Schooling the Populace

As the march towards destruction of every American institution continues, education continues to lead the way.

Not content with affirmative action, liberals are now pressing for affirmative grading. What is that? In Virginia it’s an idea the state board of education thinks is necessary. Here’s how NPR describes it:

As part of Virginia’s waiver to opt out of mandates set out in the No Child Left Behind law, the state has created a controversial new set of education goals that are higher for white and Asian kids than for blacks, Latinos and students with disabilities.

Here’s what the Virginia state board of education actually did. It looked at students’ test scores in reading and math and then proposed new passing rates. In math it set an acceptable passing rate at 82 percent for Asian students, 68 percent for whites, 52 percent for Latinos, 45 percent for blacks and 33 percent for kids with disabilities.

At a meeting of the state board of education in late September, Patricia Wright, Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction, defended the new policy.

“Rest assured, all of us hold all students to the same academic standards, but when it comes to measuring progress, we have to consider that students start at different points,” Wright said.

“The concept here is that if indeed within six years we can close the achievement gap between the lowest- and highest-performing schools — at least cut it in half — that would be acceptable progress,” says Wright.

What Virginia has really done, critics argue, is institutionalize lower expectations for minority and disabled kids.

“Virginia has done something very, very wrong,” says Amy Wilkins, with the Education Trust, a research group that advocates for closing the achievement gap.

“What Virginia said is, black kids in our state should achieve not at grade level but at the highest level that black kids have achieved in the past. That’s not a forward-looking goal,” Wilkins says. “That is not a goal that’s going to ensure that black kids catch up with white kids or Latinos catch up with white kids or poor kids catch up with rich kids.”

What kind of insanity is this? What is this? Preparation for a society where no one excels and everyone is happy to make his minimal pay and receive his basic needs?

It removes all pride in ability and levels the playing field to mediocrity. Not the America our Founding Fathers imagined.

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