Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Black Kids Not Performing in High Schools

Some 50 years after desegregation and the busing of students to "level the playing field," there has been basically no progress in educating black kids. The main reason: on average, blacks don't have the necessary innate intellectual capability to perform on par with white kids.  Otherwise, we would have seen some sign of improving academic performance. On the other hand, we've seen strong and rising black achievement in athletics and sports which is obviously driven by strong genetic capabilities. You don't mind attributing high achievement in sport as due to genetics as it's so obvious. But most people won't like also attributing poor academic performance to genetics, but it's equally true.  It's just factual, not racist. This might change in 1000 years, so nothing is hopeless.

Black kids median IQ suggests an average mental age of 14 to 15 years old; or stuck at the 9th grade level. How could most of these kids ever perform at 12th grade level??  90% can't!

From Walter Williams at Townhall:

The educational achievement of white youngsters is nothing to write home about, but that achieved by blacks is nothing less than disgraceful. [My note: only 32% and 46% of white grade 12 students are proficient in math and reading, respectively.  But only 7% and 17% of black grade 12 students are "proficient" in math and reading, respectively.  And that's those remaining in school after nearly 60% of black kids have already dropped out of high school entirely.  Despite few black kids performing at Grade 12 levels, 70% of these seniors are going to college -- but they really don't belong there.]

Let's look at a recent example of an educational outcome all too common. In 2016, in 13 of Baltimore's 39 high schools, not a single student scored proficient on the state's mathematics exam. In six other high schools, only one percent tested proficient in math. In raw numbers, of 3,804 Baltimore students took the state's math test, and 14 students tested proficient. Citywide, only 15 percent of Baltimore students passed the state's English test.

Last spring, graduation exercises were held at one Baltimore high school, 90 percent of whose students received the lowest possible math score. Just one student came even close to being proficient. Parents and family members applauded the conferring of diplomas. Some of the students won achievement awards and college scholarships. Baltimore is by no means unique. It's a small part of the ongoing education disaster for black students across the nation. Baltimore schools are not underfunded. Of the nation's 100 largest school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil.  [This story is repeated in every major city with black majorities including Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, etc.  The simple fact is that blacks don't have the intellectual capability.]

Baltimore's black students receive diplomas that attest that they can function at a 12th-grade level when in fact they may not be able to do so at a seventh- or eighth-grade level. These students and their families have little reason to suspect that their diplomas are fraudulent. Thus, if they cannot land a good job, cannot pass a civil service exam, get poor grades in college and flunk out of college, they will attribute their plight to racism. After all, they have a high school diploma, just as a white person has a high school diploma. In their minds, the only explanation for being treated differently is racism.

[My note: the absurdity doesn't end there. Some 70% of black high school graduates go to college even though few, about 7 to 17% of them, are qualified to attend.  So about 80% of these kids are "in college" but don't belong there.  They are there only because of government tuition loan money.  And about 80% of that loan money won't be re-paid.  Just remember that when the government bails out all of these loans and adds it to the national debt.]

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