A California high school is nixing its advanced English courses to promote “equity” after teachers realized black and Hispanic kids weren’t signing up for the class.
Which, of course, must mean it’s racist.
Culver City High School, located just east of Los Angeles, took its honors English classes for 9th- and 10th-graders off the curriculum this year, leaving students with only one option: a “college prep” English class. In other words, kids who’re ready for more advanced study on the subject and whose college applications could benefit from the accelerated course will be denied that opportunity.
Why? Because not enough non-white kids weren't taking the class.
"It was very jarring when teachers looked at their AP enrollment and realized Black and brown kids were not there. They felt obligated to do something," Quoc Tran, the district's superintendent, explained.
Which is odd - and not only because it’s total crap to deny deserving kids a chance to succeed just because others choose not to, and not only because it's racist to assume non-white kids aren't enrolling because they're not able to do the work. According to Reason, data given during a school board meeting last year showed that Latino students, who make up about 37 percent of the school’s student body, comprised about 13 percent of 12th-grade A.P. English students. But black students, on the other hand, made up 14 percent of A.P. English students, while comprising about 15 percent of the total student body.
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So it looks like the number of black students enrolled in advanced English classes in their senior year is actually on par with the percentage of black students enrolled at the school in general. And, as Reason points out, the disparity of Hispanic students in advanced English classes is likely because the data didn’t discern between kids who are fluent in English (after all, not speaking the language would make it a little hard to take an AP course in said language).
And parents are understandably upset, pointing out that denying some students an advanced course doesn’t help other kids learn any faster.
Then again, this is leftism - it doesn’t have to make sense, so long as it gives the appearance of promoting “equity” and scoring social justice points.
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