I came across an article this morning that almost gave me a minor heart attack. A Harvard study has revealed that:
“While 42 percent of white students were identified as proficient in math, only 11 percent of African American students, 15 percent of Hispanic students, and 16 percent of Native Americans were so identified. Fifty percent of students with an ethnic background from Asia and the Pacific Islands, however, were proficient in math. “
Yes, you read that right, only 11 out of every 100 black students is considered to be proficient in math. Similarly:
“In reading, 40 percent of white students and 41 percent of those from Asia and the Pacific Islands were identified as proficient. Only 13 percent of African American students, 5 percent of Hispanic students, and 18 percent of Native American students were so identified.”
These statistics made me think about the so called “standardized tests” that require proficiency in basic math and English. The SAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT—How are these tests considered to be a standardized measure if close to 90% of a racial population are not proficient in the subjects to begin with?
It’s alarming, and certainly not surprising that The average score on the reading part of the SAT was 429 for black students last year — 99 points behind the average for white students
Statistics like this are the reason I can boast of receiving multiple law school scholarship offers from US Law schools — before I even wrote the LSAT. Apparently, I am law school worthy because I checked a box that revealed my race. Highly ridiculous and almost comical!
When the standardized indicators are showing that a black student is less likely to succeed in College. The institutions are given QUOTAS to force them to admit black students. These quotas are not creating an equal playing field for black students, it is simply postponing failure – It’s a very bad, Band-Aid solution!
What happens after quotas make it “easier” for a black student to get into College? The colleges do not create special, easier classes for these black students. Professors do not give racial bonus marks to these students. What corrects this problem after quotas?
More importantly, If this is known, then why do we question dropout rates and eventual joblessness amongst black communities in the US? If 90% of the population starts off being less proficient in the two basic educational requirements to begin with.
It’s not rocket science. There is a problem and the US has no solution. How about that for a political debate?
How about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama reveal their LSAT scores and discuss why, without a quota, Barack may have never made it into Harvard law School.
I would like to recommend that the US find a solution to this issue before spending millions of US tax payer’s dollars in foreign aid exporting this “education” to less developed African Nations. Turning generations of subsistence farmers to aspiring doctors and lawyers when close to 90% never even have a chance to begin with.
I rest my case for another day…..