Thursday, December 10, 2015

I Agree With Scalia

So, the left and senile Harry Reid are all in an uproar  about comments Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said about race.
From the LA Times: The Congressional Black Caucus, civil rights lawyers and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday for what they said were racist and insulting comments in which he suggested some black students might be better off in a "slower-track school" rather than at a more competitive university.
"It is deeply disturbing to hear a Supreme Court justice endorse racist ideas from the bench of the nation's highest court," Reid said on the Senate floor. "The only difference between the ideas endorsed by [Donald] Trump and While not posing a question Scalia is that Scalia has a robe and a lifetime appointment."....
directly, Scalia said he questioned whether admitting more black students would benefit them or the university.
"There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school, where they do well," Scalia said. He cited a brief that, he said, "pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don't come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools" where they do not feel they're being pushed in classes "that are too fast for them."
I have some authority to speak on this as for the past 20 years, I have been a teacher in high schools, mostly in inner city schools where minority population of the schools were between 95-99% minority.
The fact is that these students in these inner city schools receive very crappy education for a verity of reasons.  One, the teachers and administrations are bad and don't care about these schools.
Then you have students who cause problems by disrupting school, disrupting class or the opposite, sleeping their high school career away in class, if they ever go to school.
Then some of these minorities and some dumb white kids get admitted to the universities and they can't handle college- they don't have the skills to attend college, much less top tier schools.
These colleges have to institute college prep classes to a great deal of minority freshman because they don't know the basics of entry level college classes. 
So, it might be better to go to lower tier school, including community college to start their college careers.
which I did.  I started at Madison Area Technical  College in Madison, WI., a community college.  After 2 years, I transferred to U.W. Madison, a top tier school, especially in the School of Education where it was ranked in the top 10 of all U.S. colleges...supposedly.
So, I agree with Scalia, minority students who come from inner city schools and are unprepared for college are much better off going to a community college than starting at top tier school and then flunking out.

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