I heard this at an education conference today: The persons in the top 20% of IQ measurement in China exceeds the entire population of North America. Online I found this: that the same hold for 28% of all persons in India. Aside from the false, craven appeals to American Black and Latino children and their parents, it seems like the time to invest in American education has come and gone. Perhaps that time period was the late 1950’s and early 1960’s – when Black folks were still begging for access and American firms were just beginning to cast a desirous eye overseas. Over the next ten years, a precious opportunity was lost.
The Chinese are the new boogeymen. Jack Bauer has done all he can to ensure a hasty demonization. Movies are sure to follow. Educators have summoned up the audacity to appeal to Black and Brown citizens five decades after that the fact. That’s not likely to be all that appealing given all that families must deal with to develop the best in their children.