By Walter E. Williams
November 17, 2015
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While educational achievement among whites is nothing to write home about, that for blacks is no less than a disaster. Only 13 percent of black eighth-graders score proficient or above in math, and only 16 percent do in reading. In 2013, only 7 percent of black 12th-graders scored proficient in math, and only 16 percent did in reading. The full magnitude of the black education tragedy is seen by the statistics on the other end of the achievement continuum. “Below basic” is the score given when a student is unable to demonstrate even partial mastery of knowledge and skills fundamental for proficient work at his grade level. In 2013, 62 percent of black 12th-graders scored below basic in math, and 44 percent scored below basic in reading.
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Now you might ask what is “inspirational” about a “disaster”.
“When in a hole, stop digging!” — old Wall Street maxim
Gooferment Skrules are a disaster; no argument is possible based on the results.
The first step in solving a problem is to admit you have one.
And, it’s not racial — everyone is performing worse. And, it’s not about money — the schools are bankrupting the taxpayers. And, it’s not about “caring” — everyone knows we need more than “cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite”.
It is about the “Separation of Gooferment and Education”!
The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. So why would you expect it to be any different when it comes to education.
I’ve driven around a lot of America and in many communities the ONLY new construction is for Gooferment Skrules, Boards of Education, and Teacher’s Union Buildings.
Recognize the problem yet?
So how do we fix it.
Put parents back in charge. Make them pay for it. (Like so many Gooferment programs, when you disconnect cost from results, you eliminate a critical feedback loop.)
Now it took decades to make this particular “hole”, it’ll take decades to fix it.
Let’s take the next twenty years and “free” 5% each yearof the students to have “school choice”. Then, let’s take the next 20 years and reduce the amount paid to the parent for education by 5% each year.
Voilà! In 40 years, no more Gooferment Skrules!
If I could have sold my plan to Hands Across New Jersey (the anti-florid tax revolt group) in the 1980’s, then we’d almost have the problem solved by now. Argh! (My bad. I should have been a better salesman!)
It’s a shame that no one will ever fix this problem because there are too many getting rich off the current system!
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