State Says Too Many of Santa Cruz’s Black Students Are in Special Ed

J.M. Brown, Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 14, 2013

A year after the state sounded an alarm about the high number of black students receiving special education in Santa Cruz City Schools, the district has implemented a number of culturally responsive measures aimed at keeping more students in the general classroom.

The county’s second-largest district is trying to correct what leaders see as a systemic problem of over-identifying children in general–but especially students of color–as needing potentially stigmatizing and often expensive specialized instruction.


But in the absence of “research-based interventions”–such as small-group reading instruction and cultural competency training now in place for staff and teachers–too many students of color have been separated from peers, Munro said. Even if students benefit from the attention received through special education, early interventions are needed to avoid a label that can stick with students for years.

“In the past, a student was struggling, you try some things and then special ed might have been the only game in town,” said Helen Stuart, the district’s special education compliance coordinator.


In the 2011-2012 academic year, 38 percent of black students in Santa Cruz’s middle and high schools were in special education although black children make up just 2 percent of total students. Black residents also make up just 2 percent of the overall population of Santa Cruz.

The fact that 32 of 84 black students received special education led to the state Department of Education’s finding in September 2012 of “significant disproportionality.” That distinction requires the district to spend 15 percent of federal special education funding on strategies designed to address students’ learning difficulties early.

The state makes such findings when districts report high numbers of special education students within a student subgroup for three out of four consecutive years. Forty-nine districts in California, or about 5 percent of the total, are identified as significantly disproportionate in some way.


The district’s proportion of Latino students in special education is also out of balance, though it hasn’t yet triggered a state warning. Nineteen percent of Latino students, who in 2011-2012 made up 34 percent of all secondary students, were in special education.

In contrast, white children who comprised the largest slice of secondary students at 56 percent, represented just 12 percent of the special education population. Between 13 and 14 percent of Native Americans, Asians or children with multiple ethnic identities were in special education.

Setting ethnicity aside, the district has a high percentage of special education students in general. Fifteen percent of the 4,691 students in secondary schools received special education in 2011-12 as did 17 percent of the district’s 2,336 elementary students. The average of special education students in districts statewide is 11 percent.


“We need to revise the way we do gatekeeping to ensure only kids with learning disabilities are labeled as special education students,” Santa Cruz Superintendent Gary Bloom said. “Once they are designated as special education, we need to do a better job of exiting them and helping them catch up.”


A team made up of teachers, staff members, a principal and a psychologist assesses each special education student, and an individualized education plan is developed with input from parents. Services run the gamut of part-time speech therapy to full-time individual instruction.

But pushing intervention programs to keep children out of special education can be sensitive because of the potential concern among parents that the district isn’t granting special help to those who really need it. There is an inherent perception that money is a primary motivation.

The district spent nearly $8 million last year, or 12 percent of its general fund, on special education–costs the federal government are obligated to help underwrite but for years has failed to do so. Ironically, it’s also the federal government that requires states to monitor disproportionate special education within public school districts.


To address the imbalance, the district has initiated a program in elementary schools called “Walk to Read,” in which similarly skilled peers read together four times a week for a minimum of 40 minutes daily. Small-group reading is planned for middle and high schools, and after-school study or special technology also may be considered.


The district also hired Dr. Edward Fergus, deputy director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, to work with teachers and staff for two days in August on cultural responsiveness and related issues that contribute to significant disproportionality.

Eighty-three percent of the 245 teachers in Santa Cruz middle and high schools in 2011-2012 were white compared to 4 percent who were Latino and 0.8 percent who were black, according to state figures. The state does not provide statistics on the ethnicity of staff and administrators who also contribute to decision-making about special education.

Fergus, a former high school teacher who was identified as needing special education in middle school, said significant disproportionality has roots that go far beyond special education. Educators must question their general expectations for children with language or cultural differences.


For instance, Fergus said, teachers might encounter a student of color who is struggling with English comprehension and ask themselves, “Is this a language-development issue or a speech issue?”

And Fergus said it’s not unusual for politically progressive communities to grapple with inequity in education.

“What is unique in Santa Cruz is that there is great progressiveness around the environment and how to support local businesses,” he said. “But is there a level of progressiveness as it pertains to all of our kids? For some of our most marginalized population of kids, what do we expect them to achieve and how do we organize those expectations? Do we have the same expectation of college and career readiness for all our kids?”

Fergus said having a minority identity–ethnically and academically–can have a compounding effect on a child in special education and society as a whole.

“Your identity becomes outside the norm,” he said. “It helps to feed the insidious notion that there is something about the racial and ethnic minority that makes them less cognitively able. Even though practitioners are well-intentioned and in no way, shape or form are feeding that monster, it still lives within our society.”

Santa Cruz High Principal Karen Edmonds said teachers will benefit from working with Fergus and supports the new focus on culturally responsive curricula.


Edmonds, who is black and sent her twin sons through the district’s schools, has been involved in team decision-making for numerous special education cases during the past 20 years. At times, she said, she has thought there were ways students of color could have been helped without entering special education but did not intervene because students were likely to benefit from those individualized services.

But Santa Cruz resident Bethany Kientzel, who has degrees in early childhood education and counseling and psychology, believes if black students are over-identified for special education in Santa Cruz, it’s not because of cultural differences.

“They are not bringing cultural diversity to school,” where most students are white and Latino, she said. “They are assimilating into those groups.”

Kientzel, a single mother of a special-needs son who is biracial–black and white–and has a birth defect that affects his learning, said black students may appear over-identified for special education because too many children from other groups are denied services by the district.

“We are more politically correct and we don’t want to deny kids of color,” she said. “There are probably a huge amount of Caucasians who also need special education.”


A special education identification can’t happen without parent or guardian permission, though educators agree parental choice is not driving disproportionality in Santa Cruz.


Children are identified as needing special education in a variety of ways. Developmental disabilities make an obvious case for specialized instruction, but teachers and parents also observe more subtle differences over time, such as students falling two or more years behind the comprehension level expected for their grade level.

District officials say the majority of students are made eligible for special education in elementary school and a large number because of a speech or language impairment identification.

Although it is a common tool for identifying learning disabilities, California law prohibits administering IQ tests to black students for that purpose. It’s in the process of using other assessment techniques, district leaders acknowledge, that black students are disproportionately identified.


The following statistics for Santa Cruz middle and high schools are for the 2011-12 academic year:

Black students overall–2%–84 of 4,691
Black students in special education–38%–32 of 84
Latino students overall–34%–1,618 of 4,691
Latino students in special education–19%–302 of 1,618
White students overall–56%–2,628 of 4,691
White students in special education–12%–305 of 2,628
Overall students in special education–15%–682 of 4,691

SOURCES: California Department of Education and Santa Cruz City Schools

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  • T_Losan

    Hahaha, this is like wack-a-mole. Blacks can’t hack the scholastics so we create special programs (babysitters) for them. Then there are too many of them in special programs so they’re put back into regular classes. Then too many blacks fail standardized tests, so they change the tests.Life is harder to change than standardized tests though, and when blacks fail in life, it’s still our fault.

    Back to high school, they’ll be suspended and expelled disproportionately so teachers will be discouraged from writing them up. White families will flee from this insanity and the districts will demand large cash donations.

    All because white folks didn’t want to help the black man.

    • sbuffalonative

      I say it every day on AR. When it comes to blacks, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Give them what they want and then they complain about the outcome. Give them the ‘special help’ programs they demand and then they’re up in arms that too many of their kids are in special programs.

      When it comes to blacks, you can’t win or break even. It’s always a lose-lose outcome.

      • Brian

        The laws of thermodynamics explain why a perpetual-motion machine is impossible. Essentially you can’t win, and you can’t break even.

        What you are describing is the First Law of Afro-dynamics.

  • John Ulfsson

    But it just can’t be due to inherent differences. Quick, somebody phone up some sociologist think tanks to make some excuses!

  • Spartacus

    “Small-group reading is planned…”


    By the time I was 6, I could already read and write, both in my native language, and even in English. I didn’t need any “small-group reading” to teach me, I taught myself by watching TV and playing video games. I would like to take this opportunity to thank any divine force out there that may have had any impact on what race I would be born in for making me White, because I’d certainly feel like %*^& if I were a groid .

    • pcmustgo

      You learn reading and writing by READING… you either love it or you don’t. People who can’t spell well or write well obviously don’t read much.

    • dd121

      You forget: most negroes are too dumb to learn.

    • Your written English is excellent by any standard, particularly for a non-native.

      • Brian

        I just remembered a Chinese fellow I went to college with. He was brought to the US as a ten-year-old from Hong Kong. He learned how to speak English by watching cartoons (Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck especially), and all the John Wayne movies. I could understand him fine but he did say ‘what’s up’ and ‘pilgrim’ quite a bit.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I have heard the same thing from countless Europeans that speak flawless English like yourself, that they learned English by watching TV and playing video games. Meanwhile “american” blacks and mestizos watch the same amount of TV and play the same amount of video games and they are functionally illiterate in the English language.

  • mgs166

    “State Says Too Many of Santa Cruz’s Black Students are in Special Ed.”
    I agree. They should be in a Special-Special Ed program that is conducted far away from White students who have the ability and desire to learn.

    • sbuffalonative

      We used to have that. They were called segregated schools. Forcing blacks to compete with whites in the same schools only proved that the two groups were different. Their solution, integration, only made matters worse for blacks.

  • IstvanIN

    There are two reasons for all these kids in special ed:
    1) Funding.
    2) Blacks are dumb.

    • OlderWoman

      The second one is so true. I worked as the only white in a black corporation in the 90’s. The blacks were graduates from TSU where a degree isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Those were the dumbest people I’ve ever worked with. The company shut down in a year due to their mishandling of the federal grant monies they were given to start an addiction clinic for mothers and their children under five years of age.

      • pcmustgo

        I also once worked for a total affirmative action black owned fraud company,…. I worked for another one where he had a white wife that was only marginally less dysfunctional.

  • APaige

    “cultural competency” training for staff? I guess since they are not culturally competent in the attributes needed to succeed in a modern society we have to learn about their ‘culture’. Lesson 1: They have produced nothing of value in recorded history
    Lesson 2: They are violent, rude, respectful, loud, obnoxious, lazy, and have a low I.Q.
    Lesson 3: Do not tell anyone about 1 and 2. Good Luck.

    • sbuffalonative

      “Cultural competency” training is the bone they throw at black critics. Blacks KNOW it’s not their kids fault that they fail so it HAS to be ‘racist’ teachers who REFUSE to respect black children and teach them properly.

      I feel bad for teachers. Most of them are naive and simply want to teach. Then they’re faced with the color of reality in the classroom. They’re blamed for the failure of these kids and given no support. Then they’re forced to take ‘cultural competency’ training when they know they’re not the problem.

      Then they get caught up in the spiral that more money for more programs will solve the problems when no amount of money can change genetic outcomes.

  • Actually 38% probably isn’t a high enough percentage. The latino rate is probably correct.

  • Luca

    Poor blacks, they have such poor luck. They are always the victims of something. No matter how hard they try, they are always disproportionately represented: in Special Ed, as dropouts, as drug users, as poverty victims, as murderers, as rapists, as convicts, as victims of STD’s, as unemployed, as criminals, with illegitimacy and coming from single-parent homes.

    And yet on the other hand they are under-represented : as college graduates, as doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, benefactors, pilots, inventors, fashion models, scientists, mathematicians, firefighters, police, skilled tradesman, etc.

    My goodness, the entire universe is against them. Except of course for for pro sports and the music industry.

    On the bright side, their misfortune keeps the race hustling, liberal-media industry healthy with endless stories of their victimhood.

    • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

      You left out craft need brewers!

      • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

        Beer beer brewers

  • Santa Cruz, California is one of the most anti-racist places on Earth. If they can’t make black kids equal, then it can’t be done.

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    When an educational institution cannot comprehend the bell curve, there is no hope.

    • sbuffalonative

      They know it. They’re just intent on proving it wrong which can’t be done. ‘Progressive’ liberals will forever be chasing that ‘magic bullet’ that will make everyone equal. Luckily for them (bad for us) they can blame ‘institutional racism’ and never have to face reality.

      • Libs are We Todd Ed

        I’m not sure I would agree that they know it.

        Many progressives delude themselves into believing what they want to believe, it is why they do not tolerate dissenting opinion. Many followers have never heard a dissenting opinion due to this fact.

        It is easily possible to earn a PhD in education without ever being exposed to any accurate or dissenting information on IQ and race.

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    Geez, now the blacks are an overserved community, and they still complain. It’s like Oprah and the handbag store. The clerk is racist because she doesn’t show Oprah the most expensive bag. If she had sold Oprah the most expensive bag, she would be racist because she exploited Oprah, selling her the most expensive handbag when there were cheaper equivalents available. YT can’t win.

    • Brian

      And if you move into the city you’re ‘gentrifying’ and displacing the black man by driving up rents. If you leave the city you’re engaging in ‘white flight’ and sucking capital and resources out, leaving Dontavious to fend for himself.

      • Stentorian_Commentator

        Good point. It’s just another way the left has set up verbal kill zones for whitey, like “only whites can be racist.” Prepped in advance and the people who use them are trained in their use. No wonder the college kids get whipped so easily.

        • Brian

          I was lucky to escape that kind of college indoctrination– engineering school is a wonderful thing. The circuit, computer program, equation, chemical compound, bridge, engine, and nuclear reactor care nothing about anyone’s bleeding heart, fuzzy-minded feelings, or propaganda. There is only what works, and what doesn’t. Engineers tend to be ‘members of the reality-based community’.

  • Jefferson

    I have been to Santa Cruz many times for the amusement park at the boardwalk. The majority of Whites in that town are a lost cause, most of them are basically Tim Wise and Chris Matthews clones when it comes to how they view Blacks.

    The last time I was there, I saw a group of SWPL hipsters protesting the Zimmerman verdict while wearing justice for Saint Skittles t-shirts.

    • RisingReich

      Which is why this ‘Country’ isn’t going to make it.
      The divide grows every day, every minute, every hour between those of us who ‘unplugged’ and those who are SO invested in this ‘culture’ they would likely die to protect the lie they believe is truth.

      Very sad, really.

      • Ella

        I think you’ll start seeing White flight toward Canadian borders and others return back to Europe, which has less minority population than USA has.

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    When broken down by race and family income:
    The highest achieving group of blacks taking the SAT score 981.
    The lowest achieving group of Whites taking the SAT score 978.

    Pic courtesy the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

    • Luca

      Aside from Affirmative Action, I am willing to bet that as the SAT score and income levels increase, so does the amount of White DNA.

      • Libs are We Todd Ed

        I would be shocked if that were not the case.

        • Guest

          Years of education definitely correlates to lightness of skin tone among blacks…6 months extra schooling per quartile of skin tone. Lightest 1/4 has 1.5 years more school than the darkest 1/4.

    • willbest

      Test is clearly raciss

    • Sick of it

      I should use this chart to obtain a position paying over $200,000…

  • RisingReich

    Hello??? You CAN’T fix STUPID. No fixing an IQ of room temp. NOTHING anyone can do about that.

  • Dave4088

    Somehow I always knew that blacks and mestizos were “special”.

  • willbest

    This confuses me because I thought Blacks getting a disproportionate share of taxpayer money was considered a good thing.

  • Romulus

    Blah,blah,blah! You can’t fix stupid! Here’s your sign! My eyes started to glaze over almost at the midway point. I considered giving a more astute analysis and then realized social awareness and logic are lost on the lunatics in the blackhouse, media and academia.

  • MBlanc46

    Apparently an average IQ of 87 is not considered a learning disability.

    • Libs are We Todd Ed

      That’s just keeping it real.

  • odious liberal

    Special Ed is the only hope blacks have if they expect to compete with beaners for minimum wage jobs. Mainstreaming them is a heartless criminal act.

  • WASP

    Too much time and money is spent on trying to educate the uneducable.

  • dd121

    These leftists are so evil this can end only in their destruction or theirs.

  • Rhialto

    I am puzzled. The Liberal position is that all races have equal mental capacities, and that Black mental deficiencies are due to White racism. If this is the situation, more Black than White students will require “special” handling in schools, and this will be the situation until Whites cease being racist.

    Why then are the Liberals demanding that fewer Blacks be placed in “special” classes? It is not that the Black students are genetically less intelligent, only that their mental capacities have been suppressed.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    The article fails to mention that blacks want their kids in special ed because it is step toward getting approved for SSI. I was in Santa Cruz last year. It was s heavenly white place. There’s a beautiful beach with a nice old style beach amusement.park with a classic wood roller coaster all filled with white people and normal not gang banging Hispanics. I really enjoyed my day there. It reminded me of being a kid in 60 and 70s in MA when you could go to beach and amusement parks without running up against loud packs of blacks.

  • Evette Coutier

    I’ll getting tired of being societies scapegoat. Let’s blame the Asians and Jews for all the blacks claimed problems. It’s time they take their turn. Certainly, if diversity means sharing in all the benefits of America, then it should also include sharing all the drawbacks as well.

  • Ella

    Today, Special Ed is a dumping-ground for unruly minority kids who failed to adapt to the classroom. Many Hispanic students also fail to learn English, so they end up flunking their classes that include their native-speaking, Spanish course.

    • OlderWoman

      I see it every time a black in my building has it’s grandchildren over. These ‘children’ are thugs in the making. They run wild like savages. They have no manners. They bum money from Whites. They leave their trash wherever. They destroyed our furniture in the common room. They destroyed our garden area, pulling plants out of the ground.

      Life was so much better when blacks had their own neighborhood. Now it’s disgusting to see our beautiful previously white communities overrun by blacks.


    As you can see towards the end of the article they inform us that it is illegal to use IQ test on black students. Black people are the most pampered race in this entire country. One thing after another blacks have some form of special consideration granted to them by a society that is supposedly devoted to oppressing them. And still with all the unearned and undeserved advantages that are granted to them. From job preference, schooling preference, home loan and business loan preferences and tons and tons of others, they still can’t remove themselves from the bottom of the barrel. They truly are the most pathetic and sorry race this planet has ever had the misfortune of having to endure!

    • Jefferson

      I am sure the SPLC, the NAACP, and ACLU would also be against I.Q testing of Black students.


        Well, I certainly must agree with you on that one friend. Not only would they be against I.Q testing of black students. I think if they had their way they would make it illegal to judge people or discern their characteristics in anyway what so ever. Such as discerning from those who are good or bad, a criminal or not a criminal, smart from dumb, hard worker from lazy, the honest from the liars, the productive from unproductive and so on and so on. But why would they do that?

        Because they know that when people insist on judging others by the content of their character as we overwhelmingly do today, rather than the color of their skin. Blacks still, somehow always end up at the bottom of the pile. Crying out that they wanted to be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. Turned out to be a massive misstep for the black race due to their enormously overstated, and over inflated value of the black character.

        Now, after 50 years or so of judging by the content of ones character, they now want to be judged by the color of their skin. Which is what we see with all the Affirmative Action, and race quotas, the lowering of standards for schools and any and every profession they want in on. It’s all due to their realization that the real black character, just doesn’t match up to the Civil Rights hype they’ve been fed all their lives.

  • Juan Outtamany

    you can’t teach algebra to a tree stump

  • Brian

    “Once they are designated as special education, we need to do a better job of exiting them and helping them catch up.”

    Sounds like someone has a fundamental misunderstanding of how this works. Someone with an IQ of 70 does not ever ‘catch up’ and learn calculus.

  • Brian

    Kientzel, a single mother of a special-needs son who is biracial–black
    and white–and has a birth defect that affects his learning

    I rarely see so much poor judgment and failure crammed into a single sentence. Translation: She screwed a nig who didn’t marry her, and now has a mulatto retard who will always be a burden on the white taxpayer. Merry Christmas!

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    The average black in the US is around 20-25% already depending on which study you read.
    With the number of “entertainers” and athletes in the >$200k bracket it might be skewed, but needless to say IQ increases with European admixture.

    • Brian

      My sociology prof in college showed us a chart where American blacks were divided in quartiles based on skin color, and noted there wan an average half-year of extra education for each quartile toward light skin tone. So the lightest 1/4 of blacks have 1.5 years more education than the darkest 1/4. Fine so far. But then he went on to assume that this was proof of discrimination, not just from whites against darker blacks, but from blacks too, in the same way. It wasn’t til later I realized there was a more likely explanation for this trend… admixture correlating to IQ.

      • FormerlyEdNY

        I noticed many years ago that when it comes to blacks, the lighter the brighter, the darker the dumber.

        • Brian

          It’s especially noticeable around black history month when they trot out the top 100 black achievers, and you notice many of them are mulattos or even quadroons, and some claimed to be white in their own lifetimes.

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    I was not aware that regression to the mean caused hardships among any group.

    Among intelligent Whites (or any other group), regression to the mean is the mean of your ancestors, if your ancestors have a 120 average IQ your kids are unlikely to have a less than a 120 IQ.

    If you were gifted beyond your genetic ancestry, then yes your offspring may not be as fortunate. But it is rare for people to be gifted far above their genetic ancestry, so regression to the mean IQ is not a factor for most people.

  • Allan477

    Culturally responsive curricula=nothing above a fourth-grade reading level.

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    Same reason we have chimpanzees, they fill a niche in the environment.

    We know when you take a chimpanzee out of his niche he flings poo and rips your face off, that is why we do not turn them loose in society.

    Unfortunately, as a society, we have not yet recognized that when you take homo africanus out of it’s niche it causes similar problems.

  • OlderWoman


  • rogerinflorida

    They don’t need white DNA, they have Govt. jobs.

    • Jefferson

      Yup I have seen plenty of dark as midnight Bantus with high paying government jobs.

  • MarcB1969

    Just keep them in the same class as the normal students and let them flounder along or drop out. No skin off my back.

    • The problem with that approach is that they will beat/rape/kill the genuine students if they are mainstreamed. I think just putting them in prison at age five would be better.

      • Brian

        Like MLK, I have a dream. A dream that one day we will have an armada of drones equipped with microphones and blow-guns loaded with Depo-Provera, and every time the mic picks up a ‘gnomesane’ wafting up from the ghetto below…pppffffftt. No kids for five years. The amount of multigenerational damage one coalburner can do is staggering.

  • I did my undergrad work there, and Santa Cruz is hopelessly liberal. If a bunch of well-meaning liberals put black and mestizo kids in Special Education classes, it is because they want to help them, and because the kids in question really are stupid.

  • Why not; we already have laws that prohibit assault, rape and murder, and these have worked miracles on blacks. When we next have Channon and Christopher over for drinks and a barbecue, and their kids play with Ariadne, I’ll mention that to them.

    • JohnEngelman

      The government should pass a law declaring that all the children are above average.

      • Puggg

        I have five acres of lakefront at Wobegon for sale. Are you interested?

  • Brian

    When reading the Old Testament you see a pattern of how the Israelites constantly fall into oppressing the widows and orphans, using false weights and measures, bearing false witness in court/perjury, and of course, idolatry. And God raises up a foreign oppressor like the Assyrians or Babylonians to slap some sense into them until they repent. I wonder what grave sin we whites have committed, to deserve this affliction? 😉 Verily I say unto thee, my patience is sorely vexed with the black plague.

  • Brian

    The image in my head is one of dumping cash from a B52 into the Grand Canyon.

  • Jefferson

    The wealthiest Black woman in the world has nowhere near 50 percent White DNA. When Oprah Winfrey took a DNA test, it was revealed that she is genetically over 90 percent Sub Saharan African.

    • Brian

      And? There are tall women and short men. The fact remains that on average, men are taller. Looking at the one person at the tippy-top doesn’t really tell you much.

      • Jefferson

        And the fact remains that the wealthiest Black woman in the world is not some light skin Quadroon or Octoroon. The wealthiest Black woman in the world very much looks like a pure Sub Saharan in phenotype. Nobody would ever mistake Oprah Winfrey for being being Biracial.

        • Brian

          Yes, you made that point directly above. And I made the point that the exception does not disintegrate the rule.

  • Jefferson

    Yup, I don’t see Santa Cruz turning into Detroit anytime. Housing prices there are way out of reach for the vast majority of Blacks.

    • Mergatroyd

      Ask the uber-wealthy residents of Westchester Co., New York how they like “affordable housing” shoved down their throats by the fedgov.

  • Mergatroyd

    Not after HUD gets done with them and targets their zip code for diversity and inclusion.

  • Boris McGuffin

    Special education for a white child suffering from mental retardation should be considered standard education for most blacks.

  • IstvanIN

    Not all. I know a couple of special ed teachers who deal with truly “special” (retarded) kids. That being said there is much truth in your basic argument.

  • Libs are We Todd Ed

    I do not think you fully understand the concept of regression to the mean.
    It is a tendency, not a rule, it basically tells us that following an extreme random event, the next random event is less likely to be extreme.

    In your example if the parents come from families with an average IQ around 130 then having a 130 IQ would not be an extreme random event and their offspring will likely have a similar IQ.

    If the parents came from a family with an average 85 IQ and randomly had an extremely high IQ of 130, then regression to the mean is possible.

    • Brian

      The way I look at is that a family’s gene pool resembles a deck of cards, and some decks are loaded with extra aces or threes…varying deck qualities. But each baby still has to draw a hand from that deck, which could be better or worse than average. Given the quality of the decks for you and your spouse, if you both happened to draw good hands, your kids are probably going to draw worse hands, dropping toward the deck averages.

  • MBlanc46

    “That is, little DeShaun is a meal ticket for the whole house-hold and they get nervous when he starts doing too well on tests.”

    Fortunately, they seldom have to worry about that.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    I work at a Govt child welfare agency and know all the dirty underside of Govt benefits and the virtual indigent feral underclass.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    When I was in school, Blacks picked on fellow Blacks that studied, got good grades and tried to imrpove their station in life. The meanest of the lot were really rough on those who simply wanted to get ahead in life. The names used agains these good kids were ugly.