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Obama's Educational Excellence Initiative

Bob F. RVN70-71 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 1:39 PM
Robert: That is an excellent question. Are there any teachers out there that could provide some insight?
mgoodin Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 6:13 PM
I'm a teacher in a predominantly black area in an affluent town. No unions. Lots of parents enabling their kids to have bad citizenship, bad behavior, bad attitude, bad language, bad bad habits. Economics was not an issue 4 years ago in this area, but it is now, and yes, behavior got worse. So why were they so bad 4 years ago? Our nations black leaders keep yelling "Blame Whitey!" I blame the parents. I am passionate about teaching students to do well in class, school, and life - with no excuses. I came from a poor family, but because I am white I am supposed to be rich. I went to high school in arough area, but I am supposed to be naive. Blacks today seem to have a lot more opportunities that they did not have in the 50's. So what changed?
hotrod62 Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 4:02 PM
I reach in an inner-city school and my union does support teacher safety, but the issue lies with the school board, the legal system (these kids are entitled to an education), and alternative schools where there is a waiting list.
I'm fortunate, I have a tough principal that has the support of the district. Anyone caught fighting will get expelled (and then the parents get a lawyer). In large urban districts, a student can assault a teacher and be back in the classroom three days later.

President Barack Obama recently wrote an executive order that established a White House initiative on educational excellence for black Americans that will be housed in the Department of Education. It proposes "to identify evidence-based best practices" to improve black achievement in school and college. Though black education is in desperate straits, the president's executive order will accomplish absolutely nothing to improve black education. The reason is that it does not address the root causes of educational rot among black Americans. It's not rocket science; let's look at it.

The president's initiative contains not one word about rampant inner-city school violence,...