Maybe this is an example of set theory as it is taught in accordance with the Common Core Curriculum Standards — that a generalization made about a set does not apply to all subsets of that set. Either that, or maybe it’s payback for white privilege.
Either way, an elementary school in Hampton, Va., sent a letter home to parents announcing that all students had failed to meet the previous year’s reading requirements on the Standard of Learning test mandated by the state for all Title I schools. Then to add redundancy to injury, the letter added that white students had failed to pass the test.
Parents of students at Smith Elementary School were taken aback at the seemingly hostile and discriminatory act. One of them, Cheriss Pisani, told station WTKR:
The kids brought it home. My boyfriend was like, ‘Wait a minute. White kids? White students?’ I was like ‘What wait?’ I have never seen anything like that before in my life.
It just mind boggles me because someone signed off from this letter. It came from the principal and I was like, ‘Okay they think this is acceptable,’ and it`s not. Not to me and it never will be,” she added.
A spokesperson for Hampton City Schools explained that the district was following Virginia Department of Education guidelines, which state that the objectives are organized by subgroups, separating students by race, language, and economic status.
But in that case, why is there no separate listing in the letter for, say, black students or Hispanic students?
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