Manchester School Administrator's 'Racially Biased' Remarks Cri...

In a letter to the board of education Monday night, Thomas Alexander, president of the Manchester Education Association, criticized the comments by Diane Clare-Kearney, who also pointed out Oct. Full Story
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Vick

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#1 Nov 12, 2008
A white administrator would be fired for saying the same thing. What a dope. Maybe having parents who care and some discipline in the school itself would help. Keep making excuses. This will insure that nothing will change for "people of color".
Jack

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#3 Nov 12, 2008
"Clare-Kearney declined to comment Tuesday. The district's K-12 supervisor for equity programs was recently honored as multicultural educator of the year by the New England Conference on Multicultural Education."

When I think back to my school days in the early 1970's, I often think of my schools "Supervisor for Equity Programs" Mr. Empty Suit and the impact he had on my life. If not for Mr. Empty Suit and the interest he showed in me, I would not be the success I am today in my management position in state government as a "Supervisor of Non Value Added." Remember, it's all about the children.
Bill

Waterbury, CT

#4 Nov 12, 2008
What's wrong with expressing your professional observations? This contrived sensativity to mentioning race when analyzing good and not-so-good students is not helpful. Everyone knows of the studies that show the difference. However, where there are two parent families, the family values an education and spends time teaching the children, racial differences are not seen.
Count Walker

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#5 Nov 12, 2008
Clare-Kearney is 100% percent right,you guy's wil attack her because she tell the truth,on the other hand you guy's let Mark Twain's Racist's book's be read in class and the 'N' word is used constantly,shame on you Hypocrite's!

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#6 Nov 12, 2008
Count Walker wrote:
Clare-Kearney is 100% percent right,you guy's wil attack her because she tell the truth,on the other hand you guy's let Mark Twain's Racist's book's be read in class and the 'N' word is used constantly,shame on you Hypocrite's!
If you had ever read and understood Mark Twain you would not make such a foolish remark.
Empty Suit

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#7 Nov 12, 2008
Clare-Kearney is right, I think people are laughing at the bloated position she has. However if a white administrator said what she said, that persons career would end.
Wa Ching

Oakville, CT

#8 Nov 12, 2008
There you have it! Someone brings up something that may boost learning and address the achievement gap and it's deemed an "insult to all students of color". People have different learning styles and if you can teach to that style the student will benefit. The last sentence says it all - "...continued training of teachers in "culturally relevant" instruction so students see their lives reflected in the curriculum; more "Courageous Conversations" aimed at changing attitudes about race; and a focus on raising the test scores of minority students." Diane Clare-Kearney is courageous for sharing her observations. She should not be maligned by people who want to turn an educational issue into a racial discrimination issue.
urban ed

New Haven, CT

#9 Nov 12, 2008
I AM a white administrator and I HAVE said the same thing. And nobody has fired me because they have read the same research that I have and they know it's true.
Less Than Sympathetic

Farmington, CT

#11 Nov 12, 2008
Too bad you can't get away with telling the truth these days. I've spent a lot of time studying the issue in a formal setting, and I have very little doubt that the test score gap issue is cultural. It is NOT racial, in that it is caused by someone's lineage or the color of their skin, but rather the environment and values they are raised with, not to mention the differences in communication and behavioral expectations. White teachers expect their students to behave like white children, just as a teacher fresh out of Japan would expect her students to behave like Japanese kids (VERY quiet and obedient). So when you throw someone into a classroom that operates under an entirely foreign cultural standard, you can expect a lot of frustration and disenfranchisement on the part of black students who are raised in all-black families and communities.

As a country, we continue to spend SO much time and money striving for equality and adequacy in education and society between blacks and whites, trying to figure out why there's such a discrepancy, but somehow at the same time we cannot acknowledge that there are differences between the two?! Until we can put away our guitars and toasted marshmallows and have HONEST discourse on the subject, we will never come close to a real-world solution.
Choice Words

Manchester, CT

#12 Nov 12, 2008
urban ed wrote:
I AM a white administrator and I HAVE said the same thing. And nobody has fired me because they have read the same research that I have and they know it's true.
You may be right, but I think part of the problem is that the comments she made in public did not point to any research at all. I think the moral of the story is that you need to be more careful with the words you choose - especially at a public meeting and with the press. But I think everyone agrees there is an achievement gap for minority students that needs to be addressed and schools should use different methods to help fix it.
Choice Words

Manchester, CT

#16 Nov 12, 2008
Retired-Cop wrote:
Problem wood b host stewdents can't red or rite. Know mudder who color they iz bee
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William Shockley

East Berlin, CT

#18 Nov 12, 2008
The facts are the Facts.

“Miss LMHtfd”

Since: May 08

Hartford, CT

#19 Nov 12, 2008
How many of these board members that Chairwoman Margaret Hackett is now speaking for are those who were reported to to have supported Clare-Kearney's proposal) including Michael Rizzo, who was quoted in the original article)? Did they concede to it only because they had to put on the proper face in public or have they only registered disagreement now to cover their a**es?

It's nice that they seem to be responsive to the concerns of their constituents but there is a problem when people in these positions are unable or unwilling to speak their minds openly and honestly in a public meeting. Had this controversy not erupted would they still be nodding their heads in agreement?
GEO

Newington, CT

#20 Nov 12, 2008
A year or two ago a Doctor came up with the theory that there are learning diffrences between blacks and whites. Well because the Dr was white they labled him a racist. This was national news btw. I agree the big problem is that the Black community has for decades tried to be just another sub culture in America with different values and traditions than non blacks, Now it is being used as an excuse why we have a grade gap. Look inwards at how your average black mother raises her kids and you will find many answers to the edu grade gap. Besides this touches on the schools in America today. The schools and staff frown on any kid that isnt college bound! Black or White. Besides if you want your son to be able to function in a office enviroment they better be able to follow the rules and sit and work.

Any Black man in a position of power has the gift of reason and study.
Larry

Portland, CT

#21 Nov 12, 2008
The Teachers Union and the Manchester Board of Education lack "the courage to change the things they can" in a Changing Environment. I am sure that Ms. Clare-Kearney has the data to back up her statements. It is always easier to attack based on remarks taken out of context than to try to address issues.
shocked

Bloomfield, CT

#22 Nov 12, 2008
If black and colored kids can't sit in class and take notes then they will never be able to be doctors, engineers, chemists, etc. Maybe we just need to lower the standards and expectations for these "late-blooming and rambunctous" children.

She's so self-absorbed that she can't even see how dangerous her argument is to her "own" people. Furthermore, I bet this is a black woman who had no problems learning in the traditional environment.

It's also starting to sound like the old argument that girls can't learn math because their brains are wired differently.

“it's only a matter of time”

Since: Sep 07

West Hartford

#23 Nov 12, 2008
In my view there at least two problems in this story. The first and most obvious, is that the education gap continues unabated. The second and perhaps more troubling is that the yahoos on the board of ed can't discuss anything without stepping on a PC landmine. How can they address the problem - any problem for that matter - if they can't engage in frank discussion?
Sheila

Manchester, CT

#24 Nov 12, 2008
Finally someone has spoken out again Diane Clare-Kearney's one-sided crap. You can all sit here and say how right she is but I highly doubt any of you were a student of her's. She was a racist back in 1996 when I graduated from MHS. She treated white students differently in classes, in the hallways and on the cheerleading squad. It's about time that complaints are being made because if a white administrator had been making the statements she has for years, they would've lost their jobs a long time ago. Personally, I don't care what color you are. If you can't sit in a classroom, take notes and learn lessons like all of the other student's than you should be in an alternative schooling. That has nothing to do with color. By the way, she has spoke many times about the racial imbalance in Manchester schools but she neglects to mention that her daughter's go to private school. If you want to make a change than you need to start at home.
shocked

Bloomfield, CT

#25 Nov 12, 2008
Based on her observations, it would probably be best to go back to segregated schools. Maybe even segregate society until the "late blooming", "rambunctous" kids,(apparently everyone who's not white according to her) are ready to join their white counterparts.
Konnecticut_Bete r_Yet

Norwich, CT

#26 Nov 12, 2008
You must be new to reporting, Kate. Don't trust the unions--they probably have it out for this administrator so they're using this as a smear campaign. Can't say I'm surprised the editors don't realize they're being used and manipulated, but they son't seem to be aware of much.

But I may be mistaken and this may be a legitimate complaint, There's a irst time for everything.

Don't let yourself be taken for a ride by the likes of the teachers union.

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