Literacy Gap Between Latino and White Toddlers Starts Early, Study Shows

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2015

Latino toddlers whose language comprehension is roughly similar to white peers at 9 months old fall significantly behind by the time they are 2, according to a study released Thursday.

The UC Berkeley study found that four-fifths of the nation’s Mexican American toddlers lagged three to five months behind whites in preliteracy skills, oral language and familiarity with print materials.

Although earlier studies have shown that Latino children are raised with emotional warmth and develop social skills on par with others when they enter kindergarten, the new research found they are not receiving sufficient language and literacy skills at home, said Bruce Fuller, a UC Berkeley professor of education and public policy and co-author of the study.

“For many Latinos, the home is a nurturing and supportive environment, but it’s not necessarily infused with rich language and cognitive challenges,” Fuller said. “Being warm and fuzzy may lead to well-behaved youngsters but it doesn’t necessarily advance a young child’s cognitive agility.”

Mothers of toddlers who fell behind were more likely to be foreign-born, low-income and less educated. They were also less likely to read to their children daily or give them as much praise and encouragement as those whose children kept pace with white peers.

The study found, for instance, that only 18% of Mexican American mothers who spoke Spanish at home read to their children daily, compared with 59% of white mothers. Among Mexican American mothers who spoke English at home, 28% read daily.

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The findings underscore the need for widespread parent education and renewal of federal funding for such programs as home visits to train families on effective parenting practices, Fuller said. Most funding is focused on preschool but “we’ve got to start earlier because “the disparities open up far sooner,” he said.

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  • superlloyd

    IQ. The truth that dare not speak it’s name.

    • Oil Can Harry

      I’m just Wilde about your word play.

    • APaige

      The truth must also be that since the gap starts at nine months old it can not be because of prenatal care or breastfeeding.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        No, it’s because White children are born into families that have more books in their homes. (No, seriously…!)

    • LHathaway

      Don’t Blacks and Hispanics both have the same low IQ’s? Since these two groups could not be more different from each other, and could not be further from related to one another (if one believes the out-of-Africa theory of human evolution) it sure seems an odd coincidence that both groups are equally dumb. Equally ignorant and racist. . . that I would be more likely to believe.

      • LexiconD1

        I don’t see them as being much different. Both have kids for the benefits they bring, don’t invest much in them (even if they ‘love’ them), and pretty much leave them to run feral.

      • journey

        The blacks are worse. Hispanics not too far behind. BUT, the big difference, the Hispanics work. And they do work hard. Here in CA, most of the construction is done by Hispanics, no choice. Never had anything stolen.

        • George Costanza

          They can work hard in there own country.

          • journey

            The ones from Mexico and Central America. Was in Barcelona once, now, those Hispanics are lazy. “Work” for 5 minutes, take a break 10-15.

        • JohnEngelman

          Civilization breeds people for intelligence. Hispanics are a hybrid race of American Indians, Europeans, and Negroes. They have more European ancestry than American Negroes. That is why they tend to be more intelligent. Nevertheless, their American Indian and Negro ancestry causes their average IQ’s to be lower than that of whites and Orientals.

          • journey

            “Civilization breeds people for intelligence.” You do mean nature? Civilization unfortunately the reverse. We (some of us are forced to) are tending to overly pander and cater to the lazy, anti-social, etc. as we all know and agreed on this website.

          • JohnEngelman

            I am describing the effect civilization has had since it began five thousand years ago in the Mid East. Men with the intelligence to become merchants, government officials, money lenders, scribes and so on became prosperous. Consequently they had more children who survived and reproduced than did laborers.

          • journey

            Nature plays a bigger part in the creation of civilization/culture. The quality of a society is determined by the intelligence/IQ level of its members. An advanced civilization develops when this
            IQ/intelligence reach a critical mass. The decline occurs when it is the reverse. Currently, Western civilization is at critical point of maintaining its gene pool from miscegenation due to misguided
            concepts regarding race and genetics. What is given by nature must be safeguarded and appreciated by man.

            Civilization in the Middle East (land between the Tigris and
            Euphrates) started more than 5,000 years ago, 38,000+ years ago. From there, these carriers of superior genetic material fanned out primarily going to Europe by the way of the Caspian
            Sea through Russia. Another path (through the Mediterranean) was taken by the ancient Greeks and the Minoans. These ancient Greeks consequently laid the foundation for Western civilization.

            The European civilization is 5,000 years old which was then
            spread to this country.

          • JohnEngelman

            Civilization began in Egypt and in what is now Iraq about five thousand years ago. The earliest civilization is the Mycenaean civilization of ancient Greece. It existed from 1600 to 1100 B.C.

          • journey

            Except technically, Egypt is not the cradle of civilization. Ancient Egypt benefitted greatly from the superior inhabitants of the land between the Tigris and Euphrates. They brought the arts, architecture, etc. to uplift it.

            The Tigris/Euphrates civilization is still buried under the sands of which archeologists know of.

            The Minoans are from Egypt. They consisted of superior families who migrated once Egypt was on the decline due to the invasion of blacks. Their civilization was twice destroyed by massive earthquakes.

          • There were already people there. The European genome runs from 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal.

          • journey

            The Netherlanders existed some 850,000 years ago prior to
            the peoples from the land between the Tigris and Euphrates. There are large gaps of knowledge of what transpired on this planet that modern man is missing. And this history is truly fascinating.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          The first generation does: Subsequent generations are seduced by the welfare state. 71% of all Hispanic immigrant households are on one or more forms of federal welfare payments.

      • BlueSonicStreak

        Hispanics have a mean IQ about half a standard deviation higher than blacks.

        But aside from that, their genetic relation to each other doesn’t matter.

        • LHathaway

          Ah, the map, showing why native Americans are so smart . . . If I didn’t know better, I would say this was 1980, and a black studies professor explaining how black genes have been ‘augmented by the value system of the sun’ and that ‘White people are ice people, dirty, dastardly, devious, diabolical folks’. Oh wait. . this is the White, and cheaply copied, version of it, ‘cold climates make those living in them more intelligent and more civilized’

          • BlueSonicStreak

            I always did like the Sun/Ice people thing. Afrocentric or not, I think the actual terms are quite pretty.

            I want to hear your explanation for the world-wide test results LHathaway, if you can manage to be lucid for the time it takes you to type it. Go on, I would like to hear your competing theory. I assume you have one, and I’m willing to hear it out.

          • LHathaway

            Is there a man of science who is not disputing the idea there is a racial hierarchy as pertains to IQ? Not many. In this case, I will simply side with the majority and with the accepted consensus.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            But you didn’t argue whether or not the gaps exist; you specifically challenged the proposed explanation that tropic environments don’t provide the pressures that result in people evolving higher IQs.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Your edit doesn’t even make sense. What are you suggesting, blacks are better at the social sciences? Anthropology was invented by whites. The fact that the first split in the world’s populations was between Africans and Eurasians was first observed by whites.

          • LHathaway

            What was the line, ‘he who controls the past controls the future’? I don’t believe anything an anthropologist has every said. Or will be making up in the future. Their utterances during the past 100 years or so seem to be leading to a world where we will have no future. There may be a bright future. We just won’t be in it.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            O…kay.

            No doubt anthropology has been corrupted as a field over the last several decades…but so has essentially every other field of study except possibly astrophysics and pure mathematics. The concept of anthropology – of understanding the human race – still has much to offer the world.

            I’m also still waiting on your answer to my question, brah. What do you think explains racial IQ differences? Culture? Diet? Crack cocaine? Blacks get dropped on dey heads as babies?

            I’m also genuinely curious to know why you’re here, as your own sense of the world only occasionally seems to float in sync with the site’s content. If you came here to debate in good faith, that would be cool with me. But that doesn’t seem to be what you’re here for. I’ve seen you complain about some of the scientific ideas generally accepted here, but then don’t follow through on your complaints. If you sincerely think people are wrong, explain why.

          • LHathaway

            I’ve given my opinion on the cause of racial IQ differences many times.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Oh. Well, my bad, I’ve only been around since August.

            No hints, huh? Guess I’ll keep an eye out for you to develop your ideas elsewhere in the comments.

          • It is mainly genetic. See Jensen, Rushton, transracial adoption, identical twins reared apart, ….

            Of course, if low IQ people then make a low IQ high crime environment, they manage to make it a bit worse.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            LOL, don’t tell me – tell him!

            But I was actually curious to know if he could state a reason why the “cold climates result in more environmental pressures to evolve higher IQ” idea is wrong. I guess he can’t.

        • 李冠毅

          I’ve been reading up on studies of Chinese IQ. That first map is incorrect. Despite the stereotype that East Asians have average IQs of 105-108, that isn’t necessarily true. China is actually a multiracial society; what is popularly known as “Han Chinese” is really an umbrella term to describe a genetically diverse group (much like the term “Jew”), and just like one would expect, different subsets of this group tend to perform differently: some Chinese provinces have average IQs of around 110, while some have average scores closer to that of Southeast Asian countries, around 90.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            That wouldn’t surprise me – European averages vary from region to region as well. An overall average IQ of 100 is rolling them together. Germans, for instance, have an average IQ of 107, if I’m not recalling that incorrectly.

            Are the more intelligent groups in your country populous enough to drag the overall average up?

          • 李冠毅

            I don’t think so, but conversely, I don’t think the less intelligent groups of the country is populous enough to drag the national average down, either. From most books I read on this topic, it seems that the majority of the population have average scores around 103, give or take a few points.

      • superlloyd

        No, they don’t. “Among white Americans, the average IQ, as of a decade or so ago, was 103. Among Asian-Americans, it was 106. Among Jewish Americans, it was 113. Among Latino Americans, it was 89. Among African-Americans, it was 85. Around the world, studies find the same general pattern: whites 100, East Asians 106, sub-Sarahan Africans 70.”

        Moreover, In a paper published in 2005 about the IQ in Mexico, Richard Lynn reported that white mexicans had an IQ of 98, mestizos mexicans had an IQ of 94 and Indian mexicans had an IQ of 83, explaining the lower than expected IQ of Indians on their poor nutrition and other social factors:

        Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices test was administered to a representative sample of 920 white, Mestizo and Native Mexican Indian children aged 7–10 years in Mexico. The mean IQs in relation to a British mean of 100 obtained from the 1979 British standardization sample and adjusted for the estimated subsequent increase were: 98·0 for whites, 94·3 for Mestizos and 83·3 for Native Mexican Indians.

        Your attempt to undermine IQ is wrong and rooted in bad data. QED.

        • LHathaway

          Even the most virulent of the racists claim IQ scores are at most 50% due to genetics or innate ability.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Heritability of IQ varies by age. It has been shown to rise to 0.8 by adulthood. Even people who AREN’T “virulent racists” may know that data.

            As for the rest, goodness only knows what you are blathering about. Old IQ tests were deeply biased, but we have not used those for decades now. Your IQ may correlate with how violent you are, but being convinced to behave in a more moral way does not raise your IQ. Where on earth do you get the idea that your IQ rises or lowers in response to your behaviour?

          • superlloyd

            Wrong again. This is what those ‘virulent racists’ at Wikipedia say. ”Estimates in the academic research of the heritability of IQ have varied from below 0.5 to a high of 0.9 (on a scale where 1.0 would signify that IQ is 100% inherited.) I A 1996 statement by the American Psychological Association gave about .45 for children and about .75 during and after adolescence. A 2004 meta-analysis of reports in Current Directions in Psychological Science gave an overall estimate of around .85 for 18-year-olds and older.”

            This is not evil history but peer reviewed, mainstream science. There is no contention about the average levels for all races only the cause. Blacks are always on the bottom. What you think is irrelevant as the data is already in and accepted by everyone even environmentalists like Flynn. There are 100 plus years of data on millions of samples from every country in the world. You have little room to manoeuvre as twin and adoption studies both converge on the view that IQ is at least 75% heritable. Nice try, though. LOL.

          • 李冠毅

            “…in the end, it will likely be understood East Asians are the most intelligent group on average”

            I don’t think so. Northeast Asian IQ is usually recorded in the range of 105-108. While its true that some Northern Han Chinese populations have recorded IQs of 110, Ashkenazi Jews are the race with the highest average IQ, at 112-115.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Hispanics are about half-way between nigros and humans…

  • Chip Carver

    Most latino children are far from well-behaved. Latrino kids run wild in the stores here in S. California, knocking things over, leaving toys on the floor, peeing on the lower shelves. Miniature versions of their parents who destroy whole neighborhoods by their presence.

    Mestizos and amerindians are stone-age cave peoples. Literally.

    • Oil Can Harry

      But if we only increase gov’t spending on them their (single) mothers will spend more time reading to them- even though many of these women can’t read at all.

      • LexiconD1

        Or have ever been to school, much less work.

    • I only have a phone that works as a phone, but for whites with cell phones that have cameras, please start taking video of the carnage left by Mexitoddlers and upload it to youtube. Some of the stuff I’ve seen the Mexitoddlers do in San Antonio is hilarious.

      • SentryattheGate

        What is the percentage of Latinos in San Antonio? Crime problems?

        • Officially, I think it’s 60 to 70 percent Mexiturd, but my eyes tell me that with the illegals counted, it’s 80 percent. Lots and lots of property crime, but Mexicans are not as bad as blacks with perpetrating violent crime. Bad enough though.

          • SentryattheGate

            Even Eric Holder’s Dept. of Justice admitted a few months ago, that over 50% of ALL US criminal cases are in the states bordering Mexico! And of the 13 gangs that worry the FBI most, 10 are Latino gangs! Man, oh, man—what can we do?

          • Samuel Hathaway

            LaVision, another Spanish weekly rag, is hand wringing over reports that there are 28 hate groups operating in Georgia. Of course, they were pointing out there are some alleged “neo-nazi” groups with a membership you could stuff into a phone booth.

          • SentryattheGate

            They’re probably using SPLC’s “hate” list, which includes about everybody who is not far left!

          • Samuel Hathaway

            You’re exactly right. The Poverty Pimps of the SPLC fed this garbage to LaVision in its most recent edition. LaVision mentioned the SPLC in the article.

          • Ike Eichenberg

            “pointing out there are some alleged “neo-nazi” groups with a membership you could stuff into a phone booth.”

            They say if you take three random members of a neo nazi/klan etc group two of them are working for the Federal Government.

          • archer

            Funny how they don’t mention the many thousands in “latino” gangs.

          • One guy joining six different conservative groups is how the libtards inflate their numbers.

      • Charles Martel

        Youtube likes to delete videos that don’t fit the narrative. The last white guy attacked by a pack of blacks on pubic transportation viral video has already been taken down.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          Post it back on there. When You tube deletes it, put it back.

          • Charles Martel

            Listen they even do a thing where if you engage in badthink when you comment you can see your comments when you are logged on but if you log off and clear cookies they will disappear as no one but you logged on can see them.

        • Sam

          They take such videos down when they generate too many “racist” comments, such as facts about the nature of negroes.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Yes, they are. I read this story over the summer: http://nypost.com/2014/05/24/son-finds-his-lost-mother-in-a-stone-age-tribe/

      There are none so blind as those who will not see. A very stupid Ivy League anthropologist married a very primitive Venezuelan tribe member he came across doing field research. He brought her home to Bryn Mawr. She bore him three children. They lived comfortably. She never learned to count. Couldn’t do it. The story is heartbreaking. He still feels great about himself. Sick.

      • APaige

        The men and women must go to the same hair salon. They have two types of haircuts, a ‘Moe’ (from the Three Stooges) and a ‘Pete Rose.’

      • LexiconD1

        Well he went full native…

        Kinda reaped what he sowed. Too bad for the kids.

      • Alden

        They went back to the jungle when the oldest was about 10 Husband filmed the whole thing They went back because the wife just couldn’t take it any more. She stayed in the jungle. She insisted husband take the kids back to the USA because the death rate for children is so high in the jungle
        There is a 15 years after show too when the oldest was 25
        He is miserable about his height, only 5’3. When he was in high school there was a school trip to a museum. There were pictures of his family. There was his mother naked except for a little something around her hips and in full tribal face paint.
        That tribe and many others only can grasp 1 and more.
        Mom’s tribe also has a big gang rape culture although they have no concept of rape.

        • IstvanIN

          Wow, I remember that story. I believe the woman went to live with her brother when she went back to the jungle.

          The Brazilian government passed a law a number of years ago to keep scientists from contacting the natives. The natives would be enthralled by the scientist’s shiny stuff and would eventually follow them out of the jungle. Natives do not fair well in the urban environment, becoming alcoholics and unemployed, they simply do not adjust, thus the law. If they happen to come out on their own, that is legal, but no more researchers contacting them.

      • BlueSonicStreak

        She was 13 when they consummated their marriage. MAYBE…since they gave her age at the time they met at “9 to 12” and who knows, maybe this tribe develops earlier?

        Jesus.

        • Katherine McChesney

          Jesus has NOTHING to do with it.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            When Christians become a tiny minority, you will no longer hear people use culturally Christian expressions like, “Jesus!” Will that make you happy, hmm?

            I have zero interest in your preaching. Go away.

    • Greg

      Same thing here in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Whatever catches their eye comes off the shelf and ends up on the floor. The parents act as though they see and hear nothing.

      • Ella

        Same here, I find a diaper in the cart or on a shelf somewhere that NEVER would have happen 25 yrs ago. To mention, there are empty toy containers or plainly stolen merchandise throughout the toy dept. Toys R Us has been hit the hardest with theft but can’t profile these special customers.

  • How original and clever, to have a study with “racial gap” and “Federal funding.”

  • Luca

    Generally, Latino parenting skills consist of giving in to their kids demands for junk food and colored sugar water. I can’t tell you how many times I see these spoiled brats running around a super market crying for candy, chips, fried pig skins and soda.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Have you ever been to one of those flea markets where mexican or central american vendors sell those “fruity-tasting, colored drinks” from those big clear, barrell looking things? Served up with a big soup ladel. Some of them actually bag up Cheetos in clear sandwich baggies to sell at their booth.

      • Spaniard in LA

        I only drink the horchata.

  • connorhus

    The findings underscore the need for widespread parent education and
    renewal of federal funding for such programs as home visits to train
    families on effective parenting practices, Fuller said. Most funding is
    focused on preschool but “we’ve got to start earlier because “the
    disparities open up far sooner,” he said.

    Yep always about giving the government more money for more programs to hire more minorities.

    • SentryattheGate

      Here we go again; have we not heard this same stuff for decades about blacks? And all the $$$$$ spent with zero results! All at the expense of our White kids! No wonder we keep sinking on the worldwide student achievement ratings.

      • journey

        It’s like a nightmare that just does not end. (The politicians do not know how and dare not end it). What a Great Society it all has been.

        • SentryattheGate

          It’s all part of a decades-long plan c/o the UN and the Insiders to bring down the West, because the West stands in the way of global governance/subjugation!

  • In the San Antonio barrio Goodwill the fat, tattooed, semi-illiterate Mexitard female cashiers on constantly on the intercom, screaming that parents must keep their children under control. it goes in one ear and out the other.

    You never see any of them in the book section of the store, where books are a dollar or less. While not as dumb as blacks, Mexicans are dumb enough. Between their love of the Spurs and their love of TV, they have no time to learn to read nor any desire to.

    • Jason Lewis

      Go Spurs Go

    • Tim

      At first I thought you were talking about What-A-Burger…. Funny that!!

    • I did community service for misdemeanors several times at the ARC thrift store. I normally worked the furniture section, which also meant straightening up the toy area. The (Mexican) kids like to play with the toys, and usually leave it looking like a hurricane hit the place. There was one sweet little girl who put everything back without even her mother telling her to do so. I mean EVERYTHING and not just the toys she was playing with.

      Of course she was white.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “The findings underscore the need for widespread parent education and renewal of federal funding for such programs as home visits to train families on effective parenting practices”

    Oh please. Every parent knows that you’re supposed to read to your children. Parents who neglect to read to their children don’t fail to do so because they’re unaware. They fail to read to their children either because they’re bad parents or they themselves can’t read a book written at a preschool level.

  • MekongDelta69

    It must be due to White ‘racism’ no doubt…

  • Jason Lewis

    These findings demonstrate the need for a new govenment program to address this problem. (sarcasm)

  • Samuel Hathaway

    One possible solution to the literacy gap.

    E-N-G-L-I-S-H

  • Alden

    This is just grant hustling The study wants the tax payers to set up centers so Hispanic Mothers can bring their babies so some dork social worker can make them read to the babies they probably want to send taxis and vans to pick up the Moms and babies

    Who in the world reads to a year old baby? How does the baby know if Mom is reading or talking? I’m aware of statistical sampling but the leap to 4/5 is just made up to support the begging for grants. I don’t believe 59 percent of White Mothers read to babies daily either.
    A few years ago liberals claimed Hispanic women didn’t know how to cook and feed their families. There were all sorts of programs to teach them. The grants for that program must have dried up so now the liberals are hustling for grants so they can make a living teaching babies to say goo goo instead of gah gah

    • Ella

      Most tots have infantile amnesia up to 2-4 yrs of age and won’t remember any stories. I did read to my babies, nursery rhymes and colour books. Babies need to hear language though but it does not have to be reading. Try singing, rhymes, and just plain mamma-daddy goo-ga talk. They will ask for college educated nannies next paid by the US tax payer.

    • Spikeygrrl

      EVERYONE with an IQ above room temp reads to his or her baby every day, beginning within its first few days of life.

      Were you raised by wolves?!

  • It says this study tracked 4550 children nationally from ages birth to 30 months.

    I did not know that just reading to a newborn child helped him or her learn how to read.

    I always thought that the secret to learning how to read was intense drilling in phonics at such a time in the child’s life when he or she is able to absorb that sort of knowledge.

    Using the same logic, we should spout the solutions to differential equations to newborn children, otherwise they’ll be bad at algebra in 7th or 8th or 9th grade.

  • IKUredux

    Biology is destiny. (Did I paraphrase someone?) Blacks and Hispanics are for the most part, stupid. PERIOD. No amount of money is going to change their dumb DNA.

  • journey

    Funny, where are the studies comparing whites to Asians? Guess it does not fit the narrative of the endless dipping into the white tax dollar trough. This will soon come to an abrupt halt as the whites are expected to be the minority in about 30 years.

    “Mothers of toddlers who fell behind were more likely to be foreign-born, low-income and less educated.” The latter part of the sentence actually describes a lot of the Asian immigrants in Chinatowns. Those Chinese kids are latch key kids. Their non speaking English parents are working long hours in sweat shops but yet the kids excel academically. One example is Lincoln Elementary School in Oakland Chinatown, CA.

    And, here’s a 2013 study that shows genetic plays a larger part than the environment, Strong Genetic Influence on a UK Nationwide Test of Educational Achievement at the End of Compulsory Education at Age 16, published by PLOS One. The appropriate raw genetic material has to be there in order to benefit from the environment.

  • Ella

    Maybe, they should reduce the number of children and space them apart so they have some time with the child and actually talk to them! Are these the people on cell phones at parks, drink and eat lots and ignore the kids?

    • John Smith

      Children do best with several years in between, at least from what I’ve read about maximizing the potential intelligence of each child, in addition to being breast-fed and enjoying proper nutrition and health care.

  • libertarian1234

    I want to see some studies that have to do with the Hispanic/black achievement gap, since Hispanics perform better than blacks and, as a group, average 4 to 5 points higher on I.Q. tests.
    Then I’d like to know what is being done to close this gap. Until the stats can show us there is no gap between blacks and Hispanics, academia needs to stop comparing blacks to whites. First things first.
    So let’s get on with the studies regarding the achievement gap between blacks and Hispanics.

    • journey

      You will never ever see those type of studies because the truth is already known. And, that type of truth is forbidden. We are made to believe blacks and Hispanics are more than able to hold up this country as an advanced society. We just need to pump endless money into educating blacks/Hispanics while still in the womb.

  • John Smith

    English or Spanish, I bet most of the mothers in the study are illiterate in both, which explains why most don’t read to the children.

    • HE2

      You nailed it, Mr. Smith. Mestizos send their kids to school with no English skills and demand they be taught in Mexican.

      • And then complain to be utterly surprised when those kids grow up to find low-paying, unskilled jobs as janitors, maids and landscaping workers. “It must be that magical ‘racism’ again!”

  • WR_the_realist

    Why federal funding? Tax the Californians. They vote solidly for Democrats, who favor all this illegal immigration.

    • Corporate taxes in California are already sky-high. The doofs who keep voting for that nonsense are blissfully unaware that this kills economic growth.

  • Hubbub

    By all means, more federal funding! Enough is never enough.

    • GAWZ

      ♫ “And when you ask them ‘how much should we give’, ooh they only answer ‘more more more’.”

      • journey

        Except this “more and more” is greatly depended on the critical mass of whites which has been manipulated to steadily decline so as to reach a magical utopia.

  • GAWZ

    “The UC Berkeley study found..”
    _______________
    Does anymore need be said? This is the same institution that wants the U.S. flag removed from it’s property. (Actually it’s our (taxpayer) property but an analogy would be that the Soviet Union was theoretically the property of the Soviet peoples).

  • Earl P. Holt III

    “Yu crackahs jus don unnerstan dat all dem blak menses has gots de potenshal to be a brane docter, but dem bees cheeted by all dose whyte womenses what scoldses him an embarrasses him in skool.

    Hell I’s gots a M.A. in Englash Competition, my own self.”

    • carriewhite64

      I burst into helpless laughter every time I see the phrase “brane docter.” I don’t know why, of all the clever labels people here use, I find that one so hysterically funny.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        You made my day. (There are far wittier guys around here, who have made me spit my coffee onto my keyboard or the screen many times…)

      • My own favorite is “rocket surgeon”.

        • carriewhite64

          Hahaha. That’s a good one, too. You may be too precise of a speller, though.

  • InAFreeCountry

    Well behaved youngsters? They let them yell and run around all over the place!

  • HE2

    By all means, turn the problem over to the nanny state organizers of but another social program.
    We know how effective such efforts have been. NOT.
    If an unmotivated, low IQ mestizo mother does not want to read to her kid, she will not, no matter who comes calling to “help.” Mestizo culture places no value on education, that is well known among educators in California.

  • How on earth would government funding convince a greaserita from Guatemala to get a copy of “The Wind in the Willows” or “The Chronicles of Prydain” and read it to her kids? Heck; she’s probably illiterate even in Spanish!