Las Vegas Tribune

The soft bigotry of low expectations

By Perly Viasmensky
I was reading an article of “The Red Alert News” that caught me totally off guard. It is just like students are now blackmailing teachers and schools in the name of racism.
Pretty soon we will need to change the name of black beans because it’ll be racist.
The Red Alert News reported that a school in Minnesota “is now providing what many conservatives would consider a classic example of what is meant by the soft bigotry of low expectations in that it has done away with giving the grade of ‘F’ as the lowest grade for a test or assignment because, in their opinion of the powers that be at the school, handing out an ‘F’ is systemically racist.”
The article continues: “The school, in White Bear Lake, has created an entirely new grading system. No matter how poorly a student scores on a test or assignment, they will not be given an ‘F’ to indicate failure. Further, according to the school principal, a student’s behavior, attitude, tardiness, or even failure to complete an assignment on time will no longer be part of the grade a teacher can give a student.” According to Wayne Kazmierczak, the school district’s superintendent, if a school isn’t careful, the very act of assigning a grade to a test or assignment can be indicative of “systemic racism.”
No wonder so many high school students graduate without the slightest idea of how to spell simple words.
In my most humble opinion, English is the most important subject, first because it is an international language that helps you communicate in any country you visit or decide to make home. But English is also a very extensive language and every day you are learning new words to add to your verbal dictionary.
If we tell young people these days of the importance of a good education, they tell you that is okay because Google gives them the right spelling of a word and besides “I’m going to clean rooms in a hotel or stack shelves in a supermarket to make a living.”
I know a lady, born and raised in this country, that used to work with me, that internet or not, spelled the word can with a “K.”
Teachers are no longer the dedicated persons that once upon a time knew how to connect to his or her students as friends, not as puppets of society.
Math? Math is not important anymore because they use the internet or cell phone to get what they think is the best answer. Science is so important. Everything is first discovered with science.
Science is so boring, students might say, but the teacher wouldn’t dare to give me an “F” because that is racist, and after all, scientists haven’t been able to find a way to control COVID and we will be wearing a mask for the rest of our lives.
History? What’s that? History is one of the most useless subjects. Why do we need to learn what happened at the beginning of the Republic, when that is exactly what we are living at the present time. Blacks hate Whites, Whites hate Mexicans, Mexicans hate everyone else and everything is discrimination and racism for something that happened
200 years ago.
Geography is just one simple word in our world and if we don’t understand it, we have no idea where to turn.
If Vice-President Kamala Harris had a little knowledge of geography, she probably would not have confused the City of El Paso with the Southern border.
I would like one of those renowned professors to tell me if it’s honest to grade their students based on what society calls racism or on their knowledge of what those teachers get paid to teach all students regardless of race, nationality, and faith.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at

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