December 12, 2007

The scourge that is ...

... the "race racket." Hans Bader is all over it (them, actually), specifically Glenn Singleton whom we've most recently dealt with here and here. The money quote, as they say:

But the biggest losers in the long run from Singleton’s approach will be minority students, not the white teachers that Singleton scapegoats for poor performance by minority students ... Singleton doesn’t just humiliate white teachers. He also promotes stereotypes about minority children that could aggravate the minority achievement gap.

Singleton claims that “white talk” is “verbal,” “intellectual” and “task-oriented,” while “color commentary” is “emotional” and “personal.” That’s exactly the sort of racist stereotype that contributes to the poor performance of some minority students, who believe that studying is “acting white.”

The fact that Singleton puts a superficially positive spin on this negative stereotype (by claiming that whites’ focus on achievement is coldly “impersonal” and “task-oriented”) makes it all the more seductive to those minority students who already perceive studying as “acting white” and being a “grind” (and who taunt studious classmates of their own race by referring to them as “schoolboy,” “schoolgirl” and “little miss perfect”).

Bader further compares Singleton's "theories" to those of Leonard Jeffries, former head of the Black Studies Department at the City University of New York.

Posted by Hube at December 12, 2007 06:08 PM | TrackBack

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