We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The arrogance and wishful thinking driving this program are amazing. No one wants to deal with the elephant sitting in the room which are the kids themselves and the home environment they come from. You can't fix kids from homes, particularly single parent, that have no academic expectations and no history of academic success and insufficient IQ to even hope to operate at a minimum acceptable level. Throw in lack of discipline and parents who defend their little deliquents at all costs and you have a recipe for student and school failure. No fancy teaching philosophy or programs can fix that...ain't going to happen. There's a reason there's an underclass and it would be wise to not continue importing more candidates for this class.
I agree with phil g. However, I would add that there is a new class of student growing up in America. White kids being raised by their grandparents. At the age when an adult should be allowed and is expected to spoil the little darlings a little bit on Sunday afternoon, this age group is raising from cradle to who knows when their own children's failed results at parenting. It's a damn mess, because no matter how well meaning the grandparents are, and no matter how much better they are at giving this child rearing thing a second try the fact is they are TOO OLD--less energy, less street smarts, and their days are shorter and they don't have the heart it takes to discipline a grandchild--guilt? Fear? Lack of real concern? Anger? Whatever it is I see just as many bratty children with their grandparents in the grocery store as I do brats with their overweight thug of a mother! The white folks are slowly slipping into a similar state of affairs and I believe it is being done intentionally!