Upper Dublin is Racist

Upper Dublin Schools Accused of Discrimination

Upper Dublin High SchoolI have to post articles like this because I don’t understand them. I went to Upper Dublin (#27 out of 100 top high schools in PA) which is the only reason I’m even posting this. The facts?!?

  • In a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, a group called Concerned African American Parents (CAAP) alleges that black students comprised 7.3 percent of Upper Dublin’s 4,232 students last year but received 45 percent of the suspensions.
  • Filed for the parents by the Public Interest Law Center, the complaint also says that not one black student was in the gifted program in the district’s four elementary schools and middle school.
  • Lawson said the group wants the district to eliminate the lowest of its three tracks, which has a disproportionate number of students of color and where “unfortunately, not a lot of learning goes on.” Without that bottom track, students would be integrated into higher-level courses, Lawson said.

Questioning the Facts?

579855_340109729413403_951276527_n7% receive 45% of suspensions. Isn’t the better question whether the 45% that were suspended deserved of the suspensions?  Are they saying that white students are not getting suspended for the same acts?  If you have evidence of this, you can make this kind of point.  If you don’t, you have nothing.  You can’t just throw out some percentage and claim there is a problem.  If students act poorly, they get suspended with an unbiased opinion towards race.  THAT’S THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE.

There are no gifted black students in elementary school?  If you have a child that you think is gifted, and they test into the gifted program, are you saying that Upper Dublin is specifically not allowing these types of students if they are black?  That would be discrimination.  I have a hard time believe that’s what is happening.  Once again, produce the results.

Beavis_Butthead_School_Sucks_White_Shirt_xlargeEliminate track 3?  I don’t care if you call it track 2.1, there is a reason why a student is placed in a certain level.  This isn’t a perfect world.  Not every child is of equal intelligence.  Students learn at different rates.  I’m sure studies have been done that backs up the learning process of learning with like minded peers.  The problem isn’t with classes being called track 3.

Arguments can be made that the teachers are not fully equipped to handle track 3 students. That’s an actual argument. An argument saying that track 3 students should be lumped in with track 2 students is a good way of saying that our children would be better suited for track 2. Let’s experiment then.  Move all the curriculum in track 3 classes to track 2.  You think putting track 3 students with track 2 students is magically going to turn them into better students?  More than likely they’ll feel even further behind and act even worse!

fireworksThis thinking just riles me up because although it is done with good intention, it isn’t focusing on the proper ways of getting results. I get that parents have talked to teachers and board members and nothing is happening in improving the behavior of their children.  Maybe the only way to get their attention is by suing.  It doesn’t feel right though to point out discrimination when it’s most likely a deeper problem.  Like, hmmm, maybe you could spend more time raising your child appropriately?  Oh shit, let the fireworks begin.

By |2015-11-24T18:26:55-05:00November 24th, 2015|My Brain|1 Comment

Upper Dublin – Home Sweet Home

Upper Dublin

This is now the 17th day since I arrived on my 27 day stint in UD. That opening line makes it seem like I’m in rehab in the area but I’m only home until I settle on my house in the city. Being at the house where I grew up has it’s pluses and minuses like any other place. The quiet neighborhood is quite nice and the peaceful nature makes for excellent running at any time of the day. The hour commute to the city is bothersome but not horrific for a mere 27 days (although certainly one of the worst parts). It’s a great place to live if you are looking to settle down, avoid all action, and raise a family. With that being said, I want to give a few specific examples I’ve seen.

I’m going to pull a few lines from Urban Dictionary’s definition of Upper Dublin so outsiders get a clear picture of the stereotype.

Upper Dublin
A small suburb outside of Philadelphia that’s very estranged from the rest of civilized society. The Jews are rich as hell and get drugs and alcohol to get drunk or high everyday or on the weekends with their parents money. The Asians, all of who are Korean, are just as rich as the whites but they don’t associate with anyone else except for other Asians. All the girls here are either dumb as shit and slutty or ugly and smart as balls and have no personality. There’s lots of drugs. The po9 are always out in full force, but they have no clue. You want zannies? perkaset? weed? hash? pcp? meth? coke? You got it! Come to good ole’ Upper Dublin, home of the flying Cardinals. Ever wonder why it’s the flying cardinals? That’s right-they’re high…

Snippets from Urban Dictionary probably isn’t the most accurate so I’m going to give a few more well thought out observations.

  • There are far too many police for the amount of crimes committed. I understand that the amount of police negate the crimes but the only action cops get are from people going through a traffic light or high school kids partying.
  • I’ve never seen a place that has more pointless signs. Anywhere you go will have a sign that explains what is happening or warns you what you should be aware of. It’s like the township has a sign budget that it has to spend so it is constantly looking for new areas to bombard with “don’t txt and drive” signs.
  • This township has far too much money. The brand new High-School, Police Station, and Fire Station assure that everything is first class. If you had a fire in your backyard, I bet they’s send 9 brand new fire engines and a helicopter to put it out. In the 10 years I’ve been gone, there have been probably hundreds of millions of dollars of tax payers money spent on upgrades to every nook and cranny. They are probably running out of things to spend it on.
  • Everything else is pretty much the way I remember it. Clean everything and limited action. Miller’s is a nice touch in Hatboro and Mad Mex seems to be a popular spot but it’s nothing wild and crazy. Probably for the best. It’s a good, low key area to stay out of trouble.
  • By |2013-09-17T17:55:00-04:00September 17th, 2013|Childhood, My Life|1 Comment

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