Helping Blacks Graduate: Eliminate Science Labs
January 07, 2010, 03:32 PM
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The East Bay Express reported on December 23, 2009 that Berkeley High School is seriously considering a proposal to �eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students�.

The newspaper disclosed that the �proposal would trade labs seen as benefiting white students for resources to help struggling students�. In other words, science labs are not benefiting �struggling� black and Hispanic students so let’s close them down and redirect the funds to remedial programs.

The Express noted, �[t]he 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.

"Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous.�

Under the Obama administration’s �American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009�, California received $18.716 billion in additional education spending for Child Care Development, Head Start, the State Stabilization Fund, Title I for disadvantaged students, Special Education, Education Technology and the National School Lunch Program.

Since this isn`t clearly enough emergency aid, the recommendation is to close science labs because whites benefit at the expense of underprivileged minorities.

This is precisely the outcome that Michael Levin, author of Why Race Matters , had predicted a decade ago, namely one sinister way of �leveling� the education playing field for �disadvantaged� minorities is impeding the education of whites.

The answer to Berkeley’s education problem of not leaving �struggling� [black and Hispanic] students behind is to shelter them at the expense of white students who excel in science.