Berkeley public high school considers cancelling its Advanced Placement classes because too many white students are succeeding

Human Events reports:

The Berkeley (CA) Board of Education will consider whether or not to cancel before and after school Science Labs for Advanced Placement Science classes at Berkeley High School because the classes are attended largely by white students. The proposal is aimed at addressing “Berkeley’s dismal racial achievement gap.”

Berkeley’s AP Science courses are an outstanding success.  In a time when we are constantly reminded of the need for American students to get better at Physics, Biology, and Chemistry, 82% of Berkeley’s AP chemistry students passed the national exam. The national passing rate is 55.2%.

The AP classes are open to all students, but because “minority” students don’t “show up” to these lab classes in the same percentage as the percentage of “minority” students attending Berkeley High overall, the classes must be cancelled to close the “dismal racial achievement gap.”

If classes are open to all students, why should those students who choose the harder classes be punished in the name of those students who did not choose to work as hard?

Berkeley High School has a first rate reputation for providing equal opportunity to all students. Unequal outcomes in student achievement are the result of the effort each student puts into taking advantage of those opportunities. Narrowing the “achievement gap” by eliminating the achievers doesn’t help either the achievers or the rest of the students.

This is absurd. The students already have equality of opportunity. Just because some students don’t take advantage of that opportunity doesn’t mean that the opportunity should be denied to those students who do want to take advantage of it.

This is the kind of nonsense that happens when an organization tries to make everyone “equal.” Trying to make everyone “equal” always end up dragging everyone down to the lowest common denominator. When everyone is “equal,” no one is allowed to be smarter than the dumbest person.

The truth is that each person is a unique individual. When presented with a chance to take Advanced Placement classes, some students will take advantage of that opportunity, and others will not. The fact that some students choose to not take the AP classes is not a legitimate justification for cancelling them.

Let’s take a look at that third paragraph again:

The AP classes are open to all students, but because “minority” students don’t “show up” to these lab classes in the same percentage as the percentage of “minority” students attending Berkeley High overall, the classes must be cancelled to close the “dismal racial achievement gap.”

My gosh – that’s just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

Let’s look at it a third time:

The AP classes are open to all students, but because “minority” students don’t “show up” to these lab classes in the same percentage as the percentage of “minority” students attending Berkeley High overall, the classes must be cancelled to close the “dismal racial achievement gap.”

The fact that there are people in the world who think that this is a good idea is sad.

The fact that people who subscribe to this ideology are in control of the public school system is terrifying.

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August 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Education, Racism, Science, War against achievement.

13 Comments

  1. John Q. Conservative replied:

    Wow. This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

  2. Jim replied:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Bergeron This sums it all up

  3. gracie replied:

    So did they ever cancel the classes? The original Human Events article is dated January 29, 2010. I know school boards like to punt difficult issues, but they must have reached a decision by now.

    Do you know what they decided?

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      I know the article is two years old – but the ideas are timeless. I don’t know what the eventual outcome was. Just the idea that the people in charge would want such a move in the first place was, in my opinion, worth writing about. Even if they didn’t succeed at their plan, it’s scary that they even tried it in the first place.

  4. Nate Higgers replied:

    The nignogs are unteachable whether or not they show up to class. It is better that they not show up becasue that gives the other students a chance to learn without the disruption of the TNB (Typical N—–ger Behaviour) and monkeyshines. There are inherent racial differences in intelligence and learning ability among the races with the Negroes at the bottom, so the disparity in outcome is expected. If they gave chimps an “equal opportunity,” the outcome would be similar to giving an “equal opportunity” to the ni66ers.

    Hey, this post is almost as racist as Berkley’s proposed policy to cancel the AP classes.

    http://www.chimpmania.com to see the truth!

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      I am approving your post because I want everyone to see that there do exist racists such as yourself. I disagree 100% with what you said. The desire to excel at education is based on individual preference, as well as on how the parents behave in the child’s home. Among all races of people, there are people who value academic achievement, and there are people who don’t care about academic achievement.

      • Andrew Palfreyman replied:

        So you don’t understand statistical correlation? I thought you were smarter than that. Matter of fact, I know you are, because your blog is informed (albeit Repuglican in feel). Could this be denial? The correlation is crystal clear. When you say “there are people who don’t care about academic achievement”, are you not able to perform a simple correlation? You mean American Asians, right? 🙂

        Perleez. Call a spade a spade, and don’t be a wimp.

      • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

        Within all races, there are people who do care about academic achievement, and people who don’t care about academic achievement.

  5. Greg Granger replied:

    I could not find out if the Lab was moved to regular school hours as per this plan. The decision was to be considered in Feb 2010. In the 2010 year, BHS produced 159 AP Scholars (a score of 3 or more on AP), whereas in 2011 they produced 222 AP Scholars. So whether or not the plan was enacted, their AP program showed significant improvement.

  6. ESM replied:

    Yo. Freshman at BHS here – nobody closed anything. They put it off, I guess. It’s 2013 as of now.

  7. Ben replied:

    By the way, the movement was not to cancel the AP courses, but to move the labs that begin at 7:30 AM or go until 4:30 PM to inside the day because some less economically privileged students may have to work or a difficult time getting to school by then.
    I am a Berkeley High school student by the way. The administration has yet to do it and the discussion has faded, but it is important to understand that it is not simply cancelling the classes but making them more accessible to all. The school wants to avoid a “tracking” culture that only allows students who have the time to be able to take the classes.

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