Tucson has adopted racial/ethnic quotas for discipline, writes Heather Mac Donald on City Journal.
Schools that suspend or expel Hispanic and black students at higher rates than white students will now get a visit from a district “Equity Team” and will be expected to remedy those disparities by reducing their minority discipline rates.
Administrators say suspended students “lose valuable learning time,” widening the ethnic academic achievement gap.
Such thinking ignores the students who are not disrupting class or threatening teachers and who also lose valuable learning time when unruly or violent students remain in the classroom.
Mac Donald offers help for Tucson principals told to examine the “root causes” of disparate rates of suspension: “The root cause of disparate rates of suspension is disparate rates of bad behavior.”
What’s the root cause of bad behavior? Cherchez the absent father, Mac Donald suggests.