New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio used his time at a recent press conference to push socialistic solutions to the city’s failing school system — one that radical, progressive Democrats across the political realm would presumably love to see implemented.
The crux of his plan is the government forcibly redistributing wealth, as de Blasio argued it’s the only way to end structural racism within America’s education system, Fox News reported.
What did he say?
“I’d like to say very bluntly our mission is to redistribute wealth,” the mayor said. “A lot of people bristle at that phrase. That is, in fact, the phrase we need to use.”
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De Blasio said that the COVID-19 pandemic hit minority communities disproportionally, arguing that students in those communities lack the level of access to technology resources that other students currently have. The mayor labeled this problem as the “COVID achievement gap.”
Insisting that the NYC education system must “more equitably redistribute resources,” de Blasio said all students in the city will have access to pre-K, 3-K and advanced placement courses at every New York City high school.
He said officials will be implementing expanded diversity planning in the schools while working to decrease segregation at some of the city’s schools. Grant applications will be offered to an expanded number of schools, as well.
The failed Democratic presidential candidate used the COVID-19 pandemic to justify his complete makeover of the city’s education system and suggested that the pandemic has exposed a number of unfair practices that leave students in certain communities with a smaller chance of succeeding.
The middle schools in the city will begin to undergo drastic changes to their admissions processes, even pausing the admissions process altogether for certain “screened” schools, which would presumably give other students a chance to enroll who wouldn’t have otherwise had such an opportunity.
It also means that students who work hard, study and aspire to rise above their peers will no longer have the incentive to do so, given that virtually any student can apply and be admitted to the best schools, academic records aside.
“These changes will improve justice and fairness but they will also make the process simpler and fairer particularly given what we’re dealing with this year, and all the results of the coronavirus that have changed the way we have to do things,” de Blasio said, according to The Post Millennial.
De Blasio’s plan for schools in the Big Apple may sound good on paper, but the fallout from such radical change will likely only force even more New Yorkers to flee the city and seek non-socialist alternatives for their children elsewhere in the country.