The Racial Achievement Gap: Time Magazine Brands Head Start A Failure

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Artful D0dger, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. It shouldn't be long before the SPLC condemns Time magazine for its hateful rhetoric and disturbing "Far Right" conclusions about minorities.

    I'm referring to two recent articles about education which draw some very politically incorrect conclusions you wouldn't expect to normally see in the mainstream media:

    1.) According to the U.S. Department of Education, the stubborn "achievement gap" between White and Hispanic students hasn't budged in 20 years.

    2.) Because of legal and illegal immigration from Latin America, the Hispanic student population, which is two grades below the White population, has surged from 2 percent to 21 percent.

    3.) The achievement gap between Hispanic students who are English language leaners and Hispanic students who are proficient at English is greater than the gap between Hispanic students and White students.

    Hispanic English language learners are four grades below English-speaking Hispanics who are themselves two grade levels below White students. Multiculturalism is keeping them isolated in a linguistic ghetto.

    4.) By 2050, the Hispanic population is expected to grow from 16 percent of the American population to 30 percent.

    Now, what does this mean for America?

    Logically, it means that unless there is a dramatic reversal in the "achievement gap" which has remained unchanged for 20 years, America is guaranteed to fall even further behind the other industrialized nations in education.

    Two weeks later, Time magazine publishes another article about education, which reaches even more startling conclusions.

    5.) Every year more than $7 billion dollars is spent on Head Start. Joe Klein claims there is now "indisputable evidence" that Head Start doesn't work. By the first grade, the "positive effects" of Head Start vanish.

    The results were so "shocking" that the Department of Health of Human Services squatted on the study for several years. A senior Obama administration official reportedly told Joe Klein that Head Start is nothing more than a "jobs program."

    Head Start is the U.S. federal government's flagship attempt to fight the root causes of poverty in the United States and to erase the infamous "achievement gap" between "low-income children" and their peers.

    Time magazine and the Obama administration are labeling Head Start "criminal" and "even more outrageous" than "tax breaks for oil companies." They say it is "Time To Ax Programs That Don't Yield Results."

    Don't shoot the messenger. I guess they didn't get the memo from SPLC headquarters: dude, that's racist.
  2. Head start gets 7 billion per year in federal funding. It's also obviously a miserable failure. Why can we not cut this 7 billion dollar failure of a racial discrimination program? Could that 7 billion dollars not be better spent elsewhere? Cutting down the deficit maybe?
  3. Here is a grant offered by HS, basically to set up ANOTHER office that best I can tell, well I can't figure out this pile of BS

    "The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) announces the availability of $4,000,000 to be competitively awarded for a National Center on Program Design, Management and Fiscal Operations (the Center). The goals of the Center are to provide a vehicle for the dissemination of a clear, consistent message from OHS about its priorities for identification and mitigation of risks through the development and implementation of sound management systems and strong internal controls.

    The Center will showcase evidence-based practices in program and fiscal planning that ensure all Head Start organizations have access to the same level of high-quality training and technical assistance in order to produce the best possible outcomes for children. The Center's work will include, but not be limited to, topics such as risk management, internals controls, governance, data collection and analysis, budgeting and cost allocation. The Center will also assist organizations to implement and enhance the infrastructure necessary to support a well managed system of early care and education."

    Being totally pissed is now appropriate!

  4. If a program is a failure then it is obvious that more money is needed for " high-quality training and technical assistance in order to produce the best possible outcomes for children."

    This translates - if children fail, mo money is needed for " risk management, internals controls, governance, data collection and analysis, budgeting and cost allocation. The Center will also assist organizations to implement and enhance the infrastructure"

    Under no circumstances blame the student.
  5. Typical examples of indispensable programs Obama cannot possibly cut or , dare we dream, eliminate entirely. No, he would prefer to demagogue "tax breaks for the rich" .

    The real reason is a lot obama voters work for these programs and hundreds of millions in grants are handed out each year to parasites under the guise of consulting contracts etc.
  6. In 2010, the President issued a report on HS saying basically it don't work:
    In sum, this report finds that providing access to Head Start has benefits for both 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in the cognitive, health, and parenting domains, and for 3-year-olds in the social-emotional domain. However, the benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by 1st grade for the program population as a whole. For 3-year-olds, there are few sustained benefits, although access to the program may lead to improved parent-child relationships through 1st grade…"

    Of course, what is happening to a program that is working:

    There are other government education programs whose effects actually grow substantially over time, and that are comparatively economical. Consider the federal DC voucher program…by their third year in private schools, the evidence was clear that voucher-receiving students were reading more than two grade levels above a randomized control group that stayed in public schools… But Congress, and particularly Democrats, have defunded the DC voucher program while raising spending on Head Start. President Obama is at the forefront of this travesty."

    For those who want to get really pissed, remember we've spent over $100 billion on HS since its inception.

  7. Eight


    There's winners and there's losers. The US economy and culture is so distorted by Leftist intervention that it's just off the Richter Scale...

    An ever-increasing number of ghetto monsters are overwhelming the economy and causing eternal taxation for the productive members... so that's why I say: WiN stands for Work is Nonprofit!! Wake up and master trading!! Anything else is futile!! Well, come to think of it, holding public office and getting a fat retirement after a short stint is another way to go... and some Drug Lords are doing great, they have wrested control of the southern border from the US Feds... You'd think those feds would wake up to the idea that the Barbarians are at the gates but nooooo.... the WH is reducing benefits for Social Security recipients and such....
  8. rew


    If liberals stopped supporting a program just because it doesn't work they'd have to ditch 70% of all federal programs. Liberals do what they do because of a religious belief in the efficacy of big government. No mere facts will sway their mind.
  9. Lucrum


    You hit that nail on the head.