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Old December 27th, 2009, 09:38 PM
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Post Why America will always need H1B visa holders

I am quite confident that America will NEVER be self reliant where it comes to filling up jobs requiring mathematics and science skills and will always require H1B visa holders.


Why? Well look at this latest proposal to stop science labs by Berkeley schools!

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Berkeley High May Cut Out Science Labs

The proposal would trade labs seen as benefiting white students for resources to help struggling students.
By Eric Klein
Berkeley High School is considering a controversial proposal to eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students.

The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High's School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley's dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.

Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous.

Science teachers were understandably horrified by the proposal. "The majority of the science department believes that this major policy decision affecting the entire student body, the faculty, and the community has been made without any notification, without a hearing," said Mardi Sicular-Mertens, the senior member of Berkeley High School's science department, at last week's school board meeting.

Sincular-Mertens, who has taught science at BHS for 24 years, said the possible cuts will impact her black students as well. She says there are twelve African-American males in her AP classes and that her four environmental science classes are 17.5 percent African American and 13.9 percent Latino. "As teachers, we are greatly saddened at the thought of losing the opportunity to help all of our students master the skills they need to find satisfaction and success in their education," she told the board.

The full plan to close the racial achievement gap by altering the structure of the high school is known as the High School Redesign. It will come before the Berkeley School Board as an information item at its January 13 meeting. Generally, such agenda items are passed without debate, but if the school board chooses to play a more direct role in the High School Redesign, it could bring the item back as an action item at a future meeting.

School district spokesman Mark Coplan directed inquiries about the redesign to Richard Ng, the principal's assistant at Berkeley High and member of the School Governance Council. Ng did not return repeated calls for comment.

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Re: Why America will always need H1B visa holders

Classic. Just classic. Goes well with everything that this government is trying to do. Appeasement appeasement, political correctness..blah blah blah everybody love me i am not bush.

Oh! The blacks are doing bad, lets not work hard in improving their standards, thats too much hard work. I know, lets bring everybody else down so that the world can see what great level playing field america is and we can all sing khumbaya and have simultaneous multiple orgasms together.

Appropriately chosen heading for this. Guess the day has come for the No white / indian / chinese etc child left ahead Act


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Re: Why America will always need H1B visa holders

I am so surprised that the school system in California are so screwed up. I mean California's economy surpasses some European countries, California has the Silicon Valley, the Napa Valley and so many other things.

And yet the school system is broken. The usual reasons - not enough funding, not enough teachers, not enough classrooms, etc. etc.

And then all such things like lowering of test standards, making science and maths optional or ridiculously simple in the syllabus, and on and on.

Well, I hope things improve but India can rest assured that America will always need us Indians in the high tech sector. So any desi complaining about our education system should think twice!
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