Lion of the Blogosphere

Suing the state because children have low-IQ genes

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/07/no-right-become-literate/564545/

There’s a story in The Atlantic about a lawsuit against the state of Michigan because black kids in a select group of Detroit schools are unable to read, thus being denied their alleged constitutional right to literacy.

The District Court judge ruled for the state, so it’s good to see that there is at least one federal judge who hasn’t gone all-out bonkers SJW. But who knows what might have happened if Hillary Clinton became president instead of Donald Trump, and she seeded the federal judiciary with leftist judges.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Education, Law

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  1. The leftish have so many theories on the world. I cite:
    “The court’s premise … ignores everything we all know about how endemic racism is—and has always been—in metro Detroit’s housing and employment patterns, and the role the state has had in allowing school districts to assign, hire, fund, and operate in reliance on these patterns,”

    י.ד.

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. Of course, there is no “constitutional right to literacy” under either the US or Michigan constitutions, and that’s why we need conservative judges. The article makes no mention of the numerous scandals that have plagued Detroit public schools, including the bribery-kickback scandal involving a dozen principals:

    Weeks later five officials from the cash-strapped Detroit Public School system, long known as a cesspool of fraud and mismanagement, got criminally charged for operating an illegal scheme in which they openly stole tens of thousands of dollars from the system, took illegal kickbacks and paid friends who never did any work for the district.

    City council member Monica Conyers, wife of Democratic congressman John Conyers, was busted for taking a bribe. The all-time corruptocrat, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is serving 20+ years in the federal slammer for crimes too numerous to detail here.

    There are really two issues here – failure of the children to learn, and the generally rotten state of the Detroit schools in general. HBD explains most of the former, and the latter is largely due to the incompetence and corruption of the Detroit school system and city government. The problem is clearly not lack of funding – per-pupil spending in the Detroit public schoolsin 2014 was $12,931, compared to the Michigan average of $9,568.

    In the linked article, the author, Alia Wong wrote:

    The fact that a suit like Gary B. v. Snyder was even filed says a lot about the state of education in the United States today. The case is indicative of a new chapter in American education in which advocates, frustrated with persistent achievement gaps and glaring disparities in school quality despite efforts to combat those problems, are resorting to unconventional means to bring about change. Similar to the recent wave of teachers’ strikes , the lawyers behind Gary B. v. Snyder seek to interrupt what the plaintiffs and their supporters argue is a status quo of educational unfairness not only in Detroit, but also across the country.

    ….

    “Achievement gaps” and “glaring disparities” are real enough, but Ms. Wong, a typical liberal journalist (pardon my redundancy), makes no mention of HBD, corruption or the above-average funding of the Detroit public school system.

    Black Death

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Corruption is also caused by HBD.

      DataExplorer

      July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I recently read a story about a Japanese couple in France who became wine producers in the country to the point of being very successful and incurring the wrath from French nativists so it seems.

        The French gov’t wants them to cease their business, because they fail to follow regulations despite selling their unique brand of wine in the French market with success.

        On the other side of the coin, when it comes to Eastern Asiatics, many of the nouveau riche-parasites from China are avid collectors of French wine, who only know of consumption and hoarding.

        I believe the behavioral differences between the Japanese and the Chinese are genetic. And the Chinese are by far the more corrupt and scheming of the East Asians.

        JS

        July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

  3. Fine, but why aren’t conservatives filing ridiculous lawsuits to see what sticks?

    fortaleza84

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. This is HBDNN.

    HBD tears

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • HBD is fake news.

      lion is wolf blitzer.

      sailer is rachel madcow.

      HBD tears videla

      July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. there are no IQ genes.

    HBD tears

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • It’s a colloquialism for high-IQ alleles

      • there are no high IQ genes.

        i know.

        Sincerely,
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        ST-RM, BGI

        HBD tears videla

        July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

      • and “gene” is a colloquialism for allele.

        We construct genomic predictors for heritable and extremely complex human quantitative traits (height, heel bone density, and educational attainment) using modern methods in high dimensional statistics (i.e., machine learning). Replication tests show that these predictors capture, respectively, ~40, 20, and 9 percent of total variance for the three traits.

        9% = heritability = h^2 when all SNPs at greater than 0.1% frequency are included, 20k SNPs.

        and this for a supposedly homogeneous and local population.

        when tested on non-whites living in non-white countries the machine was shown to have learned NOTHING.

        https://www.biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/09/18/190124

        HBD = russia investigation

        July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Because genes can only influence trivial traits like the propensity for certain cancers. Thank God for all those papers and experimental findings on the science of triviality.

      “My colleagues and I searched, in 1,597 African-American men with prostate cancer, for locations in the genome where the fraction of genes contributed by West African ancestors was larger than it was elsewhere in the genome. In 2006, we found exactly what we were looking for: a location in the genome with about 2.8 percent more African ancestry than the average.

      When we looked in more detail, we found that this region contained at least seven independent risk factors for prostate cancer, all more common in West Africans. Our findings could fully account for the higher rate of prostate cancer in African-Americans than in European-Americans. “

      https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/opinion/sunday/genetics-race.html

      Curle

      July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. Low iq kids can be taught to read. It’s easy, you give the teachers a script. And you get a large at least short term iq boost, if combined with competent teaching in other areas. So the title of this posr is based on a false understanding of the empirical evidence. Lion, you are too in love with the smugness force multiple of race realism to accurately inform your readers. Also, you appear to know very little about education in general and the teaching of literacy in particular.

    David

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I was bused to a Memphis ghetto school for a year in 1971. Virtually none of the black kids could read in 4th grade and all of the white kids read. By the end of the school year the white kids were more advanced readers and the literacy of the black kids didn’t budge enough to be noticeable. Today that school is 98% black and has a 14% minimum reading proficiency rate.

      Amazing that a teacher of both white and black kids can succeed with the white students and fail with the black ones. Must be that goblin racism at it again.

      Curle

      July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I also attended ghetto schools. What Curle said was similarly true of my schools as well.

      destructure

      July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Are you a literary specialist? If so I’m surprised you say it’s easy. My mom is a retired educator and one of her specialties is remedial literacy. She once told me something interesting, that our society is so reading drenched by this point that a child WILL learn to read, at least at a basic level, even with no instruction whatsoever, just by being exposed to the developed world. The exception to this are children with inherent deficiencies. So in other words if you encounter an older child who is illiterate, you can assume they either have some kind of learning disability like dyslexia or that they’re otherwise impaired.

      I’ve had experience with inner city kids in an academic setting and it is pretty shocking to see how many are functionally illiterate. One thing I picked up on immediately (I have a background in linguistics) is that most are unable to code switch between black english (which in its thickest form borders on a dialect) and standard english (so called newscaster english). Often if something was said to them in standard english it had to be repeatedly rephrased. If they’re not easily understanding standard english in a casual setting then they’re not understanding the textbooks or teachers either (or anything else wholly in standard english, like youtube tutors). Obviously this could be an IQ issue in and of itself but is an overlooked impediment facing the population.

      I know it would be politically toxic but one solution would be to give inner city kids what amount to ESL classes to try to hammer in some standard english. It will never happen though.

      toomanymice

      July 10, 2018 at EDT am

      • “I know it would be politically toxic but one solution would be to give inner city kids what amount to ESL classes to try to hammer in some standard english. ”

        Teaching ghetto black kids standard English is an EXCELLENT idea.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 10, 2018 at EDT am

    • David, you are the one who is attempting to mislead.

      Inner city (at the least) black children, as a group, will always more or less realize a greater illiteracy result because of several reasons:

      1. Lower IQ
      2. Behavioral issues that subvert learning
      3. Lack of studiousness that subverts learning, as a result of personal habits, family environment and cultural values.

      Teachers will never be able to more significantly overcome all of this more than they do, and it has nothing to do with their efforts. If kids don’t make classroom-external efforts, then they will remain functionally illiterate.

      Sam

      July 11, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. But, but……IQ means nothing! I know that’s true because The Simpsons said so.

    gda

    July 9, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Admittedly reading/spelling in English is far more difficult than in most other languages. (The two major global languages of the last 300 years, French and English are among the languages worst suited for serving as a second language to everybody, mainly because the discrepancy of spoken sounds and letters. I blame Francis Drake, if Spain had remained the globally dominant power, Spanish or Latin would be far more apt as global languages.) But the discrepancy between the spoken sounds and the letters is already there in the standard language, not especially strong in dialects.
    I still think that it is somewhat amazing that almost everybody is intelligent enough to learn to read at all. I think 200 (certainly 600) years ago, even the most progressive educator would not have expected that almost everybody was smart enough to become literate.
    As for human rights. I think people have a right to some schooling (at least if the society is generally stable and rich enough to afford it). That is, children should not be forced to work, but offered schooling until about 15-16 yo or so. But obviously, success can hardly be guaranteed. The legal obligation to offer schooling is not the same as the obligation to offer personal remedial teachers for unruly students of low intelligence.

    bios theoretikos

    July 10, 2018 at EDT pm

    • On the plus side, though, English doesn’t have gender – i.e. feminine form or masculine form. Also, English has borrowed so many words from Latin, that whoever has an extensive English vocabulary should have an easy time learning any of the romance languages. For a great book about language in general and the history of language, try “ˇhe Story of Language” by Mario Pei. It’s a regular book, not a text. And yes, Pei was a guido, but a wonderful writer and analyst.

      Maryk (the g-loaded Guidette)

      July 12, 2018 at EDT pm


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