For the first time ever, I got me some hate mail. It was in response to my blog post the other day about Alabama on October 12th and re-segregation.
I’d copy and paste the message here but I think protocol would dictate that I remove all the profanity — and if I remove all the profanity from the email, there really would be any message left to copy and paste.
Let’s just say it was elegant, simple, direct and remarkably blunt. Truth be told, it was a model of concise writing. Though only 7 words, the message about who I was and what I should go do with myself was unmistakably clear.
(Good to see that in the land of the almost hyper-politically correct America in which we now reside, this gentleman from Alabama didn’t seem too worried about being nuanced or opinionated. Bravo, I say. Though I must admit, I don’t think I am limber enough to actually perform the act he instructed me to perform on myself.)
I can’t say I am all-together shocked by getting a bit of push-back from a few folks in Alabama based on what I wrote. However, when I see that some new NAEP test scores have just come out and point to an obvious and troubling racial achievement gap I realize that even if I was a bit harsh on the folks down South, it’s not just me who finds some of the by-products of racial disparity troubling.
As this article says…
While 4th grade scores among the nation’s white, black, Hispanic, and Asian students all have improved since 1990, they remained flat from 2007 to 2009. The gap separating black and white students’ scores, and that between Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, also stayed the same—a discrepancy that has not narrowed in recent testing cycles.
- Is gerry-mandering the school district zones going to help?
- Is America as a country better when certain racial groups out-perform other racial groups?
- Am I some sort of turncoat for raising the issue?
Students are apparently making some progress on the NAEP tests but, according to the folks who study this data, it’s not enough and the racial disparity is a troubling element which needs to be eradicated in order for our country to climb to the next level of scholastic achievement.
Yep, I got me some hate mail. All I can say is, though I tried to be fair, “Don’t shoot the messenger.”