Another Boring Summer with Racism Thrown in for Pizzazz

For those who wish to think racism is a thing of the past, you are not paying attention to the actions of the public school districts in California. In 1996, the Oakland school board recognized Ebonics as a separate language. In 2005, the San Bernardino City Unified School District will incorporate Ebonics into their teaching.

"Because Ebonics can have a negative stigma, we're not focusing on that, we are affirming and recognizing Ebonics through supplemental reading books (for students).

Supplemental reading material written in Ebonics? This is where the school district is spending their resources?

Board member Danny Tillman, who pushed for the policy, said that full implementation of the program at all schools may take years, but the pilot program is a beginning.

"At every step we will see positive results, Tillman said.

Full implementation? When the program is a failure? Are any results considered positive? This is so incredibly ignorant. It sounds like the program will go forward regardless of the failure that lay ahead.

Tillman hoped the new policy would increase the number of black students going to college and participating in advanced courses.

First they will have to complete that special Ebonics SAT. Then there is finding those Ebonics university instructors. This is a plan? You live in San Bernardino why? (Also, starting a program filled with hope will never do as well as a program filled with expectation.)

Teresa Parra, board vice president, said she worried the new program would have an adverse effect.

"I'm afraid that now that we have this the Hispanic community, our largest population, will say, 'We want something for us.' Next we'll have the Asian community and the Jewish community (asking for their own programs). When will it end?

Parra said the district should focus on helping all students who are at risk.

"I've always thought that we should provide students support based on their needs and not on their race, Parra said.

Someone who gets it? If the standard is movable, why have a standard? Why not lower it so significantly that all students can meet the standard under any circumstance, and stop the games?

When you believe blacks cannot meet the basic expectations of all students, you are the racist. The San Bernardino school district is insulting their black students. Is their another way of viewing this action?

posted at 11:42:40 on 07/18/05 by clearpolitics - Category: Obviously - [Permalink]

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richard a. smith wrote:

This is a certain step to set the African American race back a few hundred years. Do you believe that this language is going to be generally accepted in corporate America or in any aspect of the professional and or business communities ? Of course not and the people who will pay the price will be those who fall victim to this horrendously misguided attempt at appeasement. And the only people it wil satisgy are those who make their living as antagonists. This is shameful...
08/15/05 11:45:44

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