Black Education Decline

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Mayor Bill de Blasio: Our specialized schools have a diversity problem.
Mayor Bill de Blasio: Our specialized schools have a diversity problem.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the city's specialized high schools have a diversity problem.

He's joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, educators, students and community leaders who want to fix the diversity problem. I bet you can easily guess what they will do to “improve” the racial mix of students (aka diversity).

If you guessed they would propose eliminating the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test as the sole criterion for admissions, go to the head of the class. The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is an examination that is administered to New York City's eighth- and ninth-grade students. By state law, it is used to determine admission to all but one of the city's nine specialized high schools.

It's taken as axiomatic that the relatively few blacks admitted to these high-powered schools is somehow tied to racial discrimination. In a June 2, 2018 “Chalkbeat” article, de Blasio writes:

“The problem is clear. Eight of our most renowned high schools — including Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School — rely on a single, high-stakes exam. The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn't just flawed — it's a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence.”

Let's look at a bit of history to raise some questions about the mayor's diversity hypothesis. Dr. Thomas Sowell provides some interesting statistics about Stuyvesant High School in his book “Wealth, Poverty and Politics.” He reports that, “In 1938, the proportion of blacks attending Stuyvesant High School, a specialized school, was almost as high as the proportion of blacks in the population of New York City.” Since then, it has spiraled downward. In 1979, blacks were 12.9% of students at Stuyvesant, falling to 4.8% in 1995. By 2012, The New York Times reported that blacks were 1.2% of the student body.

What explains the decline? None of the usual explanations for racial disparities make sense. In other words, would one want to argue that there was less racial discrimination in 1938? Or, argue that in 1938 the “legacy of slavery” had not taken effect whereby now it is in full bloom? Genetic or environmental arguments cannot explain why blacks of an earlier generation were able to meet the demanding mental test standards to get into an elite high school. Socioeconomic conditions for blacks have improved dramatically since 1938. The only other plausible reason for the decline in academic achievement is that there has been a change in black culture. It doesn't take much to reach this conclusion. Simply look at school behavior today versus yesteryear.

An Education Week article reported that in the 2015-16 school year, “5.8% of the nation's 3.8 million teachers were physically attacked by a student.” The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that in the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year.

In the city of Baltimore, each school day in 2010, an average of four teachers and staff were assaulted. A National Center for Education Statistics study found that 18% of the nation's schools accounted for 75% of the reported incidents of violence, and 6.6% accounted for half of all reported incidents. These are schools with predominantly black student populations. It's not only assaults on teachers but cursing and disorderly conduct that are the standard fare in so many predominantly black schools.

Here are questions that might be asked of de Blasio and others who want to “fix the diversity problem” at New York's specialized schools:

What has the triumph of egalitarian and diversity principles done for the rest of New York's school system? Are their academic achievement scores better than students at New York's specialized schools? The most important question for black parents: What has been allowed to happen to cripple black academic excellence?


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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    SARGEWP
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    EDITED “What explains the decline? None of the usual explanations for racial disparities make sense. In other words, would one want to argue that there was less racial discrimination in 1938? Or, argue that in 1938 the “legacy of slavery” had not taken effect whereby now it is in full bloom? Genetic or environmental arguments cannot explain why blacks of an earlier generation were able to meet the demanding mental test standards to get into an elite high school. Socioeconomic conditions for blacks have improved dramatically since 1938. The only other plausible reason for the decline in academic achievement is… Read more »

    William Flatt
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    William Flatt

    In short, the commiecrats want to import public school failures into charter schools so they all become equally mediocre. This is the kind of ‘equality’ that leftists embrace!!

    Sargewp
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    Sargewp

    “What explains the decline? None of the usual explanations for racial disparities make sense. In other words, would one want to argue that there was less racial discrimination in 1938? Or, argue that in 1938 the “legacy of slavery” had not taken effect whereby now it is in full bloom? Genetic or environmental arguments cannot explain why blacks of an earlier generation were able to meet the demanding mental test standards to get into an elite high school. Socioeconomic conditions for blacks have improved dramatically since 1938. The only other plausible reason for the decline in academic achievement is that… Read more »

    Sargewp
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    Sargewp

    “What explains the decline? None of the usual explanations for racial disparities make sense. In other words, would one want to argue that there was less racial discrimination in 1938? Or, argue that in 1938 the “legacy of slavery” had not taken effect whereby now it is in full bloom? Genetic or environmental arguments cannot explain why blacks of an earlier generation were able to meet the demanding mental test standards to get into an elite high school. Socioeconomic conditions for blacks have improved dramatically since 1938. The only other plausible reason for the decline in academic achievement is that… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    After reading what you wrote I will say this: There was an avenue of escape for Black men in the ’50s and on just as it was for poor Whites; that would be military service. I knew quite a few Black men that used the service to give themselves the life they couldn’t get otherwise. Most of them were role models that I am glad to have had. You will never see over the horizon if you are constantly looking at the ground.

    Sargewp
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    Sargewp

    I reposted by comment. Had to edit it – little hard typing on my phone. My grandfather was one of those men who did just that. It did give him a leg up, and he was able to use the GI bill, which black men were initially denied. However, he was strongly against any of his grandchildren serving in the military due to some of his experiences. The only people who are in the military are essentially, poor whites, blacks, and hispanics who don’t have many options because they lack substantive familial support. “Never serve in the military.” “Why, grandpa.”… Read more »

    greg
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    greg

    wow, where to begin. diversity for the sake of diversity does not do anything beneficial for anyone. in the 1920’s blacks had a higher rate of marriage than whites. now over 70% of black women have babies without being married. leftist, big government programs which began in the 1960s have caused huge problems for the black community. people who do not stress the importance of education will generally remain in the lower socio-economic strata, with some rare exception. you do not need a ivy league education to be successful, trade schools are great places to learn a profession without the… Read more »

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    tomcat

    Greg, I was thinking the same thing. It doesn’t matter what color you are. If you are willing to work and put yourself into your work success will come your way in this country. A victim’s attitude stops the process in it’s tracks. I know because I started out dirt poor and by time to retire I had some change in my pocket.

    Mikie
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    Mikie

    The real question that begs an answer from you,is your idea of a fix, solution,,etc. seems a guy like you has spent a huge amount of time and effort defining the myriad problems that has beset your society. Surely you realize that a lot of things won’t change….. news flash! There is no “fairness doctrine “ in the Natural world. But you knew that, I’m sure. So, what’s next? Please don’t go to the equal playing field crap that the left likes to dish out..we both know that’s not going to happen. Would love to hear your thoughts.. btw, you… Read more »

    True American Freedom
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    True American Freedom

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste, the United Negro college fund.☻☻ bahahaha stupid phucks. And stop blaming whites. Spain brought ya’ll lazy a$$es over here. SPAIN…

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I prefer the saying, “A terrible mind is a thing to waste.”

    doug
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    doug

    here in Rochester MN we have a charter school that is exclusively Somali, if it was a white school only that would be a problem and they couldn’t bus students of other races in fast enough.

    Jack Mac
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    Jack Mac

    The problem with our schools is not the students. How can they be, they are made captives by government mandate. The problem is the socio-political views of the mandate’s administrators being molded into the minds of our children. Our, meaning everybody form all genetic make ups, including non-breeders. The socio-political mind set does not accept reality nor desire others to. They only support and promote those showing willingness to be like them.

    We should have some pride in our children who escape from or rebel against the mandate.

    td49
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    td49

    Giving Progressives more control leads to us progressively spiraling downward as a society..wake up America!

    Anthony
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    Anthony

    This is flawed and cherry picked information. For one, Dr Sowells information skips 40 years and takes no account of the calamity that insued in that time. Again, another article by this dude that gives us only information that he thinks is relevant instead of all of the information so that we can make up our own minds. When conservatives act like liberals but don’t call out thier own, who is the one to blame?

    greg s
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    greg s

    I believe you are to blame, because it seems like you do not know what you are talking about. first of all, this article was written by Dr. Walter Williams and if you have ever read anything about him or by him you would know that he knows what he is talking about. second, he lived through jim crow, segregation and the establishment of big government programs that have disseminated the black community. Dr. Thomas Sowell is another black man that lived through the same period. leftist programs have replaced the plantation owner for blacks.

    JPM
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    JPM

    Here’s an idea that has worked for years for every Federal, state and local institution: instead of raising the standards to exclude sub-standard individuals, let’s lower the standards so everyone can meet the standards. Hell, who needs to be assured of being able to choose highly qualified individuals for specific jobs. Apparently, the move is towards quantity not quality. Decades ago, it was discovered that “Fast Tracking” in public schools (putting sub-standard kids into regular classes) did NOT help the sub-standard kids (special ed kids, problem kids, kids with learning disabilities) it only reduced the quality of the classes for… Read more »

    Jack Mac
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    Jack Mac

    I was fooled by magnet school concept. I had believed it was to assist the under achieving students of poorer schools. Then I found out that its purpose was not to help to increase the grade point average of the students. Its purpose was to increase the grade point average of the school by adding over achieving students. The only reason for this was to increase the payments to teachers.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    In regards to your first sentence I saw that practiced in spades as a Federal employee. All shades and genders. Retired for over six and a half years and hear that it is worse now than when I left. And it was bad then.

    Pete Farris
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    Pete Farris

    To add to my earlier comment, on the subject of forced desegregation the (I believe) late William Rasberry, a black Washington Post columnist wrote that it was the height of racism to suggest that black students could only succeed if they were educated alongside white students.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    William Raspberry was a anti-gun advocate of the first order.

    Pete Farris
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    Pete Farris

    I highly recommend a book that was recommended by Dr. Williams: “Discrimination and Disparities”, by Dr. Thomas Sowell. It’s a bit of a heavy read but worth the effort.

    LUVITORLEEVIT
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    LUVITORLEEVIT

    Smart phones and rap music.What is so hard to figure out?

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @LUVITORLEEVIT, LBJ’s Great Society and follow-on politicians promising something for nothing.

    Ron
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    Ron

    The ‘Dumbing down’ of Society generation by generation.
    And no school vouchers either. Not tax payer funded.

    John
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    John

    Yep, makes perfect sense, give these dems more control, they haven’t meant their quota of screw up everything they touch!

    John
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    John

    Met not meant – an edit option would allow for corrections as opposed to corrections in more postings

    Nanashi
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    Nanashi

    School vouchers. Stop sending bright kids to bad schools because of their zip code.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    My only comment is that we are not allowed to say the truth about this matter because it is damning.

    Capndad
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    Capndad

    Absolutely spot on Sir.