Brownsville kids are just as smart as other kids. If you need proof, Google Brownsville's chess championships. IQ, the so-called intelligence quotient, measuring the ability to learn, would prove that kids in Brownsville have the capacity to learn as much as kids in Seattle.
Yet, when BISD students move on to Texas Southmost College or the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, they need beau-coups of remedial courses before taking their legitimate college instruction. In other words, they need to be brought up to speed on things they should have learned in high school.
BISD has to get an "F" for actual performance.
English language unfamiliarity? I don't buy that excuse. My wife, Nena, spoke only Spanish when she entered first grade in Brownsville in 1949. She spent a year learning English. BISD now enrolls kids as young as 3 into Pre-K for that very reason.
Vietnamese immigrants won the Arkansas state spelling bee 12 straight years.
Racism does play a role in qualifying for Pre-K in Brownsville. Both of my grandsons are mixed race and speak English. The grandson appearing more Anglo was not allowed into Pre-K. The grandson with more obvious Hispanic features, despite speaking English, made the cut.
No problemo. Both kids will torch BISD. The one now entering first grade reads my blog to me daily without hesitation.
What if you sent a dozen BISD students to a Montana one-room school house for 1-12? Would they need remedial courses at TSC? Doubt it.
What if we gave Idea Schools $550,000,000 annually to educate our kids? Could they do the job better than BISD? Based on performance, the answer is "Yes!"
BISD is a wreck.
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