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Can you say “busing” boys and girls?

by Kevin “Coach” Collins

Will this lead to busing so liberals can feel good about themselves?

A new report from the UCLA Civil Rights Project has named New York’s schools the most segregated in America. Other deep blue Democrat controlled states like Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and New Jersey were cited just behind New York for maintaining the most segregated schools in the nation.  While the absence of both Detroit and Washington DC from the top of this list makes its conclusions suspect, the fact remains: New York and the rest of these Oh so Blue states are very segregated. 

In the latest period for which records are available, (1989-2011) the percentage of White students attending New York City’s public schools declined from 21.3% to just 14.5% the report said.  

The fact that New York is run by a far Left cabal of “Working Families Party” officials suggests that forced busing of White public school children is a real possibility. That this “remedy” for racially imbalanced public schools was a crashing failure when it was inflicted on the people of Boston in the 1970s means nothing to the far Left.  

Starting in the fall of 1974 Boston was torn apart by The Racial Imbalance Act, a Massachusetts state law which demanded that White public school students be bused into predominately Black schools.

Liberals thought this would solve all of their “racial imbalance” problems and ease their consciences. They were wrong.      

The numbers from Boston’s experience with this social experiment speak volumes about why busing is a bad idea that can inflict serious damage on a big city’s public school system.

In the 14 years Boston public schools employed forced busing as its remedy to a supposed racial imbalance problem, enrollment fell from 100,000 to 57,000 and just 15% of those students were White.

So what happened?

Whites moved out of Boston and/or sent their children to private schools as they will should New York’s mayor Comrade de Blasio adopt forced busing as a general policy in his city.

A single sentence from Michael Goodwin’s March 2, 2014 New York Post column says it all about people’s willingness to pack up and flee: “One friend says 10 wealthy people have told him they are leaving and another says disgusted New Yorkers bought $1 billion in residential property in Florida since the November election [of Comrade  Bill de Blasio].





Wagging the dog in America’s schools

by Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

Unable to control its bloated spending habits our local Democrat controlled school board is gearing up for a big hike on beleaguered tax payers. After hiring twelve administrators at near six figure incomes to implement the latest pedagogic evaluation fad, this same board is stiffing overworked and under-appreciated teachers whose salaries rank among Florida’s lowest. 

Hello! Get rid of the administrative beast and you can balance your budgets and pay your teachers what they deserve.  Require the pedagogues to teach one or two classes and you may suddenly see increased appreciation for what the drones in the trenches do on a daily basis! But most of all, you’ll get some “sweat equity” out of all of the foolish,  degree-laden administrators now ruining our US Public school systems.  When out-of-touch administrators experience first-hand what teachers have to put up with each and every school day, maybe they’ll come down from their expensive offices to share their technology with those employees who need it the most.

From outcome based education and classrooms without walls to the self-esteem debacle, US Schools of Education hand out Doctorates of Education to people who may know how to arrange a white message board but are not proficient in teaching specific fields of discipline.  In fact, some school boards make efforts to force out first rate, experienced teachers with “big” salaries just to pay for additional, Ivory Tower overhead. 

I just finished up my first return to the classroom after an 18 year retirement by having to deal with 33 different people and units to teach 13 students. One Afro-American Ed.D really shocked me with a hate filled diatribe against America. Rude, undisciplined students, blast phone calls from the administrative beast and one real time security threat from a student with an arrest record have made me retreat to my blogging keyboard for good.

Want to know another well-kept secret which is understood but never stated inside school house doors?  It’s those 60’s throwbacks from the hippy generation known as “student evaluations.”  Would some statistician please trace the introduction of student evaluations of teachers with the concomitant decline in test scores to illustrate a main reason American students are falling so far behind those in other countries?   Letting the untaught grade the taught is dooming our schools because teachers learn early on it’s just easier to cave on the grades students get than it is to fight the administrative bureaucracy.  Administrators can read the evaluations and then put pressure on realistic graders because keeping federal dollars flowing into the system is more important than defending a teacher who seriously evaluates a student’s subject mastery.  In fact, one North Carolina principal actually told his teachers, “No Black child will receive lower than a C in my school!” (1)

In other words, to bring teachers into compliance with grades needed to turn the thing over every year, the administrative beast can use student evaluation forms, thus ensuring America will neither correct its severe grade inflation crisis nor bring student’s achievement levels up to the pre 1960’s liberal take-over of our public schools.

(1) http://atlah.org/2012/11/20/stand-with-me-and-i-will-not-turn-to-the-left-or-the-right/