Florida Education Board Endorses Academic Standards Based On Race

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What’s particularly troubling about these standards is that these education officials are not so much lowering the bar for students of certain races as they’re lowering the bar for themselves for students of certain races.

They set a higher standard for white and Asian students, where it will be easier for educators to meet them, but lower for black and Hispanic students:

The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent.

The plan has infuriated many community activists in Palm Beach County and across the state.

“To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, told the Palm Beach Post.

“Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn,” Lopez said. “To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”

Call it the soft bigotry of low expectations. Rather than inspiring students of all ethnicities to aspire to one high standard they’re essentially signing off on the underachievement of some students based on skin color.

And yet, that’s perfectly in keeping with leftist thinking. It’s not about individual achievement, it’s about manufacturing equal outcomes. In the realm of economics our friends on the left would use tax policy and other policy levers to punish the most successful and drag them down to “equality” with those who are less successful. In the academic world, we see different standards for different people based on skin color.

It’s disgusting.

What a free society should pursue is equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    so they refuse to give the same educational outcomes to minority students. Isn’t that racist?

    • robert108

      If education were the real goal of this policy…

  • robert108

    Welcome to Democrat Party/unionist fascism!

  • SigFan

    So in effect what they are setting these kids up for is they will expect that throughout their lives they will be treated more leniently or favorably based on the color of their skin. What could possibly go wrong with that?

    • Random Passerby

      The corollary. They will never succeed to their talents because they will be educated to a lesser degree – and even further be EXPECTED to be of lessor quality because of that. In turn that will build a stereotype that will have a very functional clear kernal of truth.
      A very vicious cycle that can only end with them holding their own chains in their hands.
      Side-but-related-note:
      Assumptions:
      100 Back students
      Floridian standards
      5 school generations (defined as 5 year education blocs, adjust time frame to taste)
      Generation 1: 74 achieve standards
      Generation 2: 54.76 achieve standards
      Generation 3: 40.5 achieve standards
      Generation 4: 29.98 achieve standards
      Generation 5: 22.19 achieve standards
      this is based on the posit that education is accumulative and will be adjusted based on current achievement/failure rate of following generation.(gen 2 based on gen1)
      Math, it’s not just for budgets anymore.

    • $8194357

      Islam wants the same set up for their sharia agenda…
      A free pass to overide all other cultures laws or rules…

  • mikemc1970

    Lowering the bar for minority students is how we got stuck with Obama in the first place.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      If an employer were to make the same assumptions they’d be tarred and feathered. Now this school district is going to give out better grades to try hide their failures.

  • Davo

    What’s the conservative plan to increase math/reading skills among minority students?

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Vouchers. Get the poor disadvantaged students out of the failing schools.

      Liberals are blocking that because the teachers responsible in part for that mess don’t want to lose their cushy jobs.

    • Common Sense

      Parental Choice and charter schools are working in inner city areas. We could try more of that… not as a fix all but as another option in areas with high failure rates. It is clear that just adding $$ to a system that is failing isn’t working. Let’s continue to be creative.

      http://tcf.org/publications/2010/10/charter-schools-that-work-economically-integrated-schools-with-teacher-voice/pdf

      http://parents4magnolia.org/2011/04/06/success-despite-gulen-charter-schools-accusations/

    • Random Passerby

      Requiring higher standards of teachers and students.
      Dispose of the soft bigotry of low expectations.
      Ditching feel goodness for hard facts and remediation where required.
      Disposing of Social passing (to higher grades)
      Providing equality of access, and not mandating an equality of outcome.
      Treat students like individuals, not voting blocks or victums of their birth.
      In short, dismantling the pap that has been applied for the last 30-50 years.

    • http://pocketjacksblog.blogspot.com Jay W.

      Well, they’re big on vouchers, since they worked so well. Especially in D.C., until the the Democrats bowed to the teacher’s unions and killed them off.

      Meanwhile, the Democrats plan — lower the standards until everybody’s above average — gets panned by the NAACP:

      “It’s, what do they say? ‘Soft bigotry of low expectations,” said Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau director of the NAACP, referring to a phrase coined by former President George W. Bush several years ago. “They’re really letting the educators off the hook playing it this way. We have to challenge our educators to meet the standards of every child.”

      Ow, the NAACP quoting Bush. That’s got to hurt. But it’s probably just that the NAACP doesn’t like black people, right?

    • badlands4

      What is yours? Do you find this plan acceptable? If not, what would *you* do?

      • Davo

        Wizardry.

    • Davo

      Who are the three people who voted this comment DOWN? What’s wrong with you people?

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        I assume that they assume that you thought there was no conservative plan to improve education.

        Speaking of that, Badlands4 asked for your idea and while plenty of people have responded to your query you are strangely silent.

        Maybe you’re working on a reply, but you’ve had at least 30 minutes to come up with something.

  • WOOF

    A red state with a Red Governor, Red Senate,
    Red House, implementing its Redneck plans.

    • Uh, What?

      If you are just going to troll and not engage in the conversation you are proving this formula:

      @woof = asshat

      • WOOF

        This is conservatives plans for education, you defend it. I shine the light on its authors.

        • Uh, What?

          Where in the article did it note the political philosophy of the State Board of Higher Education? I didn’t read that they were conservative… did you?

          • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

            Generally it’s liberals that hold minorities to lower standards, but I don’t know the background on this board.

            Either way this is wrong.

        • Uh, What?

          Excuse me… State Board of Education. Must have been a freudian slip. You see, just because a state is “red” (as you noted – even though it went “blue” for Obama in ’08) doesn’t mean that its Education Board(s) are necessarily conservative/republical. In fact, I’m willing to bet that there are far more liberal-populated “State Boards of Education” (and higher ed for that matter) because of the slant in our education philosophy and systems over the last 40-50 years than conservatives.

          • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

            Typical liberal. They can’t admit that something is wrong if it might be proposed by another liberal. Instead they have to assign something to conservatives or fox news or something before they can recognize that this is wrong.

            I haven’t read Michael Savage’s book but did he cover this disorder?

        • $8194357

          Soviet central planning mandatory marxist academic public education/indoctrination is what in your mind?

          A Red state meaning communist yes….

    • $8194357

      Ever hear of the NEA?
      Central planning soviet gives the marching orders to the
      subserviant satelites.

  • matthew_bosch

    Now we are reverting back to segregation to solve societies ills? This is madness.

    Replace Gov’t in the family with a father and we will see progress in education.

    • $8194357

      10X
      And it would cut down on socialisms taxpayer mentor programs costs as well.

  • awfulorv

    To think that an entire country has engaged itself in making one race feel happy, secure, and carefree. Still, it seems, we’ve not done enough. Never mind that the practice has been detrimental to the other 85% of her citizens. If this is not wholesale discrimination of the majority, what then are we to call it?

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    This is a way to sneak around NCLB (which is a dumb law). The best solution is to set high expectations. Tell everyone where the bar is.

    The test results should be used in the school for targeted intervention: one student is weak in polynomials: get him more practice or tutoring. Overall the school is weak in fractions, let’s look at the curriculum. But, schools haven’t used test results this way, and the state uses them as a hammer to clobber schools so the politicians can pretend they’re doing something.

  • borborygmi

    totally wrong. Raise the expectations for everyone equally.. Florida just hit stupid.

  • teacher

    The question to ask is “What are the present achievement levels of this ethnic groups?” I think you will find the expectations are reasonable based on their starting point.

  • MichiganDogman

    I’m trying to figure out what the Florida Education Board is really saying. #1. Are they saying that standards have to be lowered for minority students because they are inferior to whites and Asians; or, #2. Are they saying the standards have to be lowered because the teachers are inferior and are unable to do the job they are paid for?

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