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Friday, February 25, 2005

But We're Not Allowed To Think Such Things

Now I'm really confused. Are we going to move back to the days of "separate but equal" in our public schools?
Teacher's Race May Play a Role in Student Achievement
BY MEGHAN CLYNE - Staff Reporter of the Sun

Matching students with teachers based on race may improve pupils' academic achievement, according to a new study released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The paper, titled "The Market for Teacher Quality," uses statistical and economic analysis to investigate differences in teacher quality and what accounts for them. The bureau, based in Cambridge, Mass., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic research organization.

Evaluating the caliber of teachers based on student achievement in grades five through eight in a large urban school district in Texas, the researchers found that while "good teachers seem to be good teachers for everyone, regardless of whether they've got good or bad kids," pairing students with teachers of the same race seemed to improve student performance ... (link)
If I had to choose between a good teacher and a white teacher, give me the good teacher every time. But I don't pretend to speak for people of other hues.

The Ugly American

Hillary Clinton may be the darling of the liberal press, but she has a lot to learn when it comes to keeping her mouth shut. As reported by the New York Post this morning.


WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has touched off a diplomatic flap with Iraq's incoming government by questioning whether the leading candidate to become the next prime minister is too close to Iran's ayatollahs.

"There are grounds for concern and for vigilance about this," said Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I am willing to look at the situation and not yet jump to conclusions," she added.

"But I don't believe there is by any means a large body of opinion that wants to cede independence and control over Iraq's future to Iran." (link)

Her comments were poorly chosen for two reasons. First, she has angered the presumed leader of Iraq, and second, she makes it sound like we intend to maintain control of Iraq in the future. The first problem was handled by al-Jaafari himself, who proceeded to spank her on her protuberant butt.

The likely new prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, shot back at Clinton, who just completed a visit to Iraq, by questioning her credibility as a spokeswoman for U.S. foreign policy.

"Hillary Clinton, as far as I know, does not represent any political decision or the American administration and I don't know why she said this," al-Jaafari told The Times of London.

"She knows nothing about the Iraq situation," he added.

As for "ceding control," someone should tell the esteemed senator from New York that control has already been ceded - to the Iraqi people. They will decide for themselves how close their ties to Iran will be. She can fret about it if she so chooses, but decisions regarding the future of the new Iraq are up to them.

As President Bush has intended all along.