A very depressing article on the blog of Marty Nemko, a libertarian journalist who writes on education for the conservative US News and World Report. He reprinted an article of the same name from the White nationalist publication American Renaissance written by Christopher Jackson, a young teacher early in his career teaching at a Black school in the South. I read through 200 of the comments, and a lot of them are just painful. Some are extremely angry, and there are a number of Whites on there who have had it up to here with Blacks. Many of them say they started out liking Blacks and trying to give them a chance, but they finally just gave up. There are also many comments from students who went to school with Blacks or teachers who taught Blacks. One frightening thread in the very angry comments from Whites is that we need to go back to segregated schools. I went to all-White schools. There was one Black guy in our school, and I was friends with him. He was sort of a bastard (he left me in a park late one night stoned out of my skull and finally picked me up 45 minutes later, laughing) but he had his good qualities too. I taught Blacks in school for years and will hopefully never do so again. I suppose I would teach them in college. It may well have been my fault. Maybe I just did not know how to handle them. I often walked by the rooms of (usually female) Black teachers at the most Hellish, insane, flat out evil ghetto junior high schools and saw those Black ladies had those kids absolutely silent and obedient. A White teacher was able to do the same. So it’s not that the kids were inherently uncontrollable, but it seemed to take a very special touch. I also dealt with a lot of Black teachers along the way, mostly females. By and large, they were as professional as any teacher, and they often seemed to have a way with the Black kids that I did not have. I also dealt with many Black administrators, and in general, they were competent and professional. In the heart of Watts, they have sort of given up, but what are you supposed to do in a place like that? The Black teachers and administrators were often very easy to get along with. Easier than uptight Whites! I’ve worked with some Blacks outside of teaching, and in general, they did a good job. We had some at the legal coding place I worked at, and they were polite, intelligent, well-behaved, punctual and apparently good workers. The problem with this situation is that it seems to lead folks to drastic conclusions. Whites deal with lots of Blacks as fellow students, or teaching lots of Blacks in the schools, and they just throw up their hands. The typical response is to get rid of civil rights laws, bring back segregation or form a White separatist state. The first prescription is the most common. There are other choices, one of which is to stop putting up with so much outrageous behavior from Black kids. At a certain age, we ought to be able to suspend them regularly. If you can’t act human, you can’t be in school. Whenever you decide to start acting like a human again, you can come back in. I guess we could give them numerous chances. At some point, maybe you expel them. Or maybe throw the bad ones into a “bad kids school” and keep the good kids of all races in the “good kids school.” It’s ridiculous that a small number of Black kids can ruin the experience for the rest of them. Nobody wants to do this because you would have lots of Black kids getting suspended or expelled. The usual suspects are going to scream racism. But it’s better than the first three openly racist proscriptions bolded above. As far as dumbed down curriculum, I guess I don’t mind. If you warm a seat for four years, you get your semi-worthless HS diploma sheet of paper. Amazingly, a lot of Blacks and Hispancis can’t even seem to manage the chair-warming thing, so I guess a HS diploma still means something. But beyond that to dumbing down college, no way! I am hearing stories about entry level community college courses like English 1A being dumbed down. Forget it! A HS diploma is depreciated enough; the last thing we need is worthless college diplomas.
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