SDUHSD superintendent apologizes for comments about Asian community
ENCINITAS (KUSI) – San Dieguito Unified High School District Superintendent Dr. Cheryl James-Ward faced backlash Wednesday night after comments she made seemed to equate the success of Asian students in her school district with their financial upbringings.
The comments upset a number of the district’s parents who held a rally Wednesday evening outside the district’s headquarters.
Dr. Ward’s comment which started this uproar was an answer she gave to a trustee member who questioned why Asian students do so well in school while looking at data that showed Asian students did not receive as many D and F letter grades as other racial groups.
“I can tell you part of that reason: So here, in San Dieguito, we have an influx of Asians from China and the people who are able to make that journey are wealthy,” Dr. Ward began.
“You cannot come to America and buy a house for two million dollars unless you have money. You cannot send kids and send them with a guardian unless you have money. So you’re going to be getting kids who are most affluent and have the four capitals, which I call the emotional capital, the financial capital, the educational capital and the social capital coming here to the United States and coming specifically to our area,” Dr. James-Ward added.
During a board meeting Wednesday night, parents spoke directly to Dr. Ward voicing their concern with her comments.
“You are disconnected, you have very little knowledge about your community,” said one parent.
“She is not a qualified leader in this school district, not anymore,” said another parent.
Many also expressed a desire for Dr. Ward to resign, saying that despite her recent apologies, the remarks are too difficult to look past from the leader of the school district.
Others though, share a different perspective. Albert Liang believes Dr. Ward deserves a second chance and says he hopes more parents will listen to his point of view.
“Firing or cancelling one person doesn’t resolve anything other than raising the stakes and promoting animosity. Antipathy is never the way to go in a civil discourse,” said Liang.
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