Late last year, I was read about how FL and VA are setting different acceptable passing rates for kids of different races. Like in VA, apparently "In math it set an acceptable passing rate at 82 percent for Asian students, 68 percent for whites, 52 percent for Latinos, 45 percent for blacks and 33 percent for kids with disabilities." Link here.
And Florida supposedly passed something similar. Link here. (These are just one link for each state. you can google to get more articles/details).
I'm instinctively horrified and insulted on behalf of EVERYONE that the school leaders are actually instituting policies that say "Yeah, we know black and Hispanic kids just aren't very smart, so we'll just call it a 'win' if they can score a fraction of what we expect from other white or Asian kids."
Holy crap!!! That is a serious whopper of a thing for a state's educational leaders to say! And I just get MAD!!
I know I become pretty emotional when I see society patronizing and insulting kids because of their color or gender, and I don't think the clearest when I'm emotional. Even the implication that "It's okay to hold Asian kids to the highest standards than white kids, because we all know Asian kids are smart and good at math" pisses me off! No, it's not flattering to Asians. Racial stereotyping is insulting to everyone.
But I honestly just don't know that much about what's actually happening in these states. And after a bunch of articles in Oct and early Nov of last year, I haven't heard anything. Does anyone know something that might put this in a clearer light? Anyone from one of those states? Am I overreacting or misunderstanding anything? Sadly, this is one of the times when I hope someone can show me how I'm wrong...Answer Question
Answer by Hollyhock. at 4:25 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by QuinnMae at 4:34 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 4:45 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 4:56 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by HHx5 at 5:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Wow! I wonder if that will carry over into all aspects of their lives then. Will jobs be considered in the same regard? Will other stereotypes be considered say, when passing the drivers test? How about when being considered for public office?! Maybe our politicians should be required to take annual exams to keep their job or be considered for a raise. Hmmm- ( In case you're wondering, that's extreme sarcasm & disgust w/ a twist of smart ass!)
Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:19 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by missanc at 7:32 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 11:15 PM on Feb. 11, 2013