Friday, May 20, 2005

You say tomato, I say tomato

School discipline rates for minorities skewed
Portland Public Schools suspended or expelled minority students last school year at a rate significantly above their proportion of student enrollment, according to a new analysis by the Oregon Department of Education.

Behavior Problems for minorities is high
Minority students in Portland Public Schools had behavior problems significantly above their proportion of student enrollment, according to a new analysis by the Oregon Department of Education.

Also:
Headlines in Daily Dead Fishwrapper skewed
The Portland-centric Daily Dead Fishwrapper printed liberal headlines significantly above their proportion of liberal readers, according to a new analysis by Daniel.

2 comments:

jwalker said...

Well, I'm sure some anonymous writer will drill me, but here's my 2-cents.

I kept reading the article, waiting for the phrases that were sure to come, and I wasn't disappointed.

It isn't the kids' fault. The teachers are being intolerant and insensitive. GRRRRR.

I have always assumed that we have a standard of acceptable behavior in class so that we can teach and the kids can learn and think. Every teacher I know fairly expects this from every kid, no matter what the race, gender, homelife, sexual orientation.....

Now, especially Portland area teachers, we are going to have to understand why these kids are acting out in accordance with their race (who's being racist???who????) and make accomodations. This will do nothing but further erode a collapsing education system and is extremely racist.

Can you imagine saying to black kids, " I know you can't behave well due to the experience of being black so I won't expect things of you I expect of my white children." Can you imagine?????

Daniel said...

Imagine a scenario where a student is not suspended/expelled for bad behavior because the teacher/principal/school does not want to appear "racist" and the kid comes to school the next day and kills someone, or continues to sell drugs, or disrupt the learning environment.

What does this study prove? Is anyone saying that these kids didn't deserve suspension/expulsion? Were they not breaking rules? Did they get in trouble for no reason? Were they framed?

"Can you imagine?????"

Yes, it's going to be called "cultural competence."