Sunday, October 23, 2016

Radio Derb: Magical Thinking at the New York Post

E-Mail from an old friend

Subject below starts (omitted below) with conflict over borders of a good public school in NYC, PS199:

The [New York] Post is normally a pretty sensible paper; but race denialism does to IQ what Sherman did to Georgia. Here is an actual quote from their October 19th editorial, quote:

The core problem remains the ugly fact that the city's worst schools are overwhelmingly in minority neighborhoods.

End quote. Just savor that, and think about the mentality behind it.

We have fun at with what we call Magic Dirt Theory: the notion that differences in the overall performance of different races are caused by people just being in the wrong place.

Well, you see in that quote from the Post that it's not just Magic Dirt, it's Magic Bricks and Mortar, too. See, there are these bad schools. New York's PS 191, for example, has low test scores, and it shows up regularly on New York State's annual list of most dangerous schools.

What makes a school bad? It must be the construction materials it's made from. The bricks and mortar exude invisible, noxious vapors that make the students dull-witted and violent. What else could it be? And look: These bad schools are, quote, "overwhelmingly in minority neighborhoods." How evil is that — to put these bad schools with their poisonous bricks in neighborhoods full of blacks and Hispanics?

Why don't we build good schools in minority neighborhoods — schools made out of good construction materials, that don't make the kids dumb and unruly? Why does nobody think to do that? Don't black lives matter? Look at the injustice!

That is the actual mentality of race denialists. That's what they believe. It's magical thinking, at a level that would disgrace headhunters in the Amazon jungle.

The hypocrisy of those Upper West Side parents is, as I said, amusing and entertaining to watch. The willed self-enstupidation of those who shape public opinion is not amusing, not entertaining. It's depressing and alarming, and bodes nothing but ill for our civilization.


jeigheff said...

Within the last year or two, you published the account of a white male inner city school teacher who worked in the Washington, D.C. area (I think.) His students and their parents weren't easy to deal with. The teacher eventually got into big trouble when he was falsely accused of roughing up a black problem student while escorting him to the boys' restroom. The teacher's case made it to trial, but he was exonerated by a judge who seemed to understand that the teacher was being railroaded.

At the end of this teacher's account, he wished that the school where he'd worked would be closed and torn down some day. In spite of everything that had he'd experienced, he blamed the campus.

Nicholas said...

This the one?

jeigheff said...

Thanks Nicholas. I don't think that's the one.

Nicholas said...


Anonymous said...

"What makes a school bad?"

Bad kids that act in a bad way.