DONALD SEARS

When heading west over the Blue Ridge into Frederick County, Republican candidate for the House of Delegates, Leesburg’s Nick Clemente, had best understand his trip “over the mountain” encompasses not only the 40 miles he travels, but also a step back into the mid-20th century. Some local GOP Supervisors (Back Creek’s Shawn Graber?) appear not to have progressed beyond the “separate but equal” doctrine of 1950’s Virginia. You see, Supervisor Graber considers the idea of equity training for educators to be too progressive for Frederick County. But Mr. Graber should keep in mind that if the late Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. had been exposed to equity training, he might have realized that even had Virginia’s segregated schools been truly equal, they could never have produced equity (fairness) for Black students, who by their segregation, were made to feel different and of lesser worth.

According to an April 2 Josh Janney Star article, candidate Clemente came to understand educational equity vs. equality through the life experience of being a dyslexic child. Fortunately for him, his family had the resources to enroll him in an expensive private school that provided the help not available in his public school. Per the article, “He acknowledged that other kids might not be as fortunate and there are educational disparities for children from lower-income households, special needs children, and children in rural communities without access to high-speed internet. He said he hopes to close the education gap and provide resources and opportunities for all children, regardless of race, income level or learning disabilities...We are leaving children behind.”

(Luckily, the 10th District already has Democratic Rep. Wendy Gooditis fulfilling Clemente’s wish list, and nationally, Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton, with no help from any Republican, helped pass President Biden’s stimulus package, a bill that provides much of the local school aid Clemente’s Republican allies consider superfluous.)

So why is equity training important? “Mr. Google” offered this scenario: Lacking the price of admission, three kids went to the ballpark hoping to see the game from outside the fence. The tallest was able to see over the fence without standing on a box. The next tallest was able to see the game standing on one box, but the shortest needed to stand on two boxes to peek over the fence. If treated equally, each would have been given a box to stand on, but that would have meant two could see the game, but one could not. Since one’s height is a fate left to the gods, the equitable solution would have been for the boxes to be allocated in a way that all three boys got to see the game.

It would seem Supervisor Graber assumes he represents only “tall people who can see over the fence.” If he were to avail himself of the equity training of which he has such disdain, he might discover his Back Creek district is also home to “a few little fellas in need of a box or two to stand on.”

Donald Sears Frederick County

Donald Sears

Frederick County

(30) comments

DavidSparkman

Mr Sears and most democrats are very good at picking great sounding names for their programs. Who can compete with words like "Equity"? Well the flimflam artists are also very good with names so lets expose what deep equity really is: it is picking at scabs of past wounds so they will not heal. We began fifty years ago in my youth of undoing the evils of the Democrat party and their discrimination and segregation. So now the democrats want to restart the segregation and have the races fighting with each other over past wounds. We are returning to separation of the races due to Deep Equity and Critical Race Theory. Those of us who believe there is only one race, the human race, need to expose the new segregationist the democrats are proposing and kill it for the good of our society. Let the healing continue and stop picking at the scabs of history.

Spock Here

."We began fifty years ago in my youth of undoing the evils of the Democrat (sic) party and their discrimination and segregation."

Sparky's history lesson, as always, is not true. In 1964 (57 years ago) Lyndon Johnson, a democrat, signed The Civil Rights Act that made Jim Crow illegal. 50 years ago (Sparky's youth) was 1971, and this happened: From The Atlantic: The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—dam them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh. Yep, Sparks, those two were sure "undoing some evils" there weren't they? Racial disparities persisted after the law was passed because discriminatory policies persisted under a patina of colorblindness that After the passage of the act, Americans quickly confused the death of Jim Crow for the death of racism, so then they blamed persisting and progressing racial disparities on black inferiority. Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) had been complaining throughout the 1960s about those “dependent animal” creatures on welfare. Criminologists like Marvin Wolfgang were writing about urban blacks’ “subculture of violence.” Sociologist Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Johnson’s assistant secretary of labor, pointed to the black family as a “tangle of pathology” in a 1965 report....wow. (Ibram X. Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and the National Book Award-winning author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.") He goes on to say: "As these new forms of discrimination grew, so, too, did the annual commemoration celebrating the achievement of the Civil Rights Act (and other subsequent civil rights legislation), creating a perception that something must be wrong with black people..... As much as the 1964 act closed some springs of racial poison, it opened up a new spring for poisonous racist ideas to pour out, including the most poisonous idea to date: that America has defeated racism. It was an idea that ignored the white head-start, presumed discrimination had been eliminated, assumed equal opportunity had taken over, and figured that since blacks were still losing the race, the racial disparities must be their own fault. By situating the problem as black people and not racial policies, this argument framed affirmative-action policies meant to eliminate disparities as “reverse discrimination,” entirely unnecessary in America’s “colorblind” — and now “post-racial” — society....The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was not the beginning of the end of American racism. It was the beginning of our poisonous belief that America was ending racism." Moreover, he continues, "Racism did not end — it progressed. Racism progressed when legislators did not repair past discrimination. Racism progressed when Americans refused to identify discrimination by outcome. Racism progressed when new racist ideas blamed black inferiority for persisting racial disparities. Racism progressed when Americans chose the law and order of inequality over the civil right of equality."

That's precisely why people feel "Equity" education is needed, to understand the "healing" is hardly happening and that racism still exists. Nice try though, Sparks, even though you have been a "White Man's Burden" believer for years...

Doc Samson

The Atlantic? [lol] Using a far Left "source" to prove your points proves very little except that you might to read something other than sources that confirm your bias...

Racism has "progressed"? Refusing to identify discrimination by outcome? Your ability to ignore groups of minorities who don't wallow in self-pity is highly illogical. But, please, do go on... The Prog-Left... always looking for someone to blame and something to tear down...

Regarding all that "racism" in Georgia? "Hans von Spakovsky, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, notes, "Virtually every person of voting age already has such IDs, and those who do not can easily get them. Every state with an ID requirement issues a free ID to anyone who doesn't already have one. Despite the empty howls of 'repression,' states that have implemented ID requirements have seen turnout go up, not down."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/04/08/voter-id-laws-and-racism-democrats-just-muddling-debate-column/7113493002/

Spock Here

The fact that a magazine wrote about an incident that we now know is true, whether it be The Atlantic or Teen Vogue, doesn't diminish that fact: Reagan called Nixon and mocked Black people with racist tropes. Shouldn't you be talking about that fact rather than the "far left source"? I guess not.

Doc Samson

"The fact that a magazine wrote about an incident that we now know is true, whether it be The Atlantic or Teen Vogue, doesn't diminish that fact"

And that might be true. Too bad you only see it from one side because I guarantee that if it were Fox or any other source that had a hint of conservatism to it, you'd dismiss it with nary a glance... [rolleyes]

Spock Here

Funny thing about Fox or any other organization with "hint of conservatism...." a quick googly, none of those came up as reporting the story. I wonder why?

Doc Samson

Funny thing about Fox or any other organization with "hint of conservatism...."

You do know Google's algorithm is a thing, right? Also, again, maybe read some reasoned articles explaining why the Georgia law is simply not racist. Or don't... [rolleyes]

Doc Samson

This Leftist reasoning is classic - If you're against "equity", that just shows how much you need it!!! Spork, aka Mr. I Condemn Only Those Behaviors In Which I Also Engage, approves of that illogical logic! [lol] [thumbup]

missliberty

Sorry but I disagree with the author of this article - check out webinars on https://www.virginiaisforlearners.virginia.gov/ - teachers are apologizing for being white and acknowledge their need to eliminate bias - this is unacceptable and has nothing to do with challenging our students to excel to their full potential. This program is social engineering and does not belong in our schools.

Doc Samson

@missliberty - Leftists don't ever listen to anything that doesn't follow their narrative. Too much independent thinking is bad for the conformist mob...

missliberty

Deep Equity programs are harmful to children and include social engineering that has no business in our schools. Meritocracy is at stake and rewards are no longer given for homework, class participation, etc. If the student just shows effort, they get an 'A'. Check out the webinars on https://www.virginiaisforlearners.virginia.gov/ - teachers are apologizing for being white and admit they need to eliminate their bias ? what? This anti-white rhetoric is dangerous and increases racism in our students. Instead students should be encouraged to reach their full potential. Virginia Dept. of Education and public school union dues should be eliminated. Money from their dues oftentimes pays for these programs instead of going to the teacher salary increases and pension security. This program and it's associated brainwashing needs to be eradicated- it is highly un-American.

Spock Here

Eliminating bias is now "unAmerican"...Who knew?

Doc Samson

Yeah, except you aren't eliminating anything, just displacing it onto others. How fascist of you...

Doc Samson

@missliberty - When the lowest grade you (teachers) are allowed to give is a 50, regardless of effort... [rolleyes]

The Node

What an excellent description of “equity based” education! Let’s assume my 4th grader enters 4th grade with a 5th grade reading level. Since he can already “see” the game he has no need for any help. Using your box example, he doesn’t need and educators will not provide any instruction since he “doesn’t need any”. All the efforts, money and teaching will be spent on those without the skills. Your child gets nothing and the parents are told to stop being racist! Instead of giving every child all the opportunities to succeed as far as possible, equity based education attempts to decide outcomes. Perhaps instead of looking at education as spectators we should treat education as players. Allow all children to thrive to their max potential. Your willingness to deny students the best possible education because they don’t need any help is dangerous and foolish. Education is too important to allow these dangerous theories into practice.

Spock Here

"Educators will not provide any instruction"? Show us all where you read that. Thanks

That is actually not even close to any accepted pedagogical methods concerning this hypothetical situation. A equitable solution would be to offer that child one grade ahead more challenging work, possibly from the next grade up. Completely replacing the curriculum for one student would be irresponsible and ignoring the child is unethical.

You don't have a grasp of how teachers work, do you?

The Node

Offering a child more challenging work defeats “equity”.

GreatScott

America is about opportunity, never about equity. If you want that then go to that country, wherever it exits. Leave mine alone. Equity is evil. We are all different.

"Equity is evil"? Care to expand on that, so-called Scott?

Marymac

Very well expressed ! Thank you - hope this opens some minds

OldPhil

So who is making sure each of three poor little boys has an equitable box with which to watch a game that they haven't paid to see? The government, right? This is totally inane.

Catherine Giovannoni

Excellent example of the need for equity. Shame Mr. Graber never got such training.

Steve Cunningham

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones

Spock Here

Exactly. Graber would have been against installing ramps to enable wheelchair bound people to enter the library.

Steve Cunningham

Now our liberal friends on this forum can interpret what other people may be thinking, Wow Spock Here is a real life super hero!!

Spock Here

"may" be thinking is exactly right, Steven. Graber strikes me as a trogolyte and seems incapable for empathy of the marginalized. There were several of those back in the day that didn't want to foot the expense for handicap ramps, etc, because "not that many use them." Or so I've heard.

Steve Cunningham

Again spock just defers to name calling in typical liberal style. Such a sad little person.

Doc Samson

@Steve - Leftists have silent approval to enforce their mob mentality on everyone else, don'tchaknow? Their fantasies are their reality...

OldPhil

It's all the fault of those ableist restaurant owners for opening their businesses in bad buildings. Burn 'em down!

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