At the end of this Steve Sailer mentions how liberals want two contradictory things- excellent teachers in inner city schools, but without discipline-
Logically, no teacher with other options is going to want to teach in a school where the students are allowed to run rampant. But there you go thinking like a reactionary racist! The two are in no way incompatible!
As Orwell noted, the system requires that its adherents be capable of holding conflicting ideas and sincerely believing in all of them- he said both, but modern liberalism is a little more complicated than the 30’s Stalinism he was talking about.
First, liberals couldn’t give a shit less if poor black students learn anything academic. The purpose of public school is to provide the people with the right kind of political and social awareness. Math? They have calculators for that. Reading? They get the information they need from TV. However, they can’t really admit this, not even to themselves. The system needs a reason even if the reason is bogus.
Along with the concept of catastrophism- liberalism will at some point achieve a sudden critical mass that will in a flash take it from an imperiled political struggle to an unstoppable social phenomenon- liberals also cherish the concept of parallelism- that for liberal projects to work, many factors must be in place, and set in at essentially the same time. This accomplishes several things. One, it is a further excuse for liberals to require many programs and initiatives, which control society and which they control. Two, it provides an ongoing excuse for why the system does not work, and comes nowhere near achieving its stated objectives.
Let’s say one day, highly qualified expert teachers- perhaps recruited from suburban districts with some combination of high pay and appeals to the noble mission of teaching the poor- appear in all the slum schools. And, on the same day, discipline is suspended. The liberal prediction? Sunshine and rainbows! The kids want to learn! the kids love to learn! And now with good teachers and the humiliation of being expected to behave removed, they will all go to Harvard!
Of course these two things aren’t close to being enough. Is there enough money? There must be an unlimited supply. Is racism a problem? Teachers and staff must receive the most rigorous anti-racism training, because it is always there somewhere. Do students learn better with a good music program? The finest music program must be provided. Ad infinitum.