BEN CARSON CATCHES HEAT FOR CUTTING 'FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION' PROMISE OUT OF HUD MISSION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


BEN CARSON CATCHES HEAT FOR CUTTING 'FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION' PROMISE OUT OF HUD MISSION

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is being widely condemned for plans to slash anti-discrimination language from HUD's mission statement in favor of language that emphasizes "self-sufficiency."

The revision, first reported by Amanda Terkel at The Huffington Post, was made "in an effort to align HUD's mission with the Secretary's priorities and that of the [Trump] administration," according to a March 5 memo obtained by Terkel.

The new mission statement is:

"HUD's mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation."

The previous version, which promoted creating "inclusive communities...free from discrimination" and is still on the agency's website, was:

"HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think where Dr. Carson "missed the mark" was not combining the two, self-sufficiency, coupled with non-discrimination.

But we have to start with the educational system, in this country, which is still highly discriminatory against children of color, as though they should be consistently satisfied with "less than", and turned out at 17 or 18 illiterate, innumerate, and unable to think critically.

This is why we do seem to have a permanent underclass in this country, created, very cynically, by those political interests which thrive on keeping people dependent on the State; that keeps those people consistently voting in one direction, even when that direction has had a miserable outcome for them, their kids, and their grandkids, if, in fact, they are able to survive the mean streets of America's inner cities.

Does anyone remember the magnificent film, "Stand and Deliver", starring Edward James Olmos, which challenged his Hispanic math students and constantly reminded them that they were descended from the Aztecs, who were brilliant mathematicians, and who were doing math a heck of a lot better than were their European counterparts of the same time period?!?

Every kid in this country, no matter their background, deserves a narrative like that; something to both challenge and inspire; because without it, they become lost in the system.

Although Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, appeared to be more than a little tone-deaf, as when she made her appearance at Parkland in Florida, perhaps she has the right idea when it comes to privatizing education.

There are private schools which have a very decent track record at helping kids learn better; Kumon comes to mind here, and parents who feel that their kids are "not getting it" in their public educational programs flock to Kumon and schools like it, to make sure their kids can compete, and get into a good college or trade school when they graduate high school.

Perhaps an institution like Kumon should be given a shot at running a charter school in cities where the problems are the greatest with education, places like Baltimore or Chicago. See what the numbers look like, in terms of kids actually learning, compared to the horrific failures most public schools have become.

But in this century, with the advent, and use of AI, coupled with automation, kids need an entirely different set of tools, when it comes to what jobs in the 21st century are going to look like, and what they will need to compete. Fast food jobs will be all but eliminated, with the advent of technologies like "Flippy" taking the place of humans.

Meet Flippy, your burger-flipping robot

All of America's schools, and those who cobble together curriculum for those schools need to be highly mindful of this.

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