Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Federal Government Beating Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to death

Yesterday I posted the link to Martin Luther King Jr.'s now famous "I have a dream" speech. I was so heartened to see this story in the paper.

Martin Luther King Jr. would be pleased by how students in Laguna Creek High School's "unity class" embody his dream of "a nation where they will be not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The 37 students in teacher Jeanne Kirchofer's classroom span nearly every combination of race and ethnicity. About half said they would rather be identified as Americans, erasing race from the boxes. They reflect a trend in California schools, where growing numbers of students and parents decline to state race on forms and tests.

Right on! We're human beings, all brothers and sisters. Division by skin color is artificial, ludicrous, racist and clinging to a misguided past.

Too bad so many people make so much money on division and race-baiting, including massive Federal bureaucracies. They don't like the younger generation's implementation of MLK Jr.'s dream.

But the U.S. Department of Education, which is trying to close the achievement gap between races, is asking school officials to "eyeball" students who decline to state and check a box for them.

"We know and the feds know you can't force someone to fill out a form. So what the feds have actually said is to more strongly encourage them to self-identify," said Keric Ashley, the state Education Department's director of data management. "If all those efforts fail and the parents refuse, the feds say school officials should observe and report a race."

People issuing or trying to follow these instructions should be fired. They're working to maintain racist divisions in humanity for money. It's inexcusable. Any child having trouble achieving should be helped. It's entirely irrelevant what color their skin may be.

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