Who is to blame for “an education meltdown within the black community,” Walter Williams asks in the Washington Times. It’s not racial discrimination, he answers.
Where black education is the very worst, often the city mayor is black, the city council is black-dominated and often the school superintendent is black, as well as most of the principals and teachers. And Democrats have run the cities for decades.
. . . There’s enough blame for this sorry state of affairs for all participants to share: students who are hostile and alien to the education process, parents who don’t care, teachers who are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and administrators who sanction unwarranted promotions and fraudulent diplomas that attest a student has mastered 12th-grade material when in fact he hasn’t mastered sixth- or seventh-grade material.
. . . No one can solve the educational problems that black people confront except black people themselves.
Williams advocates vouchers or tuition tax credits to let as many black students as possible “escape from rotten schools.”