By placing metal detectors in minority schools our society conveys to students that education officials see them as threats who cannot be trusted. I strongly object to this. It is also important to note that airports authorities screen everyone, not just selected individuals.
If we honestly want to raise student achievement, lower the achievement gap, or the opportunity gap as he calls it and prepare students to meet their future challenges; we need to begin by focusing with great emphasis on birth to 8 years old.
These new guidelines will have a disastrous effect on aspiring minority group members who want to be teachers, which should be enough to trigger the disparate impact clause Judge Wood cited in earlier cases.
What happens in the NYC school system has national implications because the city has been a testing ground for so-called new reforms. It is important for the nation to know that this past year was a very disillusioning one.