Many kids, regardless of color are having problems in public school. One problem? Too much federal involvement, and too many social expermints going on. Add to that free lunches, before and after school programs and let us not forget the other biggie....poor parenting. It is time to close down the D.O. Education and all federal funding and return the control of schools to the cities,counties, and a limited state involvement. Also, only legal children of legal residents will have access to public schools. And public education will become a privilege after the 8th grade. Students who are discipline problems will no longer be able to attend public schools and the parents will be responsible. Private organizations, churches, and individuals should be encouraged to do what the feds are not supposed to do.
Though I disagree with T.J. Thompson about the feds stepping in when the parents are absent, or just not doing their job, I like his point that the sad condition of our educational system knows no color.
This is not confined to urban schools either. My alma mater, Shelbyville High School, in Shelbyville, Indiana was profiled in a Time Magazine article titled “Dropout Nation”, as well as on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. You can read that article here: http://bit.ly/S0QVx and the Oprah segment here http://bit.ly/IbcoT. Shelbyville is a small town of roughly 18,000 people - about 30 miles Southeast of Indianapolis.
In a town with over 95% of the population White, 1 of every 3 kids will not graduate High School. One in Three!!! This contradicts every major stereotype portrayed on TV and broadcast throughout society.
Sadly, too many people across this nation believe that the educational crisis is limited to the Urban, Black, or Latino populace. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. This epidemic is a national catastrophe. We are in an Educational State Of Emergency.
I believe that we cannot pass legislation and laws to curb this outbreak. The cure starts in the home and in the school. It is imperative upon the parents of our children to take charge. If there are no parents available, then the responsibility falls upon aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and even teachers. These children
need role model to encourage, nurture, and help them succeed.