March 11, 2010

Obama's first discriminating school district: LAUSD

Now we know the very first target of the Obama Administration's discrimination investigations of local school districts: This obvious discriminator against Spanish-speaking students is the Los Angeles Unified School District (Ramon Cortines, Superintendent). It must be all those white racist gangs in lily-white LA.

I sent my kid to an LAUSD middle school with an excellent science magnet program, so I'm fairly familiar with how LAUSD policies produce their statistical outcomes. Yet, as far as I can tell, almost nobody who works for LAUSD understands that logic. (I applied my kid to a charter high school that did, however, understand selection so well that their admissions "lottery" was rigged in his favor.) Almost all school performance statistics are primarily driven by selection, and only evil people like James Watson and Charles Murray understand the implications of selection. And LAUSD staffers tend to be as innocent of intellectual awareness as new-born lambs. And I'm sure that the Obama Dept. of Ed will never, ever understand school statistics.

From the LA Times:
The federal government has singled out the Los Angeles Unified School District for its first major investigation under a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights, officials said Tuesday.

The focus of the probe, by an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will be whether the nation's second-largest district provides adequate services to students learning English.

Officials turned their attention to L.A. Unified because so many English learners fare poorly and because they make up about a third of district enrollment, more than 220,000 students.

Uh ... Doesn't the federal government, which has only been so lax about enforcing the border, share some responsibility for why there are such an enormous number of students with poor English skills in Los Angeles?
Federal analysts will review how English learners are identified and when they are judged fluent enough to handle regular course work. They'll examine whether English learners have qualified, appropriately trained teachers. And they'll look at how teachers make math and science understandable for students with limited English.

The ultimate goal of federal officials is to exert pressure on L.A. Unified and other school districts to close the achievement gap that separates white, Asian and higher-income students from low-income, black and Latino students.

Like all those other school districts that have closed The Gap, such as Erehwon, Utopia, Wishfulthinkingville, and Wouldn't-It-Be-Nice-by-the-Sea.
Federal authorities aren't accusing L.A. Unified of intentional discrimination, but the civil rights office seeks to uncover policies and practices that result in a "disparate outcome." Enforcement options include withholding federal money; more than 23% of the district's $7.16 billion operating budget comes from the federal government.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched the ramped-up enforcement effort Monday at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where law enforcement officers beat and drove back 600 civil rights marchers on March 7, 1965. Without naming school systems, officials said 38 faced compliance reviews; on Tuesday it became clear that L.A. Unified was among them.

Some observers hailed a resurgent civil rights office they said had languished under the George W. Bush administration.

"This is a big deal after eight years of lackluster enforcement," said Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the locally based Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

Less impressed was Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Institute, based in Washington, D.C.: "School districts are going to see this announcement and freak out, take shortcuts and just push minority kids into Advanced Placement whether they are ready for them or not," he wrote on his blog.

In L.A., second grade is the apparent high-water mark for English learners. At that level, 33% test as proficient in English. By eighth grade, proficiency levels decline to 2%, although that includes recent immigrants and excludes students who have moved into the "fluent" category.

Uh, if you are proficient in English, why would you be classified as an English Learner? Obviously, what's happening is that the brighter kids from non-English speaking homes are quickly picking up spoken and written English in school, passing tests, and getting reclassified out of the "English Learner" category, leaving the dumber kids to remain with that label.

Moreover, lots of those 220,000 "English learners" speak English okay. Since 1999, due to Ron Unz's Proposition 227, California doesn't have a lot of "bilingual education" (i.e., Spanish-speaking teacher) courses.

But huge numbers of young people who speak English with Valley Girl accents remain classified from K through 12 as "English Learners" because they don't score well on written tests of reading and writing English. They typically also don't score well on tests of math and science. How come? Because a lot of them don't "test well" -- i.e., they aren't very bright.

Heather Mc Donald explained in City Journal:
But the “persistent test-score gap” argument has a more fundamental flaw. California defines English learners as students who are less than fluent in English and who occupy the bottom rungs of reading and math achievement. To be reclassified out of English-learner status, a student must score well not just on the test of English proficiency but also on statewide reading and math tests. As soon as a student becomes more capable academically, he leaves the English-learner pool and enters a new category: Reclassified Fluent English Proficient, or RFEP. By fiat, then, the English-learner pool contains only the weakest students, whereas the native-speaker pool contains the entire range of students, from the highest achievers to the lowest.
The LA Times goes on:
But even among newly fluent students, only 35% test as academically proficient in English in the 11th grade.

"Proficient" is the second highest ranking on a scale running from Far Below Basic to Below Basic to Basic to Proficient to Advanced. In other words, in LAUSD, even among the students from non-English speaking homes bright enough to pass a test of written English, most are mediocre-to-bad students.

Meanwhile, the LA Daily News reports:
Poor performance of LAUSD prompts feds' probe:
District's statistics - not complaints - spur review of English learners

Federal officials who plan to launch a probe of Los Angeles Unified's English-language learner program next week said Wednesday they targeted the district because of its size and low performance, but not because of any complaints or violations.

The investigation of Los Angeles Unified will look at whether the district is honoring the civil rights of English-language learners and providing them equal access to educational opportunities.

The compliance review, focusing initially on schools in the west San Fernando Valley and southeast Los Angeles, is the first of 38 planned nationwide by the federal Office for Civil Rights.

"I believe this review could have a tremendous impact not only in Los Angeles, but across the nation," said Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights with the U.S. Department of Education.

She said LAUSD was chosen because of the high proportion of ELL students and their dismal academic performance compared to their counterparts in other districts.

About a third of LAUSD's students are English-language learners. In fact, the district educates 11 percent of the nation's population of students learning English. But only 3 out of 100 of LAUSD's English learners score at the proficient level in English and math in high school.

Superintendent Ramon Cortines, acknowledging that the district's English-language learner programs need improvement, welcomed the probe. ...

The compliance review comes as the district struggles to close a $640-million budget gap.

Some local education experts said studies have already proven that the district has not provided these students with a fair and equitable education.

A study last fall by the Thomas Rivera Policy Institute found that 30 percent of children who start as English-language learners in kindergarten fail to leave their remedial courses by the time they are seniors in high school. Of those students, about 70 percent are native-born U.S. citizens.

In other words, we are talking overwhelmingly about people of below average intelligence who can't read or write as proficiently as people of above average intelligence.

Try to imagine the quantity of cluelessness that will be on display -- the furrowed brows, the blank stares -- on both sides of the table as the Obama Administration investigates the LAUSD over the question of why kids who can't pass tests can't pass tests...

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57 comments:

eh said...

Jensen, Murray, Sailer et al: Head, meet wall.

Underachiever said...

Steve,

When you read this, were you:
exasperated
angry
sad
laughing?

agnostic said...

"And they'll look at how teachers make math and science understandable for students with limited English."

Well you know I picked up some Mixtec while backpacking through Puebla, not one of those touristy areas with a beach. Yeah I coulda learned it in Oaxaca, but I guess I just feel like that'd be too stereotypical of a place to pick it up.

BTW, since when did ELL replace ESL on the euphemism treadmill for no-speaky-English?

Steve Sailer said...

Recently, EL replaced ELL, which had replaced ESL.

Steve Sailer said...

As I wrote last year:

I quickly discovered the topic of educating “Limited English Proficient” (LEP) students is buried under a bureaucratic jargon that appears to consist of literal translations from some distant language unknown to Earthlings. For example, when an LEP child masters English, he becomes a Reclassified-Fluent English Proficient (R-FEP). His R-FEP status is tabulated at the federal Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited-English-Proficient Students (OELALEAALEPS).

Anonymous said...

I think Auster was right about an Obama administration. The Alien would turn up the heat on the proverbial kettle high and fast enough to where the stupid frog's pain would become so strong said stupid frog could no longer ignore said pain.

The question is: will the stupid frog be fit enough to jump out of the hot water. All I know is the "celebration" by many of the HBDers in regards to high IQ Chinese, Indians, et al is just as stupid as the frog people. Those Chinese and Indians are no more going to help the frog jump than Obama is.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if this investigation is being used by Obama's guys as a way to make an endrun around Prop 277. This admin is so blatantly political this must just be him throwing a bone to his Hispanic groups before the real battle--amnesty--begins.

Mr. Anon said...

Maybe somebody in LA can ask Arne Duncan why his department is buying shotguns:

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cb68cf9f3fa2fe18a83d1c3dee0039b2&tab=core&_cview=0

Note that these particular shotguns are being purchased because they ".......are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts."

So how many shotguns does the Department of Education have? And what do they need them for? Midnight Skeet Shooting Programs?

Brings a whole new meaning to the term "No child left behind....."

Fiona said...

Steve and other commenters - Speaking of education, do you think Arne Duncan et al. are pronouncing it "DISparate impact" - or "DisPARate"?

silly girl said...

How about just deport the illegals and their "citizen" kids?

Cato institute finds that LAUSD actually spends $25,208 per student but only states $10,053 per student.


http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa662.pdf

They Spend WHAT? The Real Cost of Public Schools
by Adam Schaeffer
Executive Summary
Although public schools are usually the biggest item in state and local budgets, spending figures provided by public school officials and reported in the media often leave out major costs of education and thus understate what is actually spent.
To document the phenomenon, this paper reviews district budgets and state records for the nation’s five largest metro areas and the District of Columbia. It reveals that, on average, per-pupil spending in these areas is 44 percent higher than officially reported.
Real spending per pupil ranges from a low of nearly $12,000 in the Phoenix area schools to a high of nearly $27,000 in the New York metro area. The gap between real and reported per-pupil spending ranges from a low of 23 percent in the Chicago area to a high of 90 percent in the Los Angeles metro region.
To put public school spending in perspective, we compare it to estimated total expenditures in local private schools. We find that, in the areas studied, public schools are spending 93 percent more than the estimated median private school.
Citizens drastically underestimate current per student spending and are misled by official figures. Taxpayers cannot make informed decisions about public school funding unless they know how much districts currently spend. And with state budgets stretched thin, it is more crucial than ever to carefully allocate every tax dollar.
This paper therefore presents model legisla- tion that would bring transparency to school dis- trict budgets and enable citizens and legislators to hold the K–12 public education system accountable.

DCThrowback said...

Those acronyms you ran off Steve are why we need to pay Federal bureaucrats $85-90K a year. Only the non-wealth creating half elitists can take the time to figure this meaningless jargon out.

Though it must be fun for parents to see the certificate that says, "Congrats! Your munchkin just went from LEP to R-FEP!" Hang that one on the old fridge!

Anonymous said...

"Try to imagine the quantity of cluelessness that will be on display -- the furrowed brows, the blank stares..."

the self-congratulations, the foolish declarations, the pointless new initiatives and programs, the comfortable sinecures for talentless PhDs ...

Φ said...

Steve:

Here is a question you should address in a follow-up post:

Who benefits?

I mean, it's easy to see who will be hurt: White and Asian students (and above-average children of any race) who use magnet/charter/AP programs to extract a decent education from LAUSD; their families who then have to abandon the public schools and/or pack up and move to communities with no minorities to disparately impact; and the LAUSD tax base. Meanwhile, the minority students themselves will not be helped by this, and will probably be harmed in the long run.

Politically speaking, this appears to be a Democrat administration pouncing on a heavily Democrat jurisdiction. Granted, it's hard to see how it hurts Democrat fortunes in California -- whatever centrists start leaning Republican will be offset by white-flight -- but I don't see how it helps, either.

So . . . why is Obama doing this? It's very difficult to see the upside for him or his party.

Anonymous said...

One thing has always me about you: You're a protectionist.

I find it difficult to reconcile protectionism with conservatism until it I realized that you're nota conservative so much as you are a white nationalist.

Protectionism protects the white working class. And, that is theo nly reason why you are in favor of it.

Anonymous said...

I blame Bush:
“You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”

How's that No Child Left Behind working out btw?

Anonymous said...

You think you're got problems: my sleepy little middle-class city just north of Boston, which wants to be Cambridge when it grows up, is trumpeting the "great news" that the two biggest language groups in the school system's ESL program were Somali and Arabic!

Scanning the real estate ads as I type this...

Brutus

dearieme said...

Ahoy, Sailer. Mish's post on the Kansas City (Mo) schools might interest you.
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/

Furshlugginer said...

So, will the probe lead to (a) punishment (something on a scale which I suppose runs from "diminished access to Federal grants" up through "criminal prosecution of school officials"), or (b) rewards (such as greatly increased Federal grants to "reduce class size" or "recruit highly-qualified* teachers")?

I'm not kidding. I really don't know which end-game the Feds have planned. Are they after scalps? Or are they marshalling excuses to give U.T.L.A. more money?

I wouldn't rule out the latter at this stage, despite the air of menace.

However, I suppose the Obama administration could be gunning for LAUSD because it's run by MEChA types whose fellow-travelling unaffiliated militants have been ethnic-cleansing blacks from their former L.A. neighborhoods.

Perhaps the Obamanauts are going to teach the (Hugo) Chavistas a condign lesson.

I wouldn't bet on it, though. If Obama really cared about California's blacks he would have set a different immigration policy.

*Qualifications including more dermal melanin, less fluency in standard English, and more pointless academic degrees or certificates-- plus the circular "qualification" of seniority.

Toadal said...

Steve said:
But huge numbers of young people who speak English with Valley Girl accents remain classified from K through 12 as "English Learners" because they don't score well on written tests of reading and writing English. They typically also don't score well on tests of math and science. How come? Because a lot of them don't "test well" -- i.e., they aren't very bright.

PISA (The OECD Program for International Student Assessment) reading and mathematics test scores for Mexicans taught reading and mathematics in Spanish are just as bad, if not worse, than those who now reside here. PISA officials have said over 50% of Mexican 15-year old youth today are functionally illiterate and thus unable to compete in a modern economy. Hmmm, that conclusion doesn't bode well for any country they reside.

But perhaps the noble goal of the Obama Administration is break the LAUSD's education monopoly and establish a new and enduring order. And what order would that be? Obama Charter Schools (OCS), a federally subsidized charter school program, but with a difference. Unlike KIPP charter schools, OCS like the Obama Healthcare Plan, would be required to accept all comers no matter what their previous academic condition and warehouse them, keeping them off the streets and away from gangs. OCS could certainly be attractive, if applied with rigor. Mestizo pupils could thrive in 12 to 15 hour day, six days a week structured militarized environments while attending Porfirio Diaz High or Jaime Escalante Science and Mathematics Academy.

Anonymous said...

Every white student clearly needs to get the message: On tests that don't count towards college admission, fill in the bubbles with your no.2 pencil at random -- especially any school administered IQ tests. That way, your school will be eligible for all kinds of federal financial aid and no district hack will get the bright idea of busing you 25 mi away from your local suburban school to Ghetto High -- or alternatively, sending GHS students to your school. Not only that, you'll be doing your part to close the achievement gap.

Then, pretend to work really, really hard in your sophomore year just before taking the PSAT and phone the local newspaper after you get a 225 selection index; tell the local dupe reporter how you overcame dyslexia and sexual abuse to become a National Merit Semifinalist. By the way, Harvard loves dumb stories like this on application essays. It somehow shows that even though you're White you didn't enjoy White Privilege.

David said...

But everyone is equal. The Founding Persons told us so.

Re. immigration: There is no problem the government sets out to solve that it did not create in the first place, more or less.

Whiskey said...

Boy, there sure is no difference between a Republican and a Democrat, now is there?

From the article: "languished under President Bush ..."

This is a full-frontal assault on the public education system to make basically all resources spent on non-White kids, Latinos and Blacks.

How long can the PC structure of nice White ladies survive the spoils battle over who gets what money spent on their education?

Rich people don't care -- they send their kids to private school and there is less competition if public schools are crummy.

Anonymous said...

The system's collapsing, bolt on some more epicycles.

Simon said...

This is pretty bad.

OTOH, at this point in the previous Administration, they were gearing up to invade Iraq.

Kinda puts it in perspective.

C. Van Carter said...

If LAUSD enters into a consent decree requiring increased education spending, to what extent is the state of California obligated to help fund compliance?

eh said...

It might be cheaper in the long run to just move all these kids to Lake Wobegon, and hope for the best. As we know, all the kids there are above average.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

I am not familiar at all with the LA school district, but if it is like similar large city districts on the East coast, it seems to me that the ultimate goal is to replace a largely non-minority teaching staff and administration with appropriate NAMs.

If you are going to administer high paying phony baloney government jobs as another entitlement, you must make sure that the right people enjoy the benefit.

jody said...

the US government does not even like it's own strategy of replacing europeans with mestizos.

their plan for a while now, their vision of the future of the US, has been: we'll compete with the world using mexicans.

mexicans drop out of high school, chinese guys go to college and become engineers. who wins this competition?

Eric said...

I'm gonna be in the job market for at least 25 more years. I figure the destruction of the school system has its upsides, since it won't be hard to compete with those energetic young 'uns if I'm the only guy at the office who can read.

rast said...

In marginally related news,

NFL To Eliminate Question-Answering Portion Of Wonderlic

NEW YORK--In an attempt to make the test less difficult for potential draft picks, the NFL has decided to eliminate the question-answering portion of the Wonderlic test, Adam Schefter reported today. Players will be graded solely on their ability to spell their names and correctly identify which city they’re in. “We’ve had a lot of complaints that the tests are too difficult or biased or whatever,” said commissioner Roger Goodell. “So we’re going to make things more fair and just eliminate the question-answering section altogether. That’s usually the section that gives players the hardest time. Now all they have to do is write their names and say what city they're in. That shouldn't be too difficult, even if you went to Florida State.”


http://www.thebrushback.com/wonderlic.htm

Dalrock said...

Kansas City Schools have made headlines recently for the decision to close half of the district's schools. In searching for more information, I found this stunning review of the desegregation case:

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.html

Anonymous said...

"I'm gonna be in the job market for at least 25 more years. I figure the destruction of the school system has its upsides, since it won't be hard to compete with those energetic young 'uns if I'm the only guy at the office who can read."

Great, you can work until your 90, while the government garnishees 50% of your income to feed the worthless eaters from South of the Border. And when you develop some chronic age related illness, you will be shunted aside so some obese pregnant Latina can get treated for her diabetes.

I have seen the future of America in Richmond, CA, and it looks like the bar scene in Star Wars. The other day I actually saw an oblate Mexican woman shopping at the Target on MacDonald Ave; she had to lean forward to reach the items directly in front of her. If you don't know the difference between oblate and prolate, look it up, because those are the new body weight classifications in Mexifornia. What I'm still trying to figure out is how she managed to procreate the litter following after her. I alternate between mirth and nausea when I think about it.

SF said...

So how does Obama ally Antonio Villaraigosa, whose team runs 10 LA schools, fit into this? Is this an opening move to give his group more money and more control?
He hasn't gotten good reviews so far. http://www.laweekly.com/2009-07-09/news/harder-than-it-looks/2

Melykin said...

Look on the bright side--at least the Mexicans aren't Muslims. They don't want to blow you up, or make your wife wear a burqa, or kill all the dogs because they are unclean. Europe is going to be even worse off than the US. :(

Canada and Australia are going down the tube too. Recent story out of Australia:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/what-a-lowlife-did-for-10-in-change/comments-e6freuy9-1225838879311

Read the comments.
Apparently parts of Sydney have a very high portion of non-whites and a lot of gang problems. Same with Vancouver and Toronto.

Fred said...

Steve,

Why don't all you Californians bemoaning your paradise lost pull a John Gault for a few years? Just leave, and take your tax revenues with you. Go to a cheap, rectangular state for a few years, and wait for the system to collapse. The U.S. can't afford to bail out CA, and even if it could, the moral hazard of encouraging the other 49 states would be too great.

Let it just go bust, forcing the state to slash social spending, close schools, fire teachers and other government workers etc. When all looks hopeless, start looking for foreclosures to buy in your favorite part of Los Angeles. Then when the poor have fled because there is no one left to transfer money to them, you can move back.

This whole scenario shouldn't take more than 5-10 years at this point.

StephenT said...

I'm an Astrophysics Learner. Also a Neurosurgery Learner and a Writing-My-Own-Translation-Of-The-Iliad Learner.

(+ anything else I don't know how to do, never will, and probably aren't smart enough to.)

S Blumenthal said...

***The ultimate goal of federal officials is to exert pressure on L.A. Unified and other school districts to close the achievement gap that separates white, Asian and higher-income students from low-income, black and Latino students.***

Until you guys get as angry and as active as your opponents you'll keep losing. You need to be writing letters to politicians, newspapers & commenting in the LA Times comments section, asking why they are so focussed on gaps? Why not try to lift the achievement of all students?

As Francis Crick and James Watson realised, there is no reason to expect equal outcomes from people who experienced divergent evolution over 50,000 years.

Just focus on lifting performance across the board, not on complete equality.

"The largest autopsy study, as yet unpublished, is by anthropologist Ralph Holloway at Columbia University Medical School (personal communications, March 16, 2002, August 26, 2004).

He found that in both men and women aged 18–65 years, 615 Blacks, 153 Hispanics, and 1,391 Whites averaged brain weights of 1,222, 1,253, and 1,285 g, respectively. The population groups were all of similar body size.

There were also a large number (N = 5,731) of brain weights from 15- to 50-year-old Chinese from Hong Kong and Singapore that
averaged 1,290 g."

(2009). Whole-brain size and general mental ability: A review. International Journal of Neuroscience, 119, 691-731.

http://psychology.uwo.ca/faculty/rushtonpdfs/2009%20IJN.pdf

ExtraMedium said...

@rast. Damn, you beat me: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/gators/tim-tebow-scores-below-average-on-nfls-wonderlic-339371.html

To convert Wonderlic scores to IQ guesstimates you multiple the Wonderlic by 2 then add 60. So Tebow is 104, the NFL starter avg. is 117, and the Super Bowl starter AVERAGE is 120!

Also sports related, but baseball player Torii Hunter is getting the Watson treatment for pointing out that African-Americans and black hispanics are different.

Anonymous said...

Folks,

Obama is being ideologically consistent with the Elite's wishes:

1)Scrap advance placement courses in as many public schools as possible, so the gifted Euro and Asian kids have to sit in class with loud, concentration-disturbing kids. This handicaps the gifted kids of the worknig class.

2)Now that the gifted kids of the working class are stuck in a class full of 80-90IQ children, mandate the teachers make sure they dont score too much higher on assessment tests. The gun is to the teacher's head here, and s/he will no doubt pay much extra effort to the slower students and not give much help at all to the smarter one's (sometimes we all get stuck, right?)


Steve's question is "who, whom". Well, let ol'Baphomet tell you whom.....its still the elite, trying to eschew their real competition--smart white and asian working class kids, as soon as possible.



Think of it this way, the average white has an IQ of 100, Asian 105.
When a white has a IQ that is 20 points above average, then its all the way up to 120, which is probably smarter than Curious George Bush. The Asian is 125.


Add 20 points to the average black IQ and you still get 105. Hispanic 107. The elite do not fear the standard-deviation-above the mean black and hispanic, but they damn sure fear the smarter white and asian proles, and for good reason---the internet allows the one's willing to really search the ability to have a world class education.

Big Bill said...

C. Van Carter: regarding obligations on the state of California, please see the case of Kansas City. http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.html

Mr. Anon said...

" Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to reconcile protectionism with conservatism until it I realized that you're nota conservative so much as you are a white nationalist."

Who says that protectionism is not conservative? Who made that rule? Certainly, the Republican party believes that, but who says the Republican party is conservative?

Mr. Anon said...

jody said...

mexicans drop out of high school, chinese guys go to college and become engineers. who wins this competition?"

Chinese engineers who employ mexican dropouts.

pain said...

Hollywood needs to make more tv shows that depict smart kids as low status nerds. That will have a bigger effect on closing the achievemnt gap than anything else.

Anonymous said...

When do the show trials for the wreckers begin?

Whiskey said...

Steve -- You realize Obama's Dept. of Ed is basically bribing States to accept a national curriculum? So far only Texas and Alaska have opted out.

This means national competency tests, far laxer than current state by state standards, teaching to meaningless tests, national textbook standards (in: hip-hop, out: the Constitution, founding fathers, White people).

Invading Iraq was a good thing. All that oil is finally coming online, cheap. We sure as hell won't drill for it here, and it would take a market price of around today's $80 a barrel guaranteed for twenty years to make even that profitable. Iraq's oil reserves are about the size of Saudi's, they NEED us (for protection) and we can lean on them to keep the oil flowing and the world price (oil is fungible) cheap. Unless you are eager to share the bus with the Black and Hispanic underclass ala the "epic Bearded guy" or that kid in St. Louis.

Truth(er) said...

"Just focus on lifting performance across the board, not on complete equality."

In other words, work to shift the bell curve to the right, not try and flatten the bell curve.

Truth said...

"Until you guys get as angry and as active as your opponents you'll keep losing. You need to be writing letters to politicians, newspapers & commenting in the LA Times comments section, asking why they are so focussed on gaps? Why not try to lift the achievement of all students?"

That's right gentlemen, get ANGRY, and...write letters to the newspaper?!?!?!!?!?

I knew you were a hard man S. Blumenthal, BUT THAT'S ALMOST INHUMAN! show mercy, man.

Vilko said...

"Invading Iraq was a good thing. All that oil is finally coming online, cheap. We sure as hell won't drill for it here, and it would take a market price of around today's $80 a barrel guaranteed for twenty years to make even that profitable. Iraq's oil reserves are about the size of Saudi's, they NEED us (for protection) and we can lean on them to keep the oil flowing and the world price (oil is fungible) cheap. Unless you are eager to share the bus with the Black and Hispanic underclass ala the "epic Bearded guy" or that kid in St. Louis."
IOW, you favor a predatory, bellicose US foreign policy, detrimental to the interests of oil-producing countries, whose best interest is to produce only as much oil as they need, and leave the rest in the ground for future generations? For what? So that US whites can afford to live apart from violent US black thugs? Is that what the US way of life is all about?

I can't see much of a future for either the present US bellicose foreign policy or the US style of segregation-by-wealth. Yugoslavia is your future: political implosion and ethnic cleansing.

Reactionary said...

All that oil is finally coming online, cheap.

Does this include the $4B a month were sinking into the place? And the vast national security apparatus we have to erect here to monitor all the restive Muslims from over there?

Have you gone to Walter Reed Hospital lately to thank everybody there for the cheap oil?

What sort of jobs did you have lined up for our de-mobbed grunts now that all the trades are locked in with mestizo patronage networks?

Anonymous said...

Also sports related, but baseball player Torii Hunter is getting the Watson treatment for pointing out that African-Americans and black hispanics are different.

Here's the story, with this reaction from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen:

"I keep saying a lot of times, in 10 more years American people are going to need a visa to play this game because we're going to take over. We're going to," Guillen said.

So, a guy from Venezuela who first came to the US just after his 16th birthday some three decades ago, has earned more than $30 million US dollars as a player and manager over that period, and whom four years ago swore an oath to "absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen", clearly does not consider himself part of the "American people" he refers to in the above quote.

So much for that assimilation stuff, eh?

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to reconcile protectionism with conservatism until it I realized that you're nota conservative so much as you are a white nationalist."


Steve isn't a conservative, he's a citizenist. Moron.

Anonymous said...

"In other words, work to shift the bell curve to the right, not try and flatten the bell curve."


No. Flattening the bell curve increases inequality.

A very steep (tall) bell curve where nearly everyone clusters in the middle indicates near equality.

Melykin said...

"Flattening the bell curve increases inequality.

A very steep (tall) bell curve where nearly everyone clusters in the middle indicates near equality."

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If you put data from two populations with different IQ's together, you probably wouldn't get a normal curve at all. You would get something with 2 peaks.

Is there any such data anywhere on the Internet, or have the PC police kept it all hidden? I'm always looking for interesting data to use for question for my stats class. Actually...I guess using HBD data wouldn't be such a good idea. I'd probably lose my job or at least get into lots of trouble.

The trouble is, it is just not polite to talk about racial differences. Sex is no longer taboo, but now race is.

Nanonymous said...

A bit off-topic but close enough. Remember Arne Duncan promising that his kids will go to D.C. public school? Well, that did not happen. As all whites who know what it is all about, he lives in Arlington, VA so that his kids can go into public schools there:
That was why we chose where we live, it was the determining factor. That was the most important thing to me. My family has given up so much so that I could have the opportunity to serve; I didn't want to try to save the country's children and our educational system and jeopardize my own children's education. (Quoted here).

I haven't been to Arlington, VA but based on Wikipedia it sounds like whitest place in the whole DC area.

eh said...

@Naanonymous: Thanks for the link.

I'm sure Duncan is hard at work on eliminating those 'geographic disparities' (skip to the end of the interview). Maybe they can just dismantle one of those DC schools and move it to Arlington, then bus the kids out there; I'm sure they'll do a lot better.

David said...

> Who says that protectionism is not conservative? Who made that rule? <

Dunno. In the old days (more than 100 years ago), being a high-tariff Republican was a standard political position, to the extent that "high tariffs" and "Republican Party" were - if not synonymous - universally seen as quite compatible.

Probably this changed around WW2. As did many other things.

Mr. Anon said...

"David said...

> Who says that protectionism is not conservative? Who made that rule? <

Dunno. In the old days (more than 100 years ago), being a high-tariff Republican was a standard political position, to the extent that "high tariffs" and "Republican Party" were - if not synonymous - universally seen as quite compatible.

Probably this changed around WW2. As did many other things."

Again, I would ask: Who says Republicans are conservative? Abe Lincoln was no conservative. Aside from a roughly 40 year period (1910 - 1950) they really haven't been very conservative.