In giving President Obama an A+ for school reform ideas and for “getting it,” columnist Ruben Navarette Jr. charges that “edu-crats” ignore and insult low-income black parents, then blame them for not participating in that “hostile environment.”
It’s been my experience that many teachers don’t really care whether parents go to the PTA or help their kids with homework. They just want a constant foil, someone to blame when students flounder and the schools underperform.
Navarette taught the children of Mexican farm workers for nearly five years in a central California farm town.
Does he have a point?