Homework: A New Form of Racism in Los Angeles

Beginning July 1, homework will officially be considered a racist form of grading in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  How the hell is homework racist, you ask?  According to the Los Angeles Times, the racial make-up and urban geographic of certain students can make homework a discriminatory way of grading for some students over others.

The Blaze reported:

“Beginning July 1, 2011, homework assignments will comprise no more than 10% of a student’s academic achievement grade,” a memo issued last month states. “It is unfair to penalize or reward students for their home academic environment. While some students do not have the opportunity to do homework while away from school thus failing to return assignments, for others, it is difficult to be sure that it was the student who actually did the work.”

Even further, the policy states that grades should not be “based on the routes which students take towards mastery, nor their behavior, attitude, effort, or attendance.”  Seems like they might as well just throw out the whole grading system altogether.

So while American students severely lag behind their international counterparts, California is going to lower the responsibility and accountability for students to perform academically.  God forbid we hurt some poor kid’s feelings – or should we say, motivate him or her to learn and find success in their future career.

What’s next, banning dodgeball?  Oh wait, they’ve already done that too.