Although the gap is closing among students completing algebra by the 10th grade, it has widened on 4th grade reading tests and in high school graduation rates since 2003. Those changes have come as the number of black students in the district has increased and the number of whites has declined.This was sounding reasonable, but let's look at the next line (boldface is mine):
"We know that we're not pushing the needle significantly," Superintendent Dan Nerad said about what he considers "the most significant social justice issue in America."
The racial achievement gap persists for a variety of reasons both inside and outside the schools.
Factors include poverty, family stability, peer pressure, parental involvement, a curriculum and school culture oriented toward white students, and lower expectations for black students after decades of high dropout and incarceration rates.Moses on a mountaintop, how are curriculum and school culture oriented towards white people? What on earth does that even mean? I could understand it if the complaint was that they're oriented towards the middle class, but how do we orient things to white students? This I just don't understand. Is it because we expect achievement, is that "white" now? Or is that "Asian"?
This is offensive. I'm sure blaming problems on whitey makes some people feel better, but it's so old now. Black students did better back in days when whitey was the problem, when government-sanctioned racism ruled the day. The Little Rock Nine didn't give up, and they had much more arrayed at them at school than students do today.
Again, as long as you say I'm the problem because of my skin color, I will continue to despise you and attack you. When you're ready to judge people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, you let me know.