This sounds racist to me: Oregon governor signs bill removing reading, writing, & math requirements for high school kids, to help ‘students of color’

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    • #439513
      jbnw
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      From https://on.rt.com/be80 :

      Oregon Governor Kate Brown quietly signed a bill last month that removed the requirement for graduating high school children in the state to be proficient in reading, writing, and math, in an effort to aid “students of color.”

      Brown signed Senate Bill 744 on July 14, but did not issue a press release or hold a ceremony to mark the occasion, instead opting to pass the bill into law as quietly as possible, according to the Oregonian. The bill also wasn’t entered into a legislative database until two weeks after its signing – an abnormality, as bills are typically entered on the same day.

      Though Brown was quiet about the bill, the governor’s deputy communications director, Charles Boyle, told the Oregonian that suspending the reading, writing, and math proficiency requirements would benefit “students of color” while the state comes up with a new set of “equitable” graduation standards.

      Until then, the suspension will apparently help those who are “Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, [or] Tribal.”

      To me, it sounds racist and says “Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, [or] Tribal” can’t learn as well as others.

      It’s late-breaking news as it was just recorded as law.

    • #439518
      GZeusH
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      YouTube has uploaded ‘Idiocracy’ for free (with commercials).

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      If you just got finessed into calling the medicine that won the 2015 Nobel Prize for its role in treating human disease ‘horse de-wormer’ then you need to sit the next couple of plays out.

    • #439527
      Babel 17
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      Creating a “separate but equal” school system that those who aren’t children of elites will attend. It’s woke racism, because white children of the 99% are also subjected to it, but the children of color whose parents are of the 1% aren’t subject to it.

      Now just look at the demographics of the 1%. 😉

      Like National Lampoon quoted in the 70s. “Black is beautiful, and Tan is grand, but White is the color of the big boss man.”

      *Biden gave a eulogy for Robert Byrd, praised Strom Thurmond when he was still an office holder, delivered a eulogy for him, and called both a mentor.

      Biden, like the Clintons, is a great friend to some Black politicians who are part of the 1%, and so he gets a pass on that

    • #439528
      Ohio Barbarian
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      To paraphrase Obama, not all folks need an education. Especially poor folks. Just shuffle them through, then complain the public schools aren’t doing their jobs, and demand more charter schools that the same Democrats are invested in.

      Right along with Betsy Devos.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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    • #439563
      NV Wino
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      Oy vey!

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
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    • #439583
      surrealAmerican
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      They are trying to put a positive spin on the poor progress made by students during the pandemic.

      • #439641
        Ohio Barbarian
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        The oligarchy, and many teachers for whom I no longer have any respect, are pushing this idea that online learning for children is just as good as in-person learning, which is a flat-out lie.

        The WSWS recently published a letter from a teacher claiming this. Of course, it doesn’t address the problem of whom the responsibility for education then falls on, which are unprepared parents and unqualified daycare center workers, neither of whom these teachers give a fuck about.

        For most students, they received virtually no education during the pandemic shutdowns. Pun intended. It was a wasted year. Now, they want to waste another one. Teachers who back this are sewing the seeds of their own unemployment, for the oligarchy will fully embrace getting rid of public schools in favor of for-profit, online education corporations.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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        • #439666
          jbnw
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          most received virtually no education during the pandemic shutdowns.

          My fiancee’s daughter had pretty much the same assignments in Ukraine, though obviously through book reading than in class, but maybe it wasn’t the same in the US. She sent questions and assignments through e-mail and text messages with regular communication with her teachers.

      • #439665
        jbnw
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        From https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9879959/Oregon-scraps-requirement-high-school-students-prove-proficiency-math-reading-writing.html :

        Kate Brown signed a bill late last month suspending the state’s ‘essential skills’ requirement for graduation for the next three years while its Department of Education seeks alternative graduation requirements.

        The bill extended a suspension of the requirements that was put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

        Proponents of the measure have said the state’s proficiency specifications hurt disadvantaged students, while opponents say suspending them lowers the state’s learning standards.

        So it was apparently already suspended, and is for three years, but not permanent.

        For me, it means that for the next few years any employer cannot rely on an Oregon high school graduate to have basic competencies.

    • #439668
      Scott Crowder
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      To white culture.
      There has been a push to reform the standards to reflect this.
      Like algorithms that are inherently racist, the requirements – many defined byvtextbooks written in by extremist Texans – are inherently designed to advantage white culture.
      The Oregon governor is trying to rectify that.

      • #439669
        Ohio Barbarian
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        Or white ones, for that matter. Any idiot can spell; they just need to learn how to use a dictionary. Basic math skills are needed in order to function in society. And fluency in standard American English is helpful in obtaining and keeping employment. I also don’t understand why elementary school students aren’t required to learn another language, like Spanish. That’s the best time to learn it. Plus, it broadens one’s horizons.

        Kids now are graduating from both public and private schools devoid of any of these basics. That should be unacceptable for all, and not some identity politics political position.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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    • #439689
      David the Gnome
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      Plenty who can’t – or could barely read, have graduated.  While I find reading to be one of the things I am most passionate about…. another is freedom of choice.

      Frankly, I don’t think requiring people to pass standardized tests is education.  It is memorization, moatly – and while that has its uses…

      Public education has been in terrible shape for a long time.  The schools many of us went to as children were, frankly, shit.  When you aren’t given the option of whether or not to learn something and are instead simply told that you must… It can be discouraging.

      Reading, writing and math are important, I think.  Still, not everyone can do them and some are simply unable to do so.  So should a diploma require all three?  Or could we perhaps reconsider various trade skills and/or skills that fit the individual students nature and talents?

      I spent many, many hours trying to understand algebra.  Couldn’t do it.  Just not in my wheelhouse – and the harder I tried the more it frustrated me.

      We all have different abilities.

      Perhaps the last years of high school could be better spent working towards individual strengths.  Apprenticeship could also be offered.

      But mandating learning certain skills that you don’t Want to learn and have no need of?  Eh…

       

      • #439856
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        Instead of teaching Applied Math, where you are taught a real world use for the problem. It makes a difference.
        When I was in grade and high school, all those x’s and y’s, other letters and brackets didn’t really make sense to me. Later in life, I taught a high school electronics course, heavy in math. It didn’t take long for what didn’t make sense before, to make real sense.
        Part of the course was explaining what each part of the problem, step by step, and how to arrive at the correct answer. Each problem was tied to examples of what the problem was used for in the real world. Complete with diagrams and charts. As appose to something to solve on a handout, without any explanation as to any actual use for it.

        We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
        The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
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      • #439915
        Ohio Barbarian
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        But there has to be some testing. And if you can’t read or do elementary math, you don’t deserve a high school diploma.

        As for algebra, that was the one course I flunked in high school. I went to summer school and got lucky by having an outstanding teacher. To this day, I’m not sure exactly what she did, but she did use real world examples and then one day I just intuitively understood it all and aced the final.

        It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

        You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      Snort McDork
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      And they are near the bottom of the educational ladder.

      No joke. Either 47th or 48th.

      I'm Snort McDork and I approved this message.

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