I put an electronic form in an electronic bottle, threw it in the e-Puget Sound, and it sank.

Have you all asked the Seattle Relief Fund for money? I did and I have no idea what will happen to it. I sent an electronic form in electronic darkness. I dropped an electronic form into an electronic well, and I did not hear it hit bottom. They say the scholarships will be $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 for eligible applicants.

I am an eligible candidate. Why am I not feeling excited to receive at least $ 1,000? Could it be because it’s called Seattle Relief Fund?

Speaking of my city, we just had an election. I don’t have much to say about it. Ever since that mock “Seattle Is Dying” documentary came out, all you have to do to get elected is say “homelessness is bad” and it’s all because the homeless are not using the shelters in which we throw them. What’s wrong with all those people who don’t want to sleep in crowded shelters on mats six inches apart during a pandemic? The nerve. The unwavering recalcitrance.

Oh, and they’re all drug addicts, I don’t know. The movie with the scary horror music in the background proved it.

Meanwhile, in positive news, Tim Eyman – who owes the state millions in fines and attorney fees – has not paid the equivalent of two months of debt payments. He is likely to be assigned a trustee by the state and his property sold to pay off debts.

Naturally, Tim Eyman considers himself a victim. He thinks it is not fair that he was caught breaking campaign laws and fined for it. The state was supposed to turn a blind eye. He has an exaggerated sense of privilege. He simply could not have broken the laws. But somehow this course of action never comes to mind for some people.

Eyman’s debt will not go away if he declares bankruptcy. The state will not write off the debt. Instead, he will have to pay interest until everything is paid off. It would therefore be to Eyman’s advantage to let the state confiscate his assets so that they could sell them to relieve him of his debt.

In other news, the math war in California public schools is escalating again. I’ve tried to figure this thing out before and my recollection is that I failed miserably.

Part of the problem is that the commission that developed the California plan for the public school math curriculum seems to believe that children don’t have different degrees of math ability, so there’s no reason to bother. with advanced placement.

If, say, your 4th grade kid is bored of their gourd – as they say – in 4th grade arithmetic, you might think the simple fix would be to just give them a pass to go to an arithmetic class. 5th grade, while the rest of the 4th grade students stay put.

But this simple solution is not considered ideologically acceptable, as a social science consultant tells the school system that there is no such thing as a student who surpasses their peers in math.

It’s hard for me to accept that kind of reasoning, because I used to be that fourth grader. And getting out of that boring 4th grade class was one of the best things that could happen to me at that time.

Part of the argument supposed to support the consultant’s claims is that black students don’t get half the advanced placement that white and Asian students get. This therefore proves that the practice of advanced placement is racist.

No. This proves exactly what he says, that black students are disproportionately denied advanced placement. They’re probably not even told it’s an option at all. This is where racism is.

The problem is that schools don’t offer advanced practicum for everyone and let all students try it. The problem is that schools set themselves up as gatekeepers, telling children what pace of learning is right for them, when they don’t know the children in their care very well.

Instead of denying everyone advanced placement, they should offer it and allow it to everyone.

The problem is not that white children get advanced placement. The problem is that black students are not informed about advanced placement and are not allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to try it, proving that the practice is racist, overly controlling and colonialist.

Dr Wes is the real change circulation specialist, but, in addition to his spreadsheet skills, he writes this weekly column on recent events that have caught his attention. Dr. Wes has contributed to the article since 1994. Curious about his process or do you have a response to one of his columns? Connect with him at drwes@realchangenews.org.

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