The hosts of Fox News’ Out Numbered suggested on Thursday that schools in Baltimore were failing students because they had wasted money training teachers about racial disparity.
The conservative website EAGnews reported this week that Baltimore County Public Schools had spent $427,000 on what the publication referred to as “white privilege training” from the Pacific Educational Group (PEG).
According to the PEG website, the organization helps educators “address racial issues in order to uncover personal and institutional biases that prevent all students, and especially students of color, from reaching their fullest potential.”
“The liberals are always saying we need to devote more money to education. Why? So we can do more of this?” Fox News host Jedediah Bila wondered on Thursday. “This is horrible. You’re grouping, first of all, all people of a race into one group. As if all white people, all African-American people act the same.”
“And also, you’re setting up the expectation of failure for some students,” she argued. “You’re telling them basically, ‘We expect you to not arrive to class on time. Because you’re African-American, you have some cultural link to that.’ That is absolutely insane. I think parents should complain. And even if you’re not a parent, I would urge you to complain about this because this is tax dollars.”
Co-host Harris Faulkner said that she worried that providing the training for teachers would “divide us more as a nation.”
But guest host Andy Levy said that he “absolutely” believed that white privilege was real, and that teachers could benefit from learning about it.
“I thought our culture was American!” Faulkner exclaimed.
“That’s the problem,” co-host Katie Pavlich agreed. “Specifically in Baltimore, one of the major complaints over the past couple of weeks with the protests and the riots is that there is not a connection between the school districts or the police to the communities — the African-American community. Well, when you’re teaching in school and promoting that disconnect then how can you ever expect there to be any kind of understanding?”
“Also too, these are the same school districts, the same officials who are complaining about not having money for things like textbooks and after school programs and desks, and they complain about class sizes for students that aren’t getting enough attention,” she continued. “Well maybe if you weren’t spending $600,000 on a program that divides students and doesn’t bring them together, maybe you would have money for things that are essential to the academic process.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Out Numbered, broadcast May 7, 2015.