Having it both ways

There is a great big double standard in our nation these days about diversity. Diversity, which is worshiped as a great and noble good of and by itself by our so-called progressives, is also used as a club against whites when it suits the Left.

The latest example? From a National Education Association worthy who bemoans the alleged lack of diversity among our nation’s teachers. From this Washington Times story, this is the (alleged) problem:

U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.

To which my reaction would be: who cares, so long as the teachers are actually teaching their students?

To think otherwise is to assume that minority students are so stupid and bigoted that they will simply not listen to any teacher who does not look just as they do. Which is apparently exactly what some in the NEA believe.

Actually, some in the NEA apparently believe two mutually exclusive things. As reported in the Washington Times,

Teachers are always pushing their students to excel, said Kevin Gilbert, coordinator of teacher leadership and special projects for the Clinton Public School District in Clinton, Mississippi.

It becomes easier for students to believe “when they can look and see someone who looks just like them, that they can relate to,” said Gilbert, a member of the NEA’s executive committee. “Nothing can help motivate our students more than to see success standing right in front of them.”

More than minority students would benefit from a more diverse teacher corps, said Ulrich Boser, the author of the center’s report.

“Even in a place like North Dakota, where the students aren’t particularly diverse relative to the rest of the country, it’s important for our social fabric, for our sense as a nation, that students are engaging with people who think, talk and act differently than them but can also be just as effective at raising student achievement in the classroom,” he said.

Huzzah! for our “social fabric.” Results don’t matter, apparently. And “social fabric” is a meaningless term, demonstrating too much formal education and not enough common sense. Let’s hire the best teachers and not spend any time worrying about the color of their skin.

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