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  •  What Amazes Me (14+ / 0-)

    Is that the social science documented clearly in the 1970's that a critical factor in terms of the school performance of Black youth is the mindset of the teacher in terms of expectations.  A racist teacher -- who 99% of the time doesn't even realize that he/she is racist -- expects failure and, thus, reinforces it when it happens since it meets expectations.  

    All of it is now ignored.  In favor of expectations that continue to presume the inferiority of our children and the dysfunction of our families.

    Expectations set and reinforced by politically-convenient narratives such as Moynihan's culture of poverty thesis (a thesis he admitted was developed at a time when the Democratic party had concluded that the larger white electorate was sick of hearing about Black folks' problems and didn't want to do anything more to address the issues their racism created, particularly in the ghetto.)

    I've said it before and I'll say it again.  We gave up our own schools where our people were teaching our own children in favor of the "integration boondoggle."  Well, our kids' education performance has suffered ever since.  The Freedom Schools and Shules prove that our children are no less capable of excelling academically and that, taught by those who don't look for dysfunctional parents as the only explanation for student failure (since we have to admit that for some students, a dysfunctional home life is a factor) or an inherent lack of capacity to excel, they do excel. The late Justice Marshall admitted that the only real purpose of the school segregation cases was to get our children equal education funding and equal access to resources.  I even understand the motivations of those who are busy chasing the charter school myth in light of that - anything to try and help our kids and if those places have more money, well then.  Unfortunately, sending our kids to wealthy schools that still don't believe fundamentally in their equal capacity doesn't change a thing, as we've now seen.

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    by shanikka on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 07:40:55 AM PST

    •  Exactly (8+ / 0-)

      that a critical factor in terms of the school performance of Black youth is the mindset of the teacher in terms of expectations.

      Completely agree!  I won't even recount the number of times as a CHILD, I had to push back on racist assumptions.  

      (a thesis he admitted was developed at a time when the Democratic party had concluded that the larger white electorate was sick of hearing about Black folks' problems and didn't want to do anything more to address the issues their racism created, particularly in the ghetto.)

      I did not know that...thank you for the enlightenment!  

      We gave up our own schools where our people were teaching our own children in favor of the "integration boondoggle."

      Indeed, after the Civil War, the Freedman's Bureau and other groups that came to educate the freed slaves found hundreds of underground, already established schools in the South.  This under the penalty of death.  Don't tell me my people don't value education!  

      I even understand the motivations of those who are busy chasing the charter school myth in light of that - anything to try and help our kids and if those places have more money, well then.

      Guilty, lol!  Yes, I'm desparate because I know our kids can excel.  I know it!  I'm for anything that opens up more seats in better schools.  

      the most important factor whether students succeed is not their skincolor or their ZIP code or their parents' income - it is the quality of their teacher

      by princss6 on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 07:46:58 AM PST

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    •  Getting this into the clear light of day is so (7+ / 0-)

      important.

      All of it is now ignored.  In favor of expectations that continue to presume the inferiority of our children and the dysfunction of our families.

      The combination of racism and sexism is just plain deadly.

      "I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing." Daniel Hillel

      by Onomastic on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 07:50:32 AM PST

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    •  You have been tipped. (5+ / 0-)

      I wish you would make this into a diary.

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      by Hunter Huxley on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:09:08 AM PST

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