Day by Day

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Imagine, if you will, a young man with many accomplishments to his name. College educated. HeÂ’s a member of Mensa. He interned with a US senator. He was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. Now imagine that this man wants to give back to his community by teaching.

This should make you happy, right? I mean, here's someone who could give those kids a whole new world. Expose them to things that they might have never seen. This person should be making the School Board cry tears of joy! A brilliant, educated, successful young man who wants to teach! Schools would be grabbing at him like he was made of $100.00 bills, right?

Well, not if the man is black, and the schools are in Atlanta.

Would you like to know what this young man was told? As usual, all emphasis is mine.

Recently, I interviewed with a school in one of the metro Atlanta counties, only to receive an e-mail from the principal stating, "Though your qualifications are quite impressive, I regret to inform you that we have selected another candidate. It was felt that your demeanor and therefore presence in the classroom would serve as an unrealistic expectation as to what high school students could strive to achieve or become. However, it is highly recommended that you seek employment at the collegiate level; there your intellectual comportment would be greatly appreciated. Good luck."

So in short, teaching young black kids that they can be whatever they want to be, and do whatever they aspire to, is a bad thing in Atlanta. No, the people there want to tell those kids that they CANNOT be what they want to be. They should just shut up and drink the kool-aid.

I've screamed about the educational establishment in this country for a while. Other's have as well, although with much better clarityy than I. This is one more straw on the camel's back. How much longer are we going to pay for mediocrity? How much longer will we allow our kids to sit in some dank festering hole, learning nothing? How much longer are we going to keep this farce running?

For all of our sakes, I hope not very long.

Hat tip to Misha and Baldilocks.

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