And this is why the Department of Education should be abolished:
America’s strength has always been a function of its diversity, so it is troubling to see North Carolina’s Wake County School Board taking steps to reverse a long-standing policy to promote racial diversity in its schools [“In N.C., a new battle on school integration,” front page, Jan. 12]. The board’s action has led to a complaint that has prompted an investigation by our Office for Civil Rights, but it should also prompt a conversation among educators, parents and students across America about our core values.
Those core values, embodied in our founding documents, subsequent amendments and court rulings, include equity and diversity in education and opportunity. In fact, on Monday we celebrate the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose movement for racial equality inspired a nation and brought us closer to the more perfect union envisioned by our founders.
In an increasingly diverse society like ours, racial isolation is not a positive outcome for children of any color or background. School is where children learn to appreciate, respect and collaborate with people different from themselves. I respectfully urge school boards across America to fully consider the consequences before taking such action. This is no time to go backward.
oooh, where to start. I don’t seem to recall reading about “equity and diversity in education and opportunity” in the founding documents, or subsequent amendments. Second, Arne Duncan has not managed to actually speak with the Wake County School board:
“I don’t know why he’s getting involved with Wake County without coming to question us in what we’re trying to do,” school board Chairman Ron Margiotta said Friday afternoon. “I think it’s a bit unfair that he hasn’t come in to question us on what our intentions are.”
And lastly, courtesy of the John Locke Foundation:
Wake County did not have a “long-standing policy to promote racial diversity.” It was a policy implemented for 10 years aimed at promoting “socioeconomic” diversity. Race-based busing is a no-no according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
What is going on is not about providing students in Wake County with a proper education. It’s about a political agenda, and political power, and that’s all. The current school board was popularly elected on a campaign of neighborhood schools. Nobody is trying to harm minorities in any way shape or form. The people of Wake County simply want to be able to come together as a community with local schools where parents can more easily be involved in their students education and extra curricular activities.
But, as I have said in the past:
2) Opponents of the Wake County school board attempts at reform keep calling it “re-segregation” or other synonyms thereof. They are the ones making it an issue of race. Not proponents of neighborhood schools. But by saying that ending the “socio-economic diversity” policy is “re-segregating” the schools, they have ADMITTED that they are, in fact, making school assignment decisions based on race. Which, as we have already discussed, is illegal.
What part of RACE BASED SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTS ARE ILLEGAL is so hard to understand?