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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Expert suggests putting all black students in IB

I don’t know anyone who cares more or knows more about Montgomery County public schools then Joseph Hawkins, a senior study director at the Westat research company.

 

He tried in 2000 to start a charter school in the county to challenge low-income minority kids. The Board of Education said no, concerned, among other things, that the charter’s plan to have all students in the International Baccalaureate diploma program was too strenuous.

 

Hawkins still wants more rigorous classes for the students least likely to be in them. In a recent post on the Rockville Patch blog, he suggested the following: At the eight county schools that offer IB classes, black students must go for the full IB diploma, which requires six three-to-five-hour exams and a 4,000-word research paper. His reasons are interesting.

 

As an adult, Hawkins wrote, he became friends with his middle school basketball coach, Skip Grant. They ran together. Hawkins asked Grant how to get faster.

 

“I thought he would give me some really complex training program,” Hawkins wrote, “but instead his advice was two words: ‘Train fast.’ In short, you can’t really improve your real race times unless you practice running faster.”

 

Hawkins is an expert on school statistics. He said he often thought of Grant’s advice when people asked him how schools can close achievement gaps “between their black and white students, their Latino and white students and their poor and rich students.”

 

“Now I know it sounds simple,” he wrote, “but to close gaps, schools must make the students who are behind (e.g., black students) run faster. And if they do not, then gaps remain.” He said he italicized the word “make” because “it does come down to a requirement. There is no negotiating excellence and better outcomes.”

 

In his e-mail exchanges with me, Hawkins usually has numbers to illustrate his point. In the Rockville Patch piece, he wrote that in 2011, there were 796 black seniors at the county’s eight IB high schools: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Einstein, Kennedy, Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Seneca Valley, Springbrook and Watkins Mill. Only 40 black seniors at those schools were candidates for the IB diploma, which is 5 percent.

 

“That is not even close to good enough,” he wrote.

 

Wouldn’t a rule that forced just black students to take the IB diploma be discriminatory? What about other groups? How does Hawkins respond to that?

Hawkins and the other charter school backers said making the IB diploma the ultimate goal would transform the usual easy-going, let’s-get-everybody-graduated atmosphere of the typical U.S. high school. With the IB diploma as the goal, “you might need five years of high school to make that happen for some, and that might include going to school six days a week and not five,” Hawkins said.

 

Advocates of that 2000 charter school dramatized their commitment to academics by saying the school would not have sports teams. School board members said that was ridiculous. Hawkins said that showed they did not understand what was needed to get kids to their full potential.

 

“We aren’t demanding enough from those who could use the IB diploma more than most,” Hawkins said.

 

“The black, Latino and perhaps [low-income] students in these eight schools must be challenged and much more expected and demanded from them academically. . . . Without this, we are fooling ourselves on eliminating achievement gaps.”

 

I think he is right. I also think no regular-enrollment school would ever do this. But I wonder whether we could revive that plan for a charter that demands the most from every student.

 

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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

Original Post

Do you want an International Baccalaureate education for your child?

 

http://www.rediff.com/getahead/2005/jan/24ib.htm

 

What is so difficult about a National Recommended Reading List?  It is like all suggested programs really involve creating jobs in the educational bureaucracy and none try to make use of many children's inherent desire to learn regardless of what the adults are doing.  Is the European concept of education really about CONTROL?

 

If a really good list was created parents and children would not be so dependent on experts and government.

 

Thinking as a Science (1916) by Henry Hazlitt
http://www.scribd.com/doc/1046...hinking-as-a-Science
http://librivox.org/thinking-a...ce-by-henry-hazlitt/

Omnilingual (Feb 1957) by H. Beam Piper
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/...pipers-qomnilingualq
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/308/omnilingual
http://librivox.org/omnilingual-by-h-beam-piper/

Badge of Infamy (Jun 1957) by Lester del Rey
http://librivox.org/badge-of-i...y-by-lester-del-rey/
http://www.booksshouldbefree.c...my-by-lester-del-rey

1957 was the year of Sputnik, but it was launched in October.  Both of these stories were published before the Sputnik launch.  It was not until 1958 that the van Allen belts were discovered and 1965 that a probe sent to Mars discovered that the planet had no magnetic field and only one percent of Earth's atmospheric pressure.  So this information changed our thinking about the chances of life developing on the planet and Mars stories from before 1965 would most likely have significant inaccuracies.  But these are both decent and interesting stories nonetheless.

But SF has changed since the 50s
http://www.imamu.edu.sa/Scient...CIENCE%20FICTION.pdf

The Fourth R (1959) by George O. Smith
http://www.digilibraries.com/e...118993/The_Fourth_R/

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  I agree with you my brotha regarding the assessibility of quality books to the public cuz that's the key.   And yes to answer your question:  there is a NEED to control HOW folks in the West thinks.  Just is.  And I would surfice to say in many of the things that have evolve our culture beyond even massa's expectations, education in ANY form  available to ALL people has given us the advantage over the East.  

 

So if we can close this gap of impropriety[sp] and RECOGNIZE the benefits of educating Americans equally then there will be an even greater possibility to KNOW exactly what is going in the universe in which we ALL live.  But can't do that if folks can't read or crtically think.  And I'll tell ya something else, just cuz some folks [students] may have the opportunity to be EXPOSED to a higher level of education doesn't MEAN those folks have the mentality capacity to embrace that education.  If that was the case and from where I stand, we should know MORE about our solar system and should have been orbiting and researching our planets closer with this high technology LONG LONG ago. Like umm  lemme see....30 or 40 years ago.   But!  We haven't.  Cuz of this stupid social status many keep thinking makes one better than the other. Racism and Caste integration.  I. E.  Crazy thinking.   America can be the paradise of knowledge....the bridge of gapping the unknown....but!  It's about MONEY and world power..not people's innate potential to emerge into excellence. And it is this perspective that has sabbotaged the East's ability to evolve from  a backward 7th century mindset that has hijacked its people intellectual development as well the West struggle to keep from regressing back into their familiar under development and lose its edge over other older cultures.  This is what I see.  But!  Just sayin  

Well ... I say GO FOR IT!!!    And see what happens ....

 

It's not like education - forced or not - is harmful to anyone.  And the biggest problem we seem to have is people who are not willing to TRY something NEW!!  

 

THINKING something will fail doesn't mean that it will.  Folks are WRONG all the time when it comes to thinking what we can and cannot do ... will or will not accomplish.  

 

Since those who THINK this won't work don't really know for sure (now do they?? ) ... why should their consideration be taken over those that think it WILL work??  

  You got that right my sista!  Folks are WRONG all the time.  So....I concur.  A little education new or different shouldn't HURT a bit.  But ya see...folks don't like change...even if it's not working.  They are comfortable with the familiar-which by the way is very very dangerous.  Cuz there's nothing like an ignorant person with a gun...but!

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