The day before Anderson shot at a rival “crew” member and killed a passenger, the Obama department released data showing that black students are suspended at three times the rate of white students. “The civil-rights industry predictably greeted this information as yet more proof that schools are biased against black students,” writes Mac Donald.Suspensions, et. al., are markers of bad behavior that should be corrected, not signs of racism. Too many suspensions is a sign that too many students are acting in socially unacceptable ways--in other words, they're out of control.
But “behavioral differences, not racism, drive the disparity between black and white student suspensions,” she argues...
“The lack of impulse control that results in such mindless violence on the streets unavoidably shows up in the classroom as well,” writes Mac Donald. “It defies common sense that a group with such high rates of lawlessness outside school would display model behavior inside school.”
The Obama administration’s anti-suspension campaign will undermine school safety, argues Hans Bader, a former attorney in the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights. He cites a study by University of Cincinnati criminologist John Paul Wright, which found racial disparities in suspensions and discipline are caused by disparities in student behavior.
Monday, April 07, 2014
It's Not My Racism, It's Your Behavior
We can make all the excuses we want for poor behavior, and we can even make the Orwellian claim that punishing bad behavior is "blaming the victim". Do people really believe that crap, or do they merely say it because the truth sucks too much? It's hard to believe that bad behavior in school is now a political issue, that it's not common sense to address it head on: