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1649, 20 Mar 16

End Result of the Equity Ideology

It’s sad that so many kids’ educations are being sacrificed on this altar.

For years, St. Paul school leaders have assumed — as equity ideology dictates — that differences in discipline rates are the result, not of higher rates of misconduct by black students, but of the racism of teachers and administrators, who are believed to unfairly target black students.

Most suspensions involve “largely subjective” student behaviors such as “defiance, disrespect and disruption,” St. Paul superintendent Valeria Silva told the Star Tribune in 2012. To prevent bias, teachers must learn “a true appreciation” of their students’ cultural “differences” and how these can “impact interactions in the classroom,” she said.

Since 2010, the district has spent almost $2 million on “white privilege” and “cultural competency” training for teachers. In addition, it has shelled out millions of dollars for “positive behavior” training, an anti-suspension behavior modification program.

Despite these efforts, the district’s racial discipline gap has remained stubbornly wide. So several years ago, St. Paul school leaders adopted what must have seemed a foolproof way to eliminate statistical disparities. They lowered behavior standards and, in many cases, essentially abandoned meaningful penalties.

You can guess the result.


1649, 20 March 2016


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Result: unsafe schools run by thug students.

    And liberals think one choice is appropriate when they oppose school choice?

  2. old baldy


    In WI that isn’t the case. You have private schools, and open enrollment. If you don’t like Kewaskum you can send your kids to WB, or vice versa. Happens up here all the time. Those in favor of voucher schools want a publicly funded, often relgious based,unaccountable system that duplicates the constitutionally guaranteed public school system.

    We chose to send our kids to our great public system, one that has some of the highest SAT scores in the state. I guess you could call that school choice, eh?

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    Point is: MN does not have school choice on level we have it here.

    MN needs to liberate all it’s students from one poor choice, as demonstrated in St. Paul.

    It’s for the children.

  4. old baldy


    OK, point taken if that is truly the case. But why the cheap shot at “liberals”, when you really don’t know who, liberal or conservative, created the problem?

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Show me a conservative that supports “equity ideology” when it cams to letting thug students run free in schools because of race?

    I can show you many liberal movements that want criminals to not be punished because of race.

  6. old baldy


    You still don’t really know what caused the problem in MN. There was a republican governor there until recently.

    And I can show you numerous “conservative” (I have the way that word is miss-used today) organizations and individuals that want to return to an all white, segregated 1950’s Ward and June Cleaver culture that never really existed. Your point?

  7. Kevin scheunemann


    That Republican never said or advocated to let thugs run wild in school.

    If anyone sorts by skin color, that means they are liberal. True conservatives sort people by content of character, not skin color.

    Only liberals these days, sort by skin color openly.

  8. old baldy


    “If anyone sorts by skin color, that means they are liberal”.
    “Only liberals these days, sort by skin color openly”.

    Really? Almost all of the R candidates at one time or another have advocated for just that. You really should keep up on things.

    And Mrs. Olsen, my 8th grade english teacher, would have cracked you across the knuckles for structure of that last sentence.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann


    Simple test.

    Who freaks out when conservatives say “all lives matter”?

    Liberals…. because many liberals only want black lives to matter.

  10. old baldy


    Utter nonsense.

  11. Dave

    Kevin’s specialty….utter nonsense.

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