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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:38 AM

Florida to Grade Black Students on a Different Scale Than White Students?

http://www.alternet.org/florida-grade-black-students-different-scale-white-students



Postracial America, we are not, second Obama term or no second term. From the kids tweeting insanely racist remarks about President Obama's victory, to Oklahoma's vote banning affirmative action , it's clear that racist attitudes remain prevalent for many Americans.

But the new education policy in Florida seems particularly emblematic of our far from post-racial landscape. The school board in Florida created a set of achievement goals that differ based on students' racial backgrounds. Rather than focusing solely on things like economic backgrounds, the board's choice to use race-based categories has attracted plenty of attention. The board of ed claims it is using the reality on the ground to combat the achievement gap, but the message the goals are sending has got many educators and parents crying foul:

'The plan, which sets achievement targets to be met by 2018 based on each students’ race or ethnic background, has already encountered opposition from educators and activists across the state .

Juan Lopez, who is a magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, said that setting different standards for kids based on their background was “off base,” and an implication that it is race, above all, that determines the level of students’ achievement.'

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Reply Florida to Grade Black Students on a Different Scale Than White Students? (Original post)
xchrom Nov 2012 OP
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #1
Madam Mossfern Nov 2012 #2
kelliekat44 Nov 2012 #3
LARED Nov 2012 #4
Eddie Haskell Nov 2012 #7
LARED Nov 2012 #10
Eddie Haskell Nov 2012 #11
HockeyMom Nov 2012 #5
ladjf Nov 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #8
Nye Bevan Nov 2012 #9

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:05 AM

2. There's nothing more sad

than reverse racism. I'm sorry, but I find your post most hateful.

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Response to Madam Mossfern (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:07 AM

3. I apologize. Didn't mean it to be reverse racism. I belong to two of the groups mentioned.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:11 AM

4. Another sign the education system is

 

completely broken.

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Response to LARED (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:24 AM

7. What?

How do you jump to that conclusion?

How about we base performance, not on some arbitrary standards, but on individual progress. We are not all gifted in the same areas. We should not expect every student to achieve at the same pace. We should expect them to make progress based upon where they are at the beginning of the year, their aptitude, and their physical challenges.

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Response to Eddie Haskell (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:12 AM

10. I agree that expected performance is not the same for all...........but

 

do you think race is the right standard?

I don't.

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Response to LARED (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:42 AM

11. Of coarse not.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:28 AM

5. Doesn't surprise me

I was shocked to learn that in the Collier School District (Naples) , where I used to work, MLK Day was not receognized here until about 10 years ago. It wasn't until Black teachers and students started calling in sick on that day, that they finally got the message and declared MLK day a school holiday. It's a very, very RED area of Florida.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:06 AM

6. Terrible idea. Even worse than St. Pete Spy Mobile I just read about in the earlier post. nt

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:44 AM

8. Wow..way to send a "less than" message.

Wonder if they are planning to give tests to EACH racial group of students or just make it a black/white issue, or just a minority/white issue?
Hell, why don't they throw in gender based tests, like they used to do back in the 60's?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:57 AM

9. So to "combat the achievement gap" they will give black kids higher grades?

What a disgusting, bigoted policy.

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