quote:Originally posted by Sweetwuzzy:
Is it surprising that white and Asian American children do better without these self-inflicted handicaps to academic achievement?
No, because Black children are not White or Asian children. Black children are just as academically capable, smart, and competent as other children, but because they are Black, they are often times treated differently than other children, particularly in academic environments. Thus, whatever "academic handicaps" that Black students develop as result of past and present mistreatment is not "self-inflicted," but inflicted upon them by society. And this is what "racial identity education" seeks to address and ultimately eliminate: educational mistreatment and differential treatment. Mr. Sowell, racial identity education DOES NOT seek to make excuses for not learning, but to give EVERY child, regardless of their race or gender, an EQUAL opportunity to do their best. It's not enough to tell Black kids to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and "do like the smart Asian kids do." We must encourage Black students to do their best without making belittling comparisons.