posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 12:53 AM
Perhaps the racial divisions are not as sinister as they seem.
The school board could set goals for all students to reach a certain level. (Hold back the applause.) The problem with that goal is that progress
made under that goal could come under criticism. For example, let us say the school board raises overall performance by pooring resources into
predominantly white schools whole neglecting the other schools. One could argue progress was not made because the other schools were neglected.
With the racial goals, the progress measured is less subject to criticism. If white and asian students exceed expectations, the goals will not have
been met because the goals look to black and hispanic students as well. If all groups are meeting or exceeding expectations, one could argue that
progress is being made. The schools seem be improving the quality of education for all students.
Perhaps it would be better for the school to break the students down into various socio-economic sub-groups based on factors like family income,
family educational level, etcc. and monitor whether or not each sub-group is meeting its goals. The problem with this approach is easier to survey a
student's race than to know how much the student's parents make, what level of educatin the parents have, etc.