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  •  I apply racist to a combination of conditions (3+ / 0-)
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    JanL, 207wickedgood, Dichro Gal

    as exemplified by the continuing problem in Clarendon County SC, for example, and for the fact that schools with high levels of poverty and/or high levels of children of color get less experienced teachers, have higher turnover, often get starved for resources, etc.   The reasons can vary, depending upon whether you are talking about the cause being at the state level with respect to districts, or the district level with respect to schools.

    There is a further issue, which I did not address, that in many schools students of color are less likely to be in honors classes and more likely to be in remedial classes which in fact do little to remediate.  They are far more likely to be disciplined for offenses for which white students receive warnings.  They are disproprotionally among those held back.

    The results are racist, no matter what arguments we may use to justify what is often willful inaction.  

    To be clear, I am the one applying "racist" -  Darling-Hammond does not.  One may rationalize the continuation of the gaps that exist, just like one might rationalize the disproportionate sentences for crack versus powder campaign.

    I am white, of an upper middleclass background.  I have no trouble calling it racist.

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 07:09:30 AM PST

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    •  But is Clarendon County SC typical? (0+ / 0-)

      Your source mentioned that teacher "salaries and benefits much lower than those in other districts," clearly indicating hiighly unequal spending in those districts.   That's certainly a problem for the students in those South Carolina districts affected, and districts in other states similarly affected, but I believe it would be a mistake to extrapolate individual cases like this into a judgment of unequal spending nationwide.  The studies I have seen indicate relatively equal pay between teachers at predominantly black schools and predominantly white schools, when looked at from a nationwide perspective.  And the race gap strongly exists in districts where pay is equal.

       

      •  far more typical than you realize (2+ / 0-)
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        although they are something of an extreme case.  There are huge disparities with states, even after one accounts for differences in cost of living.  In Virginia the per pupil expenditure is 3 times as high at the top as it is at the bottom.

        do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

        by teacherken on Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 08:10:43 AM PST

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