Is there a more leftist city in the United States than San Francisco? Via Donald Douglas:
As Parents Get More Choice, S.F. Schools Resegregate
San Francisco faces a challenge: promoting educational options without undermining classroom diversity
By Jeremy Adam Smith | San Francisco Public Press | February 2, 2015 – 8:40am
Each January, parents across San Francisco rank their preferences for public schools. By June, most get their children into their first choices, and almost three-quarters get one of their choices.
A majority of families may be satisfied with the outcome, but the student assignment system is failing to meet its No. 1 goal, which the San Francisco Unified School District has struggled to achieve since the 1960s: classroom diversity.
Since 2010, the year before the current policy went into effect, the number of San Francisco’s 115 public schools dominated by one race has climbed significantly. Six in 10 have simple majorities of one racial group. In almost one-fourth, 60 percent or more of the students belong to one racial group, which administrators say makes them “racially isolated.” That described 28 schools in 2013–2014, up from 23 in 2010–2011, according to the district.
But the San Francisco Public Press has found the problem may be even more stark: If Asian and Filipino students are counted together — the standard used by the Census — together the number of racially isolated schools in the last school year rose to 39.
The drive toward racial isolation in the district parallels a larger trend in the city: With many wealthier families opting for private alternatives, the public school system is becoming racially and economically isolated from the city as a whole.
See more here.
Of course, the good liberals of San Francisco aren’t alone: you can read through the 203 comments on this article at the Delaware Liberal, where you have liberals like Donviti admitting that yeah, he scrambled to find better, safer charter schools for his kids when the parochial school they were in shut down, and the very liberal frequent commenter Geezer saying:
Now explain the value of our investment in the vast number of minority kids who drop out before graduation. You can pretend there’s no difference between “their kids” and “my kids,” but most people will refuse to play along with that. Indeed, they already do, which is why charter schools have support among the public.
Read this and all related threads in DL history. The sales pitch boils down to, “It’s unfair of you to seek advantages for your own kids.” Fighting against human nature is always a bad bet.
When my family moved to Mt Sterling, Kentucky, in March of my third grade year, I went to the all-white Mt Sterling Elementary School. At the time, the school system was completely segregated. Then, while a fairly controversial integration plan was being worked out — it would have phased in racial integration over three or four years — the W E DuBois school, the school for blacks, was burned down, in August of 1964, between my fifth and sixth grade years. The start of school was delayed a week or two, but the system was fully integrated for the 1964-1965 school year because there was nothing else that could have been done. It might have been traumatic for the adults, but for the students, it didn’t seem like that big a deal, at least not as far as I can remember.1 But, whatever hard feelings might have existed among the adults, it was somewhat mitigated by the fact that they were not being asked to have their own children bused to a different school, just for integration, because there was only one school!
But, once you got to larger cities, with multiple schools, then yes, white parents who supported the concept of integration were far less thrilled when it came to busing their kids away from neighborhood schools, when it came to using their children for social engineering purposes.
The Delaware Liberals argued about that, and the white parents in über-liberal San Francisco are doing the same thing, perhaps not by talking about it, but by using their money and influence and resources to make sure that their kids aren’t the ones who have to attend school with Hispanics and Negroes.
Our American Left just couldn’t exist without hypocrisy, from progressive superstar Elizabeth Warren urging higher taxes on the wealthy while declining to pay higher rates herself, to environmentalists and income inequality worriers flying hundreds of private jets to conferences in Switzerland, to the integration-for-thee-but-not-for-me attitudes we see in liberals. They are very, very good at telling us how we should live our lives, and very, very bad about living their own lives the way they say we ought to live ours.
- I was more used to integration than most students, because the schools in Antioch, California, where I attended kindergarten and the first and second grades were racially integrated, though that meant more Hispanic than black students. My best friend in Antioch was Mexican, but I didn’t really think anything about it at the time, because Tino was just the boy across the street, and I didn’t know that that was somehow supposed to make a difference. ↩