Politics Brooklyn Liberals Oppose School Integration

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  1. Lance Murdock

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    http://www.nationalreview.com/artic...rogressives-opposing-integration-reihan-salam

    live in a small slice of Brooklyn wedged between Brooklyn Heights, one of New York’s most prosperous neighborhoods, Dumbo, a relatively new neighborhood that is essentially a forest of condominiums catering to financiers, techies, and “creative professionals,” and Farragut Houses, a sprawling public-housing complex that borders the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Though you won’t find gated communities in this part of Brooklyn, you will find buildings with doormen, which is of course a quite similar phenomenon. The retail establishments catering to affluent professionals don’t formally exclude poor residents, but their high prices do the work of explaining who is welcome and who is not. Very rich people and very poor people live side by side in this part of Brooklyn, yet their lives rarely intersect. Rich Brooklynites and poor Brooklynites do, however, share their local public schools. And as you can imagine, not all of Brooklyn’s bourgeois parents are thrilled about this fact. Kate Taylor of the New York Times has written a fascinating report on a school rezoning in my part of town. Basically, Public School 8 in Brooklyn Heights is massively oversubscribed while Public School 307 in Vinegar Hill, right by the Farragut Houses, is undersubscribed. The city has thus proposed shifting Dumbo families from P.S. 8 to P.S. 307, which seems sensible enough. So why are parents in Dumbo so outraged? Taylor explains: P.S. 307’s population is 90 percent black and Hispanic, and 90 percent of the students’ families receive some form of public assistance. Its state test scores, while below the citywide averages, are closer to average for black and Hispanic students, with 20 percent of its students passing the math tests and 12 percent passing the reading tests this past year. At P.S. 8, whose population is 59 percent white, with only 15 percent receiving assistance, scores are considerably above the city averages. Almost two-thirds of its students passed each test. Taylor cites evidence that blacks and Hispanics benefit from attending integrated schools. What she does not address is whether white and Asian students attending these schools also fare better, which is the chief concern of the largely white Dumbo parents subject to this rezoning. My first instinct in reading Taylor’s story, and in observing the anguished reaction from Dumbo parents who see themselves as committed progressives, is to note their hypocrisy. As Laurie Lin recently remarked, it’s easy to imagine how these Dumbo progressives might have reacted had this story unfolded in Atlanta or Birmingham — they’d surely chalk up resistance to the rezoning to racism. More than one Dumbo parent has tried to explain to me how they’re totally different from other people who fight against integration. They explain that what they really want is a better world in which we spend far more on our public schools, not mentioning, or perhaps not knowing, that New York city spends $20,331 per pupil, almost twice as much as the national average of $10,700, and that much of this money is spent very inefficiently. Of course they want integration, they’ll tell you, but only if it entails no sacrifice on their part. “It’s more complicated when it’s about your own children,” says one Dumbo parent. Well, yes, it is more complicated, and that is exactly what every parent believes, whether they are in Brooklyn or South Boston or Kansas City. Share article on Facebook share Tweet article tweet In fairness to the progressive parents of Dumbo, their concerns are not entirely unfounded. Poor students tend to fare worse than better-off students academically, for a variety of reasons. They are also more likely to have serious behavioral problems, which is really the more pressing concern. According to Robert Cherry of Brooklyn College, these behavioral problems flow from the fact that these children face serious stresses that no child should ever have to face. Poor families are far more likely than better-off families to experience multiple-partner fertility, in which mothers have children with more than one father. Though children in some multi-partner-fertility families thrive, Cherry has observed that multi-partner fertility is associated with high levels of father abandonment and child maltreatment. Boys with absent fathers are far more likely to engage in aggression, rule breaking, and delinquency than boys living with both parents, and they are also far more likely to face multiple suspensions. (Indeed, these problems are so pronounced for boys raised in single-mother-headed households that one wonders whether single-sex schools staffed with teachers with specialized training might be the best way to give these boys a fighting chance at succeeding in school.)

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    nice spacing
     
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    fucking typical
     
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    "multi-partner-fertility families"

    Never heard it phrased that way before.

    Whoever solves the crisis in the black community deserves a Nobel Peace prize.
     
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    cant blame them, which I know isn't the point.
     
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    Asshole. You suck at this. :rolleyes:
     
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    yes i can , rich fucks, send ur kids private school if thats how you want it. tax money (which i can only imagine is astronomical in NY) doesnt work that way, everyone benefits the same, you dont get to rig the system because a few blaeks are getting a few sheckles at your expense
     
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    are they afraid their kids would fail to learn proper punctuation and spacing?
     
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    LOL @ Dumbo :giggle:
     
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    Sorry, just did a quick cut and paste.
     
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    The first step is admitting you have a problem. ;)
     
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    One thing about liberals is that they're predictable. Predictably hypocritical. Predictably racist, too.
     
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    have u ever voted for a liberal?
     
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    Does Ed Koch count?
     
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    i used to live in brooklyn heights but moved out huntington when my daughter started school. until then she went to a wonderful pre-nursery school in a church. if i remember correctly, there was one ok public school but most sent their kids to friends or st anne's.

    nowadays, EVERYTHING is gentrified. only problem are the horrific projects around york and further into ft green. the schools are probably like the wild west.
     
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    written by someone that somehow fell through the cracks of no child left behind
     
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    YEP! Vinegar Hill is the worst!!!!
     
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