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    Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs: Changing the Structure of the High School to address Berkeley's Dismal Racial Achievement Gap!

    Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs

    The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High's School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.

    http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/be...nt?oid=1536705

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    Math scores of a few were the death of Sam Houston

    Officials with the Houston Independent School District say they tried to solve the problem — spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix it — but for five straight years, Sam Houston could not get a small group of black students to pass the state-mandated math exam.

    This year, only 29 percent of the black students at Sam Houston passed the math portion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Half the Hispanic students passed, which would have been just good enough to qualify for the state's acceptable rating, if not for the black students' passing rate.

    "In one sense, closing the whole school is a very heavy-handed response," said Ed Fuller, an education researcher at the University of Texas at Austin. "But then again, you have this five-year track record of poor math performance."

    Among Sam Houston's 2,500 or so students, only about 110 are black. Most of the others are Hispanic, and about 65 white students attend.

    Marina Mendoza, the president of the parent group at Sam Houston, said she was shocked to hear some people, who weren't aware of the problems with black students' scores, suggest the campus performed poorly because of illegal immigrants at the school.

    "I thought that was so unfair," said Mendoza, who has two children at the school. "We should never look at this as a racial problem. It's an educational problem."

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5824088.html

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    The proposal would trade labs seen as benefiting white students for resources to help struggling students.
    This is why segregated schools were such a success before Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. You are never going to raise (the average) Negro & Mestizo pupil to the level of the White pupil. And what about the White students who are taking advantage of & excelling in science courses? Longterm this will just make the schools rankings even worst because the White students affected by the eleimination of the science labs will transfer elsewhere.

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    The education system in many ways is unfair to white students and has a goal of separating them from one another in a multicultural society; whether it is because they often are placed next to immigrants to help improve the English language skills of those students, or placed into groups away from one another so as to conduce feelings of empathy and harmony among those of other races. The worst thing is how they are made to feel guilt and taught that if they don’t support multiculturalism (which they make out is just brilliant) they are an ignorant person.

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