Defender of New Teacher Guidelines Uses Factoid that Makes No Sense to Me

From the Chicago Tribune today comes a defense by Cristina Pacione-Zavas (a newly-appointed State Senator who served on the State Board of Education) of the proposed teaching standards being reviewed by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on February 16th.

First, focus on the op-ed piece’s title:

New Illinois teaching standards will help more students succeed — especially bilingual learners

“The Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards will add an essential layer to the skills our teachers need to successfully support all students today,” she concludes.

One of her justifications, however, makes no sense to me.

Consider this statement:

“White students outperform Black and Latino students by 30 and 22 points, respectively, with assessments rooted in bias and white privilege.”

So, why do Latino students do better than Black students?

Black students have comprised a large proportion of the Chicago School System since I moved to Illinois in 1958.

The Superintendent at the time was Ben Willis, whose previous experience included heading the segregated Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, system (in a Democratic Party-controlled county).

My guess is that test scores of Blacks were lower than whites when he headed the system.

So, Democrats in Chicago have had over sixty years to figure out how to equalize the education between whites and Blacks.

They have utterly failed, but now think a new master plan will work.

And, proponents base their most compelling argument on the lack of Latinos to understand English as well as white natives.

Oh, wait.

Blacks are native speakers and they do worse than Latinos.

Since the new State Senator injects a personal experience in her brief, let me add one of my own.

I was in first grade in 1948 in Easton, Maryland.

One day two BIG girls joined Miss Calahan’s class.

I learned they were Displaced Persons, that is, children of immigrants displaced from their home counties after World War II.

They stayed about a month and then moved across the hall to the Miss Sullivan’s second grade classroom.

After a while, the two girls were not there anymore.

I believe then moved upstairs to be with the third grade class.

This immersion method of teaching apparently worked without my teachers having any special training.


Defender of New Teacher Guidelines Uses Factoid that Makes No Sense to Me — 6 Comments

  1. More BS cultural Marxism by idiots like Zavala’s, who need a waterbordering.

    Obama was OK with waterboarding. So am I.
    Let’s waterboarded Obama.

  2. Cal, why are you still expecting anything to make sense?

    That’s not the point…

    “Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small.

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

    “When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

    “To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself.

    “One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed.

    “A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

    “I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

    ― Theodore Dalrymple

  3. Teach them the meaning of the word STOP and no your not supposed to have a kilo of coke in your school bag..

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