Equity is an education jargon word that means lowering standards for students based on race. Equity is also an excuse to justify the failure of our public school system. Ideologues have never been satisfied with just one “equitable” change. Instead, they push for a slate of misguided reforms, with the goal of remaking the entire system so no one student can out-compete any other, because students are not allowed to compete at all.
Some schools are offering no honors classes, like Culver City High School in California. For students who excel in any subject, tough luck: They will have no choice but to take classes taught at a level that doesn’t challenge them or develop their talents. To excel is punished.
For students who slack off, however, equity will sound like a dream: The school never gives out F grades. A Minnesota middle school did away with F grades in 2021 as part of a plan to confront “systemic racism,” and several districts prohibited teachers from issuing F grades during the pandemic.
Teachers who step out of line are punished, like Diane Tirado, a former Florida teacher who says she was fired for giving zero grades to students who did zero work. Administrators dictate top-down policies without regard for teachers, parents, or students.
These ideas are a national catastrophe. Equity is dumbing down the overall population and it is teaching that mediocrity, even failure, is superior to effort and achievement.
These ideas are destroying minority communities, specifically the Black community. Failure and crime thrive in the Black community despite the efforts of concerned parents and community leaders who recognize the dangers of equity programs.
Classrooms are chaotic because “restorative justice” — or ending consequences for bad behavior — has replaced true discipline. In Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, restorative justice policies led to students meeting in “conflict resolution circles,” where there seems to be no distinction made by adults between right and wrong.
Students need not pass a test to graduate. New York and New Jersey are facing pressure to drop their graduation tests, and Oregon and New Mexico used Covid-19 as an excuse to suspend their testing requirements. Students do not have to meet a single benchmark to “earn” a diploma, if such a process could be called earning anything at all. It is entirely possible to graduate from Equity High without ever learning to read, write, or do math, without any grades to reflect the lack of learning that has taken place.
The results show American IQ test scores have dropped during a recent 13-year period, a remarkable finding that runs counter to the well-established trend of increasing IQ scores throughout much of the 20th century. Blacks and Hispanics reached historic lows in their poverty rates in 2019. The poverty rate for Blacks was 18.8%; for Hispanics, it was 15.7%. Law enforcement reported information about 7,173,072 known offenders showed that 50.8% of known offenders were white; 29.6% were Black. The Black population comprises about 13.5% or our total population. These are the results when people are taught that there are no consequences for their actions. When we see the so-called flash mobs, they are mostly black kids, when we see teen age misbehavior, it is heavily black.
Those of you who believe in lowering standards for both academics and behavior are destroying these kids, the black community, and the nation. There is nothing positive about equity policies. Everything about them destroys our nation, the black community, and the black kids. Treat these kids as kids. Raise your expectations for these individuals. Teach them that actions have consequences. You will be helping our nation, the black community, and the kid. Support black parents who love their children and are demanding the expectations for their children is the same as for all children. If you do not, I declare, you are evil, you hate black kids, and it is your goal to destroy and not to build.
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