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.

  • 30 thoughts on “Black Education Decline

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      “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.”

      Gotta love the people who try to divorce social conditions from behavior.

      1938 – black people were living underneath the American Apartheid system. They did not have full access to the white system. For most black people slavery did not end until ~ 1941 as most black people were share cropping before the war, which was the equivalent to being a white miner and working for scrip (Ludlow and Lattimer Masscre – google it). The conditions of the south were so deplorable that many risked moving to the North for better opportunities and pay.

      What this does NOT factor in are the things that have been done to the black community by the white community (dominant culture)

      Denial of large numbers of blacks, who were more than qualified, into the white educational system which had better facilities. Schools did not integrate until after 1955 (and this guy is using 1938 discussing test scores).

      Gutting of black communities with the disproportionate draft of African American men to go fight in Vietnam. (Denied access to a gun at home, but can get a gun to go off and fight the white man’s wars)

      Black leaders who promoted “PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY” and self sufficient preachers (Republicans favorite words) assassinated with the help of local police and the FBI, as was the case with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Fred Hampton.

      The FBI giving Richard Aoki – Vietnamese double agent who got guns from the FBI and gave them to the Black Panthers to encourage a shootout with police to shift public opinion against the Panthers.

      The dumping of drugs into the Black community via the Reagan Iran Contras through the CIA which created the current THUG black culture that exists today. This turned a few young black men into millionaires, with zero guidance, overnight, only for them to get locked up in 1994 with the Clinton Crime Bill that once again gutted the black community of fathers, just as Vietnam did.

      The current culture that you see is due to prolonged exposure to poverty. Its its all about culture and NOT about poverty, then direct me to the upper middle class black kids committing drive-bys. The reality is that the current generation of black men is a direct result and testament of the failures of the black men who came before them, and who did NOT lay down the proper foundations to be independent of whites. That was the whole damn problem with integration to begin with. Older blacks were so focused on integrating SOCIALLY, that they completely missed the economic part. What does it matter if you can drink from the water fountain of a white man yet can’t pass anything onto your son the same as all other races of men do?

      The biggest issue IMO is the fact that whites still control the overwhelming majority of the economic infrastructure because old black men like the man who wrote this drivel, did not organize and build with other black men in his community. Black men like this author and disgruntled white men want today’s young black men to value an education in a system when after receiving said education one has to beg white men for a job (who would rather give that job to their own people) TRIBALISM and GROUP ECONOMICS. That is the reality.

      You cannot sell a dream that you don’t OWN to young men, and old black men own little to nothing, which is precisely why they have lost control of their communities and their YOUTH. They are not in the position to dish out reward NOR PUNISHMENT!

      “Get an education, put yourself in tons of debt, and then when you’re finished, beg a white man for a job?” who really doesn’t care to support you in supporting YOUR family, which is precisely why many YOUNG black men don’t value an education (consciously and subconsciously). It is not beneficial for white men to help lift black men up out of poverty to produce strong, intact black families, that would result in the economic competition within the global marketplace. Who wants more competition? White men complain about what they created and then blame the victim to justify not fixing the very problem they’re complaining about, which they never had any intention of fixing. At the end of the day, there are very few OLDER black men who have set anything up for younger black men to not only gain an appropriate level of respect, but be worthy of being emulated.

      Sorry, being the white man’s educated “PET” does not garner a whole lot of respect with young black men. Does this excuse the violence, no – but it should be understood, given the inescapable conditions of black existence that produce the sentiments of SELF HATRED and a lack of value for other blacks because black people have very little to offer each other within this system.

      I hope that answers your question, and with that said, I kindly would ask you to reframe from opening your mouth about that which you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    2. 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!!

    3. “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.”

      Gotta love the people who try to divorce social conditions from behavior.

      1938 – black people were living underneath the American Apartheid system. They did not have full access to the white system. For most black people slavery did not end until ~ 1941 as most black people were share cropping before the war, which was the equivalent to being a white miner and working for scrip (Ludlow and Lattimer Masscre – google it). The conditions of the south were so deplorable that many risked moving to the North for better opportunities and pay.

      What this does NOT factor in are the things that have been done to the black community by the white community (dominant culture)

      Denial of large numbers of blacks who more than qualified into the white educational system which had better facilities. Schools did not integrate until after 1955 (and this guy is using 1938 discussing test scores).

      Gutting of black communities with the disproportionate draft of African American men to go fight in Vietnam. (Denied access to a gun at home, but can get a gun to go off and fight the white man’s wars)

      Black leaders who promoted “PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY” and self sufficient preachers (Republicans favorite words) assassinated with the help of local police and the FBI, as was the case with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Fred Hampton.

      The FBI giving Richard Aoki – Vietnamese double agent who got guns from the FBI and gave them to the Black Panthers to encourage a shootout with police to shift public opinion against the Panthers.

      The dumping of drugs into the Black community via the Reagan Iran Contras via the CIA which created the current THUG black culture that exists today. This turned a few young black men into millionaires over night with zero guidance, only for them to get locked up in 1994 with the Clinton Crime Bill that once again gutted the black community of fathers, just as Vietnam did.

      The biggest issue IMO is the fact that whites still control the overwhelming majority of the economic infrastructure because old black men like the man who wrote this drivel, did not organize and build with other black men in his community. Black men like this author and disgruntled white men want today’s young black men to value an education in a system when after receiving said education one has to beg white men for a job (who would rather give that job to their own people) TRIBALISM and GROUP ECONOMICS. That is the reality.

      You cannot sell a dream that you don’t OWN to young men.

      “Get an education, put yourself in tons of debt, and then when you’re finished beg a white man for a job” who really doesn’t care to support you supporting YOUR family, which is precisely why many YOUNG black men don’t value and education (consciously and subconsciously). At the end of the day, there are very few OLDER black men who have set anything up for younger black men to not only gain an appropriate level of respect, but be worthy of being emulated.

      Sorry, being the white man’s educated “PET” does not garner a whole lot of respect with young black men. Does this excuse the violence, no – but it should be understood given the inescapable conditions of black existence that produce sentiments of SELF HATRED and a lack of value for other blacks because black people have very little to offer each other within this system.

      I hope that answers your question.

    4. “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.”

      Gotta love the people who try to divorce social conditions from behavior.

      1938 – black people were living underneath the American Apartheid system. They did not have full access to the white system. For most black people slavery did not end until ~ 1941 as most black people were share cropping before the war, which was the equivalent to being a white miner and working for scrip (Ludlow and Lattimer Masscre – google it). The conditions of the south were so deplorable that many risked moving to the North for better opportunities and pay.

      What this does NOT factor in are the things that have been done to the black community by the white community (dominant culture)

      Denial of large numbers of blacks who more than qualified into the white educational system which had better facilities. Schools did not integrate until after 1955 (and this guy is using 1938 discussing test scores).

      Gutting of black communities with disproportionate draft of African American men to go fight in Vietnam. (Denied access to a gun at home, but can get a gun to go off and fight the white man’s wars)

      Black leaders who promoted “PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY” and self sufficient preachers (Republicans favorite words) assassinated with the help of local police and the FBI, as was the case with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Fred Hampton.

      The FBI giving Richard Aoki – Vietnamese double agent who got guns from the FBI and gave them to the Black Panthers to encourage a shootout with police to shift public opinion against the Panthers.

      The dumping of drugs into the Black community via the Reagan Iran Contras via the CIA which created the current THUG black culture that exists today. This turned a few young black men into millionaires over night with zero guidance, only for them to get locked up in 1994 with the Clinton Crime Bill that once again gutted the black community of fathers, just as Vietnam did.

      The biggest issue IMO is the fact that whites still control the overwhelming majority of the economic infrastructure because old black men like the man who wrote this drivel, did not organize and build with other black men in his community. Black men like this author and disgruntled white men want today’s young black men to value an education in a system when after receiving said education one has to beg white men for a job (who would rather give that job to their own people) TRIBALISM and GROUP ECONOMICS. That is the reality.

      You cannot sell a dream that you don’t OWN to young men.

      “Get an education, put yourself in tons of debt, and then when you’re finished beg a white man for a job” who really doesn’t care to support you supporting YOUR family, which is precisely why many YOUNG black men don’t value and education (consciously and subconsciously). At the end of the day, there are very few OLDER black men who have set anything up for younger black men to not only gain an appropriate level of respect, but be worthy of being emulated.

      Sorry, being the white man’s educated “PET” does not garner a whole lot of respect with young black men. Does this excuse the violence, no – but it should be understood given the inescapable conditions of black existence that produce sentiments of SELF HATRED and a lack of value for other blacks because black people have very little to offer each other within this system.

      I hope that answers you question.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.”

          “Because white folks have short memories.”

          And his words hold truer with the example of Colin Kaepernick. If anyone has earned the right to tell his country to kiss its behind and spit on the flag, its African Americans.

          When you look at the Dallas and Baton Rouge shooter, BOTH of them were VETERANS. Notice how little that comes up. You go off to war and fight for your country that only gives you its BEHIND to kiss when you come home. Then people want to wonder why CK sat through the national anthem.

          WWI – we got you
          WWII – we got you
          Korean War – we got you
          Vietnam – we got you
          Desert Storm & Shield – we got you
          Iraq Afghanistan – we got you

          Get into it with a white cop – “BLUE LIVE MATTER!!! IF HE WOULD ONLY COMPLY! STOP RESISTING! ITS THESE THUGS…”

          Yup – white men think cops are their best friends because they are interpreted as the enforcement arm of white supremacy. Its “BLUE LIVES MATTER” until we start talking about the 2nd Amendment and how the government wants to violate those rights, because it would be POLICE who kick in your doors to take your guns, but when these same cops are up against black people or (KEEPING THE BLACKS IN CHECK) anything where black people are concerned – its THE BLACKS fault.

          Blacks get into it with police – “YOU BETTER NOT!” – WM
          White men get into it with police – “FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS” “PRAISE THE LORD PASS THE AMMUNITION” “THE TREE 0F LIBERTY MUST BE REFRESHED WITH THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS AND TYRANTS”

          I have a BIG issue with white men when it comes to this sort of hypocrisy, but I already know what its all about – the idea that we need to STAY IN OUR PLACE – which again – is why people like Colin Kaepernick sits or why my grandfather told me NOT to join the military. God rest his soul.

          Could eat at the same restaurants but buried in the same cemetery.

      2. 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 cost.
        you falsely blame President Reagan for the drug issues in the black community and republicans for the assassinations of Malcolm X, MLK Jr. and Fred Hampton. they were all killed by leftists, do some reading.
        it must suck to live with the victim mentality you have.

        1. 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.

      3. 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 closely venture over to the “White Devils” line of portraying the “dominant society” you just invite the lunatics to attack you and you really weaken your argument. Guess I’m saying you’re playing “Angry Black Man” a little too much

    5. 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…

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

    8. 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 the “normal” kids by having the teachers focus on the “slow” kids. It was done away with as a failure, but within the last couple of decades, it has been coming back to the schools and is also being applied to all levels of society. The government would like to have “Jacks of all trades and masters of none”. They want the population just smart enough to run the machines, but not smart enough to question the bosses. Eliminating the most intelligent and qualified from succeeding using racism as an excuse is a good way for the government to achieve that goal.

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

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