This might just be the stupidest, most blatantly racist move ever made by public officials. The Florida Board of Education elected to initiate race-based outcome expectations for HS students.
By 2015, 92% of Asians are expected to be reading at their grade level, but only 74% of blacks. Whites and Hispanics fall in between. This is the best demonstration in recent memory of "the soft bigotry of low expectations" by which minorities are given easier tests and lower grade standards than other races in order to help them be academically successful. How does failing to meet normal standards, but being given passing grades regardless, qualify as "successful"?
The weird part is that the Florida Board of Education is made up of white republicans....evidently GUILTY white republicans. Democrats try this stuff all the time, but white republicans should know better than to assign different standards for anything depending on race. This is detestable and while it might feel good to "help" minorities, it only harms them in the long run. How are black kids supposed to compete with Asians, whites, and Hispanics in college and the job market if they've never had to struggle academically in grade school?
To me, this is the worst kind of racism because its pretense is compassion.
H/T to Pat over at Belch for the link.