“Fla. education board OKs race-based academic plan”
Funny. I suspect had John Derbyshire come up with an idea like this — one that has been approved, mind you — Rich Lowry would have hit the fainting couch with an audible gasp, and Jonah Goldberg would have rushed to tell us there really is no room for discussion of any kind.
And yet, the Florida education board seems to be institutionalizing some of the very data Derbyshire often relies upon:
The Florida Department of Education has touched of a firestorm over its strategic plan that will judge the achievement of public school students in part by race and ethnicity.
The plan, approved by the state Board of Education on Tuesday night, calls for 90% of Asian students to be at or above grade level in reading by 2018. It expects whites to be at 88%, Hispanics at 81% and blacks at 74%.
In math, the board expects 92% of Asian students to be scoring at or above grade level, whites at 86%, Hispanic students at 80% and black students at 74%.
Board members who supported the strategic plan argued that the numbers they are seeking in all categories would be an improvement over current levels, though statistically each racial group is not expected to improve at the same rate.
“I think we need to be realistic in our ability to impact those at the same degree,” said board member Kathleen Shanahan.
Cheryl Etters, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education, said the disparate numbers are not meant to lower expectations but rather set “realistic and attainable” goals, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
“Of course we want every student to be successful,” Etters said. “But we do have to take into account their starting point.”
“Realistic and attainable”? Why, I’d been led to believe even discussing such things in those terms was “unacceptable” — with anti-intellectualism and PC conformity the new sophisticate norm, particularly of late among the “us-too!” Republicans / “conservatives” who, while generally condemning the left’s constant charges of racism or hate or intolerance, nonetheless have conditioned themselves to preemptively prove themselves even more OUTRAGED at such potential breaches of PC orthodoxy than those who cynically and without cause (save for how effective the tactic is) level those charges in the first place.
When you’ve lost language you’ve lost the game. Or rather, you’ve surrendered it — all while patting yourself on the back for your good sportsmanship and adherence to the rules.
Ggah. Do we ever need a fucking do over.