Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Narrow the Inequality Gap by Just Graduating High School

We here about inequality all of the time now. Unemployment, weak job growth and stagnant wage growth generally out of focus because it makes the president look bad. The deeper look is that it would make our FIRE economy system look bad, so we definitely do not want to talk about it. A personal favorite the last week or so has been for the media to discuss inequality with regards to the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Inequality is the root of all evil. With the steady drumbeat of the media, I wonder what the progressive apparatchiks have in store for us from a policy standpoint to solve this. The media loves to point the black white income gap, never the wider black-Asian gap or even wider black-Jewish gap, but black-white so whites can feel guilty and vote correctly. The media can never own up to a simple way to close this gap because it reveals a horror story about America. Blacks simply need to graduate high school at higher rates.

We can brush aside immigration (negative effect) and broken families (negative effect) and just focus on
graduation rates. Per the wonderful Schott Foundation, one can get a glimpse of the true graduation rate for black males. Sadly, the foundation is beating the drum on disparate impact of school suspensions like the rest of progressive institutions. With their data in hand, the hidden truth is revealed. The percent of black boys that enter 9th grade who then received a regular diploma after four years is 52%. This is up from 42% since 2002. This 52% is a first for cracking the 50% line since tracking it. Despite the straight line drawing in their website's report, older data they used to release showed how that number bounced between 42-48% through the decade. The foundation's director says it is not flaws in the students but neglect by the government policy-makers and officials. Whatever that means, since black girls graduate at higher rates in the same school districts (similar to the white male-female differential). If you have a black friend who graduated high school, he is one of the good half. Now think of how all the black guys you know have graduated high school and ponder the out of sight underclass. Those guys are not around you, and you do not want them around with the other issues that follow them.

This has knock on effects that the media does not want to consider as part of the inequality debate. It is pretty easy to look at annual salary data and see that, on average, high school drop outs make roughly $10,000 less than high school graduates per year who make less than college graduates. This is another filtered funnel the media and progressives will not cite. You cannot close an income or wealth inequality gap if someone dropped out of high school fifteen years earlier. Never finish high school and magically, there are a lot of jobs you cannot get nor fields where you can advance. This is not access to college and more education. This is about basic high school completion, which has been "dumbed down" as much as possible by our education policy-makers. The problem is being portrayed as a lack of engagement and evil school suspensions, because God forbid anyone be accountable for their problem. If the kid has a tough home, we cannot cite how that broken home may be the result of government social welfare incentives or higher rates of dysfunction in certain communities.

This is a horror story. One that will not be fixed with all the government programs in the world. Increase the number of two parent homes and the graduation rate might go up. That would require removing perverse government incentives that foster single moms and a matriarchal structure for a society. Two parents do not solve everything, but that situation makes parenting easier. We cannot change those incentives because that's the gimmedats formula for leftist electoral success as well as lost jobs for the social workers of America. It comes back to finishing high school. It goes back to homes and families. These are issues we will not address properly. In the eyes of our progressive overlords, it will be much easier and better to install more government programs, more redistribution and more fairy tale slogans than to face reality.

14 comments:

Stirner said...

50% would account for all the Black students with an IQ over 85. That IQ level is probably quite close to the threshold for the minimum IQ needed to hack high school graduation.

Half of Black students have an IQ lower than 85. For them, Algebra 2 is like a Liberal arts major trying to major in Math at MIT. They simply have no chance of keeping up. I would sure get rowdy or drop out after a few years of being forced to fail at Advanced Math.

These kids desperately need high school instruction that assures basic literacy and numeracy, and the trains them in professions suitable for low-IQ people. Hospital attendants, salespeople, drivers, dockworkers, tradesmen, etc.

"College for All" is poisonous ideal of the egalitarians, but it proven most harmful for the left side of the bell curve

Clark Piranha said...

When I first saw "Schott" foundation, I thought of Marge Schott. But something tells me she didn't have the chutzpah of Don Sterling, or gave a damn about winning a NAACP award.

Anonymous said...

I think you underestimate the degree to which high school graduation requirements can be further dumbed down. If the problem is too many black kids failing to graduate high school, then the solution is to give them all diplomas; gap reduced substantially, ergo problem solved.

I'm sure if we make some politician's job or funding depend on closing the gap, that is what will happen.

Son of Brock Landers said...

I just finished "the deliberate dumbing down of america". We got rid of the carnegie set unit to make it easier. We're scraping the bottom of the barrel already.

PA said...

Your blog needs to have a wider readership. Many good bloggers do polemic, but you do solid researched posts WITH original thinking. It's a shame that your Nixon or Sheldon Adelson series got buried in your unsearchable archives.

Two ways I can think of for increasing readership: (1) comment on popular blogs; (2) switch from BlogSpot to Wordpress. The latter has to do with better graphics, especially in the comments section).

I like your strategy of once-a-week funny/sex posts. Alt-Right blogs can become to grim and monotonous, absent some levity.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Thanks PA. Always consider you a top notch commenter and value feedback. I'm OK right now. My goal is to finish the damn book Ive been stuck writing at word 15k. Ive seen steady growth in readership, and Ive also seen what too many eyes reading can do. I used to post on Tumblr but stopped after the Social Justice people flooded my inbox. I have kids to feed. I have no clue where I'd comment. Any advice?

PA said...

I have no clue where I'd comment. Any advice?

Anywhere big guys like Sailer or Derbyshire read. They have even wider audieces, so their endorsement travels far. GLPiggy had the magic formula for relatively slim comments section with first-tier readers. Heartiste would be another place.

I would also see if TakiMag or equivalent outlet would publish your work.

(My fav is still your Pearl Jam analysis from some three years ago.)

Anonymous said...

i love this blog but this is one of the weakest posts I've seen yet. the same thinking behind this is why we have record numbers of people going to college, neck deep in student debt. i don't have the numbers handy but i'm seeing stats on the breakdown in the college wage premium.

plus, the only way the HS plan will get implemented will be to dumb down high school standards, which makes it a less valid predictor of reliability on the job, which means that people cant trust it for hiring anymore. So the premium to a high school grad versus a dropout would also decline.

basically - the issue is quality of underlying human capital and the value system. a strict moral/religious system and low human capital and you can make something out of it. simple, clear rules overcome ineptitude. the ten commandments are effective because they are easy to understand. burn in hell if you disobey.

the current anything goes environment will continue to be a disaster for the worst off among us and this plan won't fix it. might mask it for a few years though.

nikcrit said...

Any advice?

Well, not to push the point, as i've suggested it before ------ and I do realize your above inquiry wasn't directed at me.

But FWIW,
I think you have the ingredients already, in terms of format, pace and tone, but i have to persist in asking: why the moderated comments? I mean, you've proven to be above the fray and have scared off the knuckle-dragging obscenity types who can ruin blogs and make moderating comments necessary.
I believe moderated comments shies off lots of worthwhile contributors, as one of the biggest draws of ideology blogs is the immediacy; the ability to hold forth with a measure of substance AND make said contributions immediately known. Lots of blog commenters get a lot of personal asnd vocational oomph! from real-time blogs; so, while maybe there's some self-serving interest in my plea, i think it's true to say that: you ARE GL Piggy's legacy bearer ------- if only you unchained your commenting section and let the voices bloom!! :)

nikcrit said...

These kids desperately need high school instruction that assures basic literacy and numeracy, and the trains them in professions suitable for low-IQ people. Hospital attendants, salespeople, drivers, dockworkers, tradesmen, etc.
"College for All" is poisonous ideal of the egalitarians, but it proven most harmful for the left side of the bell curve


Hell yeah -------- but if you only knew how much ideological resistance and claptrap such eminently reasonable pleas cause in the beauracracy of public instruction.

nikcrit said...

I think you underestimate the degree to which high school graduation requirements can be further dumbed down. If the problem is too many black kids failing to graduate high school, then the solution is to give them all diplomas; gap reduced substantially, ergo problem solved.

IDK or believe our host said anything to suggest he's underestimating, but i can attest to the fact that kids ----- NAMS and NON-NAMS alike----- are being 'pushed through' 9-12.

it's depressing: administrators demanding that teachers GIVE OUT COPIES OF THE NEXT-DAY EXAM FOR KIDS TO STUDY---VERBATIM COPIES THE DAY BEFORE ----- and yet, when the bell rings and the kids file out of the room, the floor is littered with those copies of the next-day's exam!!! students care that little about the test and thus their overall class grade.

And does that not say it all? I mean,what else must a post like this even bother pointing out given you all believe the scenario i just described ------ a scenario i've seen over-and-over.

Part of the problem is, in my district, i'd say onliy about 20 to 30 percent of the student body goes on to college or tech school ----- so seventy-percent of the school more or less has a pass-fail mentality toward all their academic endeavors; they simply want to graduate from high-school, whether with a 3.0 or a 1.0; there has got to be a way to incentivize those with no ambitions beyond graduating ------ but, yeah, that mission alone is enough to make one discouraged too.

nikcrit said...

re. stirn'er's opening comment, which i initially commented on a bit upthread:

I still agree with his comment, but i should've made it clear that i'm a bit less deterministic about just how much to steer their, ideally, more 'vocational-tech' -type h.s. curriculum.
yeah, i get the point. but i don't think i'm dreaming when i think a lot of these kids could do 'more' than very rote attendant and 'dockworker' kinda gigs, etc.

i mean, i've seen some wonderful programs where they teach, say, food prep and higher culinary-restaurant type professions ----- and the kids take to 'em like wildfire, as it's something they can relate to, because they've seen their own elder family members do such work and careers.
And when they do connect to a realistic form of vocational-tech education, you then see all sorts of positive if secondary characteristics among these otherwise quite lethargic students: initiative, pride in their work, accountability in terms of quality and deadlines, etc.

I could go on with horror stories on how and why certain such programs were successfully enacted and then stupidly terminated. but i've done as much here and on other blogs, so some of the regulars who know my riffs probably already know where i'm coming from on this issue.

Portlander said...

These kids desperately need high school instruction that assures basic literacy and numeracy, and the trains them in professions suitable for low-IQ people. Hospital attendants, salespeople, drivers, dockworkers, tradesmen, etc.

Oreo, Uncle Tom, acting white, etc.

OG's gotta keep it real, yo. Until they are north of 35-40, when OG finally loses its appeal. Then they get to complain there are no jobs.

Too many blacks practice that model, and worse the majority of black culture condones, and in places such as the music industry, glorifies it. Practically everyone has an older uncle or family friend that was a gang-banger and so forth then mellowed out. So when a Trayvon or MB meets an untimely end, in the black community's mind it's not fair: it's just a phase, we've all done it, what's the harm.

Steve Johnson said...

I have no clue where I'd comment. Any advice?

I think Isagoria's place would be perfect for finding your audience.

He post excerpts and links to interesting writing on all sorts of topics.

You really do deserve a wider audience.