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    http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/be...nt?oid=1536705

    In January, the Berkeley (Calif.) School Board began consideration of a near-unanimous recommendation of Berkeley High School's Governance Council to eliminate science labs from its curriculum, reasoning that the classes mostly serve white students, leaving less money for programs for underperforming minorities. Berkeley High's white students do far better academically than the state average; black and Latino students do worse than average. Five science teachers would be dismissed. [East Bay Express, 12-23-09]

    I don't know what bothers me more - denying white students (and everyone else in the schools)an adequate education, or the insulting assumption that minority students are too stupid to do science. Obviously the answer to educational disparity is to water down the curriculum.

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    Poor justification for budget management. Clearly, the school is looking at cutting costs and it's the primary motivator.
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    Why would they keep science labs? I don't think there is a lab section on any of the state or national standardized tests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    Why would they keep science labs? I don't think there is a lab section on any of the state or national standardized tests.
    Thank you for pointing that out. Once upon a time we taught students a broad-based curriculum intended to impart information and skills seen as important, and, perhaps more importantly, to develop reasoning/problem-solving/decision-making skills. Now, of course, we teach how to pass a multiple-choice test.

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    I think they call it disparate impact when it is perceived that tests or curriculum are preference to white students and somehow minorities can not handle it. I dont know how it is possible if everyone is receiving the same information for white people to understand it and minorities not, but if they dont they want to dumb down minority education, which is not a good idea. The standards of our school system are down because we have these tests that supposedly track academic progress when all they do is make teachers teach kids how to take a test.

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