Senator Ted Kennedy uses the recent Supreme Court decision restricting race-based forced busing to rail in an op-ed [excerpt]:
Thursday's decision reminds us why Brown v. Board of Education was so important. The tragedy at the core of Brown was society's abandonment of African American children to second-class schools.What you’ve just read comes from a man who sent his own children to private schools.
Today, too many students remain stuck in segregated schools that limit their opportunities. The harm to those children is not less just because this new segregation is the result of housing patterns rather than discriminatory laws. A majority of the Supreme Court understood that we cannot afford to ignore that reality by pretending that Brown was concerned only with formal consideration of race, rather than with the harm minority children suffer if they must attend segregated schools. (emphasis added)
In the more than 50 years since Brown declared that "separate but equal has no place" in our society, voluntary efforts by local school boards have benefited all of us.
As explained in a brief to the court in Thursday's cases that was written by more than 500 social scientists, the work of local school boards such as Seattle's to overcome segregation has helped children enjoy the enormous benefits of diversity in education -- including enhanced academic success for African American students, greater parental involvement in public schools and cross-cultural understanding. . . .
For more than 40 years Ted Kennedy has been the most powerful figure in Massachusetts politics.
During those 40 years liberal Democrats have dominated the elective offices in the state.
Boston is home to a number of universities with Education Departments or Schools of Education.
MIT and Harvard with its School of Education are nearby.
Among all those universities and colleges there must be many more than 500 social scientists.
And you know what: The Boston public schools are places where “too many students are stuck in segregated schools that limit their opportunities.”
Most social scientists at Boston area universities and colleges have hit on only one solution to help kids avoid getting stuck in the Boston public schools; and that solution helps only a very small number of the kids needing help avoiding public schools in Kennedy’s Boston fiefdom.
The solution is to send their own kids to private schools if they live in Boston or live in one of Boston’s toney and overwhelmingly white suburbs, where the kids can go to school while their social scientist parents commute to Boston.
Advice for Teddy Kennedy:
1) Stop trying to bus other peoples’ kids when you wouldn’t let your own be bussed.
2) Support voucher programs that will let some of those kids now stuck in Boston’s public schools get out of them.
3) Stop pandering to teachers’ union and that Democratic Party adjunct, the National Education Association, who oppose vouchers.
4) Call a meeting of 500 Boston area social scientists and Boston's elected officials, and say, “Look, we really need to stop blaming Bush for how bad things are in Boston’s public schools. They’ve been bad for decades. And people like us have been the dominate policy makers here. I’m beginning to think we’re the problem and we need to do much better.”
That’s what I think. How about you, folks?
PS – Some of you may be thinking: “Surely those folks in Boston and the surrounding area don’t blame the Boston public schools' problems on Bush.”
Folks, I go up there a few times a year. Many of the people I speak to have in the last 3 or 4 years taken to blaming him for their schools’ failings.
When I point out that the failings go back generations I’m told: “Yes, but they’re so much worse now since Bush came in.”
Kennedy's entire rail is here.