Newtown shooting: Focusing on young black men in hoodies while ignoring young white men with Glocks

Veteran teacher Bob Fecho, now a reading education professor at the University of Georgia, writes about young men, violence and guns in the wake of the Newtown shooting:

I am a white male. I’ve been in education for nearly 40 years and for 24 of those years I taught in three different secondary schools in Philadelphia. The students in all those schools came from working class and working poor black families.

When I would tell other whites who I’d meet casually—a taxi driver or a sales clerk, for example—where I worked, I’d hear anything from the coded “It must be hard teaching them kids” to the bald “You should get a medal for teaching there.” I suspect they imagined a school running amok, with fights breaking out daily, gangs terrorizing teachers, and mayhem rampant. Such was never the case.

Instead, I would see how the young men I taught were frequently vilified in local media, how black on white crime was plastered across the 11 o’clock news, despite its low occurrence rate relative to other crime. My students would tell me about policemen who would pat them down merely for standing on a street corner, about store clerks who followed them from the moment they entered a store until the moment they left, and about whites who, when seeing them approaching, would cross the street.

In America, we seem to live in fear of black males.

On Dec. 14, a white male killed 27 victims — most of them children — in a school in Connecticut. In July of this year, a white male murdered 12 people and injured 58 more in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Before that, U. S. Representative Gabby Giffords and 18 other people were shot by a white male. Six of them died, including a child and a federal judge.

Mother Jones magazine, in a report on mass shootings in the United States, indicated that since 1982 there have been at least 62 such shootings. The magazine went on to report that 43 of the killers were white males. Of the remaining 19 shooters, fewer than 10 were African American.

Rather than avoiding black males in hoodies, it would seem to be wiser to keep white males from carrying Glocks.

Yet we don’t.

In fact, we continue to make it easy for white males, and anyone else with the ready cash to buy weapons that facilitate such mass and random violence.

And it’s the randomness that is especially troubling. When I taught high school in Philadelphia, there would be fights from time to time. You put 2,000 adolescents in a relatively small space and there will be fights. But the violence was always focused. Someone disrespected someone’s mama or made moves on someone’s girlfriend. The offended sought the offender and the incident rarely spread beyond that.

But mass shooters—who are overwhelmingly white males—might start with an intended victim but then it becomes killing for killing’s sake. Anyone is a target. Anyone is free game. You turn a corner at the wrong time or open the wrong door and you’re a victim.

And curiously, we white males might be the greatest danger to ourselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for white males 24-64 are far higher than any other combination of gender and race, except for Native American males. And the rates for older white males, those beyond 64 years of age, skyrocket.

The suicide method of choice tends to be guns. A Harvard Public School of Health Study showed that suicide rates trended higher in states with high rates of gun ownership and lower in states with lower rates of gun ownership.

We as a nation see the statistics. We wring our hands over the wasted lives. We send money to the families of victims. Yet a U.S. Congress that before the last election was in the neighborhood of 85 percent white and 83 percent male continues to drag its feet on any kind of substantive and pervasive gun control legislation. And we, the voters, let them.

Worse, we allow different standards to exist. If 43 of 62 mass shootings had been perpetrated by black males or Latinos, particularly if whites had been the targeted victims, I can only imagine the punitive legislation, the mandated sentences, the investigative commissions, and the building of even more and larger prisons that would have occurred. We would see these murders as some form of collective uprising that needed to be quelled.

But because white males commit the wide majority of these horrendous crimes, we choose to view them as isolated incidents —sad and tragic— but isolated, nonetheless. We refuse to acknowledge that we as a society create the easy access to weapons of widespread violence and the alienation that often leads to the use of such weapons. We continue to shirk our responsibility in terms of how we facilitate the purchasing of weapons of mass violence and how we ignore the needs of those so alienated that they resort to the use of such weapons.

As one white male to all the others, we need to look in the mirror; we have to begin seeing the realities around us. Whether we are carrying semiautomatic weapons, access keys for electronic voting machines, or legislative briefs in the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building, we provide the American people with far more to fear than any minority in this country.

We can continue in this self-destructive vein or we can re-envision a more compassionate and safer world. I suggest we take the initiative and do the latter. If not, as the last election suggested, all who aren’t white males will not so gently shove us out of the way.

Banning weapons of mass violence and seeking greater support for the families of children and young adults struggling with depression and alienation would be a good place to start.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

213 comments Add your comment

Will

December 21st, 2012
4:49 am

If you are going to target stereotypes, which I am in your boat for doing so, keep in mind for the handful of shooters like this, the crimes that “black men in hoodies” commit are of an entirely different nature. They happen everyday, not a handful of times a year. They happen as part of daily life, not after a tormented soul stews and stews for years and years until he snaps. These murders that happen randomly, happen on streets just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or looking at someone the wrong way. Kids standing on their front porch, sitting on a park bench, or even a man in a parked car. Chicago, for one, has had one of it’s more deadly years, and this is daily life — no one is declared “insane” or “alone” for those crimes. If they get away with it, they are back to life and texting like it’s any other day. THAT is insanity.

Beverly Fraud

December 21st, 2012
5:13 am

Two points stand out.

But the violence was always focused. Someone disrespected someone’s mama or made moves on someone’s girlfriend. The offended sought the offender and the incident rarely spread beyond that.

But mass shooters—who are overwhelmingly white males—might start with an intended victim but then it becomes killing for killing’s sake. Anyone is a target. Anyone is free game. You turn a corner at the wrong time or open the wrong door and you’re a victim.

Notwithstanding the fact that there is indeed collateral damage in inner city violence, there is a large measure of truth to the fact that mass shooters seem intent upon collecting as much collateral damage as possible. Goes back to the alienation factor and how to address that.

Ronin

December 21st, 2012
5:25 am

Interesting article.

However, it’s written by a liberal educator that hates guns and sees them as well as fellow whites as the problem.

A closer look should be given to mental health and the over prescribing of SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptate inhibitors) by the medical community. As far as whites committing more of these crimes? Yes, they make up a larger percentage of the population. However, from a percentage standpoint, blacks commit a far greater number of gun related crimes. The crimes they comment are usually a crime of opportunity (Georgia Tech students). With the motive being liberating your personal property from your possession rather than killing you, as police departments put far greater resources on a case to catch a murder suspect vs. someone who took your $15,000.00 Rolex. If white or black and they steal your watch vs. killing you, they are a lower profile target.

In both cases, the issues start at home. Lack of parenting or poor parenting.

What I find interesting is that many people (including Mr. Fecho) always have to make this an issue of race, or find a statistic to make a political point. It ALWAYS happens. Why should a reading education professor process superior knowledge on this or any subject vs. a psychiatrist or any other mental healthcare worker or criminal investigator. The fact is, he doesn’t. This man has a liberal political opinion with an axe to grind about guns.

Many of these so called white crimes occur at government school zones, which are off limits to even those with state concealed carry permits. A recent post by the AJC from the college presidents of Georgia stated that they were opposed to any legislation that would allow citizens/students to carry, with a state license, a concealed firearm on a college campus. Given that city and school police are not able to cover all areas of the campus, one would have to ask, what do they fear?
The obvious answer is that it’s the student or citizen that is lawfully authorized to carry a concealed weapon in most other areas of the state. School shootings are not an uncommon event, shooters while, in my opinion are mentally ill, see this as a “political” crime of opportunity. They have a venue to do the most damage with the least opposition. Yet you have the college presidents, administrators and teachers lining up to support an illogical position because of political ideology.

So, going forward, new concealed weapons permits holders should not only be subject to a background check but must also pass a proficiency test, with class time and range time. We offer the same training to law enforcement, we can do a mini version for those who wish to carry concealed firearms in the State of Georgia, including county schools and state colleges.

The police are there to enforce the laws, but are not able to protect you at all times. The second amendment gives the individual this right to bear arms and protect themselves.

George P Burdell

December 21st, 2012
5:54 am

During the same time period researched by Mother Jones, 274,252 blacks committed murders. To focus on 62 mass murders and ignore the larger numbers is a “crime” in itself. It’s also not really a racial issue. During that same period 238,203 whites and 11,822 people of other races committed murders. The focus needs to be on the culture of violence that pervades our society. I’m curious about how long ago the quoted writer taught in Philadelphia, which in 2011 ranked #1 in the nation in homicides. Maybe things have changed in the old neighborhood.

Lee

December 21st, 2012
6:01 am

I Googled “self-loathing white guy” and Bob Fecho’s picture came up. lol

I see the ultra-liberal, politically correct AJC and Maureen are continuing with their anti-gun diatribe. Maureen, you really want to discuss race and crime? Really? OK

Crime Rates:

Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.

When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.

Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.

The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.

Interracial Crime:

Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.

Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.

Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.

Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.

Gangs:

Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.

Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.
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And don’t forget the most heinous crimes in modern history occurred when a bunch of Arab Muslims armed with nothing more than box cutters took over several jet airliners and crashed them into buildings.

Joel

December 21st, 2012
6:15 am

Great writing here. Just add a bunch of unrelated statistics that don’t really lead to any conclusions, put in some vague racial statements and voila! you’ve got an essay about nothing. People will continue to be amazed that more white males commit mass shootings that black males. I can’t imagine that happening in a country where white males vastly outnumber black males!

Selective analysis

December 21st, 2012
6:17 am

Well, I agree with the letter writer that mass shootings are the white man’s burden; did the letter writer want to do any further analysis of the percentage of population most likely to commit crimes with handguns, have single-parent families, or live on government subsistence (the latter two correlate strongly to prevalence for future criminal behavior)? Seriously, anyone that wants to point the finger at one race needs to just admit that the woodpile isn’t any neater on the other side.

Chris

December 21st, 2012
6:39 am

Seriously Lee, not sure if your link was meant to be sarcastic but you clearly negate your rational viewpoint when you post it.

Cindy Lutenbacher

December 21st, 2012
6:47 am

Lee, will you give the source for your stats?

GB

December 21st, 2012
6:54 am

It is difficult to believe this man is serious. The mass killings, however horrible they may be, are spit in the ocean. Maybe 100 deaths or so in a bad, bad year. This is out of something like 10,000 gun homicides per year in the US. About three-quarters of the dead are black males, and the vast, vast majority of the killers are also black males.

As to the media focusing on black on white crime – NONSENSE.

First, black on white crime is not rare. It is commonplace. Most violent crime is not interracial in character, but of the crimes with perps of one race and vics of another, the vast majority have black attackers and white victims. And the media often go to risible lengths to conceal inconvenient facts. (How many times have we read about the gender of a suspect, his height, the color of his clothes and getaway car, but not his race?)

Read today’s paper. Look at the local crimes being reported. The home invasions. The rapes. The murders. The bodies being found. See where they occur. Read between the lines a bit if the paper doesn’t include some pertinent facts. The AJC isn’t reporting selectively on these crimes because it wants to create a false impression about black males. It is reporting on them because they are happening.

Sugar Plum Fairies

December 21st, 2012
6:54 am

Seriously? Can we drop the political correctness and have an honest discussion about the glorification of guns in the poor black community?

Atticus Joad

December 21st, 2012
6:55 am

Ronin has a valid point about the writer’s experiences 16 years or so ago in public schools. That’s just a little less than my total years of experience, in rural and suburban schools, and the culture/climate changes have been staggering. Another reason why professors of education and most teacher education programs are worthless.

Grob Hahn

December 21st, 2012
7:05 am

Yet another racist perspective on mental health and guns. These mass killings by lone white maniacs are far more rare than inner-city gang shootings. And most of those are being metted out by, of all things, young black guys in hoodies. This “article” you are quoting is an absolute distortion of the facts to satisfy an obvious agenda. I would think as an educator you could leave your bias at home Maureen. This time you didn’t and in the process have made your own position a great deal more obvious. While I think you should be ashamed for being a self-hating racist, I know that’s not possible with leftists. After all, they are NEVER wrong. Right?
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Cindy Lutenbacher

December 21st, 2012
7:15 am

I would like the ad hominem attacks to stop. Let’s try to talk about the issue.

Timmy

December 21st, 2012
7:21 am

Surely you are not suggesting that there are not major problems in urban school districts. Take a look at Chicago. How many young Black males have been killed over the last 6 months? Far more that were kill in Connecticut. Does that mean we forget one an focus on the other? Of course not! However, to say America faces a great theat from young White males is a complete non-sense.

Berny

December 21st, 2012
7:48 am

Although many of you raise great points, you all missed his. Stop being so afraid of the truth. Just as the inner city violence committed by young black males (Chicago) needs to be addressed, the horrific violence perpetrated by the young white males (Auroro, Newtown) must also be addressed. But sadly, we’re not there yet.

Lee

December 21st, 2012
7:48 am

@Cindy, re the source of the above stats:

http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.pdf

A 27 page compilation of crime statistics obtained from sources such as the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, the Dept of Justice Uniform Crime Statistics, and the National Crime Victimization Survey.

bu2

December 21st, 2012
7:57 am

The writer brings up his self-loathing white bashing. I appreciate the tone of the posters so far who are reciting facts, not anti-black racist rants. The writer almost seems to want to bring out the racists, which seems to be the purpose, not to promote any meaningful dialogue.

There is a deeper issue than controlling guns or improving mental health, but too many people are trying to push their agenda rather than solving the problem, which isn’t that easy. We have a society that is much more violent than it should be.

Burroughston Broch

December 21st, 2012
7:57 am

I recently read 446 school age children have been shot in Chicago in 2012, and 62 have died. The national news media, including the AJC, ignores these deaths, even though their number is three times the Newtown tragedy.
While I have not done the research, I wager that most of them died at the hands of a black murderer than a white murderer..

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2012
8:00 am

A better article would have been about white WWI and WWII. The greatest crimes EVER committed against humanity by white people. Lee would you care to post some stats on the lives lost due to white instigated wars?

bu2

December 21st, 2012
8:01 am

The rudeness of the younger generations that gets promoted by the anonymity of the internet could make this violence problem worse. I get disturbed when our President denigrates his opponents simply because they have different views. Tolerance of diversity in skin color is promoted, but tolerance of diversity in thought is discouraged. That isn’t promising for people solving issues peacefully. It demonizes and dehumanizes those who think different.

Wilbur

December 21st, 2012
8:01 am

Nonsense like this might wash in some circles but seems strangely divorced from reality and mired instead in a ideologically driven view of the world.

Aquagirl

December 21st, 2012
8:02 am

I would like the ad hominem attacks to stop. Let’s try to talk about the issue.

Oh, but then we couldn’t dismiss incidents like the one in Sandy Hook as unavoidable and unimportant, and the white man writing about it as “self-loathing.” Clearly this is a reason to talk about violence by African-Americans. Plus, we can buy 8 more sweet guns in case one of those scary black guys walks through our neighborhood with Skittles and iced tea.

bu2

December 21st, 2012
8:04 am

@Dr. Proud Black Man
I think the Japanese really started WWII. They were fighting in Asia before the war in Europe started.

homeschooler

December 21st, 2012
8:04 am

Berny, I was just going to ask “What is his point”. He seems to care so much about the black community does he not read the statistics on the number of black children accidentally or purposefully killed by guns? I don’t know the statistics but I’m pretty sure there are more black mommas celebrating Christmas this year without their children than mothers of white school shooting victims. Is he not angry that so much focus is put on the little white children who died. We had 4 children shot in Atlanta in the past couple of months. Four babies just laying in their beds.. Thankfully only one died but I’m sure Chicago, Detroit, LA etc…are filled with cases of deaths of children and teens by gunfire but yet some say we are ignoring that and focusing on the white crime. Obviously both need attention and both are getting attention I’m just playing devils advocate and I think Mr Fecho makes a ridiculous point. I’m still going to be on guard if someone who looks like a gang member (regardless of race) approaches me on the street vs. a young man who is dressed appropriately and carries himself like he cares about himself. And the next time a school shooting happens (just like this time) I’m going to say to myself “I bet the shooter was a young white intelligent kid who played video games and kept to himself”. BOTH need attention and both are getting attention but I’d say the white guys are getting more attention. So, again, what’s his point?
My husband read a comment about school shootings from a girl in an inner city school who said “we never had to worry about school shootings. There were always two or three officers patrolling the halls and we had so many gang members anyone who thought of shooting up our school knew that some of the kids were packing so they never would have tried”. Interesting perspective.

D

December 21st, 2012
8:13 am

“we provide the American people with far more to fear than any minority in this country.”

Better cross the street if you see a white person.

Lee

December 21st, 2012
8:18 am

From the FBI profilers:

“On television and the silver screen, serial killers are usually white males and dysfunctional loners who really want to get caught. Or, they’re super-intelligent monsters who frustrate law enforcement at every turn.

According to a new publication from our National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime—entitled Serial Murder: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators—serial killers are much different in real life.

2. Serial killers are not all white males: the racial diversification of serial killers generally mirrors the overall U.S. population.”

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2008/july/serialmurder_070708

One caveat – the above was in reference to “serial killers”, a different classification than “mass murderers”

AnonMom

December 21st, 2012
8:20 am

Hitler was white and set up gas chambers to murder millions… but that’s not our current issue. As I’ve posted elsewhere, I would really like to see more attention paid to the fact that many of these white guys who have done these shootings have been “coddled” since childhood and have not been given ‘coping’ mechanisms — this really ties into the mental health issues — some are not avoidable and that ties into the need for America to perhaps return to having facilities that we need to use and this is a tough subject — I don’t have these answers — other answers are needing to return to a society favors 2 parent homes that actually parent kids; kids who learn to fail at a young age -e.g. learn how to lose during a soccer game; a basketball game etc without a parent blowing coaches heads off or ump’s being chewed out and winners being recognized and strong players being recognized for skills rather than for who they know — kids need to learn to appreciate their own strengths and to accept and overcome weakness and barriers. I think this dovetails into stopping social promotion — I don’t think this helps anyone and leads to these issues. I think we need to stop medicating so many of our males and start teaching them — coping skills for life and academic skills for success.

GB

December 21st, 2012
8:21 am

Burroughston Broch

It is unlikely that you would find anyone foolish or ill-informed enough to make the wager. You may hope to find someone like Fecho who let’s ideology blind him to facts.

AnonMom

December 21st, 2012
8:21 am

sorry — I don’t mean my 2nd sentence to be so definitive –I’m wondering about these facts not certain but guessing based on age….

GB

December 21st, 2012
8:23 am

Dr. Proud Black Man

Well done! Excellent technique. Faced with unpleasant facts and irrefutable logic, you….CHANGE THE SUBJECT!

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2012
8:23 am

@bu2

Weren’t the Japanese given honorary Aryan status by Corporal Shicklegruber?

Kim

December 21st, 2012
8:24 am

Well, my agenda is…alienation
Maybe, thats why i see it repeated in the article..THREE times
almost too much for a short piece

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2012
8:25 am

@GB

No, just questioning why “you people” always seem to get a pass on the horrific crimes committed against mankind.

GB

December 21st, 2012
8:26 am

Aquagirl

More ideology blinding someone to harsh reality. Tell you what. I have an idea. Go for a walk tonight. Say 9:00 pm. Metropolitan Parkway or Cumming? You decide.

indigo

December 21st, 2012
8:27 am

“In America, we seem to live in fear of black males”.

Yes we do. And for good reason. For every white shooter, there seem to be at least 7 to 10 black ones.

Jesse Jackson once told of an incident when he was walking down a street and heard footsteps behind him. When he turned around and saw it was a white man, he was relieved.

Georgia

December 21st, 2012
8:28 am

This is becoming torture. Race? 10 of 62 is one sixth. The proportions are within a reasonable approximation of the proportions in the larger population. It’s an American problem. One of our biggest problems. It ranks up there with racism, but racism beats it hands down. I’ve had enough of politicizing this tragedy. Hasn’t anyone any respect for the dead? The price of freedom is death. Thats what we know. That’s what makes America work. Freedom is bought and paid for everyday. and boy, are we free.

Jameson

December 21st, 2012
8:30 am

MD should should visit the darker side of social networking. AAs are outraged that white guys get so much of the media’s attention while inner-city blacks die every day at the point of a gun.

Jack ®

December 21st, 2012
8:32 am

I respect Ms Downey’s choice of material: But I didn’t get past the heading to know she was presenting another liberal apology for being white. The culture has enhanced our natural instincts to survive and when we encounter what we perceive as danger, we react in an absolutely normal way. It might have been Cosby– I’m not certain– but a black notable said he was always relieved to know that someone walking behind him was white. The good teacher is welcome to his stats, but I’m not impressed.

Lee

December 21st, 2012
8:35 am

@Argosy Guy, interesting that you bring up genocide. Top 5:

1. Mao Zedong: 34-63 million
2. Stalin: 23-60 million
3. Hitler: 6 million
4. Hideki Tojo: 5 million
5. Pol Pot: 2.5 million

http://justontop.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-5-worst-genocides-in-history.html

Cindy Lutenbacher

December 21st, 2012
8:42 am

Just one more word from a white person to other white people: facing up to racism is the opposite of self-loathing.

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2012
8:42 am

@lee

Thanks for proving my point. What was YOUR point?

10:10 am

December 21st, 2012
8:48 am

An obstinate disregard of crime statistics, and the fact that violent crime is far more common (per 1,000 residents) in the inner city than elsewhere, is beyond misleading—it’s criminally negligent.

Using Newtown as a red herring adds to Mr. Fecho’s shame.

indigo

December 21st, 2012
8:48 am

Cindy – 8:42

And, facing up to the racial realities of violence in America is seeing things as they really are and not as you would like them to be.

Private Citizen

December 21st, 2012
8:53 am

White people commit their crimes using the “coward from the skies” technique.

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 21st, 2012
8:55 am

This is yet another attempt to divert attention from the innovative transformative psychological emphasis of the middle and high school programs of so many of these shooters. Where what the school or district is intending to do in the classroom is changing the values, beliefs, and principles of the student in ways that frequently run 180 degrees from the mind and values the student brought from home.

http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/do-you-live-in-a-district-piloting-deep-and-continual-personal-change-in-the-individual-student/ may sound like a graphic title but it is lifted from an aspirational document. What they intend to do in the classroom. Written months ago when I was merely worried that there would be another tragedy because the common factors involved in so many of the previous tragedies were being nationalized via things like Positive School Climate and Moral and Performance Competency with odd requirements in practice.

The psychological emphasis is not news to a UGA ed prof. They have had a Center for Learning and Teaching for years and the multimillion dollar funding grant in 2002 was at the time the largest research grant in UGA history. In any department or school.

I have mentioned that the psychological emphasis and theories and practices being introduced into the classroom are based on the work of Soviet psychologists. That’s both in the early 70s UNESCO report I wrote about last week. What I don’t believe I have ever explained on this site but would be relevant to what a UGA faculty member would know about the psychological purpose is a great deal of the Russian translations were arranged by UGA Ed Prof Jeremy Kilpatrick. He worked with Chicago prof Izaak Wirszup to arrange for these works to be translated into English as part of the work being conducted on behalf of the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) group. Jeremy was also the Principal Investigator on the original $33 million and change PRISM grant that pushed Georgia into piloting performance standards generally and the poorly understood integrated mathematics in particular.

The constructivist math involved in that grant is also part of the Standards for Teaching and Learning created in Chicago in the early 90s. President Obama, by the way, as well as the publication Ed Week, have referred to those Standards for Teaching and Learning as the real common core. They mandate that the emphasis be on the student and changing them, instead of academic content.

By the way I found all that about the Standards for Teaching and Learning and how they are what constitutes Best Practice and what the intentions are following up on what was going on in the San Diego high school attended by the Aurora theatre killer.

And knowing all this breaks my heart. But not nearly as much as ignoring all these common factors would.

Now let me get back to reading Bill Spady describing his also implicated Future Empowerment transformative paradigm. The one that describes the learning community obligation that mirrors precisely what Avossa has Fulton implementing right now.

bootney farnsworth

December 21st, 2012
8:57 am

I know the point of this blog is to promote comment, but ….
this stupid article and many of the comments which follow it set us back about 20 years.

Dr. Proud Black Man

December 21st, 2012
9:00 am

@bootney

Facts are always right but your OPINION is never wrong.

Whirled Peas

December 21st, 2012
9:00 am

If you are concerned about violence, there is much more violence occurring in black neighborhoods then there is in schools, but it does not fit the agenda of the left to talk about it.

Stop the racism here

December 21st, 2012
9:02 am

I also teach in a majority black school with far fewer fights than the media would have you believe. We teachers joke that if we want Fox to show up to cover our band concert we should report a fight in the parking lot. I am sad for my kids who live in horrible circumstances. I am ever sadder reading all the racism in these comments. This teacher isn’t pretending there is not black crime. He is saying we are ignoring these angry young white men in these mass shootings.