Florida Passes Race-based Student Goals
The Florida State Board of Education passed an educational plan that can only be described as extremely racist. Instead of setting goals for the children to be the very best, they set goals based on the child’s race. They also take poverty and disabilities into account. Disabilities are understood, but race and poverty?
By 2018, they want 90% of Asian students, 88% white students, 81% Hispanics and 74% black students to read at or above grade level. They want 92% Asian, 86% whites, 80% Hispanics, and 74% blacks to be proficient in math.
“To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” said Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School. “Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn,” Lopez said. “To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”
A little off-base? A little unfair? Basically the board is telling blacks they will never be as smart as anyone else so why even bother trying. State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said they set very high goal for all students in Florida.