Thursday, September 24, 2009

Equity Activism Run Amok: Double Standards for Behavior and Race-Based Discipline in Tucson

The Tucson School board is calling for a two-tiered form of student discipline. One for Black and Hispanic students; one for everyone else.

With the goal of creating a "restorative school culture and climate" that conveys a "sense of belonging to all students," the board is insisting that its schools reduce its suspensions and expulsions of minority students to the point that the data reflect "no ethnic/racial disparities."

From the section of the 52-page plan titled "Restorative School Culture and Climate": "School data that show disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes. Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students."

The board approved creating an "Equity Team" that will oversee the plan to ensure "a commitment to social justice for all students." The happy-face edu-speak notwithstanding, what the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) board of governors has approved this summer is a race-based system of discipline.

Offenses by students will be judged, and penalties meted out, depending on the student's hue. TUSD principals are being asked to set two standards of behavior for their students. Some behavior will be met with strict penalties; some will not. It all depends on the color of the student's skin. It is an invitation to chaos.


~Doug MacEachern writing in the
Arizona Republic

16 Comments:

At 9/24/2009 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depressing. This stuff is usually never so explicit.

 
At 9/24/2009 11:34 AM, Blogger ngthagg said...

It's depressing now, but what do you the response by the favoured people will be? I'm guessing it's not going to be positive.

 
At 9/24/2009 11:57 AM, Blogger Austin said...

This would by far be the most overt discriminatory policy since the '60s. This is clearly a black and white, right vs. wrong case.

I would say it could never happen, but it already has.

A program that operates by ethnic partiality is only going to exacerbate racial tensions.

I wonder how much federal funding the Raza-studies program and the TUSD receives.

 
At 9/24/2009 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How insulting and offensive for the Black and Hispanic students and their families. In essence the TUSE is saying, "We know that your races aren't as civilized and are prone to act like wild animals (well, they learn it at home, what do you expect?). We're going to boost you up the evolutionary ladder by giving your wild offspring a break in the consequences because we know there is no way we are ever going to reform their behavior."

 
At 9/24/2009 2:11 PM, Blogger terrence said...

This policy is blatant racism, nothing more nor less. But, it is politically correct racism, so it is not only all right to advocate and put into practice, it MUST to advocated and put into practice.

 
At 9/24/2009 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

M L King just rolled over in his grave.

 
At 9/24/2009 3:02 PM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

Chaos in the classroom is the outcome for this non-sense. I suggest that high school students in Tuscon public schools get out of the class room and into Agave Distance Learning whcih is free for high school students in the district.> I would normally say that classrooms are better but in the case of this school district classrooms are holding pens as a result the beat down of common sense.

 
At 9/24/2009 4:29 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

Well it's OK because parents of well behaved children can choose to send their students to a different school of their choice that can have its own policies.

Oh wait, I forgot - no they can't.

 
At 9/24/2009 5:52 PM, Blogger atucsonman said...

Pima Community College in Tucson Arizona just announced a program (funded by private foundations) that will pay hispanic male students to graduate.

 
At 9/25/2009 6:18 AM, Blogger Matz said...

This fails the very purpose of setting a proper standard for educatuion.
If an Educational Institution sets such double standards, it looses its professionalism.

 
At 9/25/2009 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racism is more alive and well in the US today than it has ever been. Used to be tolerated by the government; now, it is required (that goes for the federal government in its subcontracting as well as Tucson). Only difference is the skin color of the victims and beneficiaries. It is a sad day for America. I hope the nation survives to Nov 2010 and Nov 2012 (and does something about the current set of corrupt politicians). Mark, thanks for publishing this travesty.

 
At 9/25/2009 1:16 PM, Anonymous soaring eagle said...

Now, let me see if I have this right - In the next Olympics, white boys will be able to start 5 yards in front of blacks and that will be fair and wise with the World?

Why don't we eliminate fairness and truth from the future dictionaries and replace with PC. PC's real meaning is LYING!
Just like any one bringing up race - Jim Carter is by definition a RACIST!!

 
At 9/25/2009 7:38 PM, Blogger LomaAlta said...

Well, get used to increased racial discrimination by minorities against white people.
Phoenix has two DUI (drunk driving) court systems. One for US citizens where they state law is enforced and statutory penalties given out including loss of driving privileges and up to a year in jail.

The other court system is for illegal aliens, who say they are poorer and can't afford fines. So DUI offences by illegals are essentially punished with a small fine if they promise not to do it again.

 
At 9/25/2009 8:26 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Oh gee!

Let's give the delinquent parasites a break...

Its a culturally enriching experience...

 
At 9/25/2009 9:59 PM, Anonymous XTeacher said...

This occurs because Black and Hispanic students misbehave more than White and Asian students, and thus receive a higher proportion of disciplinary sanctions, such as in-school suspension or being sent to alternative schools.

When activists see the numbers that show that the proportions of disciplinary sanctions handed out to Black and Hispanic students are higher than their proportions in the general student population, they make the assumption that racism is the answer.

My solution: those activists who believe that racism is the answer for those numbers should become substitute teachers for a semester. Most will be singing a different tune after seeing what teachers have to put up with.

 
At 9/26/2009 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God for home schooling.

 

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