Obama’s New Education Initiative Gets A Failing Grade

July 31, 2012   |   Tags:

Last Thursday Obama issued yet another executive order. This one established a shiny new federal office that will pretend to help African Americans with their dismal record of school completion and achievement.

Flanked by Rev. Al Sharpton and other black leaders, the supreme ruler signed off on the White House Initiative On Educational Excellence ushering in another race specific initiative because blacks “disproportionately experience school discipline and referrals to special education” and their academic achievement “lags behind that of their domestic peers by an average of two grade levels, but also behind students in almost every other developed nation.”

It’s the typical governmental propaganda piece put forth by Democrats that implies there’s some institutionalized reason blacks cause trouble in school, fall behind or drop out — all at higher rates than non-black kids. Ultimately, it will have little or no effect on improving behavior, performance or graduation rates. But it will do what it was designed to do — hide the fact that until the black community demands more from itself than from Democrats and their policies, black youth will continue to struggle.

In a 2010 report, The Alliance for Excellent Education Editorial Projects in Education states that 31% of all high schools students ultimately drop out of school. Going further the reports notes that the drop out rates for Asians is 19%, Whites 23%, Hispanics 44% and Blacks 46%.

And Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, a noted educator and public speaker specializing in black studies puts forth in his book, Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate, that the black male high school drop out rate in some urban areas can climb as high as 70 percent.

How can this be?

Obama, black leaders and Democrats imply it’s the fault of schools and society.

Interestingly, Dr. Kunjufu notes that schools have students only 9% of the time from infancy to 18 years of age. Parents and the local community, on the other hand, have students far more than that. As a result, Dr. Kunjufu puts forth family upbringing plays a major role in the success of the student.

When was the last time you heard a politician within the Democrat party or a Democrat national black leader like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton proclaim a lack of personal and family accountability as a significant reason for why black kids drop out?

It’s likely you haven’t because Democrats can’t acknowledge personal responsibility. To do so would invalidate their political philosophy. Democrats don’t want healthy families and strong communities, they need victims. And the villain has to be racism or the school system or some other flavor of the month. It can’t be the deterioration of family values within the black community because it is the Democrats and their social policies that have laid waste to it.

Noted Libertarian Thomas Sowell wrote, “the black family, which had survived centuries of slavery and discrimination, began rapidly disintegrating in the liberal welfare state that subsidized unwed pregnancy and changed welfare from an emergency rescue to a way of life.”

Bvblackspin.com reported government statistics show 72% of babies born within the black community are to unwed mothers. This is a big problem because it is much easier for unwed couples to break-up, leaving a one parent household typically run by the mother. And as you might expect there are certain problems that result from children raised without both a mother and a father.

According to Children-ourinvestment.org, these include:
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes
85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.

These are ugly statistics — runaways, drug use, crime — clearly, a fatherless environment leads to extremely high percentages of personally destructive, anti-social or criminal behavior. Could it be that fatherless homes — not bias within our schools — is the source of the struggles for black youth? And if one insists on including systemic bias as a factor then that same person must also insist that fatherless homes be included as a factor.

Yet we hear no political speeches addressing the fatherless family crisis within the black community. Democrats want to raise taxes. The American citizens know this. We know they want more regulations on industry. We know these things because they are part of the national Democratic conversation. We know these things because Democrats want us to know them — these things are priorities.

It’s interesting that Democrats don’t discuss the outrageous number of fatherless homes within the black community with the same volume and vigor as taxes or healthcare. It’s interesting that Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other black leaders with a national voice don’t make speeches about fatherless homes or re-building the family unit within their community as often as they do about suffering social bias and racism. Why isn’t repairing the black family unit a part of the national Democratic conversation?

Obviously, it’s not a priority. If it was, we would know it.

The truth is, it never has been.

Obama’s ‘Initiative On Educational Excellence’ is nothing more than a hollow election year gesture designed to put a happy face on the Left. It won’t solve any problems because it doesn’t address any problems. It’s clear the supreme ruler feels the election slipping away and he thinks a new government office dedicated to black youths is going to help him keep blacks dedicated to him.

The black youth of this country doesn’t need more government agencies, nanny-state policies or education panels — they need fathers.

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