Somehow I missed this story when it first came out almost a year and a half ago, but let’s take a break for a moment from Obamacare and re-visit another travesty:
President Barack Obama is backing a controversial campaign by progressives to regulate schools’ disciplinary actions so that members of major racial and ethnic groups are penalized at equal rates, regardless of individuals’ behavior.
His July 26 executive order established a government panel to promote “a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools.”…
The progressives campaign for race-based discipline policies also won a victory in Maryland July 24.
The state’s board of education established a policy demanding that each racial or ethnic group receive roughly proportional level of school penalties, regardless of the behavior by members of each group.
The board’s decision requires that “the state’s 24 school systems track data to ensure that minority and special education students are not unduly affected by suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary measures,” said a July 25 Washington Post report.
“Disparities would have to be reduced within a year and eliminated within three years,” according to the Post.
The state’s new racial policy was welcomed by progressives, including Judith Browne Dianis, a director of the D.C.-based Advancement Project. “Maryland’s proposal is on the cutting edge,” she told the Post.
Dianis’ project is also a law firm that litigates race-related questions, and it gains from laws and regulations that spur race-related legal disputes.
Equality of outcome has become the new religion. I use the word “religion” ironically, of course. But I chose it because this particular movement rests on the belief (or the pretense) that, any time members of a race or group defined as disadvantaged exhibit lesser achievements or undesirable behavior in some area, it must by definition be due to bigotry and discrimination, and that the situation needs to be rectified not by changing the behavior but by changing how that behavior is measured or judged. The goal is to equalize the outcomes for the races in the statistical sense.
It hurts society as a whole. But perhaps the ones who are the most damaged by it are the members of the disadvantaged group themselves.