National School Choice Week

The Fake Argument That School Choice Is Racist

Black education activist Chris Stewart is done with liberal falsehoods and conservative failure to deliver reform.

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"There isn't an issue facing Black people today that doesn't find its origins in K-12 education," writes Chris Stewart, CEO of the education nonprofit brightbeam and a prolific writer and podcaster, who publishes under the name "Citizen Stewart." "Without our own collective governance of our children's intellectual development, how can we win? Without Black self-determination in who teaches them, what they learn, where they learn, and how lessons are taught to them, what is the future of our freedom?"

As a result, the Minnesota-based Stewart supports backpack funding for K-12 education, in which local, state, and federal dollars go to individual students rather than to schools or districts. He also has no patience for critics of school choice who claim it's a stalking horse for segregation. The Duke historian Nancy Maclean advanced this argument in her controversial book, Democracy in Chains, as has the progressive education historian Diane Ravitch, who asserts that "the 'school choice' movement was created by white Southern governors who were fighting the Brown decision."

Calling such statements "factually inaccurate and historically inaccurate," Stewart notes that minority voters overwhelmingly support charter schools, vouchers, and other choice programs, usually at higher rates than white voters do.

A Christian and a libertarian, Stewart says that school lockdowns over the past year have forced parents to become more involved and attentive to their children's education and may well lead to an exodus from traditional public schools. In a wide-ranging conversation with Nick Gillespie, Stewart also talks about why he believes that the government shouldn't be in charge of curricula and why support for school choice will continue to grow despite efforts by teacher unions and education bureaucrats to maintain a failing status quo.

 

Narrated by Nick Gillespie. Edited by Austin Bragg and Regan Taylor.

Photo: VELVET FILM/Album/Newscom

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  1. “Black education activist Chris Stewart”

    sounds racist.

    1. “A Christian and a libertarian,”

      “”Without our own collective governance”

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    3. The only time that school choice and/or neighborhood schools would be feasible is if neighborhoods were very well integrated racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically.
      If neighborhoods are integrated, schools would be integrated as well.

      1. And we need integrated schools so the poor darkies can hang around us superior white people and learn how to act white instead of like animals. It’s the white man’s burden to civilize the savages as they have no agency but are merely helpless little children unable to help themselves.

      2. Well, there’s some question begging for ya. WTF does neighborhoods being very well integrated racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically have to do with school choice?

        1. Don’t you know that nothing works until all neighborhoods are uniformly gray? Except for that no neighborhood can be quite the right shade, because that would put racialists out of business, and that of course would be racist.

          Also, just note that while someone chooses which school your kid will go to, it’s not racist until the parents do it. When bureaucrats do it, it’s just a thing, but definitely not racist. Unless of course they aren’t prog bureaucrats, in which case they are obviously racists. It’s complicated, so just leave it to the proggies who understand these rules as they make them up or morph them as needed.

          1. Get a load of the Gentrifier over here

        2. Well, in the Utopian society he wants us to have (at bayonet-point for our own good), the perfect “integration” he envisions will have all races distributed by percentages into all neighborhoods, and a perfect mix of billionaires, homeless and all residences in between in every neighborhood. (I expect the people in charge of enforcing this unnatural distribution will, themselves, have to live somewhere less perfectly distributed. For reasons.

          And this will then make school choice…something. Feasible? Fair? Acceptably moral??

          It doesn’t look like lorem ipsum text but then you read it and it makes as much sense.

      3. School choice has to do with the quality of education, not some feel-good quota system that appeals to the SJWs but does little to benefit anyone. In many of poor urban communities, the Catholic church offers stellar educational opportunities, but only a handful of working class people can afford it, even with scholarships. School choice opens that option to more kids and allows the tax money that would be poured into a failing public educational system to go to the school that gives the child an actual education. As long as taxpayers are paying for a result, they should be entitled to get the best result for their money, don’t you think?

        1. Well, the most frightening thing about the charter schools is their result. They’re beating unionized government schools by a very large margin. And beating unionized government schools is racist, by definition. That is the new definition of racism, by Robin DiAngelo and dr. Ibram X Kendi.
          Freedom of choice is racist. Robin DiAngelo explicitly says that “meritocracy is racist” and that “individualism is racist”. Well, to quote from my favorite religious movie, “you’re all individuals”.

      4. Care to explain? Why would school choice not be feasible if the neighborhoods are not integrated? In NYC, the neighborhoods are not very integrated and yet charter schools beat the government schools (aka “public schools”) by a long shot.
        And yes, charter schools are racists if we consider union members a separate race. However, according to Merriam-Webster, union membership is not a racial characteristic.
        Furthermore, even if the school choice was promoted by the governors of the southern states, it still doesn’t prove that the school choice is racist. The argument that Thomas Jefferson was a slave owner doesn’t mean that the US constitution “promotes slavery” or is somehow racist. The accusation of being racist has worn out and is the most meaningless accusation there is. Having said that, you mapol are a racist.

        1. “However, according to Merriam-Webster, union membership is not a racial characteristic.”

          (Miriam Webster’s Select Committee for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s Special Task Force on Bending the Knee takes notes furiously.)

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  2. The Democrat Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the teachers’ unions. Mr. Stewart’s only allies in his fight are center-right voters. Perhaps he should encourage black voters to quit voting for Democrats, whose only interest in education is as a jobs program for teachers.

    1. Because in large cities, black voters are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party.

      You see, Democrats have a long, storied history of owning blacks…

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      2. And they have absolutely no intention of ever setting them free. So they make sure to start indoctrination early.

    2. Conservatives’ FAILURE to deliver reform!!1!! FAILURE! Where are you, conservative Chicagoans? Damned Republicans just sitting on their damned hands in California, NYC, Illinois! New Jersey!

      1. Both of them… even.

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    3. Public schools are also indoctrination centers and slave factories for The State.

    4. It’s more symbiotic than that, as, in addition to election time volunteering and propagandizing, the Dems can count on the production of mindless, obedient, logic-averse Democratic voters to then pander to.

      It rhymes. It’s like pottery.

  3. And as a typical libertarian, he has a to get a dig in at the Right even though Republicans have done what they could for school choice where they have the political power to do so. Democrats have done jack shit.

    1. I’d love to see a libertarian run for school board, campaigning solely on pointing out the cost per class.

      My district spends $21K per student, which works out to $315K – $525K per class (between 15 and 25 students). That ought to turn a few heads.

      1. I guarentee that I could personally provide a better education for cohort of 20 or so students 1 through 12 for the $5 million school districts would spend over that time. Probably 1/3 to 1/2 the people who read Reason could do the same.

        That includes meals if needed and most supplies. I would want to find some system to offer extracurricular activities with a larger pool of students

        Almost anything would be better than most major urban schoold.

        1. Yes, almost anything would be and you aren’t wrong. However, the system is far from the only thing wrong with child education in major urban schools. And whatever you think you’d do with education isn’t going to fix those issues. Nothing you do from the outside brings that kind of change.

        2. For fuck’s sake, I could afford to *build a new godsdamned building every year*, and still make a good salary, for half a million bucks.

      2. If they would just make the rich pay their fair share the schools would have plenty of money and get better results.

        Haha. Some idiots actually believe this.

        1. Yeah, as if the solution to drunken sailors spending all of our money is giving them more money to spend.

          1. Sure. You give the crew their pay, and, drunken sailors gonna drunken sailor, and they come back broke and hung over, except the ones that got arrested or beat down in an alley.

            So to FIX the problem, next time you (as Captain) are in port, you give them their wages AND throw in a double ration of good cocaine!!

            Problem solved.

    2. Explain to me, then, how a Democratic-leaning state under a Democratic governor was at the forefront of getting going with school choice. It’s not lost to me how this activist is from Minnesota, where he can see the direct benefits of late 1980s and early 1990s education reform that allowed full open enrollment in the public system statewide and within and between districts, with state matching funds for education — which in Minnesota are some of the best in the country, following the student to the school of their family’s choice.

      1. It is like OTC birth control. Democrats supported it right up until Republicans started coming around and now they are mostly against it. Also, teachers’ unions have gotten more hostile to it.

    3. No they have not. Look at the nonsense Tennessee Republicans tried to pull off. They passed voucher laws….but then made them only required in the two blue counties (Memphis and Nashville). When forced to side with the R’s or the D’s I will generally align with the R’s….but not when they act like children like the vouchers program. If its such a great program why not make it available to the red counties as well. I support school choice, vouchers, charter schools, etc…I do not support ridiculous billls like the one Tennessee Republicans tried to implement.

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  4. “Black education activist Chris Stewart is done with liberal falsehoods and conservative failure to deliver reform.”

    Surely, we’re not talking about the Department of Education under President Trump and Betsy DeVos. They did about everything that can or should be done within the proper boundaries of executive power. If you wanted to keep DeVos or someone like her in charge of the Department of Education, the solution wasn’t about what conservatives should do. It was about average people failing to vote to reelect President Trump.

    And am I correct in hearing you suggest that federal tax payers should be funding local schools for some reason? Paying for other people’s children is bad enough. Why should I be paying for other people’s children in other states–where I can’t vote to hold the local school board and city council responsible for how they spend my money?

    Oh, and apart from the federal discussion, where is the local school district overseen by conservatives that has failed to deliver reform?

    It sure as hell isn’t in Minneapolis. There hasn’t been any significant conservative participation in Minneapolis’ city council or school districts for 50 or 60 years! Accusing the conservatives of failing to reform the system in Minneapolis is ridiculous. They also failed to reform the school system on the planet Mars–another place where conservatives have never had any control or influence.

    If you don’t like the results of living under a one-party government in Minneapolis, there is no alternative to voting for some other party. And if the people there would rather suffer failing schools than vote for some other party’s candidates, then suffering for the consequences of their terrible choices is a necessary part of the solution. You’re supposed to learn from your mistakes.

    How do you avoid suffering the consequences of living under a one party government in Minneapolis without voting for a competing party? That only makes sense as a rhetorical question. How do you go swimming without getting wet? Why are you destroying yourselves? Why can’t you learn from your mistakes? These are all rhetorical questions that don’t really need to be answered at all. They just need to be understood.

    1. DC Charter Schools and the work Michele Rhee did in making reforms would be a counter point to your 1 party rule problem, so I do think you may need to answer that. I applaud Andrian Fenty and Michele Rhee’s work on school reform/choice despite them being democrats. They fought hard for the betterment of DC school children. They were drummed out of office though by the teachers unions, but their reforms are still around today and Charter schools in the district are extremely popular.

      1. What happened to Michelle Rhee?

        Wasn’t sent packing by the Democrats?

        “When Washington voters declined to give Mayor Adrian Fenty a chance at a second term in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, it rattled the education-reform world. Four years ago, Fenty carried every precinct in the city and was talked about alongside rising Democratic stars like Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., and a little-known Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. Now Fenty’s loss to city council chairman Vincent Gray leaves in doubt not only the status of Washington’s revolutionary school chancellor, Michelle Rhee, but also the national momentum for her brand of ambitious — and aggressive — education reform.

        http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2019395,00.html

        Rhee resigned after that election loss.

    2. Conservatives may have failed to deliver more reform because they weren’t in a position to do so. But they still failed to deliver more reform. Conservatives and libertarians need to figure out how to get the ears of blacks and people in Democrat ruled cities. I don’t know how that should or can happen, but pointing out what a bad job Democrats have done doesn’t seem to be working well.
      I feel like there has to be some way to connect with the urban Democrat voting groups. There is a lot that’s pretty socially conservative in black and immigrant cultures. And poorer people have a lot to gain from loosening regulations and educational reforms.

      1. Ultimately, people are responsible for the choices they make–and that means voters, too.

        If the voters won’t vote for anyone who isn’t a Democrat (or whatever the Democrats call themselves locally), then that’s the fault of the voters.

      2. Obstacle 1: Getting Democrats to stop spouting WHITE SUPREMACY!!!

        Good luck.

      3. <<"I feel like there has to be some way to connect with the urban Democrat voting groups. There is a lot that’s pretty socially conservative in black and immigrant cultures."

        Ultimately it doesn't matter how you "feel" about it. Pointing out 60 years of failure obviously hasn't been enough, but options are also limited when communities are significantly insulated and peer pressure regulated. It also obviously isn't enough to offer that socially conservative platform or the gains coming from loosening regulations and educational reforms, as these things have also been in the quiver. Your remaining choices seem to be offering a bigger helping of free shit, or just picking at the edges and hoping that a handful of people can start to virally chip at the edges.

        1. Clearly what I think or feel doesn’t matter much to what happens in the world.
          I do think that Republicans could do more to reach out to communities where they have no real presence. I could be wrong, but it seems like they have pretty much given up on inner cities. Democrats built up their control with years of work and organizing.

    3. Excellent points Ken.

      And after Democrats praised and defended BLM and Antifa rioters in Minneapolis all summer long, it appears that a majority of voters in Minnesota voted for Biden (who remained silent about BLM and Antifa riots until September, then mildly criticized all violence).

      But its not just in MN. A large majority of apparently clueless voters in WA and OR (and deep blue cities) also voted for more BLM and Antifa riots, more covid lockdowns, more mask mandates, more government regulations, and less school choice.

    4. Give in to your anger, Ken. Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you.

      1. You know Luke won, right?

      2. The “conservatives” have nothing to do with the problems of Minneapolis’ school districts regardless of anything having to do with me personally, and Trump’s Education department did about as much as they could have done for school choice–regardless of anything having to do with me personally.

        Am I to understand that you’re a product of public schooling?

        If you’d attended private schools, maybe they’d have taught a little something about critical thinking. You don’t seem to know the first thing. It’s never too late to start, and this is probably the perfect place for you to start–right at this link:

        Typically [ad hominem] refers to a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

        1. Now, look up non sequitur

          1. What do you mean by that? Care to be specific?

        2. I would like to point out that, absent creativity in any other area, the SJWs have at least created the “double logical fallacy”, as with the “projected ad hominem”.

          That’s where they not only spew accusations instead of addressing arguments, but the accusations are untrue, and are actually comprised of transgressions the SJW commits or has in their mind, whether admitted or realized, or not.

    5. Swim in liquid nitrogen? It’s a bit chilly but you won’t get wet

      1. Thinking about it as a rhetorical question probably makes more sense.

        You can make a sound using only one hand, but that probably isn’t what people are going for when they talk about the sound of one hand clapping.

    6. “And if the people there would rather suffer failing schools than vote for some other party’s candidates, then suffering for the consequences of their terrible choices is a necessary part of the solution. You’re supposed to learn from your mistakes.”

      Which is why the Democrats make sure not to teach children how to learn from their mistakes… so they’ll vote Democrat even when the Democrats fist fuck them every way on every day and twice on Sunday.

      1. There is a conflict of interest between government bureaucrats keeping their power over us and putting those bureaucrats in charge of teaching voters critical thinking skills.

        Talk about the fox guarding the hen house!

  5. “Black children must be taught by black teachers. Segregation works, and produces results for blacks. Black power!”

    “Ok …. so the white kids can go to this separate school then?”

    “RACIST!!”

    1. Their solution must be to make the black kids go to school double-shift, one class day to learn in a black environment (and, I’m guessing, be made to behave), and another class day to benefit from going to school with white kids.

      Must say, seems counterintuitive to me, but it will keep them from peacefully demonstrating how really badly they need the latest iPhone and collectible Nikes. Reparations, baby!

  6. It was white suburbanite women who killed school choice in Massachusetts. Thanks, Karen.

    1. And a good share of them had their own kids in private education, but are still damn good Democrats and voted on behalf of their inferiors.

      1. Having the kids in a good private school gives the parents the threat of enrolling them in Jacob Blake High if they don’t behave. Just a matter of having some parenting tools, since they can’t smack the kids, and are certainly not cruel enough to send them to school in off-brand clothes, or with some Android phone. *shudder*

  7. Too often Conservatives offer the mirage of “school choice” to minority parents as an excuse for not fixing problems in public schools. Many of these supposedly chosen schools are for profit institutions that are not properly vetted or over seen. The schools as well as the parents get to choose and students with disabilities, learning or discipline problems are either not “chosen” or quickly expelled. Parents should have a choice but it should be a real one. People of color often are the targets of these scams schools.

    Of course not all of the schools are equally guilty, Charter schools formed and control by the community have a better record than for profit schools. The Parochial schools have been educating minority populations, regardless of their religion for generations.

    Nor are all public schools equally deficient. Many of the more competative schools do a great job educating specific populations. The Bronx High School of Science has won more Westinghouse awards than most private schools. One size fits all education is a fallacy but this is what we expect of our public schools. Class size, parent envolvement and income levels all affect outcomes and need to be considered. Race is the least important characteristic of the student body.

    1. Well, we’ve been throwing more and more money at public schools for decades with the expressed intent of improving them and they seem only to have gotten worse. Perhaps it’s not a fixable problem (or a problem that is not politically approachable at the moment).
      Ideally I’d like to see everyone have good educational opportunities. But I really don’t have a problem with at least allowing those students with the intelligence and motivation to do well the opportunity to do so. Don’t hold back the smart kids because you can’t figure out what to do with the rest.

    2. If you think government schools aren’t for profit your retarded. The difference is Gov schools get profit by shilling to the dems, while private schools have to prove their worth. Profit v’s non profit is only how the different companies file taxes. The same is true for charities, hospitals, schools, etc

    3. The schools as well as the parents get to choose and students with disabilities, learning or discipline problems are either not “chosen” or quickly expelled. Parents should have a choice but it should be a real one. People of color often are the targets of these scams schools.

      This is not true, it’s just left wingers inventing their debate reality again. Debate reality is asserting any fact which helps their side in the debate regardless of whether it is true. Forever the anti-choice choice left has claimed charter success is only because they skim the best students and their motivation is racism. These claims are routinely debunked but never go away because leftists don’t care about the truth, only about the political outcome.

      1. Because, frankly, no matter how much money you throw at “special education” you’re not going to teach retards any useful amount of information. It’s state funded babysitting so the parents who got stuck with the factory rejects don’t have to put up with them all day. But it’s just not “fair” to not pretend that they aren’t simply “differently abled”, so we have to spend a ridiculous amount of taxpayer money on education cosplay for them.

        1. And there are a lot of people who aren’t retarded and still won’t learn much useful. 15% of the population has an IQ under 85. That’s pretty dumb. There is no real benefit in trying to force people like that to go through an academic education.

    4. “Too often Conservatives offer the mirage of “school choice” to minority parents as an excuse for not fixing problems in public schools.”

      Pop Quiz: What are the problems in public schools?

      Answer: Shitty fucking kids, and their shitty fucking parents inhabiting a shitty fucking city run by shitty fucking idiots, usually Democrats, for decades.

      The truth is that it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at public schools. Partisan civil servants, raised to spew the same pabulum they were force fed for years, are never going to extract the pearls of enlightenment from a massive, regurgitated sea of stupid.

      The truth is, education is not for everyone.

      1. The truism “You get what you pay for.” applies here. It works with “the homeless problem” almost perfectly. Seattle doubled their expenditures on “the homeless problem” (2005-2015? can’t remember the dates) and ended up with…double the number of homeless! At least they didn’t get shortchanged on the deal, and the connected pols got plenty of patronage jobs and grant money to throw around. (not shown: Picture of homeless person getting patronage job)

        Anyway, we keep paying for stupid in these cities, and we get more stupidity. Hard to quantify, but I’d bet the results are similar to Seattle’s investment in homelessness.,

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    7. Parents with kids in charter schools support them overwhelmingly while parents with kids in inner city schools feel abandoned.

      The thing about “school choice”, is that it actually is a choice, if it wasn’t performing parents would choose public schools.

    8. Fixing them, huh?
      Just a few minor tweaks should do it, and a few trillion more per year

      1. I said take 10% out of the current budget. They are spending plenty of money now to no effect.

  8. As with most issues, the devil is in the details.

    It is pretty much a given that the more parents are involved in their children’s education, the more successful those children will be later in life. Taking advantage of school choice requires at least some involvement & will portend well for the child’s chances at success.

    When school choice involves the choice between accredited schools with oversight, children will do well. Sometimes school choice is used as a cover for religious schools that do not maintain rigorous curriculum but are more focused on indoctrination of children in to a particular worldview. If you want your children to see the world through the same lens as yourself w/o consideration of alternatives, that might be fine but you had better make sure that they can manage the 3 R’s.

    The other issue with “school choice” is the tendency for private schools, charter schools & similar structures to have the ability to also choose. It is much easier to appear successful when you get to reject the students who you suspect will not be an asset to your organization. Public schools typically do not have this option. It can be a positive thing when a parent can choose their child’s school. It can be less positive when the schools get to choose their children.

    What becomes of the rejects?

    1. What becomes of the rejects?
      Many end up here.

    2. Funny that you would require the 3r for religious schools and not for Gove schools. If you look at place like Chicago, one of the few ways to get your kids a good education is to send them to catholic school. Even non catholics send their kids there because they all know the Chicago public school system is trash. If you peg the money to the student almost all of the Gov schools in Chicago would close within 3 years. They know this and that’s why they fight it

    3. What becomes of the rejects?

      They continue in the same schools you think best for everyone. It’s very strange these schools are good enough for everyone but not good enough for the kids who don’t get into charters.

      The other issue with “school choice” is the tendency for private schools, charter schools & similar structures to have the ability to also choose.

    4. “What becomes of the rejects?”

      They learn a trade.

    5. “What becomes of the rejects?”

      They become Democrat party operatives.

      1. “Ballot harvesters”, “paid Election volunteers”, “paid interns for in-office politicians” (not fatties), “activist organization liason”, “charitable organization liason”, “public advocacy coordinator” (rioter), etc. etc. etc.

        All you people who said those critical theory, race and gender studies degrees would be useless failed to see how such an “education” perfectly positions a young person to become a “change agent” for the Democratic Party…and pretty much nothing else. And so it has come to pass.

    6. What happens to the kids who can’t cut it in school now? The “rejects” already get very little out of school.
      I find the idea that kids who can succeed need to be stuck in school with a bunch of idiots who don’t want to be there because of some notion of fairness pretty awful. They don’t owe the dumb kids the benefit of their presence (if there is really any such effect).

  9. Under one system, your kid has a choice. Under another system, your kid gets a tether.

    The Powerball lotto was started by looking for a way to segregate races into sneering columns & frothing rows in response to measurements that the bus wasn’t tall enough to be thrown under.

  10. The argument that racism is a “problem” or of any significance is ab absurd contention; divorced from reality. Evidence? Our current Vice President is of African descent,and the 34th President was African American and won election and reelection by comfortable margins.
    So, what’s going on? This is the groundwork for when Kamala Harris’ installation as Emperor, and protests erupt over her her unconstitutional use power (e.g. the ‘prosecution of the 45th President, the “prosecution” of far right wing and White Supremist organizations) they’ll fall under the ‘domestic terrorista label) and other abuses of power.

    Opposition to Kamala Harris’s rule will earn you the label of racist or terrorist.

    If you think I’m paranoid, you don’t know of he record as S.F. Attorney General. This woman presents a danger to the Republic, and it’s not safe to turn your back to her, and I advise Joe the same amount circumspection, whenever he’s in the room alone with her, too.

  11. Schools with the lowest graduation rates, lowest rates of college bound students, and lowest future incomes tend to be schools that have the highest rates of fatherless children.

    While school choice is an important measure to improve failing and substandard public schools, having a mother and father at home is far more important for child development, educational success and improving society.

    When two thirds of students in any school are fatherless (as is the case in many/most black urban neighborhoods), nobody should expect schools to be successful.

    Unfortunately, Chris Stewart didn’t mention fathers, and Nick didn’t inquire (during the first half hour of this interview).

  12. I’ll use this opportunity to put out my libertarian-big government plan to reform education:
    Take 10% of the current education budget (cut mainly from adminstration) and give it to parents in an incentive based learning program. Not only give payments to the top 20% of the schools class, also make payments to students that gain 5-10% on reading and math assessment scores. But to make sure that the incentives are actual incentives make sure they aren’t paid for attendence, athletics, diversity, behavior, or any subjective criteria, only for percentiles in national standardized tests in reading and math.

    The main purpose of incentives to families is to motivate parents. A school district like Baltimore which spends over 16k per pupil, would mean if 50% of the students met incentives, would be over 3k per student available, even if 90% raised their scores 5% the cash payouts would be enough to motivate parents and students.

    It’s not ideal, but it’s better than keeping on flushing the cash down the same old rathole, to no discernable benefit.

    1. My plan is that local voters use the ballot box to drive candidates in the pockets of the teachers’ unions off of their city councils and out of their district school boards.

      Actually, that’s not just my plan. It’s the only way.

      1. That’s more effective than what they are doing now, but the primary problem with schools isn’t lousy teachers, it’s lousy parents, motivating the parents for a better outcome is the key. Since long term rewards doesn’t seem motivating enough, shorter term rewards for shorter term goals is what is needed.

      2. A big problem here is that school board elections are pretty low profile. We just had one of the largest elections in history, just shy of 75% participation. Now image the percentage for the average school board election. Teachers vote because they have an interest in the election, and then a few others. How many people will send money to the President, maybe their Congress persons. Now how many will financially support a school board candidate?

        You also need to get good candidates. I can tell you that the cut funding, school choice candidates often come off looking bad. If you trying to recruit from Q-Anon supporter for the school board your not going to be successful. You need sharp people with good ideas.

        Before you change school boards you need to change the paradigms.

  13. It seems to me that the word “racist” is now intended to be an insult, totally devoid of its original meaning. If someone doesn’t like you, they call you a racist. What it means is that they don’t like you, not that you are a racist. It doesn’t even get close to meaning is that they think you’re a racist. If you challenge the insulter to explain to you why they think that, you’re a racist.

    In fact, you’re a racist if you don’t think you’re a racist–doesn’t even matter whether you’re black, white, brown, green, or have three heads. You’re a racist if think you are a racist. And you’re a racist if you’re not sure. The word has lost its meaning.

    Reminds me of children in a schoolyard slinging meaningless words at one another, intending them to be insulting or hurtful. But these children are larger and have somehow managed to bluff members of the establishment, people in industry, etc. into caving in to their craziness. Until and unless those people–nominally the adults– stand up to them, we’re on an express train to recurrent nazism.

  14. “There isn’t an issue facing Black people today that doesn’t find its origins in K-12 education,”

    He pronounced “out of wedlock births” wrong.

    1. That not a problem for white though is it?

  15. The whole structure of government (they are not public) schools is imploding in on itself. The sooner the complete destruction the better for all kids, especially the less advantaged.

  16. You have to remember, neither democrat nor republican politicians want smart kids who grow up to be smart people…if they had a population of people who knew how to think the whole corrupt cesspool of a system would be upended.

    Just make ’em smart enough to fill out the forms and run the machines…

  17. The factual data proves that the
    K -12 public school educational outcomes have significantly declined over the past 40 years while the per student per costs have risen enormously. The largest driver of costs are teacher all in compensation. All taxpayers are overpaying for effective educational outcomes. Taxpayers fund a school district. This district is an investment in the students and community whether one has students attending the school or not. Why should taxpayers be forced to pay into funding a junk school? As a taxpayer I would happily assign my school taxes to a student or family who wanted to send their child to a school with proven better outcomes. Teacher unions push back on school choice and meritocracy and this enslaves the communities with the worst schools to generational student skill building weakness and failure.
    The teacher union resistances to school choice, merritocracy and not supporting the tax payer funding to follow the student is a root cause systemic racism.

  18. Forced integration has proven to be a dismal failure. Should be allowed to attend the school of YOUR choice! It’s called Freedom. Censorship will be the undoing of all Social Medias as well. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”. A Supreme Court Judge once said: “If we don’t allow Freedom of Speech, how will we know what the people are thinking?” The erosion of our freedoms must be stopped.

  19. “Stewart notes that minority voters overwhelmingly support charter schools, vouchers, and other choice programs, usually at higher rates than white voters do.”

    Support how? Not by voting for the party which is consistently pro-school-choice.

    There was a cartoon in the New Yorker where the lone woman in a boardroom had proposed some new company policy. The boss said, “that’s a good idea, maybe one of the men could suggest it.”

    It’s like that in the black community, except they say “that’s a good idea, maybe a Democrat could suggest it.”

    So they hope that some Democrats will get on the education-reform bandwagon – but if not, they’ll vote for the Democrat anyway.

    (Not true of everyone, but of enough to sway elections in many cases against school choice)

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  21. Part of the problem here is that the political party pushing school choice is seen by many as racist itself. This is true on both sides of the issue and many uncomfortable with minorities find a home in the Republican party. It should be noted that many in the Republican Party pushed for the invalidation of votes in large urban areas that have many minorities. This to keep a President seem by many including his supporters as racist.

    Want more minority support for school choice, get more minority support in general.

    1. So in summary, part of the problem is those evil racist Republicans. Got it.

      Get bent.

      1. The questions Republicans have to answer is what is more important. Pushing a set of ideas and principles or keep a subset of racist in your party happy. I think they are working too hard on the later.

  22. School choice is not a race issue, it is an educational issue. Both of my parents we public school teachers and I attended racially integrated and functional public schools. However, when I moved to Pittsburgh, the local school two blocks from our home was a disaster so we put our daughter in Catholic school – and I’m an atheist! Her education trumped my religious beliefs. Parents who want the best for their kids are not just white or black or Asian or Hispanic. Calling this a racist front is just the teachers’ union and their political allies trying to maintain their power at the expense of our children’s education.

  23. Two old, white ladies say it’s all about racism. How dare a black man tell them otherwise?

    The “woke” are a joke.

    1. /sarc If that’s not obvious enough.

      Except the last bit, the “woke” should all be rounded up and burned at the stake.

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