Windsor School Board Hears from Residents Who Support Equity Study

Nicole Perez, The Hartford Courant, June 18, 2013

Dozens of residents came to a school board meeting Tuesday night to support the controversial “equity and excellence review” that began in October.

Before the meeting, the Greater Hartford branch of the NAACP held a press conference to support of the review, which is being led by Marlon James from Loyola University Chicago.

{snip} James was commissioned to collect data to determine the underlying reasons for the achievement gap between white and minority students. James’ theory is that white teachers, who represent about 90 percent of educators, have an implicit bias that leads them to expect less from minority students. Teachers have hotly disputed that perception.

Opposition to the $300,000 study has become an issue in the town’s budget preparation. Two proposed budgets have been defeated at referendums, with some saying that anger at the equity study was a reason.

Loyala University Chicago announced last week that it was pulling out of the study, which was supposed to continue for two more years.

“As a university committed to social justice, we will not be affiliated with any political process resulting in diminished educational or employment opportunities for students and educators,” James wrote in a letter to the school board.

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It appeared Tuesday that most of the people attending the meeting supported the study, but some were critical. Many people stressed the need for a solution to the achievement gap, but suggested using local, free programs instead of a state-funded, $300,000 outside consultant.

“I hope that they go beyond the study and get into the total package of initiatives they have on the table,” said resident George Slate. “There has been no discussion of any other initiative besides the EER, and it’s a disservice to the town.”

State Rep. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, said Windsor has the nation’s worst academic gap between white and minority students.

“At least this town is willing to have discussion and put the facts on the table,” McCrory said. “I don’t think anyone should be upset about a study, because it’s a study, it’s not a mandate, it’s just a self-reflection of what’s going on in your education system.”

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  • Puggg

    James’ theory is that white teachers, who represent about 90 percent of
    educators, have an implicit bias that leads them to expect less from
    minority students.

    I have a relatively mundane and unexciting profession. Yet, many of my teachers told me that I could be anything I wanted. Yet for some reason, that wasn’t enough for me to become an astronaut. Did they not tell me that I could be anything I wanted loudly enough and often enough?

    • me

      Me, too! I blame my White teachers for not becoming a billionaire….even though I have all of this “White Privilege”.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    “James’ theory is that white teachers, who represent about 90 percent of
    educators, have an implicit bias that leads them to expect less from
    minority students.”
    Yet Asians magically do better in school than whites.

    • brengunn

      And blacks do less well in schools with black students and teachers. How does that compute?

      Occam’s razor would quickly point them in the right direction. The most obvious conclusion is never part of the debate. In any other field, the real answer would be both obvious and uncontroversial.

    • The__Bobster

      Waiting for Engelman to chime in with his Sinophilic blather, too.

      BTW, when I went to school, Asians did not “do better” despite studying twice as long as we did.

      • Paleoconn

        Same here. Bad geeks, with no social skills nor originality, to boot.

  • David Ashton

    How was this “study” formulated and tested?
    What sociological validity does it actually have?

    • vladdy1

      It’s being done by a black academic named Marlon.

  • bigone4u

    As a former academic I can testify that many of colleagues are prostitutes, willing to come up with whatever conclusion those paying the money want to hear. I suspect this professor is a Cultural Marxist and anti-white, so he really believes his own stinking pile of garbage. That achievement gap isn’t going to go away until geneticists can implant an intelligence gene in low IQ minorities. And all the money spent on “initiatives” is just government waste.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I’ll bet there is NO gap between Asian students, also minorities, and Whites…in fact, I’ll be willing to bet that the Asians excel beyond most Whites..

    Guess that’s racist too…

    But, then again, when you hire a consultant from Chicago, why would anyone expect a result other than that the gap between Whites and minorities (code for blacks) shows that minorities are discriminated by White teachers.

    Was minority attitude and behavior towards education considered? Bet not….

    • The__Bobster

      Not another one.

      Waiting for Engelman to chime in with his Sinophilic blather, too.

      BTW, when I went to school, Asians did not “do better” despite studying twice as long as we did.

  • APaige

    “underlying reasons for the achievement gap between white and minority students.’ Genetics and/or culture.

  • The__Bobster

    James was commissioned to collect data to determine the underlying reasons for the achievement gap between white and minority students.
    ____________

    Commissioned by whom? There always seems to be money available to study “the gap”.

    I’ll do the study for half that amount. Of course, you won’t like my answer. That’s why I’m only taking $150,000.

    • LaShaniqua

      I underbid you, Bobster. at $100k for the study – although I bet our answers would be remarkably similar . . . and obvious.

  • OhWow

    This guy is dead-on. I mean, clearly every black student is a regular Albert Einstein, it’s just that they are held back by racist white teachers who expect less of them. If only the white teachers weren’t racist, the black students would be our next great engineers, doctors, lawyers, and guys down on Wall Street!

  • Spartacus

    “I don’t think anyone should be upset about a study, because it’s a
    study, it’s not a mandate, it’s just a self-reflection of what’s going
    on in your education system.”

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    No. It’s just a waste of money, over something everyone already knows the answer too : Blacks have a lower intelligence than whites. It’s really that simple. As for a solution – Use that money you wanted to flush down the toilet on your idiotic study, and give it to blacks to who agree to sterilize themselves .