That's exactly the sort of racist stereotype that contributes to the poor performance of some minority students, who believe that studying is "acting white."First, though, all St. Paul students are left behind. And yet people seriously expect that "discipline equity" leads somewhere other than to chaos. Nine teachers quit from one school, and an ethnic population with a recent claim in equity against United States policy is not being well served.
The fact that [Glenn] Singleton puts a superficially positive spin on this negative stereotype (by claiming that whites' fous on achievement is coldly "impersonal" and "task-oriented") makes it all the more seductive to those minority students who already perceive studying as "acting white" and being a "grind" (and who taunt studious classmates of their own race by referring to them as "schoolboy," "schoolgirl" and "little miss perfect").
Singleton is hired for big bucks -- a "six-figure fee" -- to conduct diversity training seminars in order to supposedly remedy the minority achievement gap. But the truth is that his own teachings aggravate and reinforce the minority achievement gap. And America's minority students will be the losers.
A teachers’ group is working to replace four school board members in the fall election, reports Du. “They blame the board for backing Silva’s changes despite teacher outcry.”Of course not. But Pacific Educational Group does very well, thank you very much, mau-mauing and guilt-tripping.
Hmong students, who make up the district’s largest minority group, are leaving district schools, reports Du. They perform well below district averages. Yet, “all we hear is the academic disparity between the whites and the blacks,” says history teacher Khoa Yang. “This racial equity policy, it’s not equitable to all races.”
In 2010, the St. Paul school district began a contractual relationship with the Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based organization that tries to help public schools deal with achievement and disciplinary issues involving black students.No consequences, no peace, no learning, and no child gets ahead. (Whether what used to be stereotypes based in ignorance become priors updated on the basis of experience is left to the observer as an exercise.)
PEG packages and sells the concept of victimization, for a very high price.
It claims that the American education system is built around white culture, tradition and social norms – aka “white privilege” – to the unfair detriment of black students.
PEG believes that black students will only achieve if school curricula are customized to meet their cultural specifications. It also rejects the concept of using suspensions or expulsions to discipline black students.
The relationship with PEG has been costly for the St. Paul district, in more ways than one.
But a teacher comes close to being fired for complaining about the new dispensation.
In December of 2011 when I was working at another school, the behaviors were so out of control that I addressed the St. Paul School board by myself and I told them, it breaks my heart to see children who look like me behave so poorly in our schools and nothing is being done.But to the social justice warriors, all that matters is disproportionate discipline. And that Pacific Educational Group collect their fat fees.
We have mandated training. And they are basically letting people know that white privilege and white people's biases are hampering black students from learning. That's peg in a nutshell. I think we are just crippling our black children in St. Paul by making excuses because we are trying to close the achievement gap. However, the ways we are trying to close the achievement gap are making things worse.No, St. Paul will close the achievement gap. Downward.
And prices of houses in school districts with higher test scores and more conventional methods of discipline will rise.