I guess reporting the facts is too much for some people to handle.
A high school principal has sent out a
letter apologising to parents and students for saying the school's
black students are 'less smart' according to a state report card issued
this month, WREG reports.Ted
Horrell, the principal at Germantown High School in Tennessee, gave out
the results of the school's state report card, which breaks down
standardized test scores by race and income. The
aim of the assembly was to talk about how the school could close the
achievement gap and introduce a new programme to help struggling
students. the Huffington Post reports.Instead it led to an outcry with those offended by the presentation questioning why Mr Horrell felt he needed to do it.
They argued it only created a greater divide with black students mocked for 'being dumb.'
It prompted Mr Horrell to write: 'I unintentionally offended a number of students on this campus.
'I apologize to all the students and parents who were offended.'
Mr Horrell said that during assembly, he merely noted that certain groups of students are performing better than others.
'I certainly didn't say that white students are smarter than black students,' he added.
But Germantown High parent Deborah Cannon was one of those who were offended.
She told WREG: 'My daughter felt he
presented this information to basically reflect the African-American
students were all the reason the scores were down.'One
student, however, jumped to Mr Horrell's defence. The unnamed student
wrote in an email to WREG that 'information is valuable,' and that the
principal just wanted to share the facts.The student wrote: 'As a student there, I do want to know how we are performing when it comes to standardized tests.
think (based upon the reactions in the audience at the meeting) that
once people were made aware of the data, they made judgments and did not
fully listen to Dr. Horrell. The changes Dr. Horrell is making to GHS
is to better the students.'
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