Judge: If Blacks Fail, the Test is Racist
The dumbing down of America continues.
Federal Judge Kimba Wood struck down the LAST-2 test this week after she determined that it unfairly discriminated against minorities. How did Wood come to this conclusion? Well, it seems her basic premise is that if a test – in this case, one used to make sure New York teachers have a basic understanding of the liberal arts and sciences – has unequal outcome for minorities, then the test is racist.
Such outcomes were what landed the LAST-2 test in the courts to begin with. Hispanics and blacks had a passing rate of only 54 percent as compared to a 75 percent passing rate for whites. Because of this disparity, it fell to New York officials to prove their case. No, they didn’t have to prove that the test was not racist. That would make too much sense. Instead, they had to prove that the skills tested by the LAST-2 were actually essential for teachers to possess. Judge Wood determined that the state failed to meet that burden.
“Instead of beginning with ascertaining the job tasks of New York teachers, the two LAST examinations began with the premise that all New York teachers should be required to demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts,” Wood said.
Let’s take a look at some of the questions offered by the test. One of them asked teachers to look at four examples and identify which one illustrated the mathematical principle of a linear relationship. Another question had them read passages from the Constitution and choose which one outlined the concept of government checks and balances. Apparently, though, if blacks can’t answer these questions, they aren’t essential for a teacher.
Lowering the Bar
For liberals, the answer always lies in lower standards. If there is any achievement gap between whites and minorities, there is a racist component that must be excised. And since these tests aren’t racist to begin with, they can’t “fix” the tests by simply removing the racially unfair aspects. There are none! So the only other alternative is to make the test easier. It’s not just this one case, either. We see it in job qualifications, military standards, and even in schools where minorities can no longer be suspended without district approval.
This may underscore a fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives. Conservatives see a racial achievement gap and set to work on figuring out how we can raise their scores. Liberals see that gap and set to work on lowering the standards. Winning is a dirty word in the liberal mind. We’re all equal, aren’t we? Of course. That means the standards are wrong.
In a free country, some people are just not going to hack it. Plain as that. America did not rise to become the greatest empire of all time by making sure everything was fair and no one ever got their feelings hurt. We rose to the top by embracing competition. Our world is shrinking by the day, making it more important than ever to keep our standards high. Once we start this cycle of catering to the lowest common denominator, we can write off America’s best days as behind us.