Diversity for its own sake?

https://www.pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/vp-ed-letc-0922-20190922-5lspqb2lajcyzj2scsei4qlzwi-story.html

The LTE decries the scarcity of ‘people of color’ in teaching. I might speculate that the driver of that problem might be diversity efforts elsewhere. It may well be that the drive, such as the Governor’s new Diversity Officer to place ‘people of color’ (OK, as a kid I was told ‘colored people’ was the polite alternative the the N word, perhaps we have come full circle) in positions they might not have attained on merit alone might be exhausting the supply of black college graduates with higher paying offers.

I can actually see some justification for giving preference to blacks in K-12 teaching as they are desirable as role models there, but actively depleting the pool of graduates for government jobs and in industry seeking the appearance of diversity might well be why it is hard to find black teachers.

20 thoughts on “Diversity for its own sake?

          1. It’s our money and our children.

            I know you hate public education; the education that paved the way for you to be successful.

            I know also; that you got yours…

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    1. Merit is here and now.

      What you are talking about are reparations.

      In any case, my speculation is that the pool of black college graduates available for teaching is being depleted by better offers from firms and agencies seeking diversity.

      Do you dispute that?

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      1. Reparations? That is baloney. I am talking about your racist perception that African-Americans cannot compete without special treatment and that they have taken the opportunities of BETTER qualified white candidates in this and that field. THAT is just one more lie that is part of the GOP “Southern Strategy.”

        Your “speculation” is true of everybody not just people of color. Talented people of all races and genders can do better for themselves financially in careers other than being class room teachers. Ending all sorts of historic discrimination in the labor force has had an impact on attracting the best and brightest to teaching. In the “good old days,” teaching was one of the few professions really open to women and people of color. Not true any more.

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        1. You are projecting again.

          I didn’t write anything about ‘better qualified white candidates.”

          I wrote that in order to hold black teachers you would have to pay them above the going rate to compete with the jobs offered by firms and agencies actively chasing numerical proof of diversity. Equivalent white teachers are not that actively pursued.

          I remind you that this is a civil forum. If you continue to make accusations of racism without relevant proof, your comments will be placed on hold for moderation.

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          1. “pay them above the going rate” Again, increase the “rate” for everyone.

            Your “reparations” comment is a deflection and you chose to gloss over my simple point that ALL teachers should be better compensated in order to be competitive relative to other industries.

            THAT’S the salient point.

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          2. Projecting? Uh, no. I understand plain written English. When you say that people are placed “in positions they might not have attained on merit alone” you are saying they are being given preference over BETTER qualified white candidates.

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          3. Again, you are seeing what you choose to see.

            It’s not about who gets those positions, it’s about the artificial demand created by the drive for diversity in firms and agencies.

            That results in a drain of black teachers from education.

            It’s not about who gets the better job, it’s about the unintended consequences of distorting the labor market with diversity programs in government agencies and firms with deeper pockets than education.

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  1. RE: “I might speculate that the driver of that problem might be diversity efforts elsewhere.”

    It is easy to see how identity politics per se must produce unintended, even self-defeating consequences.

    It’s like free speech. If you want government to protect it, you’ll have to accept some speech you don’t like. Same with racial equality. If you want government to protect it, you’ll have to put up with some discrimination you don’t like.

    The defining threshold is the line at which government becomes involved.

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    1. You really just can’t see past your own obsession with race.

      I’m pointing out a market distortion that results in black kids being deprived of valuable roll models in their formative years and all you can think about is privilege.

      Good intentions exercised through government in an absence of economic understanding often produce adverse unintended consequences. If you blind yourself to those consequences, they keep happening.

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        1. Nope.

          Deprivation can be universal and so can abundance.

          With the exception of the ruling elite, everyone in the Soviet Union was deprived by our standards, just as by theirs we all lived in abundance.

          Prosperity is the result of the overall efficiency of an economy.

          But again, the unintended consequences of policies are what I am discussing.

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          1. “Deprivation can be universal and so can abundance. With the exception of the ruling elite, everyone in the Soviet Union was deprived by our standards, just as by theirs we all lived in abundance.”

            Read for effect Doc, or Dox. You tell me that both can be universal and then give two examples of privilege and deprivation in contrast. Good job. Maybe all I really need to do is re-post what you write with the catchphrase “There ya go.”

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