Sunday, July 09, 2006

The results are in, and they are ugly

One of my favorite columnists, Dr. Walter Williams, just came out with a devastating article relaying the atrocious test scores of our nation's black 4th and 8th graders.

At the school in which I teach, almost 30% of the student body is black, and like every other campus I can think of, it is the black students with the lowest standardized test scores across the board. I won't rehash the reasons for this about which I have written before. I will simply say that as a teacher, it is so damn frustrating to watch these otherwise intelligent students throw their academic careers away so they aren't thought less of by their peers.

Do students of other races have that same problem? Sure, but one only has to look at the standardized test scores to see which racial group is being hit the hardest by a poisonous culture that applauds lack of effort.

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

happychyck said...

How I appreciate articles like Dr. William's and blogs like yours. Our educational problems are multifaceted, and certainly our culture's attitude about education plays a big part. Student apathy ranks right up there on the list of things that get me down about teaching. S