January 1, 2010

HARRISON BERGERON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Berkeley High May Drop “White” Science Labs.

BHS purportedly has the widest racial academic achievement gap in California, which the council deemed “unconscionable.” Depriving students of science lab instruction because the labs benefit mostly white students apparently isn’t unconscionable. . . . For those who frequently blog and write about racial preferences and lowered standards for blacks, this isn’t surprising or shocking. Bureaucrats are embarrassed that blacks lag behind their peers, so taxpayers fork over millions to try to achieve the unattainable goal of equal outcomes.

Berkeley High’s plan apparently was surprising and shocking to tech blogger and Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson. Author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More and Free: The Future of a Radical Price, Anderson mentioned the story on Twitter, and other bloggers picked it up.

“I’m not necessarily opposed to race-based proposals,” Anderson told me via e-mail. “I just think the premise of this one—’science is for white people’–is absurd and deeply counterproductive.”

Good grief.

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