What's going on with our educational system? It's simple, we created and continue to perpetuate a caste system, based on skin color, sex, parental education level, and income. Our system is heavily biased towards rich white males. The 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Educaction Topeka, Kansas struck down racial segregation in our public schools. This ruling occurred 52 years ago, yet we have not been able to integrate with any significant positive results.
Here are the facts - the SAT scores of 2005 college bound seniors:
1. Race - Whites 1068, Native Americans 982, Hispanics 923, African Americans 864.
2. Sex - Males 1051, Females 1009.
3 Highest level of parental education - No high school diploma 871, high school diploma 950, bachelor's degree 1063, graduate degree 1131.
4. Family income - less than $10K 884, $10-20K 906, $20-30K 937, $30-40K 967, $40-50K 996, $50-60K 1014, $60-70K 1026, $70-80K 1039, $80-100K 1063, more than $100K 1131.
Why do males score higher than females on the SAT? Why to kids score better, if their families earn more money? Why does race matter? Why do parents' educational backgrounds matter?
You see my point? We have a caste system, even 50 years after the courts ruled it unconstitutional.
Education drives income. Those who get educated make more money. Those who score higher on the SATs get into better colleges. Those who get into better colleges get better jobs. African Americans, Hispanics, and women are still way behind.
Are we making an honest attempt to teach women math? The evidence (504 for women and 538 for men) suggests not. Are we making an honest attempt to teach African Americans to be good scholars? The evidence (i.e., Washington D.C., a predominantly African American school district, ranks dead last in SAT scores) suggests not.
Why is the Texas school system performing so poorly (49th on verbal, 47th on math, and 48th overall, and just barely ahead of South Carolina, Georgia and D.C.)? Why is the Florida school system doing just as badly as Texas (45th on verbal, 49th on math, and 47th overall)? Why is Iowa the best (both in verbal and math)? And why are the top ten performing states all midwest states (Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Michigan)?
What does this all mean? Those school systems who are leaving their children behind, such as Texas, Florida, and D.C., will produce adults who will be left behind in terms of economic prosperity. Think about it! The midwest is putting a greater emphasis on education and will lead the nation in terms of economic prosperity. But perhaps the saddest fact is women and non-whites will continue to lag white males.
The American caste system continues to roll, without regard to laws and court rulings. America - wise up and let's educate every citizen! It's good for America and it's morally correct!
The Sacramento Executive.