reply to post by burdman30ott6
Don't know what corner of the US you live in, but let me tell you a little about mine.
Standardized tests have been proven and have always been biased on the basis of race and gender, especially if you are a minority growing up in an
inner city. Since you are a non believer and can't do independent research, I've enclosed some links for you to read.
New Evidence of Racial Bias on SAT
Does the SAT have a Racial Bias?
Some SAT Questions Are Racially Biased
This isn't a new phenomenon, its a proven fact that predominately white schools in suburbs have a distinct advantage over minority students,
especially those in the inner city with state of the art everything. And in this argument, it is regardless of whether the student is in parochial or
public. Now with the era of charter schools, the gap is even more distinct.
I am going to assume you have never taken the SAT because I have never seen a simple 1st grade arithmetic problem such as 2+2 or "basic" common
english. The SAT is divided into sections, with questions that on average half are covered in high school; the other half come from advanced sciences
and maths, as well as advanced collegiate rhetoric and anagrams/analogies/and that hiddeous duck is to pond as snake is to grass crap.
For your average minority inner city student lives in a low income area. That affects the money that school districts get, and 9x out of ten the big
money goes to schools in rich communities in suburbs, that don't have to deal with city tax and things like that, who are mostly operating outside of
the county within an unincorporated township or a township that generates a lot of wealth. Chicago is a prime example. Their schools suck, are
falling apart. Mayor Daley in response lets go almost 7,000 good teachers on some bullcrap and shuts down over 200 schools. The rest that remain are
privatized into charters that answer to no governing body as far as curriculum. Those who stay on the CPS system are bombarded with students from the
closed schools, which now a class size is anywhere from 75+ kids. The textbooks are from the 1970s, and computers are delegated to the library and
are from the windows 98 era.
In Chicago, SAT costs 180 bucks. You cannot pay for it at your local high school, you must go to whatever school is designated in your area by
address to take it, and you are charged based on that school's fee. You cannot go online and pay for it either, the fees must be paid day that you
take the test. If the student misses it, the only other solution is Kaplan. and Kaplan is a little cheaper at 150, but is terribly out of the way in
a far south suburb. And for the record, you only can report your scores to 3 colleges of your choice. After that, you must pay SAT to send the
scores to the college of choice. I don't know where you are from but THERE ARE NO FEE WAIVERS for anyone here, no matter what the hardship.
For decades America's school system has worked flawlessly to outsource the qualified teachers and demonize them in order to have a society of brain
dead sheeple running around not questioning what the left hand of the government is doing while watching the right. The only reason the US school
system was superior in the 50s and 60s was because the US was in a race with Russia to have a far superior educated populous. That all changed when
we went from being producers to consumers and bought out by the corporations. It has nothing to do with parents giving a damn or whether or not Mr.
Cleaver was at home to smoke a pipe and pet Beaver on the head and tell him how proud he was of his B average. This was also an era when our economic
prosperity dictated that one parent could work and take care of the household, while another parent could stay at home in domestic duties. While that
is true for your average white American family, that has never been the case for the majority of black families in the US during that time, who worked
as domestics and cut grass, and were relegated to good jobs as house help. Both parents worked and still struggled, and may have had a schedule in
which both parents were working days and/or nights. The inner city schools during this era delegated placing kids life ambition to those in the
trades. Read the Autobiography Of Malcolm X where he describes telling his teacher he wanted to grow up and study law only to be shot down and told
to go into the trades.