What happened to “white privilege” in recent statements made by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio?
Mayor de Blasio called parents who are thinking about removing their kids from troubled Department of Education-run schools “privileged”.
Privileged, but not white privileged. Those people leaving are of all nationalities, sexualities, even income. Yet, the De Blasio opted for class warfare, recently commenting:
“…those of lesser means will stand and fight for the city’s future.”
The future? Has de Blasio really looked at the state of education? In 2019, the New York Post reported:
More than 140 New York City elementary and middle schools had at least one grade where more than 90 percent of kids flunked their state exams last academic year, according to a Post analysis.
A total of 23 schools had at least one entire class where not a single student passed a math or English proficiency test given annually to kids in grades 3 to 8.
“Behind these figures are individuals,” said Yiatin Chu, a member of Manhattan’s Community Education Council 1, a parental advisory panel. “These are families who count on our schools to educate their children. This is depressing and it’s shocking.”
With many of the city’s lowest-performing schools spending in excess of $30,000 annually per student, Chu called for urgent scrutiny of the Department of Education.
Dismal results for an education that costs taxpayers $30,000 annually per student. No wonder many call K12 schools, failure factories.
Yet de Blasio encourages people to leave their kids in these centers of failure.
Moreover, parents taught their own children for almost two months and received no compensation.
Is it any wonder why parents are considering leaving New York or placing their kids in charter or private schools.