Black students in Fairfax County are consistently scoring lower on state standardized tests than African American children in Richmond, Norfolk and other comparatively poor Virginia districts, surprising Fairfax educators and forcing one of the nation's wealthiest school systems to acknowledge shortcomings that have been masked by its overall success. Even within Fairfax schools, black elementary school students are outperformed on reading and math tests by whites and some other students, including Hispanics, poor children and immigrants learning English.
All very puzzling to the commentators but just what those who acknowledge the importance of IQ would expect. Blacks CAN usually be properly educated but, as Thomas Sowell and the Thernstroms have often pointed out, blacks as a group learn well only in high-discipline schools. Treating them as "equal" makes it too hard for them. It's the degree of discipline that will determine whether blacks learn well or not. They have to be MADE to learn, sadly. And in schools predominantly populated by high socioeconomic-status white students who learn easily and well, discipline will be low -- just what is bad for black students.
AND IF YOUR "EQUALITY" IDEOLOGY PREVENTS YOU FROM EDUCATING BLACKS EFFECTIVELY, WHAT DO YOU DO?
In good Stalinist fashion, you hide the failures
States are helping public schools escape potential penalties by skirting the No Child Left Behind law's requirement that students of all races must show annual academic progress. With the federal government's permission, schools deliberately aren't counting the test scores of nearly 2 million students when they report progress by racial groups, an Associated Press computer analysis found. Minorities - who historically haven't fared as well as whites in testing - make up the vast majority of students whose scores are being excluded, AP found. And the numbers have been rising. "I can't believe that my child is going through testing just like the person sitting next to him or her and she's not being counted," said Angela Smith, a single mother. Her daughter, Shunta' Winston, was among two dozen black students whose test scores weren't counted to judge her suburban Kansas City, Mo., high school's performance by race.
What a mess reality-denying ideology makes of people's lives!
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