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It’s no secret that America’s schools are falling behind. They rank 31st in math behind South Korea, Estonia, and Luxembourg. Which would really hurt their feelings if they also weren’t behind in geography.
… If we wanna help our poor students excel, we need to invest in more teachers, better resources, and newer facilities. In other words, they’re screwed.
STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report
Sigh. I spent $1,500 on my classroom at least. First-year teacher right here.
I doubt someone like Fisher would understand how her background made it easier for her to be a competitive college candidate in the first place.
No, most of these people don’t even see themselves as privileged. They simply acknowledge that they have rights and freedoms that “all” people should have, yet many of them challenge efforts to extend this access to others, particularly if there is any chance that they may not have the same entitlements to which they have been accustomed; others don’t even feel that all Americans deserve their level of access, and work diligently to keep it reserved to certain groups.
‘White privilege is a hell of a drug.’
Even kids in the most dire circumstances really want a future. They just need to have a path to it.
- Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz.
Dr. Balfanz has uncovered a series of indicators that he says can predict how likely a student is to drop out of high school beginning in SIXTH GRADE. The indicators? Attendance, behavior and course performance, which he describes as the “ABCs.”
In high-poverty schools, if a sixth grade child attends less than 80 percent of the time, receives an unsatisfactory behavior grade in a core course, or fails math or English, there is a 75 percent chance that they will later drop out of high school — absent effective intervention.
Middle schools are generally designed to give younger kids a more intensive level of support. If intervention doesn’t occur until high school, Balfanz says it becomes much harder to “turn kids around and put them back on track.”
Race is the myth upon which the reality of racism is predicated, the wild card the racist always keeps hidden up his sleeve. The racist has the power to determine whether the card will be a diamond or a spade, whether a Chinese is black or white.