Clueless in Seattle

Valuing individualism and planning for the future no longer are listed as examples of racism on the Seattle Public Schools web site.

. . . Caprice Hollins, the district’s director of equity and race relations, said the site wasn’t intended to “develop an ‘us against them’ mind-set.”

But she may have stepped into a second controversy by saying the site also wasn’t intended “to hold onto unsuccessful concepts such as melting pot or colorblind mentality.”

A column by Andrew Coulson, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, put the heat on. I wrote about it here.

BTW, a Partnership for Learning poll shows most blacks and Hispanics in Washington state support using the state test as a graduation requirement. Sounds like they want their children to meet the same colorblind standards as others. They might even be thinking of the future.

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  1. director of equity and race relations

    I wonder how many teachers the district could hire if they didn’t have a director of equity and race relations?

  2. Oh Joanne, you’re just racist. Or something.

  3. Foobarista says:

    A classic quote in that Seattle PI report:

    “It did not have enough context for people not working on this issue, and it was poorly written”

    So, here’s an admission that only “professionals” could properly parse this stuff. It’s simply beyond the ken of mere mortals…

  4. Wayne Martin says:

    This was posted when the topic first made the news:

    > As a teacher in the Seattle Public Schools
    > what we are doing is actually talking,
    > discussing and learning about each other
    > and refusing to be in denial of the fact
    > that racism still exists in our culture
    > and its institutions. Not many school
    > districts are engaging stakeholders
    > in the work that I am proud to be a
    > part of. Before y’all cast stones at
    > us in Seattle, what are you doing to
    > dismantle the vestiges of hatred and
    > bigotry?

    Public education should be about providing children, and young adults, with the basic tools of literacy, and core values of our culture. “Dismantling the vestiges of hatred and bigotry” is not what most people think they are sending their children to a public school to learn about.

    The Federal Government has spent trillions since the early 1960s to create laws and “programs” to deal with this matter. The Federal Government (or the State Governments) is the appropriate place for this effort to be debated and appropriate action taken — in a public venue.

    One can only wonder what the Seattle School District would say if parents with tape records and CamCorders showed up to tape these class for public review.

    It might be interesting to sit in on a school board candidates “debate” to find out what isn’t being talked about in Seattle.

  5. Alex Bensky says:

    Asuming for the sake of argument that blacks aren’t attuned to planning ahead, wouldn’t it therefore be rational for employers to be averse to hiring blacks for jobs such as…well, almost every profression…that do require planning ahead?