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Apostle Claver: Want better education? Show courage for reforms!

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Want Better Education? Show Courage for Reforms!

The students of the America rank 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math out of 34 developed countries of the world.  Why so low? It could be that the dismal performance of African-American students are dragging down the national score.

The performance of black students nationally is appalling.  The numbers on black males is something akin to criminal.  And because of the poor performance of black students, especially males, they are nearly automatically sentenced to a life of crime and incarceration.

Here are some hyper-conservative ideas to reverse the normality of failure of black primary and secondary school students.

Bring Back the Paddle!

A great deterrent to black students achieving standard education and socialization goals is their utter lack of discipline and their lack of respect for elders and those that have authority within their lives.

One can conclude that the liberal-socialist, “politically correct” agenda (also known as Progressivism) that has taken control of the education culture of America is the instigator of this void of discipline and disrespect.

One way of putting discipline in the life of a student and respect for those with authority in days gone by, was to put a paddle on their rear ends.  As for me, and many of you reading this composition, this was how we were raised, shaped, molded, and directed.  We learned quickly to behave in class.  There was no “time out”. The paddle came quickly, sternly, and would be repeated as many times as needed for a student to grasp the concept of discipline, good behavior, and respect.

African-American parents should reject the pop-culture, liberal agenda that somehow using the paddle is child abuse or teaches a child violence.  Our children are spoiled because liberal secularist advocate sparring the rod.

Shut down the U.S. Department of Education!

There is no place within the United States Constitution that permits the government to federalize the education of this country. Pro-centralized, big-government forces have for decades attempted to take over the role of educating our nation’s children – primarily to indoctrinate them into their political ideology.  They have been successful.

However, the performance of our children in the classroom continues to spiral downward.  You can track this downward trend to the establishment of the U.S. Department of Education during the Carter administration.

If we want to reverse the failing trend of our children in education, eliminate the entity that launched the plunge – the U.S. Department of Education.  Remove the federal government from the anti-Constitutional act of centralizing education and place education back into the hands of the states and municipalities as the Founders intended.

Conservatives have touted the shutting down of the department, but have failed miserably at actually doing it.  Instead, Neo-Conservatives have actually expanded its power and scope.  Thus, the failure of our children in the classroom grows at a rapid pace.

Promote Expansion Privatization of Schooling

It cannot be argued that the most effective institutions of primary and secondary education in today’s climate are private, charter, and parochial schools.  Members of the black community should be strong advocates of shifting reliance on public, government-run schools to more emphasis on non-government and charter schools.

Opportunity is rampant for teachers that are frustrated with the government-dominated education culture to break free by being education entrepreneurs.  Such risk-takers will be more financially successful if they launch their own private schools.  Let these schools be run with the efficiency of a small business – focusing on classroom results and financial shrewdness – and, apply pressure to public schools to produce results.  This increased competition (which unions don’t favor) will compel the pro-government forces to re-evaluate their methods of teaching and administration and elevate their in-classroom performance.

Defy the Power of the Education Unions

Education unions have last the spirit of “what’s best for the children” and adopted the attitude of “what’s best for the union”.  As a result, reforms that would benefit the children are opposed and unions thwart the challenge of open competition.  To open up the education of our children to the benefits of institutional competition is perceived by the unions as a scheme to lessen the union’s influence upon society and weaken the union’s political power.

Union-negotiated contracts inherently protect the stature and tenure of teachers and makes it near impossible to dismiss ineffective teachers and administrators.

Educators that truly care about the classroom performance of our children versus the self-centered motivation of the unions, should defy the anti-reform powers of the education unions.  Such teachers should demand the elevation of competition in the education culture which benefits students, teachers, and administrators.

Remove Sex Education and Liberal-socialist Indoctrination from Curricula

Some subjects are best left to the purview of parents and the spiritual community.  The information universe is replete with anecdotes of troubling curricula that tweak the sensibilities of Christ-centered citizens.

Many of us have heard the horror stories of education boards approving a curriculum that aggressively attempts to “normalize’ homosexual relations and/or introduce the intricacies of copulation to children that barely know the English alphabet.

Parents should fight for the primary focus of the local curriculum of their school districts to be on classic and traditional subjects that branch out from the roots of literacy, mathematics, and history.  Veering from such an educational foundation has resulted in irreverent, ill-educated, and over-sexed generations.

Resist the Temptation to Throw Money at the Problem

Currently in Texas 50 cents of every tax dollar is directed toward education.  For such an allocation, inner-city youth (especially males) suffer a greater than 50% dropout rate.

The liberal-socialist argument continues to be that more money needs to be thrown at the problem.  Really? If 90 cents of every tax dollar were allocated for education would not the result be a 90% dropout rate?

The failures of the education system in not the result of a lack of funding.  It’s the result of the decay of educational ethics and fundamentals.  There has been a disturbing discarding of such ethics and fundamentals that in decades past was essential for students of color achieving at a better rate.

Citizens of color should resist the temptation of yielding to the specious argument of “more money will solve the problem”.  Instead, the community should insist on internal reforms and a return to the values that worked in the past.  The community, en masse, should reject the destructive ideologies and philosophies of a culture lost in the haze of a liberal-socialist agenda (also known as Progressivism) and political correctness.


  • Becky Trousdale says:

    This is a very good article, I agree with everything written. But there is one more problem that I experience myself as a parent and that is how schools handle children with some type of disability . I have two children that did not have trouble with learning, in fact one was considered gifted. But my two youngest children had trouble learning and no matter how much we worked with them, it did not help. I would talk with the teachers and tell them what we where seeing, for example, adding letters and sounds that were not in the word. No one would test them, so we had to pay allot of money to have them tested privately. That did not work either because both children where in kindergarten and first grade. Both were ahead of their classes when it came to verbally expressing themselves, both were confidant and when you spoke to them they could remember what was learned. They are both dyslexic with their trouble being reading and retention along with spelling. It took until my oldest daughter was in third grade( and we held her back one year) to finally get the school to test her, and an amazing teacher that acted like a pit bull and would not back off. Even then we did not get the help through the school district that they needed and that was required by law. By this time my oldest daughter was ready to give up. We were very lucky to have found a women that tutored children with dyslexia and that was reasonable in price . This helped turn my children around. They are in college and still struggling but they are in college. I look at the trouble we have had and I think about the children that do not have the support at home, or the children that run into the same road blocks that we did. They give up before they even leave elementary school. Now my children are grown up , I wanted to go and volunteer in schools , they let you but not with the children or in the children’s classes. I would to sit with kids that need extra help with reading or simple math. When my oldest son started school, they would put all the children that learned at the same rate in the same class. I liked this because the kids that learned quickly could keep moving on and the children that needed extra time got the time to really learn the subject and then move on to the next subject. My oldest son was hyperactive but he caught on quickly so when he was in a class that moved at the same pace he never got in trouble. In his fourth grade year they decided that they should put mix the children in the same class with the hope that the quicker students could pull the slower student up. Well what happened is the teachers had to spend time keeping the quick learners busy and time keeping the slower learners up to speed and there was a whole group of kids forgotten. The ones that need not need as much attention as the slow learners and maybe did not catch on as fast as the quick learners. Another hole for a group of kids to fall into.What I saw happen with this group is that kids that took to long to learn ended up getting pulled forward without the groundwork to learn the next step, they gave up. Kids in the middle ended up acting out because the wanted attention, and kids that learned quickly ended up being slowed down to help the slower kids. This is what happened to my oldest son. I can keep going on and on. The biggest trouble I found what the gate program for the very smart. All it did was create a elitist group of kids that looked down on the rest of the school because they were not as smart as they were. I saw this behavior in my second son and pulled him out when he started in Jr. High. All my friends told me, How can you do this? I said How can I not? I did not like the direction my second son’s behavior was heading to. I ended up putting him in the school that was in my school district. I ended up having the best teachers that did not let him just rest on his ability to learn quickly. They make him stretch in all subjects. In 6th grade they had him do 8th grade math, in 7th grade he was doing algebra , in 8th grade they were taking him to High School to learn algebra II and at the same time the teachers helped him to keep a level head by telling him , yes you are blessed to be able to learn quickly, that you are gifted in math, but there are others that are gifted in English , or in sports, or history, and science. In other words everyone has a talent somewhere . I can say because I have had teachers that cared all through my children’s school career and because I kept myself available I think my kids have grown up fairly well balanced. I still have trouble with one child in college that thinks going out and parting is a subject course and she excels at it. I was going to say lol, but it is not funny and we are getting ready for some tough love, but that is another topic. Keep up the good work and lets have good honest talks on uncomfortable subjects. That is how we turn this country around. Every child deserves a chance to succeed, but they also have to realize we believe in them and they have to believe in themselves and do the work! Merry Christmas everyone.

  • stone says:

    Thank you for posting this.

    John 1:4 says “In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men…” but in 1948, the US Supreme Court ruled that daily recognition of God (through prayer) in our nations schools was “unconstitutional” . With the removal of God from our schools, we unknowingly also rejected a respect for authority and the multiple virtues of discipline.

    We have wandered around in darkness, confusion and despair for the past 62 years trying to figure out what went wrong with our education system. We apply quick fixes, institute massive overhauls, and throw money at a problem we don’t understand…never getting to the knowledge of the truth of our problem: We rejected the God of the Universe and unknowingly also rejected the Light He brings to our lives.

  • GInger says:

    Great article. I will share it with other Moms concerned about education. The more we talk about eliminating the Dept of Education, the more likely we are to see some effective actions to actually shut it down.

  • Homesower says:

    Bad schools. Fatherless families. Aborted children. Why is it that Republicans get the rap for being racist? Its the progressives who have instituted policies that disproportionately afflict black families.

  • Linda Rund says:

    Thank you Apostle Claver:
    These topics are major in order to change the trend of what’s going on in our schools…that we pay taxes for. The indoctrination has been going on for decades as you mentioned. We must stop it.

    I totally support all the topics you mentioned….but would like to add one more: No school should have the authority to denounce/reprimand a student for wearing patriotic apparel (USA t-shirt; U.S.Flag on bicycle) for the sake of not offending some other culture.

    So how do we further educate the Black Community of all you have suggested? This is critical.

    LR-Clear Lake

  • Gabri says:

    May God bless you!
    You are talking my thought.

    As a Legal Immigrant, I remember back in [West] Germany in the mid 70th my 2 daughters were preschoolers. We were invited to a Teacher Couple for an Sunday afternoon. Their both children were slightly older than ours. These kids had the so called ‘Anti Authority Education’. Their room looked like disaster area with their featherbed covers slit open on the floor. These children jumped all over the place with noise that we adults had hard time to talk.
    We did not stay long because my children were kind of confused because there was no real playing possible. I never had any contact with these Teachers anymore. I was wondering what kind of ‘turbulence’ would be going on in their classes.

    I was born after the war. In Hitler’s time indoctrination in schools was well effective.
    I was not able to talk with my parents or other family members about the Nazi Time without they became aggressively defensive.

    My girls went to ‘normal schools’, did very well and they decided in the early 90th to move with me to the USA. Now we are American!

  • Richard Price says:

    Excellent relevant blog. I have the exact same concerns on these issues and completely agree with your reform suggetions. You deliverd my own thoughts in such eloquent understandable fashion.

  • Bruce Baillio says:

    This is an excellent article and I support all of the reforms mentioned. The comments have brought up other issues about religious observance, shows of patriotism and attention to the learning disabled. These are all true enough, but none of them addresses the core of the problem.

    The percentage of GDP poured into education has more than doubled in the past 25 years, and test scores have gone down. This is proof that more money (no matter how much) is not the answer. The end product of our educational system (learning as measured by test scores) has gone down while per student expenditures have gone up. Why is it that every politician, every news story, all anyone can talk about is how we need more money for education? Apostle Claver has touched on the real cause of the problem, although his suggested reforms only indirectly address the problem. What is the real source of the problem? THE HOME.

    Self discipline, respect for authority, placing a high value on getting an education and the willingness to sacrifice immediate pleasure for long-term benefit are all taught at home. No teacher, counselor, policeman or social worker can make up for the failure of parents to teach their children these values. It may be politically incorrect and uncool to blame the childrens’ failure on the parents, but that’s exactly what I am doing. The responsibility starts and ends in the home.

    Parents need to be willing to give up their personal distractions like TV, sports, dancing at the club, drinking, etc. and devote that time to helping their children have a better future. Teach them to love to read by reading to them. Teach them that learning is important by helping them with their homework. Teach them discipline and respect for their elders and those who are trying to help them learn. Keep the family intact. Do whatever you need to do to keep a loving mother and caring father in the home to give the children a stable, loving home. This is the cure for our education problem and no amount of money can buy it. In the end, every child has to self-educate. The school and the teacher are just the keepers of the fountain of knowledge. In the end the child has to drink it on his or her own.

  • Right of Way says:

    Right on, brother! If only more blacks and educators in general would stand up to the so-called progressives who have progressively deteriorated the education of the greatest nation the world has ever known – there is no excuse with the resources that are available in this country for the statistics to be anything but excellent for reading, math, science, etc. You are so right that it is the philosophy/agenda of those in charge of instructing the teachers and the administrators of the school systems with their superior, arrogant attitudes that have pulled the system down – it is only common sense.

  • ms chark says:

    thanx. educators have always pleaded for more funding and seem to receive it. tx has some of the highest prop taxes in the country, and we still turn out not-very-educated students, and high drop rate. revenue doesn’t seem to fix the problem. education is important, absolutely, but tx education is not working. no one addresses that issue it seems. if a corp kept producing a poor product, it would go out of business because people would stop buying that product. it’s the end product that is troublesome and no amt of $ seems to cure it. the lobbying they do and emotional blackmail used to coerce the public to fund their inadequacy is bothersome. the threats they make never reflect cutting their overspending or mispending, but always suggest they will punish students first rather than fix their money management skills. if administrators can’t manage their budgets how can they be good examples for students going out into he real world? they set the example, have a spending problem? no problem just ask for $. Can’t solve a problem or use critical thinking skills, no problem, just ask for $ The lesson being: money solves problems and if you don’t receive $, your worth is devalued. it’s a twisted line of logic used by educators and a bad lesson for students to learn.

  • Dr. B. says:

    Read Gary Lee Burgess’ book- Distorted: Three-fifths of a Pupil, Restoring the Intellectual Image of Students of American Slave Descent, Together and Still Unequal. Go to http://www.publishamerica.com to get a copy. This book puts forth the whole story. The apostle is on to something.

  • Texayn says:

    Further, we are now living and experiencing the result of inferior public schools through legislators who have never been required to read the constitution they swore allegiance to protect and defend. They think they are participating in a democracy with no apparent acknowledgement that we are a representative republic. Why should we expect quality legislation from progressively educated drones? It took 70 years to destroy the public education system, it won’t be fixed over night. We must learn to recogize incremental steps for positive change as a good thing. Conservatives seem to be all or nothing oriented to their own detriment.

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