- Sep 5, 2000
We could talk about all the reasons why but you wouldnt like it.You can't keep using education as an excuse when more than a generation has gone by without significant improvements despite a huge influx of money to remedy it.This occurred despite vast improvement in racial attitudes as well.
After 50 years, the achievement gap between white and black students has barely narrowed.
"It's remarkable," says Eric Hanushek, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, who authored the analysis. "I knew that the gap hadn't been closing too much, but when I actually looked at the data I was myself surprised."
"I was surprised because I think we hear more about promising attempts to close the gap and we hear a lot about school systems in states that are focused on closing the achieving gap, and yet the progress is so disappointingly slow," says Hanushek.
"If [the Coleman Report] was expected to mobilize the resources of the nation's schools in pursuit of racial equity, it undoubtedly failed to achieve its objective," Hanushek wrote. "Nor did it increase the overall level of performance of high school students on the eve of their graduation, despite the vast increase in resources that would be committed to education over the ensuing five decades."
Graph: Achievement Gains Are Unrelated to Increased Spending
Racial attitudes over time
PRINCETON, NJ -- Continuing to represent one of the largest shifts of public opinion in Gallup history, 87% of Americans now favor marriage between blacks and whites, up from 4% in 1958.
From previous article:
He estimates that if the achievement gaps continue close at such an incremental rate, it will be roughly two and a half centuries before the black-white math gap closes and over one and a half centuries until the reading gap closes.
Fuck that! By that time, the singularity will have occurred.
Most universities aren't that selective, so it isn't an issue for the most part. At elite colleges, many low income blacks can't cut it, so the pool of applicants from low income students are mainly white and Asian. I just have to roll my eyes at it all because it's strange to me. These minorities going there are similar to the black professor/attorney I had in one class; they have a lot more in common outside of their racial group.
To be fair, there's the issue of legacy, which has helped white people, but I'm not sure how much this aids presently. Many of the Ivy League parents will invest much more into their children than typical to develop talents, and probably pass on genes for smart kids, so it makes sense a lot of them would have gained admission regardless. But if affirmative action were to go, legacy definitely should as well.
"Getting more low-income students into elite colleges like Harvard and Stanford is an important goal. But it can’t replace race-based affirmative action.
A close look at the numbers shows that the only effective way to increase racial diversity at elite colleges is by considering race when deciding who gets in.
But this approach can’t do the job of race-based affirmative action for a very simple reason: Most poor people are white. Putting a thumb on the scale for low-income students will help far more white students than black or Hispanic students."
Seriously, what do I need to show you? What was false? Because I showed nothing but the facts. I gave you guys the liberal HuffingtonPost. Look at the above as well, and check this below.
When education spending is considered in terms of "buying power," districts with the highest percentage of minority students spend the least.
In terms of "buying power" in school year 1989–90, districts with the highest percentages of minority students spent $286 less on public education per year than did districts with the lowest percentages of minority students ($4,103 vs. $4,389 per student) (figure 2). This change in direction occurs because school districts enrolling high percentages of minority students are more likely to be located in high-cost urban centers and to serve substantial numbers of students with special needs, thereby reducing the "buying power" of the dollars received.
Already voted, and the DCCC sent me a special note saying I was a hero.For my age group, I'm of the small minority that care.