Nostradamus Kilory strikes again! re: Sixty years after Brown!

Sixty years after Brown and still a long way to goJeff Raffel, Helen Foss and Joseph Rosenthal

The causes of school segregation are complex. Housing segregation, more based on economics than race, plays a role, keeping many minorities in the city. Charters and choice have given both blacks and whites options that have increased segregation. Moreover, many people and organizations are concerned that limits on who can attend certain charter schools affect individual choice and accelerates segregation by race and class.

Should we care that school segregation has returned, at least in Wilmington, especially if some of this is by individual choice rather than by overtly racist laws? We believe we should. Success in our society increasingly will be for those who can participate in a multicultural environment. Research has shown that teachers prefer to work in schools that are not segregated by race, economic status or limited in student academic achievement. No, an African-American student does not need to sit next to a white student to learn, but desegregated schools by race and class tend to ensure higher academic success for all students in attendance.

The sad part about charter schools is the law allows a specific interest factor associated with serving at-risk students whom many are predominately African-American.

Public schools should have all the services available for overachievers and underachievers, the same resources in the arts and school building amenities. The downtown mega charter school is nothing more than warehouse! Inspiration cannot come from a textbook or a Race to The Top program. The models must be real and alive! Reducing a school to a population of struggling students limits student’s from seeing success within their school. Sure there are success in such schools. However, the ladder within doesn’t have many rungs. Why is there first and second honor rolls? Why is there Tag and AP classes? Why is there college courses being taught in some high schools? I can’t find the words to describe what I am getting at! However, I’ll try it this way! The academic opportunities drives the menu. If student’s menu is to meet or exceed the standards in contrast to a menu to meet or exceed all expectation and potential then those with a the limited menu won’t reach beyond. Getting hard here! If a professional athlete or musician can inspire children to reach for the stars why can’t having a school with the lowest performing students and the highest performing students within inspire the lowest performing students to be higher performing students. Sorry Charter School of Wilmington leaders (not students) your notion keeping out underachieving students because they would be a negative drag on the overachieving students is “immoral” and counterproductive to the mission of public education and the spirit of fair and equitable public education.

The danger associated with desegregation aka de facto segregation is the isolation of black and white children whereas a social culture shock is brewing when these children must come together in the workplace and in society. The biggest fear of many whites is the fear their white children will adopt urban behaviors such as in music, dress and mannerism. Honest conversation here, white children who cross such lines are called Wiggers and sadly black students coming out of the hood who become overachievers are being accused of being sellouts and wanting to be white! Sure we have a great sense of culture diversity in Delaware but there is still underlying prejudice and racism. The sad part of this is, it dwells within education reformers who see nothing wrong with segregation or de facto segregation.

Perhaps my analogies are way out there but I call it as I see it. I was born in 1954 and my eyes have witness the change and OMG then there was my dad the typical Archie Bunker. The poison of parents black and white pours over to their children and leave some staining. 

I have a hunch when President Obama completes his term the high for blacks having a black president will be over and the reality of nothing really changing will hit home. I see social unrest brewing compounded by a government bent on collecting data on all citizens black and white. The pot is boiling and before whites and blacks come together we’ll see the mutual erosion of our freedoms at the hands of a  failing government. Perhaps 50 years from now America will be in total social chaos with government on one side and the people on the other. In the middle there will be bands of criminals black, white and of all colors killing and taking to survive. 

Preparing students for the so-called global economy has some merits. But let’s no kid ourselves, the push to get our students there is putting more resources in place for the overachievers to get there first. I see no real goal of eliminating the achievement gap. Blacks will remain the underclass because many affluent black leaders who can make a difference are too busy kissing the ass of the likes of Governor Jack Markell.

We are fortunate that the Earth we count on for our human survival will consume us and punish us for not taking care of Mother Earth. Earth is the Noah’s Arc of mankind within the universe and the Earth will consume all of us in Arc. But in the meantime a complete social breakdown is on the horizon. America is shifting to a two-class society by design of the government.

If we can’t keep our public schools free of cultural in-differences we won’t survive as a human race. Yea Yea, Kilroy’s doom and gloom bullshit. So much is on the backs of our children yet the profiteers of today within the community black and white will weigh them down. Perhaps we need to look beyond Brown Vs The Board of Education and let the works of Dr. King and Hick’s Anderson be the guiding torch and way. The  problem within education is a direct link to problems as a society and what goes on in the home! But I know one-thing, allowing Wall Street so much play in public education is a formula for disaster. Poverty has become a profit center in public education and valuable resources are being taken from the classroom. 

8 responses to “Nostradamus Kilory strikes again! re: Sixty years after Brown!

  1. My question would be what is the end goal of all this. So this is occurring, the government knows it is, and nothing is being done about it. Eventually it will have to reach a crisis point where it boils over. You can only keep a class of people down for so long, even when they don’t know it. The truth always comes out.


  2. It’s like I always say… Programs, programs, programs! High poverty schools place an educational glass ceiling over their students by denying them accelerated programs. Tell me which elementary school your child attends and I’ll tell if they’ll end up at CSW or in AP courses. That has to end.

    And the real issue is poverty, which looks different in West Virginia than it does here, but has the same educational outcome. This isn’t really a race issue; it’s an economic issue. Even if Christina didn’t serve the city, it would still be one of the highest poverty districts with all the same problems because most of the area comprising the district is flippin’ poor. I’ve always wondered why that one tiny affluent Newark area didn’t mobilize to be included in RCCD – since they really don’t want any part of “other” suburban Christina white residents.


    • Eve Buckley

      What I’ve heard about the history of CSD’s formation (but no doubt others know more) is that greater Newark believed it would NOT be part of the 1978 deseg. order (the one breaking Wilm. into school districts with suburban & urban sections) until very late in that process. Only the poorest slice of Wilm. was “unclaimed” at that point, by the districts that knew they’d be part of the deseg. plan. So that remaining section was linked to the Newark area to make Christina SD.

      Hasn’t the CSD suburban area become considerably poorer over the past several decades, outside of relatively affluent “West Newark?” I suppose that wasn’t so predictable, in ’78–? (And of course that “one tiny affluent Newark area” did mobilize over the last decade, to create a K-12 charter in which a few W. Newark communities are vastly disproportionately represented!)


    • Riddle me this:
      Newark population is 20% below the poverty line. Christina H/S all hover around 50% below the poverty line and 65-70% are eligible for FRL. (Based on DOE statistics)

      This is where perceptions vs. reality hit the road. Pandora believes an enclave of affluent residents are the root of evil and they’re out of touch with their fellow residents. Reality is; most of Christina is NOT “flippin” poor. Looking at DOE district demographics it portrays a lower income profile than reality because 1. 30% of students are from a low income area of Wilmington. 2. There are 30 -40% of students of the district attending alternative schools and these tend to be engaged higher income students/ families.

      This is a direct result of the social & behavioral impact of redistributing kids all around the county strictly on a racial basis. Those with the means or recognition of the insanity (Black and white) took their kids and tried to put them in acceptable situations.

      When the redistribution was enacted, didn’t that provide access to all the programs that were perceived to be lacking? If there aren’t sufficient quantities of students capable of accelerated programs what should be the response? When the full bore student redistribution was in effect, did the elementary school predicator claim exist? By the claim it shouldn’t have since they were all sent out of the city?

      If it’s a poverty issue, what’s the solution? Tax the “haves” more and redistribute it to the have not’s? Is that the solution? Redistribution through confiscation of income? When does personal responsibility, choices, and motivation come in and if you make better choices and your government takes the results of those away, who’s left working for the government to confiscate the fruits of their labor?


    • Eve Buckley

      MRyder, a data question: is your 20% Newark poverty number from the City website? If so, I think that’s a “city limits” figure (which is a quite SES-different, and much smaller, area than suburban CSD) AND an all-population figure, vs. just schoolage kids. Also, low-income and poverty are different measures, as you know but others may not (as I recall, “low-income,” that is, qualifyng for free/reduced lunch from the federal govt’, is up to 1.8 times the “poverty” level used by the census).

      The most carefully calculated low-income % for schoolage (K-12) kids living within NCS’s five-mile radius is 35%–this comes from Stockman’s analysis of census block data and DOE student data (that is, he used two methods to measure, both of which arrived at ~35% low-income kids living in the NCS five-mile radius in 2012). That % may have risen if the trend described by the NJ for DE holds for kids in the five-mile radius. The NCS five mile radius is not all of suburban CSD. It is a good chunk of suburban CSD (over 80%, as I vaguely recall from the maps)–but the suburban population gets rapidly poorer as one moves to the outer rim of that radius. So low-income % for schoolkids in suburban CSD is probably around 40% or higher. For precise poverty % (vs. low-income) of schoolkids in suburban CSD, one would have to work closely with census block data, broken down by age (this can be done, as I recall–it takes a while). Is that how you arrived at 20%?

      To your point “There are 30 -40% of students of the district attending alternative schools and these tend to be engaged higher income students/ families.” Whatever the % is (I think it’s closer to 25%), there’s no question that this drives poverty concentration in district schools higher than they would otherwise be. That doesn’t help the district schools (in terms of family resources, or behavioral climate)–which is why many people believe we shouldn’t INCENTIVIZE that exodus by publicly funding enclave schools for the mid class (remember, most taxpayers don’t have kids in schools–they’re just supporting a public good, by law, that is broadly linked to their property values). Parents with sufficient wealth will always be free to choose private schools, but there’s not much sense in subsidizing that exodus (and thus enabling the increasing concentration of poverty in non-selective public schools). Better to tempt more affluent families to enroll in their community schools, e.g. through TAG or other desired programs (arts intensive, language immersion); this gives those families something they want AND reduces concentrated poverty in the local public schools, with all its associated, downward-spiraling problems. My view: stop pursuing the elite-charters model and, instead, direct school reform/parent pressure to the districts. I know they haven’t been responsive in the past, but I’ve attended a LOT of meetings with various CSD staff over the past year, and I think families interested in TAG, etc., can work with them. Nothing will change overnight, but there is thoughtful and sensible leadership in the district. They need parents to work with their efforts, not against them.


  3. The danger associated with desegregation aka de facto segregation is the isolation of black and white children whereas a social culture shock is brewing when these children must come together in the workplace and in society.

    LOL!! Really? Then why do HBCs — Historically Black Colleges — continue to exist, Kilroy? To perpetuate that “shock?”