President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.
His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”
See if you can follow the connection between that policy and this accompanying policy statement:
“African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”
Refusing to discipline thugs will produce “highly effective teachers”? “Safe schools”? Challenging college-preparatory classes”? How?
I have a friend, a “highly effective teacher” who grew up on a Mid-western farm wrestling steers, who felt her calling was working with black kids in the inner city. She abandoned that calling after having her eye socket crushed by one very large teen-aged male and, after she’d recovered and returned, her jaw broken by an 8th Grade girl twice her size and twice as strong. Forget the teacher: how are the peers of these savage young “students” supposed to learn if they’ve terrorized and beaten every day?
I can’t even imagine Obama’s agenda here – it simply makes no sense.