Oh, yes, this will work out well.
Seldom have social upheavals combined with irresponsible propaganda resulted in more devastating mass amnesia by institutions regarding well-settled reality than “The Great Stupid,” now playing in your community and mine. Joining advocacy for such self-evident disasters as open borders, eliminating police, self-declared childhood gender flips and re-segregation is the decision to eliminate basic standards in education because educators can’t seem to explain stubborn racial gaps. Make everyone equally ignorant, unethical and undisciplined! Brilliant!
I’m not exaggerating; I wish I were. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), the second largest school district in California with over 106,000 students, announced that it is overhauling how students will be evaluated because “teachers fail minority students more than White students.” Since the possibility that the reasons for this persistent problem may rest within minority culture and society pathologies rather than failures of the educational system is unpalatable to the Left and politically incorrect, the proscribed solution is to overhaul the way students are graded as part of what school board members call “a larger effort to combat racism.”
“This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” says SDUSD Vice President Richard Barrera. “If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years.” Thus the school board voted unanimously last week —unanimously; think about that— to make sweeping changes. There will be no yearly grade averages. “Things like” turning work in on time and classroom behavior will not affect academic grades, but will only count toward a so-called “citizenship grade.” On the docket for reconsideration in an upcoming meeting: de-emphasizing discipline and penalties for cheating.
“I know students all across the school district are really happy with the idea that these other accountability measures are no longer going to be defining their understanding of knowledge,” a student leader told reporters. “Accountability measures.” Honestly, who needs those?
Amnesia. Decades ago, when I was the executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s public policy research foundation, we gave a grant to Amatai Etzioni to report on his research indicating that accountability the development of such life-competencies as meeting deadlines and following through diligently on assigned tasks weren’t merely incidental benefits of education, but the most essential aspects of preparing young human beings for work, life, and success. Etzioni is an Israeli-American sociologist and economist who is best known for founding the Communitarian Network, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting the moral, social, and political foundations of society. Our grant resulted in his completion and publication of his report explaining why the development of character and ethical values ought to be the primary goal of schools, which Etzioni’s research showed, were “neglecting the development of the children as human beings.”
The report was widely praised across the ideological spectrum, and promptly ignored, in part because the habits it designated as crucial—completing homework, learning to arrive on time, being accountable, accepting responsibility—are exactly the traits much of the black community undermines because of a multiplicity of factors.
What the San Diego schools’ “anti-racism” measures can be counted on to accomplish is to doom the many San Diego minority children who are not taught accountability and responsibility in their homes to being undesirable employees, parents and members of society.
But not as many will get poor grades compared to their white classmates, so “systemic racism” will be on the way out at last!
The Great Stupid marches on.