October 16, 2012
NYT: We need to stop teaching high school algebra because black kids don’t get it
Why on earth are students in Finland, South Korea and Canada scoring higher on mathematics tests? Is it because these nations lack the same vibrant diversity that is found in American classrooms? (…)
American education isn’t in a state of crisis; our inability to be honest about intelligence differences between the racial groups creates a crisis because standards must be continually lowered to accommodate the abilities of blacks and Hispanic students.
To put as bluntly as possible: we are intentionally sabotaging our future by continuing to believe that all students have the innate ability to excel. They don’t. That more white kids will be proficient in algebra than black (and Hispanic) students doesn’t mean that the American education system is “racist” and doesn’t necessitate the abandonment of teaching mathematics in high school.