…are not exactly two words that go well together in America.
This is a pathetic state that our education system is in. It’s no wonder that America’s youth are a bunch of morons. There are so many disruptions and BS going on in classrooms, it’s a wonder that anyone in inner cities graduates.
The majority of discipline problems are coming from black students, and the government is going to fix it if it kills this country. Please note that black students are disciplined at a much higher rate than other students. There’s a reason for it, and it isn’t racist. It’s actually the fault of their culture. The violence at home makes them think that it is the appropriate way to deal with issues outside the home. Many are coming from one parent homes which exacerbates the problem.
The regulations imposed on school authorities pretty much hamstrings them by not allowing them to punish infractions when they happen. Instead, the teachers have to keep track of all the incidents and maybe, eventually, they might be able to get the unruly student out of the classroom. Of course the damage has already been done, the other students didn’t learn anything, other than they can get away with a lot before anything will happen.
During the Bush Administration the idea was to go away from this type of regulatory stupidity, but they didn’t get rid of the law, they just didn’t do anything about it. Enter the Democrats and Obama, and now it’s all they can do to make this a racial issue.
So, this breads more bad behavior. It’s proven that if children can get away with bad behavior, bad behavior will escalate, eventually infecting the whole of the class.
Here’s a long, but excellent article that discusses the issue.
Heather Mac Donald
The Obama administration undermines classroom order in pursuit of phantom racism.
In March 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.” The secretary was speaking on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when state troopers savagely beat and teargassed peaceful voting-rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. Duncan fleetingly acknowledged the racial progress that the nation had made since that shameful era, but he was soon back in the 1960s: “Skeptics sometimes tell me, ‘Slow down.’ They say our agenda to pursue equal opportunity is too ambitious. To them, I simply repeat what Martin Luther King said many years ago: ‘We can’t wait.’ I repeat what President Lyndon Johnson said after Bloody Sunday, when he told a joint session of Congress: ‘We have already waited a hundred years and more—and the time for waiting is gone.’ ”
President Johnson was calling on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in order to end the South’s century-long obstruction of black suffrage. What was the pervasive racial injustice that led Duncan to present himself as a modern-day Johnson? Black elementary and high school students are disciplined at a higher rate than whites are. To Duncan, that disparity can mean only one thing: schools are discriminating.
And so the Departments of Education and Justice have launched a campaign against disproportionate minority discipline rates, which show up in virtually every school district with significant numbers of black and Hispanic students. The possibility that students’ behavior, not educators’ racism, drives those rates lies outside the Obama administration’s conceptual universe. But the country will pay a high price for the feds’ blindness, as the cascade of red tape and lawsuits emanating from Washington will depress student achievement and enrich advocates and attorneys for years to come.