Welcome to Obama’s Post-Racial America, where the only thing that matters is race

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I could give a f**k about Chris Christie, but while the media was busy obsessing over “Bridgeghazi” this also happened:

Holder’s New School Discipline Guidelines: Stop Targeting Minorities

The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long said lead to a school-to-prison pipeline that discriminates against minority students.

The wide-ranging series of guidelines issued Wednesday in essence tells schools that they must adhere to the principle of fairness and equity in student discipline or face strong action if they don’t. The American Civil Liberties Union called the recommendations “ground-breaking.”

“A routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned “zero-tolerance” policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s, often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.

Police have become a more common presence in American schools since the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.

In American schools, black students without disabilities were more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended, according to government civil rights data collection from 2011-2012. Although black students made up 15 percent of students in the data collection, they made up more than a third of students suspended once, 44 percent of those suspended more than once and more than a third of students expelled.

More than half of students involved in school-related arrests or referred to law enforcement were Hispanic or black, according to the data.

The recommendations encourage schools to ensure that all school personnel are trained in classroom management, conflict resolution and approaches to de-escalate classroom disruptions.

[…]

The government advises schools to establish procedures on how to distinguish between disciplinary infractions appropriately handled by school officials compared with major threats to school safety. And, it encourages schools to collect and monitor data that security or police officers take to ensure nondiscrimination.

The recommendations are nonbinding.

[…]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has acknowledged the challenge is finding the balancing act to keep school safe and orderly. But, he said that, “we need to keep students in class where they can learn.”

Research suggests the racial disparities in how students are disciplined are not explained by more frequent or more serious misbehavior by students of color, according to a letter sent to schools with the recommendations by the departments.

“For example, in our investigations, we have found cases where African-American students were disciplined more harshly and more frequently because of their race than similarly situated white students,” the letter said. “In short, racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem.”


My favorite part was the “nonbinding” sentence. Yeah, these are just recommendations, but if you don’t follow them you could lose federal money or even be sued by Eric Holder for civil rights violations.

I do agree that most of these “zero-tolerance” policies are stupid, or at least poorly written. We should not see six year old boys being suspended for pointing their fingers and going “Pew, pew” at each other. Nor should a teenage girl be expelled for giving a Midol tablet to a friend.

But there should be zero tolerance for criminal activity, especially those crimes involving violence.

The part that really bothers me is this administration’s obsession with race. Now they want the schools to keep specific data on the race of students involved in discipline. It is easy to guess what the unintended consequences will be – unofficial racial quotas.

Breitbart:

Hans Bader, Senior Attorney with the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and former staff attorney in the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights, said in an email statement to Breitbart News, “There is something ironic about Education and Justice Department officials who have not been in a classroom in many years lecturing teachers about ‘classroom management, conflict resolution and approaches to de-escalate classroom disruptions.’”

Bader, who wrote extensively about the DOE’s investigation of the Oakland Unified School District over “racial disparities” and “disparate impact,” told Breitbart News, “The only practical way for a school system to comply with the Education Department’s demands is to adopt a de facto racial quota in discipline. But this itself puts the school system in legal jeopardy, since at least one federal appeals court has said that schools cannot use racial targets or quotas for school discipline, since that violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.”

Bader added that in the case of People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education, the court ruled that “a school cannot use race in student discipline to offset racial disparities not rooted in school officials’ racism (so-called “disparate impact”).”

“Thus, school officials are now legally on a razor’s edge,” Bader said.

Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of Center for Equal Opportunity, who has also elaborated on the dangers of disparate-impact policy, said in an email statement to Breitbart News:

It is a mistake for public policies to be driven by an attempt to achieve a particular racial result. Indeed, the Obama administration’s approach turns Dr. King’s dream on its head: We push schools to make decisions based on color of skin rather than character. The victims will be students in the classroom most likely to be disrupted by unruly classmates, and those victims are disproportionately likely to be poor and minority — but this is a “disparate impact” that the Left always ignores.

In a blog post about the new discipline guidelines at the Cato Institute, Andrew J. Coulson, Director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom, wrote, “Unfortunately, this federal pressure may end up hurting black students far more than it helps them.”


Anyone who has ever worked in a classroom knows that even in the best of circumstances a small percentage of the kids take up an undue portion of the teacher’s time and attention. One student can disrupt an entire classroom. Allowing them to do that is unfair to the other students.

Every teacher loves students that are engaged and excited about learning. That’s why they got into teaching in the first place. Unfortunately, some kids are disengaged and uninterested in school. Some of them just sit there passively, doing as little as possible and waiting for class to end.

But some kids are disruptive and can even be a threat to the teacher and other students. Their behavior makes teaching the other kids difficult if not impossible. Frankly, some of them are just thugs waiting to graduate to a life of crime.

Father Flanagan was wrong – there are indeed “bad boys.”

That is not a racial thing. We didn’t have a lot of minorities in our school system when I was a kid, and most of the ones we had were military brats who are generally well-behaved. But clear back to the earliest grades I remember kids who were bullies, thieves vandals, and all-around trouble-makers. Most of these juvenile delinquents were white.

We had nine elementary schools, three junior highs and one high school in my hometown when I was growing up. We started out in the same classrooms and as we got older our paths diverged. Most of the kids that ended up in trouble as adults were showing signs of it as kids. The worst ones disappeared by the first couple years of high school. A couple ended up dead. Nobody I knew missed them when they were gone.

Our schools are supposed to provide our kids with an education. They should not be social engineering labs. As a general rule our public schools should be focused on the majority of the students – the ones who can and will learn and who will grow up to be responsible citizens.

There are kids who have problems. I’m not blaming them because in most cases it’s the parents who are at fault. Many of the kids with problems have parents who were kids with problems when they were in school. There are also some cultural issues involved. Those are topics for another time.

I know this is politically incorrect but these problem children need to be identified and segregated from the others. Then they can be given the intense special treatment they need. Many of them can be saved, but not by pretending they are just like all the other kids. This applies equally to kids that are discipline problems and kids that are failing to keep up academically.

Here’s where it gets complicated. These problem children need an intervention. Unfortunately in most cases the parents can’t or won’t cooperate and there is only so much the schools can do. If we are going to save these kids we need to take them from their parents and put them in a new home environment.

The bleeding heart liberals and civil libertarians will scream if we do this. The fiscal conservatives will have a cow because of the cost involved to do it right. Simply dumping the kids into the foster care system won’t help.

I used to work in Juvenile Court, dealing both with neglected and abused kids as well at the delinquents. Very often the former became the latter and then a few more years down the road they were back in court with their own kids. Bleeding heart liberalism ain’t cheap.

There is another option. Once upon a time problem children were dealt with differently. The schools simply put all the bad apples in one barrel where they could cool their heels until the were old enough to join their parents in the criminal justice system.

Too bad the Nazis gave eugenics a bad name. We could solve a lot of problems if some people were not allowed to have kids.

If you really want to end the pipeline to prison, do something about this kind of stuff:



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105 Responses to Welcome to Obama’s Post-Racial America, where the only thing that matters is race

  1. The Klown says:

    Sometimes I put things in the comments that I wanted to say but that didn’t quite fit in my original post:


    I can’t help but wonder if Trayvon Martin would still be alive today if the Miami school authorities had simply turned him over to the cops instead of suspending him?


    Quite often the reason a child gets disciplined is a continuing pattern of conduct rather than a single incident. In such cases the act that drew the punishment wasn’t the most egregious, it was just the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.


    I am not a believer in drugging kids.

    • The Klown says:

      One of the biggest problems with improving our school system is that in order to try anything new we have to experiment on our kids.

    • votermom says:

      I know this is politically incorrect but these problem children need to be identified and segregated from the others. Then they can be given the intense special treatment they need.

      Some boys will respond to being in well-run boot camp style environment or a boys reform school type environment. Probably at least in part because it takes them away from the negative home environment and puts them in a situation where they have to prove themselves physically. This is ironically why many boys with chaotic homes gravitate towards gangs – the gangs actually provide a semblance of structure and possibility of upward mobility.

      Girls are more complicated. It’s usually detrimental to put problem girls in with a bunch of other problem girls – they seem to do better where they are presented with responsibility for caring for small needy creatures (younger kids, pets) along with guidance of older mentoring adults.

      • The Klown says:

        A lot of these kids need structure and discipline more than anything else, and their parents are incapable of providing it.

        There are a lot of different things that can be done and every kid is different. But there is no way a school teacher can really help these problem kids while still teaching a whole classroom of other kids.

      • DeniseVB says:

        We sent our son to a military boarding school from grades 8-12 and he thrived after sleeping through middle school 8th grade. A do over for that grade was not an option then, or he’d still be in 8th grade today 😀

        He wasn’t a behavior problem, just a dumb jock that couldn’t keep his grades up to stay on the teams. Local private schools were not an option since he’d still come home to his slacker friends. The schools and the other parents weren’t disciplinarians so we were in constant conflict with his little rebelious self.

        He went from sleeping all day to honor roll and all state status in soccer and lacrosse, and a college scholarship. Every inner city school should be run like that, maybe in the ‘burbs too !

        (DT may have heard of it, Fork Union near C’ville ?)

    • Constance says:

      I am all for running the schools for the average cooperative kid not the teachers, teachers unions or deviant kid. I do believe in expelling or suspending kids but they should be required to report to some sort of detention so they aren’t left home alone while their parents work. Other changes that could be made are starting school at 10 or 11and running until 6pm in high school because research has shown kids get in trouble in the afternoon after school before their parents are home from work. Who thinks teens will get out of bed to do anything including cause trouble? Make sure they don’t get home from school before their parents get home from work. And give some help to single moms of sons. I couldn’t have raised my son with out his father in the house because he is a natural born rowdy ass who was bigger than me by age 13. Without an alpha male all over his bad ideas there is no telling what would have become of him. He has turned out to be a good citizen and tax payer but it took at least 4 times as much effort to raise him as it took to raise our more even temperament kid.

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  3. votermom says:

    That toddler video is heartbreaking.

    • mothy67 says:

      Saw a little of this on Kelley last night. From what I gathered the police posted the video. Why would they do that? It is gut retching but is it any way illegal? Shoddy parenting is an understatement but they weren’t beating him, he and the home look clean and healthy. Is it the police(governments) place to tell you how to speak to in front of your child. Again I think it is repugnant but don’t see anything illegal.

      • DandyTIger says:

        The parents posted the video on FB. Then the police shared it. Agree, this is a very tricky area. It’s rude behavior, shows the parents suck, and I don’t give good odds for this kid in the future. But I don’t think it crosses any line where you want to take the kid away.

        • votermom says:

          Willing to bet CPS will find a way to take the kid away bec of public pressure. Which would probably suck even more for the kid.

        • angienc says:

          I’m not very familiar with child protection laws, but I do know they tend to be broader than other laws to give social workers more leeway in using their professional judgment. And I know there are provisions concerning the “corruption” of minors. There very well could be something in those provisons were an adult teaching/encouraging lewd acts by a toddler would come under CPS perview. I doubt it would be enough for the parents to lose custody, but I’d bet good money a caseworker is being dispatched to that house to conduct an investigation as to what exactly is going on there.

      • angienc says:

        Not illegal but that doesn’t mean it isn’t immoral. While a court of law doesn’t get to sit in judgment of these pathetic parents, I do! 🙂

    • Wasn’t he a tad underdressed, too?

  4. driguana says:

    In an odd way, some of this is about the vile progs distorted sense of “equality”….criminals and law abiding people are equal; blacks should no more be penalized/arrested/incarcerated than whites; illegal aliens and citizens are equal. Then it gets stranger….capital punishment is evil, abortion is not; blacks should be able to go to whatever school they want, whites have to earn their way in. The really odd thing to me is, watch any good college basketball game these days and there will be more black players than white and there was an interesting article somewhere yesterday talking about how a large percentage of these black players can’t even read when they graduate…..equality? Boy, we sure have torqued that concept!

    • The Klown says:

      I saw a tweet the other day asking when they were gonna desegregate the NBA

    • DeniseVB says:

      Reminds me of putting women on the front lines in combat. Why not let them play professional sports along side the men first ? Let’s see, now they’re relaxing the physical requirements for women to be combat ready? Would the NBA or NFL do that? I don’t get it. In sports conditioning is important not only to win games, but to prevent injuries. In combat, it’s to keep you alive.

      • Btw, DVB, thanks for your TCH post FB linkage. WP is intermittently acting up these days,

        • DeniseVB says:

          Aw thanks. It’s fun. I noticed all my smartphone friends use FB to track all their favorite blogs and posts, sort of one stop shopping. I don’t use a smartphone, but my Nook has wifi and it’s just easier for me to check FB than keep all my favorite blogs bookmarked on Nook.

          Anyone who likes our page can post in the status box and it will show up in the community column.

        • Most of the week we care for the BotW, which means Scooby and Ninjas instead of the desktop. So the tablet or smartphone is it until late at night. Thx.

      • gxm17 says:

        Except that in some sports, like ultramarathons, women do compete with the men. And they win. Women have greater “fatigue resistance” than men when it comes to the ultra distances. And the harder the endurance race, the more advantage a woman has. Men handle the ascents better, but women handle the descents better…and what goes up, must come down.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Then could they play on men’s soccer teams. It’s not a contact sport either? When my husband did marathons he was beat by old ladies all the time 😉

          Make all teams half women and that would even it out 😀

  5. votermom says:

    OT but a good read
    http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9112081/the-fantasy-francis/

    Well, since he took charge last year, Francis has been made into a superstar of the liberal left. His humble background (he is a former bouncer), his dislike for the trappings of office (he cooks his own spaghetti) and his emphasis on the church’s concern for the poor has made liberals, even atheists like Scalfari, suppose that he is as hostile to church dogma as they are. They assume, in other words, that the Pope isn’t Catholic. Last year few left-leaning commentators could resist falling for the foot-washing Jesuit from Buenos Aires. In column after column they projected their deepest hopes on to Francis — he is, they think, the man who will finally bring enlightened liberal values to the Catholic church.

    In November Guardian writer Jonathan Freedland argued that Francis was ‘the obvious new hero of the left’ and that portraits of the Supreme Pontiff should replace fading Obama posters on ‘the walls of the world’s student bedrooms’. Just days later Francis preached a homily denouncing what he called ‘adolescent progressivism’, but people see and hear what they want to, so no one took any notice of that.

    • The Klown says:

      They assume, in other words, that the Pope isn’t Catholic.

      He is trying to change the focus of the Church, not its teachings.

      • votermom says:

        The Catholic Church has been on defense for a while, Francis is actually putting it on offense by focusing on evangelization. He aims to expand.
        The fact that the left has embraced him amuses me no end.

        • fif says:

          It makes sense actually, because it’s all about personality cults not content or principles and this Pope is charismatic. The details are so annoying when you love to be in love.

    • Constance says:

      Well Progressives have no stomach for women in politics and the Catholic church wants to keep women pregnant and out of church power or politics so Progressives and the Catholic church are a good match.

    • erica says:

      “they projected their deepest hopes onto Francis”

      Just like with Obama, the “blank screen.” Only thing is, there’s nothing blank about Francis. He’s the real deal and won’t go here and there wherever the wind blows.

  6. Our rural, 99% white school district finally got a asst. principal in charge of discipline that knows OSS (Out of School Suspension) was an ineffective discipline tool and he fixed it. Sad the Fed has to ‘step-in’ and usually they bungle it, but so many of our educators are less than effective and do more harm to students than good and us parents generally can’t do a thing.

    • The Klown says:

      My favorite idiocy is when schools suspend kids for being tardy or skipping class.

      Hello? That’s not a punishment for them, that’s a reward!

      • LOL- that is exactly why my high school had “in-school” suspensions. Miscreants got to sit all day long outside the vice principals office.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Ahhh, The Breakfast Club is what we have at local high schools. Kids hate giving up their Saturdays. ISS during a regular school day was too easy on them.

          Detention in my day was having to stay after school, but that wasn’t the worse part, facing your parents used to be.

      • elliesmom says:

        We had Saturday school paid for by the county district attorney’s office. And if you didn’t show up, they sent a “limo” for you.

      • lyn says:

        One morning Miss Murphy, my first-grade teacher, shook and slapped me when she found me in the girls’ bathroom after the tardy bell rang. She told me that I would never get a job if I were always late like that. She was right; I always disliked those jobs where I had to be to work at an exact time.

    • mothy67 says:

      Sister Geraldine used to make me go and sit on the hall floor until I was ready to behave. Told me when I was ready to do so I could come back in. I never was and she always caved and collected me after 15 minutes.

      • I pulled that one day and the bus was pulling out the driveway before I gave in. I had German Lutheran male teachers. They scared the Sisters of Mercy. And me.

  7. I am so glad mine are all grown. And sad and frightened that my grandchildren have to grow up in this world.
    Two are military brats- so they’ll be ok. The two girls on the other hand?
    Maybe I’ll hit the lottery and will be able to afford to send them to parochial school.

  8. The Klown says:
  9. elliesmom says:

    It used to be that when a kid or kids acted out in class, a teacher could bounce them down to the administrator in charge of discipline. That person would spend some time with the kids, decide what the best course of action was, and then follow through. Sometimes two kids get into a fight. They get sent “down to the office”. It turns out they’re actually the very best of friends and the appropriate punishment is some time spent together working it out with an adult in the room. Other times they really are out to seriously hurt each other, and the appropriate response is to get them out of the school and maybe even call the cops. But to parents, politicians, and the press, it means some kids are being punished while others are “getting away with it”.

    Schools adopted “zero tolerance policies” so they could get on with the business of educating kids. Does it result in some complete idiocy? Absolutely. But they have been given two choices. Punish some kids for silly stupid things or allow kids who are a danger to remain in the classroom. If the only way politicians and the public will allow a school to expel a kid who brings a gun to school is to also expel the kid who turns his sandwich into an AK-47, then the safety of the kids says the sandwich killer goes, too. Call the ACLU because a locker was searched and enough drugs to throw a rave were found, and you get the policy that bans Midol. And most parents prefer “zero tolerance” until it’s their kid who’s suspended for kissing his kindergarten sweetheart. Schools have been stripped of the right to administer discipline sanely based on the situation. It’s really isn’t what they prefer.

    • The Klown says:

      No matter what we do (including doing nothing) somebody will be pissed.

      • Somebody says:

        I have a doctor appointment this morning I have to get to, but I’ll come back later and post. You’re correct klown that somebody will be pissed. Elliesmom is correct a lot of the zero tolerance policies took common sense on the part of the administrator off the table, but sometimes that’s not the case it depends on how the policies are written.

        I spent a year of my life on a discipline task force for a large school district back in the 90’s……in my previous life. We delved into everything, poured through the entire code of conduct, looked at all the statistics, all the discipline programs including alternative schools. OMG what a horrid experience it was! In the end after all the work, after managing to get people from diverse viewpoints to reach a consensus, the politicians did what they wanted to do anyway.

        Oh and VM you’re correct about gangs, oh my goodness gangs, discipline equity……..memories light the corners of my mind!!

    • angienc says:

      You’re right the schools are in a catch-22 not of their own making. I’m seriously coming around to the opinion that the only solution is to get rid of the DOE & put all the power over public education back into the hands of the states. Anything less results in the idiocy we’re seeing now.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Wasn’t DOE a Carter invention ? I think that should be the first to go and give that money to the states too. Besides public education seems to have gotten worse since.

        • angienc says:

          Yes it was — at least the enacting legislation. I think it didn’t go “on line” until 1980 when Reagan took office.
          And look how totally fucked up the public education system has become in that time (and look how much it’s costing!) But that is ALWAYS what happens when you take something from the states & put it into the hands of the Feds: you pay more for worse results.

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  12. The Klown says:

    If you are interested in Bridgegate:

    Governor Soprano is holding a presser at 11am eastern today. I fully expect him to deny all knowledge and express anger that such things took place.

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  16. Lulu says:

    I remember my brother being sent home from school for skipping one class in high school. The school did not punish him. Our father did. He had privileges taken away with a loud lecture. When he tried to weasel out my dad yelled “Do you want to grow up to be a piece of shit!” It was funny to me at the time as a one grade ahead sister but it was the truth. Our school didn’t have to punish students much because the parents did it. No one wanted their kid to be a piece of shit. Now they don’t want to hurt their self esteem so they let them be pieces of shit instead.

  17. Constance says:

    Christie has been blabbing away on all cable “news” networks for an hour now. He is in hog heaven with this scandal. With this sort of attention reward I bet he causes another scandal soon.

  18. Constance says:

    I think Christie is going for a cable “news” filibuster. I’m actually impressed at his stamina but I’ve had the TV on mute for all but the first 5 mins.

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  20. helenk3 says:

    you have people in government that want to take parenting away and have government raised kids. Now they want to have discipline decided by race.maybe we should go back to the bad old days of separate but equal. The backtrack bunch can fund some schools and parents and local taxes can fund others.
    Kids are told they really do not have to try, think, or work for a grade, just show up and be their special selves. It is cruel and unusual for them to have study and do the work.
    We are cheating our kids by not expecting the best and working with them to get the best no matter what color, economic status they come from.

    In the way back when time, I went to 13 different schools in 12 years and was expected to learn and work in every one of them no matter what part of the school year I started in the school.

    It takes both good teacher and good parents to educate a child. Every one is screaming about immigrants getting jobs rather then citizens. One part of it might be “want”. They come here with expectations to have a better life and will do all they have to to get one including work, school, and expectations for their kids. Those things we used to believe in

  21. helenk3 says:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/01/09/maureen-faulkner-justice-dept-nomination-disgrace

    this is not a surprise for Holders dept of crime
    cop killer’s lawyer nominated for civil rights position in DOJ
    think of Black Panther voter intimidation
    now this edict to discipline by color

    • Somebody says:

      Helen if this attorney is confirmed to that position he will be overseeing the discipline equity this post is about. This will be who school districts ultimately have to deal with the civil rights division of the DOJ. Dealing with the DOJ is much more intimidating than the DOE for a district, plus most of them don’t have civil rights lawyers on staff as they can’t afford it.

  22. helenk3 says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/?p=167172

    youth misery index up under backtrack

    debt from college, no jobs

  23. The Klown says:

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