Berkley Ca. closing Science labs -too white

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  1. Tired old White

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    I cannot believe this. "Idiocray" is now.

    Berkeley High School is considering a controversial proposal to eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students.
    The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High's School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.
    Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous.
    Science teachers were understandably horrified by the proposal. "The majority of the science department believes that this major policy decision affecting the entire student body, the faculty, and the community has been made without any notification, without a hearing,"Â￾ said Mardi Sicular-Mertens, the senior member of Berkeley High School's science department, at last week's school board meeting.
    Sincular-Mertens, who has taught science at BHS for 24 years, said the possible cuts will impact her black students as well. She says there are twelve African-American males in her AP classes and that her four environmental science classes are 17.5 percent African American and 13.9 percent Latino. "As teachers, we are greatly saddened at the thought of losing the opportunity to help all of our students master the skills they need to find satisfaction and success in their education,"Â￾ she told the board
     
  2. Tom Iron

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    Tired old White,

    Yeah, I saw this. Don't worry though. There's no holding Whites back. Interestingly, a black guy, Flip Wilson (remember him) used to say, "what you see is what you got." Well, when you look at a black or spanish guy, what comes to mind? With me, all I see is a guy who can't do anything special. A guy who can become mediocre if he tries real hard, but never ever become excellent at anything he does. So if they give 90% of the money to minority education and only 10% to White education, Whites will continue to beat the brains out of all minorities every time. It's not just academia I'm talking about. It goes for the trades as well. If a White kid puts the effort in, he's worth his weight in gold. It's in everything under the sun, our superiority. The only thing holding our young White kids back is this massive propaganda barrage they have to live under.

    Don't lose hope. We'll find a way to beat these bums.

    Tom Iron...
     
  3. Liverlips

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    Asians are way overrepresented in AP classes and science type education. Given that their numbers are growing I wonder if/when they will rise up and fight for their kids.

    Or maybe white parents will grow some courage and start talking back to the black racists and white liberals who .... NAH ... just joking about white people standing up for their kids or their race.
     
  4. The Hock

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    Hey, got to close that achievement gap.

    They don't call it Berserkley for nothing.
     
  5. FootballDad

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    Sure, it's ridiculous, and annerving, but at least the decision is being made at the local level, where they can screw themselves, and appease their white-guilt sensibilities all they want without affecting another school or community. And seeing that it is in left-land Berkeley, I'll bet that the majority of the parents of the white kids affected are all for it, so that they can be seen as supporting diversity, and "leveling the playing field" for the "poor" minorities who have been "held down" by whitey all of these years. They're probably congratulating themselves for "taking it on the chin, like they so deserve".
     
  6. white is right

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    I don't get this one at all? Does Berkley have an under class ? It's one of the most yuppy areas of North America? What the Mexican maids children are living in the servants quarters and are bringing down the local high schools scores? Or are middle class stoner types bring down the scores? [​IMG]
     
  7. Tired old White

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    What concerns me is that I live in area with tri-modal achievement scores and I am afraid my local school board might arrive at the same solution.
     
  8. whiteCB

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    Hey now I was always a middle class stoner type bringing in the "higher" grades. LOL
     

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