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 loss of authority in the schools stems from the fact that black children have been taught that they can do anything they want. For them, "civil rights" mean that white people are not empowered to limit black freedom in any way. White people are not allowed to criticize, condemn, punish, or disagree. Anything less than total abdication is a sign of racism. So the teachers have given up. There's nothing they can do. And that's why black adults shoplift with impunity.
The public school system can't be reformed. Black children are very dangerous, and violent as well. If you are a white person, and you are near a group of black kids when they get off of the school bus, they will threaten you. It has happened to me. One of those black kids even threw a brick at me, and barely missed. The only solution is to close the schools; and then let neighborhood schools open in their place; run by volunteers. Private schools can choose which students they want, and I can assure you, there won't be any black kids.
Black parents created this problem, so they will have to solve it . Personally, I don't see any good future for black kids in America, they are pure criminals. Nobody wants them around.