This is scandalous. Unfortunately, it comes from the Board of Education of the State of Florida. That would be my Board of Education.
Florida is setting different goals for reading improvements among its students – based on race and ethnicity. By 2018, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanic students, and 74 percent of black students are to be reading on grade level.
Yes, you read that correctly.
By 2018, all black students are not expected to read at grade level, only 74% of them. This sends a horrible message to students, and teachers, and parents…
If I am a black student, I don’t have to try, no one expects much of me anyway.
If I am a teacher, heck, 74% of my black students read at grade level, that’s good enough for the state so it’s good enough for me.
And, if I’m a parent of a black student, I know that my son or daughter is merely a stigmatized statistic with little hope of being pushed to better him or herself by our teachers.
How can this happen, you ask?
Remember President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind Act”? President Obama didn’t like that law because the teachers’ unions didn’t like that law. So, President Obama has granted waivers…waivers that do nothing more than insure that blacks and Hispanics are forever condemned to a lousy education.
One more time, well done, Mr. President.