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    Candice C. Carter-Oliver

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    Dr. Davis,

    I like your writing here! You have posed very intriguing questions that allow one to ponder the hidden agenda of our current educational policy. Moreover, the comparison between the need to raise test scores and eliminate/alienate blacks and latinos/as is compelling.

    Candice

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    Emily Hager

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    “if we can’t identify the lowest achieving 10 percent of this country’s children, than what are the school league tables for?”

    This stands out to me as an important question (or series of questions) we in education have yet to answer–What do standardized tests accomplish? Do they really inform the way we teach in terms of applying best practices, or do they encourage memorizing set answers? Do they do anything in predicting college achievement? primary and secondary schooling retention rates? If they do none of this and are merely a ranking system, isn’t there a better use of our educational resources?

    I feel that as institutions there are already a number of systems in place that alienate non-whites, and having supposedly standardized tests just adds insult to injury.

    On a completely different note, I saw this series over christmas break and can’t believe that I didn’t notice this line at all–I guess it just proves that I’m not watching television the way I should 😀

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    Jennifer Hernandez

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    Identification of the lower performing children began in the 1980’s with the explosion of special education. Children all over the country are being label with subjective diagnosis and placed in exile from their peers. Exile often looks like self-contained classrooms and selfcontained schools. Overwhelmingly children of color are represented in exile. With subjective labels like ED, LD, OHI; schools have identified and removed students from public education. The natural proportion for persons with disabilities is 3% of the national population that will be living with a physical or medical disability that requires extensive services for the student in a school setting. Children of color are over 50% of the special education population for LD, ED, OHI, all of which are subjective diagnosis that does not reequire a medical professional to diagnose, only school psychologists.
    Your essay is focused on the current situation in public education. ducational gentrification is as vital an issue now as segregation was 50 years ago. Brown v. Board did not do much to truly integegrate public education. Education will continue to be cultural capital for only the privileged.
    Awesome essay…. thanks for writing it!

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    Amy Hunter

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    Dr. Davis,

    Let’s start talking about who is profiting from testing and test creation. They are not people of color or communities of color. Let’s take a look at who is economically benefiting from the Special School Districts Nation wide; they are not people of color. Higher education, white teachers, SSD curriculum, police departments and prisons are the benefactors. Again, communities of color do not benefit from this exploitation. Instead “we the people” the educated and the educators turn our heads and blame the victim. The fear of African Americans in particular obtaining quality education and being able to compete in the job market, instill the racist ideology and educational pedagogy that allows teachers to “think” they are making a difference one student at a time instead of creating a system and environments where all children learn regardless of their socio economic status, racial background, or ethnic heritage. Education is a system of oppression and “we” don’t want to fix it because the benefits to whiteness are too great.

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