Obama Demands Race-Based School Discipline

In plain English, if different races have different incidences of disciplinary action, those of a favored race who act worse will be punished less, or those of a disfavored race who act better will be punished more, or both.

President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order hiring race-sensitive bureaucrats to hold meetings and mandate racial discipline quotas.

The order charges his new racial justice team, in part, with “promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”  In plain English, that means that if different races have different incidences of disciplinary action, those of a favored race who act worse will be punished less, or those of a disfavored race who act better will be punished more, or both.

It’s true that a higher percentage of black students than white students receive school discipline such as suspensions or expulsion.  A recent, representative study of nearly half the country’s school districts found that 17.3 percent of black students were suspended in 2009-10, whereas 4.7 percent of whites and 7.3 percent of Latinos were.  Only 2.1 percent of Asians were suspended that year.  The black graduation rate is 64 percent.  For whites, it’s 82 percent, and for Asians, it’s 92 percent.

Given these and similar statistics on practically every measure of academic success and self-discipline, the president wants to require schools to punish equal proportions of white and black students, regardless of how individual students behave.  That will mean overlooking infractions by black students or punishing more white students for pettier infractions.

Punishing students differently based on skin color — that’s not racist? . . .

This is an excerpt from an article published today on American Thinker called “Obama Demands Race-Based School Discipline” by Joy Pullmann.  Pullmann is managing editor of School Reform News and a research fellow in education at The Heartland Institute.  To read the entire article, please click here.

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4 responses to “Obama Demands Race-Based School Discipline

  1. Chris,
    You have a habit of being critical of “politcally correct” thinking and I appreciate that perspective. One of the threats to civil discourse is poorly- thought-out positions that are anchored in ideology rather than reason.

    When it comes to this particular aspect of school discipline (in your post above), you’ve arrived at conclusions that do not follow from Obama’s statement. It sounds as if you have an anti-Obama or anti-progressive agenda and you’re massaging the evidence (“…promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools…”) to advance your ideology. Obama’s statement could also be interpreted to mean that he wants educators to avoid disparate treatment of students. Yet you somehow see it as the repression of non-black kids?

    I’d rather hear about what you aspire to rather than everything that’s horrible about Obama’s statement. For example, how do you wish to foster educational equity? What can schools do to cultivate student engagement and safety? To what extent does proximity to poverty and violence diminish children’s school readiness? How can teachers recommend social policies that help kids be school ready, each day?

    • phillystyle71

      Gamal,

      I didn’t write this piece about Obama’s race-based school discipline, Joy Pullmann did.

      Chris

      • Chris,
        I am familiar with Pullman’s writing here. Your extensive quoting suggests that you are in agreement and are amplifying Pullman’s message. Is that an accurate assessment of your blog post?
        Gamal

  2. phillystyle71

    Hey Gamal,

    I simply linked Pullmann’s article here on C&T because I think she makes some interesting observations (everything, including the subheading, originally appeared on American Thinker). You said in your initial comment, “When it comes to this particular aspect of school discipline (in your post above), you’ve arrived at conclusions that do not follow from Obama’s statement.” I did not arrive at these conclusions, Pullman did. I am not commenting on her piece, simply reprinting it so my readers can see her points and draw their own conclusions. Do I think she raises some important questions? Yes I do, which is why I linked it.

    Chris

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