这些问题对非裔美国人来说更加严重。根据《经济学人》(2003)，黑人不成比例地集中在市中心地区，他们从公立学校系统中得到的待遇很糟糕。国家教育进步评估(National Assessment of education Progress，相当于美国的国家成绩单)显示，17岁的黑人在数学和阅读方面平均落后白人4年，在科学方面则落后5年。黑人学生被分流到没有出路的特殊教育班级的可能性是白人学生的三倍。不幸的是，除了教育问题之外，那些寻求将进步规范强加于美国学生身上的、广受赞誉的社会工程师们也取得了成功。为避免指责而兴起的自尊运动显然在我们的公共教育体系上留下了印记。这种向无政府状态的倒退是在进步教育的监督下发生的，进步教育旨在将学生社会化，而不是仅仅提供知识。难怪一种以不挑剔他人，在理性之前寻求共识为中心的教育理念，不仅会导致大规模的教育失败，也会导致由于学生无法共同理性而导致的暴力行为的增加(Woiceshyn, 2000)。我们几乎不能说我们没有受到警告。约翰·洛克(John Locke)是美国开国元勋心目中最有影响力的哲学家。洛克对公民教育的担忧在当代美国已经得到了证实，因为越来越多的年轻人开始自己改变。家庭的衰落如此之大，以至于现在人们看到公共服务通告提醒父母，他们需要成为孩子生活中的主要影响因素(Schaub, 2002)。同样，这个问题不成比例地影响到经济上处于不利地位的人，他们在家里没有父母，因为所有能得到帮助的成年人都必须工作以维持生计。可以预见的是，黑人男性是所有群体中最弱势的群体，这可以从他们较高的监禁率(Mauer, 1990)和休学率中看出。
These problems are exacerbated for African-Americans. According to the Economist (2003), Blacks who are disproportionately concentrated in inner-city areas) are getting a lousy deal from the public-school system. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, America’s equivalent of a national report card, reveals that the average black 17-year-old is four years behind his white counterpart in math and reading and five years behind in science. Black students are three times more likely than whites to be shunted off into dead-end special educational classes.In addition to educational problems, the much-heralded social engineers that seek to impose Progressive norms on America’s students have unfortunately succeeded. The rising self-esteem movement that seeks to avoid blame has clearly left its mark on our public education system. The retrogression toward anarchy occurred on the watch of Progressive education, which seeks to socialize students above actually providing knowledge. It is no wonder that an educational philosophy centered around never finding fault with another and seeking consensus before reason would lead to both educational failure of massive proportion and an increase in violent behavior due to the inability of students to reason together (Woiceshyn, 2000). We can hardly claim we weren’t warned. John Locke, the most influential philosopher in the minds of our founders, indicated he could easily do without public education. Locke’s fears regarding civic education about have been borne out in contemporary America, as young people are increasingly left to shift for themselves. The decline of the family has been such that one now sees public service announcements reminding parents that they need to be the main influence in their kids’ lives (Schaub, 2002).? Again, this problem bears disproportionately on the economically disadvantaged, who have no parents at home because all available adults must work to make ends meet. Predictably, black males are the most disadvantaged of all, as indicated by their higher rates of incarceration (Mauer, 1990) and suspension from school.