The elephant in the room
Your recent story on St. Paul Public Schools and race (“Facing the race issue,” Oct. 28) failed to mention the elephant in the room. That elephant is that St. Paul Public Schools currently has a black agenda, thanks to the Pacific Educational Group consulting firm.
The agenda is to place blame on white teachers for low test scores and a high suspension rate among black boys. We never want to address parental involvement, lack of fathers in the homes or education not valued (because this is common sense and may actually help students and families that are struggling).
So, we continue to make white people the scapegoat and set our kids up for failure with nonsense. We should be speaking with our black parents whose kids are doing well (and St. Paul has many that fit this criteria) and ask them what they do to ensure that their children succeed.
I’d bet my last dollar that we’d learn that education is valued in these homes and parents are involved with their children’s education. This is not rocket science. Spending tons of money on this consulting firm is a slap in the face to the taxpayers of St. Paul. As a black man who currently teaches in St. Paul, PEG does not represent my views on how to close the achievement gap.
Aaron Anthony Benner, St. Paul The writer is a fourth- grade teacher at John A. Johnson Elementary School.