October 04, 2005

Oh boy

Via Jenny D:

A court in Pinellas, Florida has ruled that the district's 20,000 black students can join together in a class action suit against the schools, claiming that the achievement gap between black and white students is the result of the district's failure to educate minority students.

I can't think of a much bigger travesty for education, and what a horrible precedent it will set. As I once said, next we'll be seeing people suing their doctors for not making them take the medication they were prescribed.

What makes crap like this so ... sad ... is that I've been around a few other countries and have talked with some parents of my students that are from other countries. These other countries I've visited would kill for a fraction of the resources that American [black, to tie in to the article] children have at their disposal. Parents of immigrant students I've had are shocked and appalled at not only the behavior of American students, but their apathy and casual disregard for what their schools have -- and what their teachers do for them. They openly mock and scoff at "disabilities" like ADD and the accommodations teachers have to make for them, and are totally flummoxed at the notion that different races and ethnicities can have different "learning styles" -- which teachers also have to accommodate.

You can have every possible resource at your disposal, and the best-ever teachers armed with the best-ever teaching methods. But if the subjects couldn't care less? And you can't make them care? No matter how hard you try?

Answer: Lawsuit. It's the American way.

Posted by Hube at October 4, 2005 06:08 PM | TrackBack

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This is obscene. And just another reason why teacher accountability clauses are such complete PC BS. Before blaming the qualified teachers, a clear majority of whom know how to perform their damn jobs, perhaps these "minorities" and their parents should look at their own selves before casting out these stupid stones.

Tell me again why I'm persuing a career in education?

Posted by: Mike M. at October 4, 2005 08:58 PM

Obscene and more of the same from the luny left.....claim victimhood status and go to court.The only trueth to the matter is is that these underperformers are victims- victims of their own lazy ignorance!
You are persuing a career in education because the good students outway the bad....some days the idiots just are more vocal and stand out, but the students that want to learn make it a great job!

Posted by: schmitt at October 4, 2005 09:10 PM

I'm with you here, Dude. I have told many a parent that I can only present the information in an interesting and engaging manner. What I can't do is make their child take in that information and retain it. Only the child can do that. They remain unconvinced, as it takes away their only "Get out of Blame, Free" card.

Posted by: Bronwen at October 4, 2005 10:07 PM

disgusting. A friend of mine used to always say, some day someone will sue the weatherman because it rained when they called for clouds only. i used to laugh but i don't anymore! more importantly, what message is this sending to these children? they didn't acheive, so it's someone elses fault, that unfortunately is the American way these days..

Posted by: Chris at October 5, 2005 11:04 AM

The problem is not the law suits in and of themselves. The problem is that crap ass american judges and jurors of "peers" who are siding with these law suits. I have been screaming about personal accountablity too long now and just get a "what do you mean I have to be responsible for myself?" response. It sickens me. Well here it is folks, if everone else can do it, I'm going to file a discrimination suit against God for morning sickness. Who does he think he is? Doesn't he know I'm a woman and I should be given special consideration???

Posted by: Amie at October 5, 2005 01:25 PM

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