quote:there are plenty of black conservatives who want to eliminate AA...and neglect public schools by diverting money to voucher programs that are not able to serve the needs of all black kids
I am a supporter of Vouchers where necessary.
I am of the belief that all children should be have access to a quality education. If the government school system fails to provide such quality then I choose to look toward the PARENTS/STUDENTS best interests rather than protect the SCHOOL SYSTEM and their related teachers union.
On a recent trip to my hometown of Philly I couldn't help but notice the great number of CHARTER SCHOOLS that have started. These were created by concerned parents and educators who vowed to take the education of their children into their own hands after years of disappointment in WAITING for officials to get their act together all the while failing their children.
I have thus far visited 3 KIPP Academies in Atlanta to evaluate the job that they are doing. They are going into communities with a high concentration of poverty and underperformance in education and opening charter schools to provide the educational service and environment that these kids need. They extend the school day and require that the students and their parents buy into the rules of the school. Thus far KIPP has gotten results that the public schools in the area have not.
I refuse to make a blanket statement against charter schools and vouchers, towing the line of what some folks who claim to represent "Black interests" tell me I should believe when the evidence on the ground says otherwise.
In my view the folks who deny the obvious and have us WAIT in PUBLIC SCHOOLS for them to get their act together are just as harmful as the so-called Black Conservatives who are following their ideology rather than altering their views to the FACTS that are on the ground. Since there are more of these Progressive Fundementalists their harm is amplified.