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    Oregon abolishes academic standards in the name of ‘equity’ and antiracism

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/0...nd-antiracism/

    By Hans Bader August 10, 2021

    The progressive state of Oregon is getting rid of reading, writing, and math requirements for high-school graduation, in the name of helping “Latinx” and minority students. As Jazz Shaw notes, it’s doing this “based on allegations of racism.” The “governor’s deputy communications director said that dropping the requirements ‘will benefit Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.'”

    Journalist Andrew Sullivan calls it “the bigotry of no expectations” for minority children. By contrast, progressives who want to abolish these basic standards say doing so promotes racial “equity.”

    The Oregonian reports:

    For the next five years, an Oregon high school diploma will be no guarantee that the student who earned it can read, write or do math at a high school level.

    Gov. Kate Brown had demurred earlier this summer regarding whether she supported the plan passed by the Legislature to drop the requirement that students demonstrate they have achieved those essential skills. But on July 14, the governor signed Senate Bill 744 into law.

    Through a spokesperson, the governor declined again Friday to comment on the law and why she supported suspending the proficiency requirements.

    As Shaw points out, it’s now common for progressive local governments to abolish standards if minorities supposedly can’t meet them:

    We’ve seen this in so many liberal school systems by this point that it’s almost becoming routine. They weren’t getting enough minority students who were able to pass the proficiency exams. So rather than putting in the work to bring those students up to speed, they simply dropped the requirement for everyone, essentially turning their diplomas into participation trophies.

    Oregon’s law passed over Republican opposition: “Democrats in the legislature overwhelmingly supported ending the longtime proficiency requirement, while Republicans criticized it as a lowering of academic standards,” notes the Oregonian. The elimination of these standards is likely to reduce academic achievement. As the Oregonian points out, “The requirement that students demonstrate freshman- to sophomore-level skills in reading, writing and, particularly, math led many high schools to create workshop-style courses to help students strengthen their skills and create evidence of mastery. Most of those courses have been discontinued since the skills requirement was paused during the pandemic before lawmakers killed it entirely.”

    However foolish it may have been, Oregon’s decision to eliminate standards was consistent with critical race theory. Since minorities meet these graduation standards at a lower rate than whites, they need to be discarded, according to critical race theorists, even if these standards measured useful skills.

    The most famous critical-race theorist is Ibram Kendi. His book How to Be an Antiracist, is a “comprehensive introduction to critical race theory,” notes the leading progressive media organ Slate. Kendi’s views are celebrated in the Washington Post and the New York Times. The Times touts Kendi’s axiom that “When I see racial disparities, I see racism.”

    If blacks and Hispanics meet Oregon’s standards at a lower rate than whites and Asians, that is proof of “racism” to Kendi, who teaches that every unequal outcome – economic, educational, social — that can be measured is the product of racism. He argues that the “use of standardized tests to measure aptitude and intelligence is one of the most effective racist policies every devised to degrade Black minds and legally exclude Black bodies.”

    Kendi is wrong to claim that unequal racial outcomes are all due to racism. Many obviously are not. For example, Latinos live three years longer than whites, on average, even though doctors don’t discriminate in their favor. Asians make more money than whites, on average, even though Japanese and Chinese Americans used to face massive discrimination. And while blacks make less money than whites, on average, immigrants from some African countries like Ghana and Nigeria typically make more money than whites do.

    Unequal racial outcomes exist everywhere in society and the world, usually for reasons unrelated to racism, as the black economist Thomas Sowell chronicles in his book Discrimination and Disparities.

    Oregon’s academic standards led to schools teaching students skills that are useful in our economy. But that may not matter to leading critical race theorists. They want to abolish the capitalist system, not sustain it. “To love capitalism is to end up loving racism,” writes Kendi in How to Be an Antiracist.
    Last edited by Anti Federalist; 08-11-2021 at 07:41 AM.
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    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    So they are saying minorities aren't as smart as white people? Who are the racists again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69360 View Post
    So they are saying minorities aren't as smart as white people? Who are the racists again?
    That's already an established fact.

    They are saying there is no solution and no lifting those levels up, and the only thing to be done is to make whites and Asians more stupid.
    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    OR-Reading, writing, and math proficiency dropped from HS diploma due to racism
    This might get attention of anti-racism minorities activists who have been making ads lately to raise awareness against increasing anti Asian-American bias.


    Asian-American Students Outpace Other Groups in Math

    Wave of anti-Asian bias in the US is a sad relapse

    ft.com/content/2d664479-7b32-4bac-81db-4a1db877da52

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoYC_8cutb0

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    What about poor on the job performance by those that have acquired degrees even though they lack competency? Those people need merit raises and promotions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlennwaldSnowdenAssanged View Post
    What about poor on the job performance by those that have acquired degrees even though they lack competency? Those people need merit raises and promotions!
    Expecting satisfactory job performance is white supremacy.

    They need UBI.
    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    That's already an established fact.

    They are saying there is no solution and no lifting those levels up, and the only thing to be done is to make whites and Asians more stupid.
    This is just all part of the Dumbing Us Down "education" that's all part of gov schools. And, if they can further divide us to keep hating on each other, the plan will keep working beautifully.

    All gov schools are bull$#@!. And, some of the smartest peeps I know can't take a test very well.
    There is no spoon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Oregon abolishes academic standards in the name of ‘equity’ and antiracism

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/0...nd-antiracism/

    By Hans Bader August 10, 2021

    The progressive state of Oregon is getting rid of reading, writing, and math requirements for high-school graduation, in the name of helping “Latinx” and minority students. As Jazz Shaw notes, it’s doing this “based on allegations of racism.” The “governor’s deputy communications director said that dropping the requirements ‘will benefit Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.'”
    Aren't Asians on average the worlds best mathematicians ?
    "I am a bird"

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    No more three R's, reading, writing and 'rithmatic? Now it's the three P's, propagandizing, politicizing and pussification?



    Last edited by acptulsa; 01-24-2022 at 07:48 PM.
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    Jefferson was slaveholding, racist rapist.

    How dare you quote him, you racist $#@!lord.
    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Jefferson was slaveholding, racist rapist.

    How dare you quote him, you racist $#@!lord.
    You're worried about ancient slaves. I'm trying to avoid becoming a modern slave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    You're worried about ancient slaves. I'm trying to avoid becoming a modern slave.
    I'm thinking the Marxists would be very happy with that outcome.
    "Truly, whoever can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    I'm thinking the Marxists would be very happy with that outcome.
    Marxists thrive in human misery.

    Last edited by acptulsa; 01-24-2022 at 09:31 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
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    Read John Taylor Gatto. The problem started much earlier, with an emphasis on proficiency brought about by standardized, formal education. The main proponents of such a system were not Marxists or anyone like them but industrialists like Carnegie and Rockefeller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralfy View Post
    Read John Taylor Gatto. The problem started much earlier, with an emphasis on proficiency brought about by standardized, formal education. The main proponents of such a system were not Marxists or anyone like them but industrialists like Carnegie and Rockefeller.
    So, standardized formal education is being used by Marxist devils. Does that make it a bad tool? Every tool man ever invented--even the Holy Bible--has been used by devils. Should mankind stop inventing tools?

    I got a pretty decent standardized education, myself. Of course, the federal ED, the Department of Education, had barely started operation when I graduated. So pardon me for disagreeing with the notion that formal education is a tool that can only be used by these devils. The ED, on the other hand ..
    "Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"--Will Rogers

    "All I know is what I read in the newspapers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance."--Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralfy View Post
    The problem started much earlier, with an emphasis on proficiency [...]
    Whatever the problem is today, and however that problem can be characterized, it sure as hell ain't "an emphasis on proficiency" ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Whatever the problem is today, and however that problem can be characterized, it sure as hell ain't "an emphasis on proficiency" ...
    The Oregon program is an emphasis on proficiency in mediocrity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonny Tufts View Post
    The Oregon program is an emphasis on proficiency in mediocrity.
    Even that is giving them too much credit.

    They'll be extremely fortunate (and accidentally so) just to achieve mere mediocrity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Even that is giving them too much credit.

    They'll be extremely fortunate (and accidentally so) just to achieve mere mediocrity.
    Either that or they'll go find it on their own.
    "Stupidity got us into this mess. Why can't it get us out?"--Will Rogers

    "All I know is what I read in the newspapers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance."--Will Rogers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    Whatever the problem is today, and however that problem can be characterized, it sure as hell ain't "an emphasis on proficiency" ...
    See those performance reports on desks in companies? What do you think happened to all that Taylorism and scientific management?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralfy View Post
    See those performance reports on desks in companies? What do you think happened to all that Taylorism and scientific management?
    See those high-school "graduates" who are given participation trophies called "diplomas", but who can't even read, write, or do basic math? What do you think happened to all that "emphasis on proficiency"?
    Last edited by Occam's Banana; 01-27-2022 at 08:29 PM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ralfy View Post
    See those performance reports on desks in companies? What do you think happened to all that Taylorism and scientific management?
    It didn't go anywhere. It grew into a monster, aided by government regulation designed by the very industries the government narrowed to only a few gargantuan companies. By the nineties, even the Santa Fe Railway wasn't big enough to survive one bridge washing out. All thanks to the big squeeze put on "Class One Roads". The government message has been clear for half a century: Merge or die.

    Quote Originally Posted by acptulsa View Post
    The issue with the coming availability policy is its failure to allow time off for employees in unassigned service.

    Employees who work in assigned service, such as in yard jobs or locals, have a regular schedule with assigned days off. It might be a Monday through Friday job with Saturday and Sunday off, but it's far more likely to have less desirable days off like Tuesday and Wednesday. Either way, those employees currently can take one sick day off per month beyond the eight assigned days off.

    Employees in unassigned service are on call and do not have assigned days off. The current system expects those employees to be available for work 75% of the time. Weekdays are considered separately from weekend days, so the current system allows an employee to take five weekdays and two weekend days per month.

    The new system assigns a point value to days depending on how likely the day is to be taken off. For example a weekend day is more valuable than a weekday and a holiday is more valuable than a weekend day. Employees will start with a certain amount of points and each day taken off will deduct points from the total. Run out of points and the employee is subject to dismissal.

    As far as employees in assigned service are concerned the new system doesn't change things much. But those in unassigned service will no longer have those two weekend days and five weekdays per month. In fact, if an employee in unassigned service observed those same 7 days off in a month almost two-thirds of their points would be gone. Less than two months of taking those 7 days off would put the employee in a position to be dismissed.

    The only way to get points back is to work 14 consecutive days and that would only get you one weekend day or two weekdays worth of points back. Take a three-day weekend and you have to work 42 days in a row to get back to the starting point value.

    Now you can use paid days off, such as vacation time, and that won't ding the points, but if the last two years are any indication of what the future will be like good luck getting time off approved. They'd sooner cut you a check in January for unused vacation time than approve time off requests throughout the year. Using a paid day off interrupts the 14 consecutive days you need to work to get more points. Also, you can't go over the starting amount of points and you can't bank them if say you were really eager and wanted to work two months straight.

    Nobody who has worked for the railroad for any length of time has had an expectation they would work the same kind of hours as regular workers. It becomes clear very quickly that you'll go to work on holidays, at odd hours, during power outages, ice storms and heat waves, that you'll miss birthdays, weddings and recitals. You'll be out of town when friends and family wanted you home. Those who don't figure that out don't last long on the railroad.

    And that leaves the people who are still around working on the railroad. They have shown up through each wave of the pandemic, when the schools were closed and kids had to stay home, when the only way to get toilet paper or lysol was to show up at the grocery store and get in line at 7am. They have done their duty as essential workers and have done it proudly, even as their families and marriages have suffered and friends and relatives have passed away because it has to be done to provide for your family. To say this new policy is out of touch misses the mark. It's inhumane to expect your workforce to power through two years of pandemic and time off requests being ignored (all the while creating record profits) to go from 7 days off per month to one or two.

    In more than a decade on the railroad I've never had any trouble with attendance. The only things I've ever gotten for attendance have been letters and postcards thanking me for showing up on holidays or during the pandemic. I like railroads and I like my job as an engineer. I like coming to work. But there's no way - even for somebody like me who wants to be here - to work 42 days in a row in exchange for a long weekend.

    But what about RSIA? Doesn't that guarantee two days off after working six consecutive starts? It does, but 24 hours and 1 minute between starts resets the count, and that can happen when you're at the away-from-home-terminal in the hotel waiting to be called (I had 21.5 hours in the hotel yesterday). Getting called to deadhead also resets the start count. When these loopholes can be exploited by the company to their advantage they are. I was only able to string together six starts three times in 2020 yet I worked more hours than ever before. Same story in 2021.

    A big part of the reason conductor classes aren't filling up like before is the word is out on that job. I would no longer recommend the job to a friend or family member (up to two years ago I would have). I'm not alone on this; traditional railroad towns, where the railroad is a coveted job that you can only get by knowing someone, are having a difficult time filling up conductor classes. There were hundreds of people at the hiring session for my conductor class and only 14 got in, two of whom were alternates for the previous class and one of whom had many years with another class one railroad. If I didn't have family on the railroad I probably wouldn't have gotten the job myself. Well that scene is a distant memory. There aren't enough applications to process to try to put a class together.

    Another reason is it's been years since we had a raise and the cost of everything has gone up during that time, and not by just a little. Moreover similar jobs with far better work-life balance have increased their pay to attract employees. Choosing between a conductor job and another outdoor/physical job doesn't mean working for half the pay anymore.

    On top of that railroads have made it clear they want to eliminate the conductor position. Why take a job with a marginal pay increase and a terrible work-life balance where you might only have the job a year or two? And now you can't take even one day off per week?

    If there's a hiring crisis it is self-inflicted. There are hundreds (thousands?) of furloughed employees across the country who could be called back to work if this was about being short of qualified and trained people. I was furloughed my first year and when I was called back to work I had 30 days to report or I'd forfeit my seniority. These people aren't being called back.

    Do more with less is the name of the game now. Double up trains so fewer crews have to be used (nevermind the fact that it takes the equivalent of an extra crew to put the two trains together and break them apart resulting in zero savings). Eliminate carman jobs and have the train crew inspect and air test the trains. Train crews can't diagnose or repair any bad order cars because they don't have the training to do so. Guess what? They are far less likely to catch bad order cars or spot problems with air tests that aren't as obvious as "these brakes don't work." Fewer bad orders means fewer delays in the short run, until something catastrophic happens. When it does rest assured the conductor who performed the air test in a 2am thunderstorm with only the dying light of a lantern* to inspect the train will be who the railroad blames for negligence.

    Morale is in the toilet and most people are afraid of losing their jobs. The railroad isn't the kind of place where people work for a year or two. People out here have decades of service. Computers in the workplace had Windows 98 installed and there might be one computer in an office connected to the internet when many railroaders left their last regular job to start out switching cars in the yard. The fear of losing your job is only slightly less than the fear of having to find a new job in the social media hellscape where your skills are so outdated they're unrecognizable. Nothing good comes from living and working in fear like that. If you've always got one eye looking over your shoulder you have one less eye to do your job. And with the backstops that used to be there to catch mistakes all but removed, from yard jobs to hostlers to carmen and machinists, to yardmasters and even train masters, even a little doubt or distraction can spiral out of control quickly. Nobody can be perfect 100% of the time, which is why we've always placed such importance on communicating with each other and looking out for each other. Even if you had a regular, predictable schedule, it would be exhausting to work like that all the time. Well we don't have a regular, predictable schedule. It is exhausting. And it's going to be very difficult to keep up with it for a fortnight at a time.

    * You can't get replacement batteries for the lantern at the depot now because we've outsourced that to a contact company. Each employee has to register with them and order their supplies from the contractor. Too bad everything is on backorder because of supply chain problems.
    How do you think this came to pass? How do you think the U.S. became fascist, i.e. ruled by a partnership of government and industry? When the BNSF was the Burlington, Great Northern, Santa Fe, Northern Pacific, Frisco et al, this crap wasn't possible. Harding and Coolidge dismantled the robber Baron crap (a pair of Republicans, incidentally, from back when that party was worth a crap and the Democrats were the official party of the KKK) and made companies compete and serve again, and it took three quarters of a century for the robber barons to rebuild it.
    Last edited by acptulsa; 01-27-2022 at 08:34 PM.
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    "All I know is what I read in the newspapers, and that's an alibi for my ignorance."--Will Rogers

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