Does Gary Chartrand understand what the word realistic means?

He says: “We’re trying to be realistic and set realistic
goals based on where each group is on their baseline,” said board Chairman Gary
Chartrand, a Jacksonville businessman. “They’re starting in different places,
you have to take that into account, it’s not discriminatory at all.”

He just doesn’t get it, it’s not race, it’s neighborhood
that plays a disproportionate role in academic success and by missing that
point he diminishes African Americans and our schools. He makes it worse when he says:  
no mistake about it, our goal is a 100 percent proficiency for everybody,” he
state is targeting 2022 to meet that mark.
No Child Left Behind said every student
had to be academically proficient by 2014 and we see how well that has worked
out. We do need to set our goals high but we also need to set realistic goals
too. Mr. Chartrand obviously doesn’t understand that but that’s par for the
course where he is concerned.
Our real goal should be to give every
child the opportunity to have a first class education that plays to their strengths
and desires and to prepare them to be productive citizens whether that means they
join the workforce or continue their education. That’s a realistic goal. But
then what do I know, I have just been in the classroom for 11 plus years and
have the ear of my colleagues, Mr. Chartrand on the other hand went from top 50 of grocery store
news to running our schools.

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