Obama’s Executive Order To Make Inner City Schools
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has signed an executive order. He has set up a new bureaucracy.
This bureaucracy plans to make inner-city education so good that
whites will move back.
skeptical? O, ye of little faith!
order has this goal: to give black children top-flight public education,
which means non-flight education. Blacks who have been able to get
out of inner-city school districts have been fleeing for several
decades. This is what the President is trying to stop.
There is a
problem with his plan: public education. It has been declining visibly
for approximately 100 years, give or take a decade. The decline
has sped up over the last 50 years.
the decline has been a disaster. The inner-city schools have been
deliberately dumbed down as policy. Thomas Sowell has written on
several occasions about the all-black high school in Washington,
High School. From 1870 to 1955, it provided education as good
as any white districts program. (It was surely better than
mine, 1955-59.) It taught Latin. It taught advanced courses in science.
Its students went to college. Ralph Bunche was one of its graduates.
It was deliberately dumbed down half a century ago as a matter of
intends to smarten up the inner-city schools. How will he do this?
With a new bureaucracy.
order is a litany on the failure of tax-funded education in America.
Its hard to fault him on this. The problem is this: the federal
government has been laying down the law to school districts for
40 years. The schools have gotten worse. Dr. Charles Sykes
book has it right: Dumbing
Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves,
But Cant Read, Write, or Add.
Reagan vowed to shut down the Department of Education. Its budget
went up every year he was in office.
executive order is nothing short of messianic. It proposes to achieve
Initiative will help to restore the United States to its role
as the global leader in education; strengthen the Nation by improving
educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages; and help
ensure that African Americans receive a complete and competitive
education that prepares them for college, a satisfying career,
and productive citizenship. . . .
(4) In working
to fulfill its mission and objectives, the Initiative shall, consistent
with applicable law:
evidence-based best practices that can provide African American
students a rigorous and well-rounded education in safe and healthy
environments, as well as access to support services, which will
prepare them for college, a career, and civic participation;
a national network of individuals, organizations, and communities
to share and implement best practices related to the education
of African Americans, including those identified as most at risk;
ensure that Federal programs and initiatives administered by the
Department and other agencies are serving and meeting the educational
needs of African Americans, including by encouraging agencies
to incorporate best practices into appropriate discretionary programs
where permitted by law;
closely with the Executive Office of the President on key Administration
priorities related to the education of African Americans;
the participation of the African American community, including
institutions that serve that community, in the Departments
programs and in education-related programs at other agencies;
the officials of the Department and other agencies on issues related
to the educational attainment of African Americans;
the Secretary on the development, implementation, and coordination
of educational programs and initiatives at the Department and
other agencies that are designed to improve educational opportunities
and outcomes for African Americans of all ages; and
and develop partnerships with public, private, philanthropic,
and nonprofit stakeholders to improve African Americans
readiness for school, college, and career, as well as their college
persistence and completion. . . .
And how will
his executive order achieve all this? By providing lots of jobs
is established the Federal Interagency Working Group on Educational
Excellence for African Americans (Working Group), which shall
be convened and chaired by the Initiatives Executive Director
and that shall support the efforts of the Initiative described
in subsection (b) of this section.
Working Group shall consist of senior officials from the Department,
the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Department of Justice,
the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services,
the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and
such additional agencies and offices as the President may subsequently
designate. Senior officials shall be designated by the heads of
their respective agencies and offices.
The Initiatives Executive Director may establish subgroups
of the Working Group to focus on different aspects of the educational
system (such as early childhood education, K-12 education, higher
education (including HBCUs and PBIs), career and technical education,
adult education, or correctional education and reengagement) or
educational challenges facing particular populations of African
Americans (such as young men, disconnected or out-of-school youth,
individuals with disabilities, children identified as gifted and
talented, single-parent households, or adults already in the workforce).
The Department shall provide funding and administrative support
for the Initiative and the Working Group, to the extent permitted
by law and within existing appropriations. To the extent permitted
by law, other agencies and offices represented on the Working
Group may detail personnel to the Initiative, to assist the Department
in meeting the objectives of this order.
I can see the
progress! I can see the SAT scores rising! I can see hope restored
in inner cities!
And all this
from a man who never spent a day in an American tax-funded school.
Only in America!
Reading the executive order on www.whitehouse.gov
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