In one of the most amateurish editorials ever published by The Kansas City Star, the newspaper inadvertently contends that the attendance of white students in public schools is a sign of progress.
We imagine they were trying to shame readers but the hypocritical progressive tactic promoted something worse than "low expectations" and revealed the inherent danger of race-obsessed thinking.
Here's their low-info argument . . .
Kansas City Public Schools has a student population of more than 14,000 students this academic year, but only about 1 in 10 is white. Kansas City is 60% white. The achievement gap over the last three years for white students in the district has grown faster than the rate for Black and Hispanic students, district data shows . . .
Now is not the time to rejoice. There is work to be done in Kansas City Public Schools. But progress has been made and momentum is on the district’s side. But is full accreditation enough to bring white families back to the district? It should be.
Now here's an inconvenient fact . . .
OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS BLACK FAMILIES ALSO ABANDONED KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!!
Moreover . . .
Running away from the KCPS is one of those rare issues that people from nearly every demographic group can agree upon.
Translation . . .
EPIC DECLINE IN STUDENT POPULATION MEANS EVERYBODY GAVE UP ON KCPS YEARS AGO!!!
Accreditation or not . . .
People vote with their feet and we haven't noticed more families flocking to this educational option despite years of hype about regaining their status from Missouri education officials.
Nevertheless . . .
The point here is that the Kansas City Star is so race-obsessed that they can't even see the flaw in their own self-righteous argumentation.
Today's editorial ignores the plight of Black families in KCMO who struggle, relocate and sacrifice a great deal to ensure a better education for their students far, far away from the clutches of the KCPS.
Moreover . . .
From the comfort of home offices in Johnson County, The Star encourages working-class white families to experiment with the education of their youngsters in a district that has seen one of the worst declines in American history.
For what it's worth . . .
In recent elections, a reform group by the name of Blaque seems to be advocating for charter schools which have a great deal of independence from KCPS and some of their conversations have prepared/advocated for dissolution of the district in favor of a neighborhood model. That's a controversial approach which has its own set of problems but it's still a more genuine perspective on urban discussions than the silly idea that anyone is sitting around waiting for imaginary white students to save the day.
Yet again, The Star's obsession with antiquated ideas about "diversity" have distracted the newspaper from the only thing that really matters: Creating BETTER & SAFE SCHOOLS for ALL students.
So far there's not much evidence to suggest that a mere accreditation upgrade has really changed much for KCPS and parents are well within their rights to be skeptical of so much politically charged rhetoric.
You decide . . .