Is Black Culture the Problem
QWhy should public schools receive equal funding? If some communities choose to pay higher
property taxes, why shouldn’t they be entitled to a more well-funded education if they so
choose? Why must the state ENFORCE a faux equality? We all know the D.C. public schools and
the California public schools receive some of the highest funding in the country, yet they perform
miserably. Yet when you look at the states that succeed the most academically, you’ll note that while
Wisconsin and Minnesota pour money into their public schools, Wyoming and Montana don’t. But all
four states perform in the top 10 in the country. The one common denominator? They all have predominantly white populations.
Let’s be honest: This is a cultural thing if we’re going to throw the genetic component out (and I
think for sanity’s sake, we should). Name for me a single Black community that outscores the state
average for white students. I’ll be waiting awhile.
The problem isn’t an uneven playing field. The problem is that Blacks are simply not even playing
the same game as Asians and whites. Until a cultural emphasis is placed on success in the Black
community (and it’s decidedly not), things simply will not change.
AIt’s not intellectually honest to discuss Black
educational underperformance as if it is something that arrived on the current scene fully formed.
The state isn’t trying to force “faux equality.” It’s
(ineffectively) dealing with centuries of oppression.
Equality in opportunity has never been part of the
American experience. We can’t run away from that
reality because it is responsible for the disparities in
outcome by race in the facts you cite.
The good news is that getting to a solution for
the disparities in education is not difficult when you
accept that we are genetically all one human race.
This doesn’t mean everyone is of equal talent, but it
does mean that every group of people has an equal
percentage of talented people. Therefore, if education
is managed correctly, every town—Black or white—
SHOULD have the same outcome if the process assumes equal outcome as the only acceptable result.
So let’s not worry about the past; let’s worry about
the future. If our country is going to be sustainable
in this global economy, we need to develop ALL of
our talent. It doesn’t make economic sense to under-educate talented people.
If we believe that all people are created equally
(and that’s a genetic fact), then the only sensible
thing for us to do is make sure that all students
graduate from public schools with the same qualifications (within the statistical spread that accounts for
all individual performance, measured not by group
but by the entire United States).
If we accept equity in outcome, then we will be
forced to reverse our thinking about education.
Instead of applying the same failed solutions to the
same problems and hoping for the best (or in your
case, blaming the victim), we would have to impose
conditions on the end result (percent graduating
with the same skills, verified by testing).
What I think we’ll quickly find is that we IMMEDIATELY have to keep schools in low-income areas
open 24/7/365 and serve hot meals three times a
day—for the parents, too, if they’re hungry. And
while they’re there, let’s give skill assessments to the
parents and give them education if they need it.
Studies show that people who are malnourished
have behavior problems, and I’m sure even you
would admit that you can’t learn if you’re hungry.