Teachers in California may be required to take racial sensitivity training next year. The training would help close the "achievement gap" between students of different races; white and Asian students score higher on tests than their black and Latino classmates.
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Basically, they blame the racial divide on racism. While racial bias does exist, it doesn't explain the divide. For example, black immigrants don't have the same achievement lag. Even with a language barrier, the black immigrants are measurably more successful than their American born counterparts. If racism was the ultimate cause, why would it only effect the American born minorities? [John Stossel did a story on this. I'm looking for the reference.]
Children of all races in an intact two parent home do better academically. Fathers have a huge influence on academic achievement. It has been estimated that 70% of black children are born out of wedlock. That is a huge number. With the high divorce rate, very few of the 30% of children who are born into a two parent home, will spend their childhood in a household with both biological parents. That is a true disadvantage.
It is well documented that the disintegration of the family negatively influenced children. That is not to say that nobody should ever get divorced or the step-parents are bad. But, you can't get away form the data. Kay Hymowitz's does a good job of document this trend in her new book, Marriage and Caste in America. She postulates that marriage has become the great dividing line.
While I'll be the first to say that we need changes in our government run schools, racial sensitivity training for teachers is not going to make a positive difference.
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