Obama signed an executive order Thursday, which will set a goal of producing “a more effective continuum” of programs for African-American students. But he goes further, he is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior. So if a white student speaks without permission, his punishment will be the same as the black student who hits or curses at the teacher?
His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”
Hans Bader, a counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a former official in the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said, “What this means is that whites and Asians will get suspended for things that blacks don’t get suspended for,” because school officials will try to level punishments despite groups’ different infraction rates.
Roger Clegg the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity said, “It is too bad that the president has chosen to set up a new bureaucracy with a focus on one particular racial group, to the exclusion of all others,”, the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Clegg went on to say, “A disproportionate share of crimes are committed by African Americans, and they are disproportionately likely to misbehave in school… because more than 7 out of 10 African Americans (72.5 percent) are born out of wedlock… versus fewer than 3 out of 10 whites,” Although ” you won’t see it mentioned in the Executive Order… there is an obvious connection between these marriage numbers and how each group is doing educationally, economically, criminally.”
Blacks have as much opportunity as any other ethnic group, if they choose to participate and learn. Not according to Obama, for he claims, “African Americans lack equal access to highly effective teachers and principals, safe schools, and challenging college-preparatory classes, and they disproportionately experience school discipline,” said the order, titled “White House Initiative On Educational Excellence.”
Because of those causes, the report suggests, “over a third of African American students do not graduate from high school on time with a regular high school diploma, and only four percent of African American high school graduates interested in college are college-ready across a range of subjects.