President Obama and the war on school discipline

Last night, I wrote about the civil rights movement’s epically misguided war against school disciplinary standards. Not surprisingly, as Mike McDaniel (a high school teacher) has shown, the Obama administration stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its base in this battle.

Eric Holder expressed his commitment to the cause in 2012, when he said:

We’ve often seen that students of color, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with special needs are disproportionately likely to be suspended or expelled. This is, quite simply, unacceptable. … These unnecessary and destructive policies must be changed.

Not long thereafter, President Obama signed an executive order creating something called the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Its mission is to “promote a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate disciplinary tools.”

Unfortunately, to the extent that black school children as a group receive a “disparate” quality of parenting (e.g., more parenting without a father, more parenting by an extremely young mother, more parenting by drug addicts), the only way to avoid disparities in school discipline is to stop meting out disciplinary action or to discipline white students based on standards more stringent than those applied to blacks.

This, it seems, is the Obama administration’s idea of a “positive school climate.” This, it seems, is Obama’s vision for America.

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