Race Based Standards Leaving All Children behind

The Illinois State Board of Education has been granted a waiver to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) that will institutionalize racism in our public school system. How is the education bureaucracy doing this? The state is changing the standards students have to meet by “RACE”. Yes, each race will have a separate standard to meet over the time frame from 2011 to 2017.

Below are some of the new race based standards.  You can see the full breakdown at the ISBE website, attachment 17.


Grades 3 – 8 Reading Math
Proficiency 2011 2017 2011 2017
White 87.10 93.55 91.80 95.90
Black 64.90 82.45 72.10 86.05
Hispanic 69.80 84.90 80.70 90.35
Asian 91.20 95.60 95.30 97.65

As you can see even after 6 years, the standards still are not equal. The education bureaucracy has determined some races are not as smart or as capable of learning as others.  This mindset is pervasive in the public school bureaucracy. Not only has Illinois received this waiver, New York State is in the process of asking for this same waver.  How many other states are using race based standards.

Basing standards on race across the state eliminate the ability of students to transfer to a better school since all schools have these same standards. This traps the students in poor performing schools where they will receive a substandard education based solely on their race.

This type of separate and unequal education harkens back to the very reasons segregation of schools was ruled unconstitutional. The ruling, Brown vs Board of Education, took place 60 years ago and here we are again instituting raced based education to perpetuate and prop up the failures of our public school system.

We have a mindset problem within our public school system not a race based problem. The failures of our public school system can be laid directly at the feet of the teacher unions and administrators who have transferred astronomical amounts of money to legislators. These legislators then help pass teacher union friendly laws that do not help the students. In fact many of these laws hurt actual education. Standards like these are just excuses for more money and even poorer education outcomes for our children.

As the recent study by the Cato Institute shows, education spending has increased by 100% while test scores have remained stagnant. [See chart below] We pay more and more taxes, higher and higher salaries, only to continue to have far too many students who can’t read and write. Now we know why; race based standards.


Here is an example of how students excel when given the chance instead of the constant face of “the soft bigotry of low expectation” as espoused by President George W. Bush.

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School – Chicago Southside

If you look at homeschooling of black children, the racial achievement gap is virtually eliminated.  From the Black Home School:

On average black students who are home-schooled test at 82% for reading and 77% for math which is almost twice what their public school counterparts are scoring. You also don’t see many of the statistics of the racial gap scores when speaking about black children who are home-schooled. In the schools themselves there is a 30% test score gap between white children and black children. But when they are taught at home the gap all but disappears except for a small 5% gap in math scores.

They go on to explain why black students excel when homeschooled.

It is simple really. They are being given high expectations when it comes to learning and they are also shown love from their teacher. When students feel like they matter and know what expectations they have set out for them, they will do far better than sitting in a classroom. It is not often considered in schools that a student needs to feel loved and respected or else he or she will not learn anything.

As you can see from the 2 examples above. Money is not the answer. It is the mindset and the expectation that all children can learn.  This upside down mindset in the public school bureaucracy is what is causing the United States to continue dropping in international education rankings. We are now ranked about #35 when we use to be #1.

The more we federalize education with the likes of common core, the more our rankings will fall. The more we spend and increase the education bureaucracy while reducing local parental control, the more our rankings will fall. The more we lower expectations, the more the rankings will fall.

As the old saying goes, 100 years ago we taught Greek & Latin in schools, now we teach remedial Math and English in college. So, how do we fix education to return us to #1 in the world?

It’s rather simple. We must take the following steps:

  1. End the public school monopoly and allow true competition via Education Savings Accounts and parental choice
  2. Allow the local communities to vote on the opening of a local charter school
  3. Allow closed school facilities to be used for charter or private schools
  4. Raise the expectations of what students can learn