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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

LawEconUSMC Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 5:41 PM
It is not just studentss in poor school districts whose performance has declined. ALL students in all school districts know less today then their counterparts who graduated from High School in the mid-1950's. This is a verifiable, objective fact. Just review the subject matter changes made to the SAT's to make sure the dumbing down of the curriculum was not highlighted. People keep blaming poverty. Is that why single parenthood of black families went from seven percent (7%) of all births in 1964 to over 70% of all births today in that community (all black births, not just the poor). And by the way, Slavery did not yeild this percentage of out of wed lock births. They only occurred after the civil rights bill was passed.
Patrice3 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 6:54 PM
lawEcon - blaming poverty is the easy way out. It puts the burden of correction on society. Blaming single-parenthood and teenage pregnancies puts the burden on the individual.
StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 5:57 PM
"ALL students in all school districts know less today then their counterparts who graduated from High School in the mid-1950's. This is a verifiable, objective fact."

Absolutely correct - and it's just as correct that poverty (at least, ECONOMIC poverty) did NOT produce this across-the-board decline (the poverty of VALUES that we see in America today all across the board, on the other hand, HAS had a major effect in producing this systematic decline).

Bill O'Reilly's producer Jesse Waters in the last several months has gone to various places and randomly asked young adult passersby questions that 35 years ago almost ANY high-school grad would have laughed at as being common knowledge. Well, judging by the responses Waters has...
StillStandingHisGround Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 5:58 PM
To finish my thought:

Well, judging by the responses Waters has gotten from these young Americans, REGARDLESS of their socioeconomic background, no longer.
It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor.

Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents?

The answer, of course, is neither side.

Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city.

No one solely represents the interests of the kids.

It’s not to say that...