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Published Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dumb and dumber

Just when you thought this crowd of sheet-draped losers had finally crawled beneath their rocks for good, here they come again to stir the pot of racial animosity by claiming that black kids are academically inferior.

Oops, sorry. When I read the headline, I naturally assumed it was a press release from the Ku Klux Klan.

I was wrong. The group insisting that different races can’t compete on a level testing field is the Florida State Board of Education.

These professional “Educators” have allegedly been trained in the latest methods, tactics and techniques to teach America’s kids anything, anytime, anywhere. But apparently they don’t believe that “all students are created equal.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said we should judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. The Florida board clearly believes skin color is the ideal benchmark for measuring brainpower.

The board recently passed a plan that calls for 90 percent of Asians, 88 percent of whites, 81 percent of Hispanics and only 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level by 2018.

Only 74 percent of black kids are expected to be proficient in math, as opposed to 80 percent of Hispanics, 86 percent of whites and 92 percent of Asians.

State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said the “differing educational goals” were necessary to meet the requirements of a “No Child Left Behind” waiver granted to Sunshine State schools.

So “No Child Left Behind” now means substandard work is the best we should expect from non-Asian students? Only in America.

Margaret Sanger — the patron saintess of the abortion movement and founder of Planned Parenthood—is probably chuckling from her lounge chair beside the burning lake of fire in hell. While serving as an early advocate for birth control Sanger advocated widely for what she called “race hygiene” and even spoke to a huge New Jersey Klan rally in 1926.

In Sanger’s book “The Pivot of Civilization,” she calls blacks “human weeds” and advocates a dose of progressive pesticide for the betterment of humanity. You can guess her feelings about the academic potential of black children.

As expected, the board’s policy shocked quite a few folks.

One was Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach. Lopez said, “To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base. Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn. To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”

“A little off-base?” “A little unfair?” What does it take in Florida to be totally bogus? A rigged Bingo tournament at the AARP resort?

On the bright side, parents are outraged. Better yet, so are some actual “educators” who deserve the title.

Palm Beach County School Board vice-chairwoman Debra Robinson didn’t mince any words, saying, “I’m somewhere between complete and utter disgust and anger and disappointment with humanity.”

Robinson said she had been overwhelmed by angry parents since the board acted. She said the new policy amounted to “proclaiming racism” and vowed to continue efforts to expect educational achievement from every child, regardless of race.

Amen, Sister.

Students will never perform equally in the classroom. Countless studies have shown that the differences are largely linked to socioeconomic circumstances or parental influence.

But telling students they are not even expected to achieve because of skin color? That’s one lesson American children should never be taught.


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