Let’s All Celebrate Our Differences By Pretending They Don’t Exist



Controversy! Controversy! We’ve gotta have a new one everyday, right? Well today’s Outrage Special comes to us from Woodford County High School here in Kentucky. A letter was apparently sent home to some families a few days ago that said: 
“Dear parent or guardian, On Thursday, 13th at 8:30, we will be calling all our African American students down to the cafeteria. Our recent data shows gaps in particular groups of students including: free/reduced lunch, Hispanic, and African American, so we are calling these students down to offer some additional forms of support to them.”
This made some parents upset so fingers were wagged, hands were wrung, heads were shook, angry emails were typed, apologies were issued and racially based assemblies were canceled. You know the drill by now. Of course the school should have known that anything anyone ever says pertaining to race will be deemed offensive. Literally anything. At this point you probably can’t even talk about running a race at a track meet without sparking a protest. 
Personally I’m mainly offended by the grammatical and structural errors in the note. I’m still trying to figure out what this means: “… particular groups of students including: free/reduced lunch”. So “reduced lunch” is a type of student now? Do you have Hannibal Lecter working over there or what? Also, how sad is it that mass letters home from school these days have to be addressed to “parent” in the singular form? Do you think this might be a reflection of the root cause of our educational difficulties in this country? No. No that can’t be the case. Kids don’t need Mom and Dad in the same house. This is modern society. We’re enlightened. Look around you. Can’t you see how brilliant and wise we all are? We’ve transcended the silly and restrictive biological parameters of yesteryear. 
As for the reason why most people are upset about this letter: I don’t get it. Are they offended at the assertion that, statistically, black students struggle more than white students in school? Or are they offended that the school had the gumption to point it out? Or are they offended that, despite the unavoidable reality of the situation, the school would take special steps to address it? 
It’s an absolute, 100 percent, solid, provable, demonstrable, nakedly evident fact that there is an “academic achievement gap” between black and white students. To be “offended” by someone talking about it is nothing if not cowardly, foolish and shortsighted. So I’m going to assume the offense was taken at the school’s attempt to solve the problem by giving specialized treatment to a particular group. Ok. So we’re against specialized treatment for particular groups now? Really? Awesome! Well I guess that means we’re saying buh-bye to Affirmative Action. Finally! Wait, no? Affirmative action isn’t offensive but this is, you say?
Damn it, I’m confused. If I didn’t know any better I’d say this country is chock-full of confused self-contradicting hypocrites. 
See, me, I tend to think that special PREFERENTIAL treatment for certain groups is offensive, racist and degrading to everyone involved, i.e. affirmative action, hate crime legislation, etc. But in school, specialized treatment is not preferential and not offensive but in fact the only way to effectively educate. The biggest problem with public school is that it requires all students to learn the SAME way, at the SAME pace, with the SAME tools, taking the SAME tests, on the SAME track, for the SAME goal of going to college. Same same same same. Despite those inspirational posters on the wall in the nurse’s office about how we’re all like snowflakes — different and unique — the fact is they want to shove everyone in one box as they ship you along the path they’ve predetermined for you, which is the same path they’ve predetermined for everyone else. 
The problem isn’t when schools try to teach kids differently, it’s when they don’t.  
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1 Response to Let’s All Celebrate Our Differences By Pretending They Don’t Exist

  1. WW says:

    Handicapped Parking Space Rant

    I am sick to death of self-righteous nannies giving me crusties or giving me the finger for using an unoccupied handicap space at off hours of the day to do something like drop off a letter or rent from a redbox.
    This morning at 7:00 am I go to a Redbox at King Soopers to quickly rent a movie and as I am leaving a super nanny is bugging his eyes out at me and shaking his head in disapproval. First of all there are approximately 20 handicapped spaces all in front of the store (WAY too many) none of which have a car in them except the one I am parked in.
    The other instance is when I am at a rural post office that has 2 handicapped spaces out of 6 total in a really small town that NO stoplights. It is 5:00 pm and I have to drop a letter into the government run snail mail repository 5 feet away from the spot (not sure why it is not a drive up but oh well). I take one of the two spots for a 3 second errand to walk the 5 feet and as I am doing this I see a female nanny yapping at me in her car as she pulls away, she rolls down her window and spews some incoherent bullshit about how I am breaking the rules. I give her the universal jerk me off movement and she rolls up her window and departs in disgust.
    So here it is people – WTF? Seriously, when did we get so sensitive about this handicapped parking bullshit and since when is it your job to be the rule keepers for such inane nonsense? I am assuming that these same people are the ones that happily drink fluoride in their water, take their flu shots, get their kids vaccinated, trust that the TARP program and quantitative easing saved America, and think Iran (or Iraq for that matter) had something to do with 9/11. I also assume that you will be the one to turn in your neighbor when the government comes for guns, outlaws gardening, or some other loving patriotic reason.
    Lastly about the parking spaces, it is totally out of hand. There are too many that go unused and most of the people I see with these placards (giving them special citizen status) could use a walk. They are mostly fat and dealing with the consequences of leading an unhealthy lifestyle like bad joints and backs. If you lose the weight you will feel better and be able to walk the 50-100 feet into the store not to mention you won’t be as much of a drain on society.
    All this said, I stay out of those spots during peak hours of the day so I don’t run afoul of the nannies and because I do think that some elderly and truly disabled people could use some help but the nannies have got to stop.

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