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  •  you just make me want to cry. (1+ / 0-)
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    as I said elsewhere, I am a prof at the Shitty Collages of Chi-Town (sorry, I really don't hate my school/s that much, just don't want the google monster to come back and bite me in the ass): In fact, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my school. I just hate this damn corporate model that's being brought in (also at this level) and running the whole thing into the ground....

    At Shitty Collages, we inherit the problems of the CPS...there is SO much raw intelligence in my students, so much will to succeed, desire to know....but they come to us lacking the basic skills they need...oh. God. Just don't get me started again.

    If people only understood how severe this crisis in education is. I know many educators throughout the country who also  understand that there is a huge crisis out there, but even they cannot begin to comprehend what is going on in these schools here. They can't.

    Chicagoans are tough. Really tough. The big shoulders thing is not the stuff of myth. It takes a LOT, a helluva lot, to get Chicagoans to say "Enough." Enough is enough.

    And yeah, that's what we're saying. The rest of the country would do well to take heed, get on board with this, AND run with it.

    •  Then you have no need to read the book. (2+ / 0-)
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      grumpelstillchen, Chi

      What struck me about it was how much harder a kid from the projects had to work to get to the same college as a white kid from the suburbs.  

      I mean, people think abstractly that they know that, but when it comes right down to what it means -- compared to Jennings, my high school education was handed to me on a platter.  It was both his home life and his school, and neither one were doing right by him -- even though his mom was trying and he had teachers who were doing their best and reaching out to him.

      And it was written before Bush and NCLB.

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      by cai on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 09:06:53 PM PDT

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      •  I need to write a book about my (0+ / 0-)

        experiences, too....see, despite my PhD, my myriad academic awards, my 5-page bi-lingual publications list and, and, and....I actually hail from the underclass. Did time as a juvenile, was ward of the state, you name, I dun it. Am indeed an ethnic minority, but was "light enough to pass" and, no doubt about it, was afforded certain advantages as a result. I tell my students that all the time: "I looked like a 'pretty little white girl', and that definitely worked to my advantage. But it doesn't change the fact that I know what it means to be sleeping on a steel cot in a jail cell at 14, 15, 16 for no other reason that I was the daughter of a poor, uneducated, minority single-female"....

        So, no I don't need to read the book, but it may be a good  candidate for use in my classrooms. ;-)

        NCLB: I call that No Child Left ALIVE.

        My book (er, um, I mean the book that is about me, not about someone/something else, however esoteric/academic that may be; I've already got a number of THOSE under my belt) if I ever get down to writing it (heh. You're supposed to LAUGH at this...)

        "This is for kinda-colored-girls who have COMMITTED suicide/cuz the wonda-bread wuz neva enuf!"

        (Originally, it was supposed to read: this is for 'pretty little white girls' ....but my friends demanded that I kick the pretty little white girl OUT. So I did.)

        Thanks for your comments. You cheered me up. Now I have to get to bet. I have an 8AM class. I'll look into the Jennings title.

      •  Here in MoCo, MD you see the difference... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...every day. In the best school distict in the country there is still a substantial difference in outcomes that seems to covary with ESOL (English as a Second Language), FARMS (Free And Reduced Meals Support), SPED (Special Education), mobility (measure of kids leaving and entering schools) student numbers at a particular school, which in turn correlates with where you live, in some places, literally which side of the tracks you live on.

        The difference is that these schools are funded from the same $1.5 billion yearly budget, they get renovations, facilites upgrades, class size reductions. They don't do the best in system, but almost all schools are near 90% proficient at grade level academic skills year after year. Certainly far better than the rural schools I attended.

        The point I'm trying to make is that if education resources were reliable much of the effects of poverty and low property values can be overcome and produce a college bound population.

        Of course it would nice if there were sufficient jobs for college graduates, but I digress onto another subject...

        (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

        by Enterik on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:01:51 AM PDT

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