 20%? Who cares, right? Just pass them and send them out the door. Job accomplished. Has anyone every considered "testing" the teachers? Scary, right?

The Black race has FOREVER never measured up in learning anything in comparison to the White or Asian races even when they greatly watered down the Black testing scores years ago. If you would read 'The Bell Curve' you would find out the Blacks will never achieve educationally enmass. Forever trying to bring the Blacks to a higher level of understanding in education to where the Whites and Asians are, is like trying to turn an apple into a orange. It is never going to happen, I don't care how may TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS a person or government throws into the project. Period!! It's time to segregate the learning institutions, and allow the White and Asian students the opportunity to advance to their full potential. Yes, schools for the individual races as before when the education results were the highest in the world for the United States.

Perhaps it's time for all the politicians to send their children to the public schools instead of private schools in Washington, D.C. and other cities so the "testing average" is higher there? What makes their children so "special" as to not having to attend the public schools in Washington, D.C.? A longer school year and longer school day is not the answer. If you haven't got it upstairs between the ears... you just haven't got it and will never get it. It's been proven over and over, and for years and years, and with BILLIONS of dollars spent with no return, the Black race is very limited in learning or achieving knowledge equal to other races. It's all about RACE. Period!!

Dr. James P. Wickstrom

Just 3% of Detroit's fourth-graders were proficient in math, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress exam. The city's eighth-graders didn't do much better. Only 4% were rated proficient. In both categories, Detroit's fourth- and eighth-graders recorded the lowest scores of the 18 cities that took part in the NAEP math test.

By closing schools and reorganizing the school system's structure and approach to education, Detroit hopes to improve high school graduation rates from the current level of 58% to 98% by 2015.

School officials in Kansas City, Mo., are shutting down an even bigger chunk of their school system. To avoid bankruptcy, they are closing 26 of 61 schools. To boost academic performance, they are proposing a longer school day — and a longer school year for the school district, which has slightly fewer than 18,000 students.

Detroit and Kansas City have company. Cities across the nation are struggling with dwindling enrollments as parents move their children from urban to suburban public schools, or into private schools. And they are grappling with ways to improve the test scores of the children who are left behind. In February, a Rhode Island school board voted to fire all the teachers and administrators at a school where half of the students are failing every subject.

Last year, Obama called for some sweeping education reforms, including a longer school year and more hours in a school day. He also increased funding for Head Start and dangled grants totaling $4.35 billion before schools willing to implement "effective education reform strategies."

Then, last month, as the fight over his plan to reform health care raged, Obama announced major changes to the 2002 No Child Left Behind law, including new incentives for schools to make progress in educating public schoolchildren. American fourth-graders rank 11th in math scores and 10th in science scores in an international assessment of test scores, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

DeWayne Wickham writes on Tuesdays for USA TODAY.

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