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.
He was dealing with unassimilated (but more historically-accurate, de-assimilated) people who mostly did not want to be there. So why were they there at all? Such stories are heart-breaking. I do blame the emergence of this urban subculture on LBJ, a racist at heart who figured that urban blacks could never succeed in civil life in any numbers, and so needed to be given money to vote and to shut up.
I sometimes wonder what I would be like had I been sent to a school like that. I doubt that I would be skiing in Vermont with a bunch of friends on the MLK long weekend.
That was a public school. Charter schools can be wonderful, but only with parental (ie maternal mostly) support. These kids are screwed - by their "parents" and not by any "system." It's hopeless, so give them free money to live on. And guess what? It's not just urban black people. It can be rural white people too. There is a bell curve in human nature. I just feel for the ones who have aspirations, talent, and abilities but are crushed by their destructive subcultures of dependency and sociopathy.
Obama had a great chance to change this game for all colors of skin, but never did. Politics.
I acted up some in school but would never do anything even close to this kind of stupidity. Why? Simple, the punishment was quick and painful. No they didn't beat me or hit me with a ruler they would have expelled me and called my mother. My mother and father would punish me and trot me back to see the vice principal to apologize and I would have been punished for weeks. What is lacking in these schools? Exactly that. The schools do nothing and if they do the parents do nothing. Yes the government is at fault but the fault is equally shared by the parents.
One of the things I do not understand is the stories where a student assaults a teacher and the school does little or nothing and that is the end of it. Where are the assault charges? The teacher is not on Mars he is in a community with a police department and a prosecutor. Where is the civil law suit?
It is all about the parents. I went to a mediocre high school with a lot of immigrants. Whites were the minority. We had a few AP classes, so-so teachers, nothing spectacular. Yet I wanted to get good grades, graduate, go to college, etc. All due to my parents influence at home. Good values, always talked about college, high expectations for my education, etc.
Without the parents, there is no hope.
I lived in a low-income, rural, 99% white part of the U.S. when my kids were in elementary school. Many of the kids they went to school with got into drugs or dropped out or almost failed high school and now are going nowhere. It's not minorities only who are losing.
If your parents didn't graduate high school or only have minimum wage jobs and you live in a trailer, chances are you will do the same. Unless you are exceptional or meet someone who is willing to help.
I extended that help to one kid I felt I still knew well back in that rural place. She rejected my help. It's pretty depressing. I was willing to help her fill out applications, find out about financial aid, etc. She didn't want any of it. So sad.
Back in the day, at least in New England, there were "reform schools" - a third way that had some success in bringing back hard cases. Even they would have been hard pressed if faced with "students" like those in this article.
Universal FREE birth control might be a long-term fix. Slow-acting, though.
Back in my day they were called juvenile delinquents. Many kids (male mostly) could not wait to turn 16 so they could legally drop out of school. I don't believe it turned out well for them. Some of them got in trouble with the law and they had two choices--jail or the Army. The Army doesn't want them nowadays.