If you want a vision into the progressive future of our country, look no further than San Francisco’s school board.
Last night, according to Heather Knight, a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle, the board met and spent two hours discussing whether they should permit a gay father of mixed-race children to volunteer for a parent advisory group. The problem with his application? He was white and didn’t bring diversity into the group.
Ultimately, his bid was rejected. And seven hours after the meeting started, they hadn’t even broached the subject of how to safely reopen schools, Ms. Knight noted.
What did they accomplish? Well, they voted to end a 55-year-old grade and test-based admissions policy at Lowell High School because it was racist. About 50 percent of the students are Asian, 18 percent are white, 12 percent are Latino, and 2 percent are African American, according to California’s School Dashboard.
You see, merit-based testing “and the competition and feelings of superiority that come with it,” had some community members on-edge, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Lowell is San Francisco’s only nationally competitive school. You can bet it won’t be soon.
But the wokeness doesn’t stop there.
Last month the school board also moved forward with renaming schools with “ties to racism” and “dishonorable legacies,” like Washington, Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson high. In total 44 schools will be renamed by April – and yet still no plans to reopen the classrooms by then.
The name change is anticipated to cost the district $1 million – you see, murals need to be taken down and gymnasiums repainted. The district is running a $75 million deficit and its achievement gaps are among the highest in the nation. But never mind those details. Priorities.
For the San Francisco school board, that’s eliminating racism and promoting diversity at all costs. Even if their schools remained closed indefinitely.
• Kelly Sadler is Commentary editor of The Washington Times.
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