Why are progressive paradises such cesspools of crime, violence, sexual harassment, political corruption, bankruptcy, and now, illiteracy? Isn’t progressivism/socialism/communism supposed to lead to utopia? Let’s see, yet again, how sociopolitical perfection is working in real time in California. The New York Post reports:
A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools sued California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of schoolchildren who do not know how to read.
The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its ‘literacy crisis.’ The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, the lawsuit said.
‘When it comes to literacy and the delivery of basic education, California is dragging down the nation,’ said Public Counsel lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, who sued along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster.
You just found that out, Mr. Rosembaum? Where have you been, say, the last half-century?
Assessments found less than half of California students from third grade to fifth grade have met statewide literacy standards since 2015. Both traditional and charter schools are failing, Rosenbaum said.
Of the 26 lowest-performing districts in the nation, 11 are in California, according to the lawsuit. Texas, the largest state after California, has only one district among the 26.
Texas and California have large immigrant—translation: mostly Hispanic—populations, but have generally different expectations for those migrants.
[State Department of Education functionary Bill] Ainsworth pointed to more than $10 billion annually in extra funds for English language learners, foster children and students from low-income families. Some 228 districts will get additional support next year to help struggling schools, including the three named in the lawsuit.
Why is it necessary for California to spend an extra $10 billion dollars on “English language learners”? Oh, that’s right. California does everything it can to import non-English speakers—they’re reliable Democrat voters—and heavily subsidizes them at the expense of Americans. Note: Many Californians don’t see themselves as Americans, and many are damned proud of it. See the Kate Steinle case.
But what about “foster children and students from low-income families”? One suspects that’s what happens when state policy is importing and protecting millions of uneducated, non-English speaking immigrants, many of whom have no intention of assimilating, and many of whom have no meaningful job skills. When one imports the third world, and actually supports, even praises, all its pathologies, no one should be surprised at the results.
One of the plaintiffs is an 11-year-old student identified only as Katie T. When she completed fifth grade at La Salle, she was at the reading level of a student just starting third grade and was given no meaningful help, the lawsuit said.
State assessments found 96 percent of students at the school were not proficient in English or math, according to the lawsuit. Only eight of the school’s 179 students were found to be proficient when tested last year.
Why would this sort of thing be allowed to persist? Part of it is the progressive leanings of California schools, where political indoctrination takes precedence over fundamental learning. The mere presence of enormous numbers of illegal immigrants is virtue itself, but the sheer numbers of non-English speakers are also overwhelming, and it’s impossible for teachers to deal with the issues. How does an elementary teacher deal with a class that is 50% or more non-English speakers? If they progress at the pace of those that don’t understand the language, the rest of the class never progresses, never learns what they should learn.
David Moch, another plaintiff, is a retired teacher who taught at La Salle for 18 years. Moch said he had fifth graders in his kindergarten class.
Teachers were not given training or help to deal with the situation and programs that did seem to make a dent were discontinued, Moch said.
‘I chose to teach at La Salle because I wanted to help,’ he said. ‘Every day I was there, I witnessed students’ lack of access to literacy.
Teachers, apparently like Moch, wanting to do their best for their students, are facing an impossible task, forced on them by CA progressive politicians who have no political opposition to moderate their leftism. Disclaimer: I have nothing but empathy for honest people seeking a better life for their families. I’m sure I teach kids illegally in the country, but that’s my job. Most of my Hispanic kids are great people, and some are exceptional students, determined to do their best and succeed in their adopted nation. Who could fail to be impressed by that? But the issue is only, in part, illegal immigration.
California’s tragedy—there are so many—is progressivism not only causes such tragedies, it cannot admit failure, so the problems are not only never fixed, they’re made worse, and in this case, the lives of children are wasted. Future generations with little ability to survive on their own, to contribute meaningfully to society, are eventually ejected from the public schools with diplomas that certify little more than 12 years of occasional attendance. But oh my, are such people good little social justice warriors, railing against the very society whose honest, hard working citizens, who will, in part or whole, support them the rest of the lives.
“But look how we’re protecting them! It would be immoral to send them back to their home countries, a violation of their rights!” Where is the morality in filling kids with progressive propaganda without giving them the ability to read and write? Where is the morality in teaching them they’re virtuous for violating the laws of their adopted nation? Where is the virtue in teaching kids virtue lies in rhetoric rather than character and good deeds?
Thus are the productive fleeing the state, worrying the residents of other states who do not want their hard-working, functional states to be “californicated” by people exporting their failed political ideologies. Such people virtually define Einstein’s aphorism that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again but expecting different results.
This time, the consequences of failure will be acted out in the lives of the very children California bureaucrats, politicians and “immigration activists” claim to care so much about. But that’s a small price to pay for political purity and virtue signaling. After all, progressivism can never be wrong–but it’s certainly destructive.