Friday, September 14, 2012

'The Onion' Reports the Truth on the Chicago Public School System

Chicago Public School system: Nothing more than a low-level detention facility
This post went up over at VDare (on the highly informative VDare Blog) which points out a recent headline from The Onion cuts to the heart of the teachers strike in the Chicago Public School system in ways no other news outlet is capable of doing. [The Onion Understands Chicago Public School Students Better Than The MSM Or The Department Of Education, Paul Kersey, VDare, 9-13-2012]:


You knew the good folks over at The Onion would comment on the teachers strike from the Chicago Public School system
CHICAGO—Jubilant Chicago Public Schools officials announced Wednesday that, for three straight days now, there has not been a single act of student violence in any of the city’s 675 public schools. “Our classrooms and hallways are safer now than they’ve ever been,” said CPS chief executive Jean-Claude Brizard, happily noting that there have been no reported instances of beatings, stabbings, sexual assaults, or shootings in any of the city’s public schools this week.[ More]
Because there are no students!
Recall that of the 400,000+ students attending CPS schools, lessthan 9 percent of them are white (44 percent are Hispanic and 40 percent are Black). Like most of the articles in The Onion, this satirical piece on Chicago Public Schools isn’t far off the mark.
Consider this article from The Huffington Post
In Chicago public schools, black students receive harsher punishments for in-school infractions than white students, a fact that mirrors a nationwide trend, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday. The report paints a startling picture of racial disparities in how students are disciplined in schools across the country.
In Chicago, white students comprised three percent of suspensions — and 10 percent of the total student population — but black students, who had a larger overall representation at 42 percent, comprised 76 percent of the city's school suspensions. The data show that in 2009 to 2010, Chicago suspended the third largest percentage of black students among the country's 20 biggest school districts. [More]
Of course, the black students misbehaving is never, ever their fault—we just have to find new, advanced methods of convincing the dwindling percentage of white kids in the CPS system to disrupt the flow of learning at rates that are comparable to the black kids.
Violence at schools in Chicago is nothing new, and with the teachers strike comes a reprieve in the state-sponsored (and tax-payer funded) day-care system that is provided to the primarily fatherless households of the Second City.
That’s basically what the K-12 Education system in Chicago: glorified babysitters (and hey, with an average salary of $76,000 for a teacher, it beats the starting salary for a correctional officer at the Cook County Jail, which starts at only $45,000/k a year) in a low-level detention facility.
Read the rest there. If you have Twitter, consider sending this article to both the Chicago Public School account (@ChiPubSchools) and the Chicago Teachers Union account (@CTULocal1 ).

Basically, the Chicago Public School system (remember, of 400,000+ students, roughly nine percent are white) operates as a low-level detention facility. The teachers average compensation dwarfs the starting salary for a Cook County correctional officer, meaning that the environment inside the classroom is far more treacherous than the one inside the jails of Chicago.

Why else would Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy give a press conference on Monday where he said "We're emptying out our offices"; with the teachers on strike, the momentary detention facilities public schools of Chicago aren't performing their duty of providing state-sponsored baby-sitting. 

All of this reminds me of a scene from the John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club. Set in an all-white suburb of Chicago in the 1980s, the film is about five students of varying backgrounds (but all-white) sent to Saturday detention. The overbearing Assistant Principal Richard Vernon (a character who has been lampooned in countless forms of media since) acts as a domineering administrator over the detainees. In a pivotal scene, Vernon has a conversation with the white janitor:


                            VERNON
               What did you want to be when you
               were young?

                             CARL
               When I was a kid, I wanted to be
               John Lennon...

                            VERNON
               Carl don't be a goof!  I'm trying
               to make a serious point here...I've
               been teaching, for twenty two years,
               and each year...these kids get more
               and more arrogant.

                             CARL
               Aw bull shit, man.  Come on Vern,
               the kids haven't changed, you have!
               You took a teaching position, 'cause
               you thought it'd be fun, right?
               Thought you could have summer
               vacations off...and then you found
               out it was actually work...and that
               really bummed you out.

                            VERNON
               These kids turned on me...they think
               I'm a big fuckin' joke...

                             CARL
               Come on...listen Vern, if you were
               sixteen, what would you think of
               you, huh?

                            VERNON
               Hey...Carl, you think I give one
               rat's ass what these kids think of
               me?

                             CARL
               Yes I do...

                            VERNON
               You think about this...when you get
               old, these kids; when I get old,
               they're gonna be runnin' the country.

                             CARL
               Yeah?

                            VERNON
               Now this is the thought that wakes
               me up in the middle of the night...
               That when I get older, these kids
               are gonna take care of me...

                             CARL
               I wouldn't count on it!



Does anyone ever stop and think how the 92 percent non-white students, who are enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools system, will run Chicago in the near-future?

No, of course not.

These are questions we aren't supposed to ask in Black-Run America (BRA).

39 comments:

W74 said...

I think another question is whether or not the doors are still open for the illegitimate welfare children to receive "their" generously provided breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I mean, don't we already pay their parents to provide those things, yet they somehow still fail to do it to the point where the taxpayer provides yet another opportunity for them to eat through the school/daycare center?

Go read posts on Yahoo, or even the NYT. People are waking up to this nonsense en masse. Our message is being heard, folks are receptive these days, so get out there and unashamedly spread the truth, o ye who post here. Heck, even a couple of my University professors are "awake" and we have wonderful conversations both in and out of class about our country's biggest problem. They (like I) were once former liberals but have all noticed "the change" within the last decade. It's hard to not be objective and to notice what's going on.

You and I who post here and on related sites are not alone, it's becoming harder and harder for TPTB to hide and distort the truth.

Anonymous said...

If you read the ENTIRE article you'll see at the end that supposedly while the article was being printed, three teens were killed in shootings on the south side of Chicago.

I think the last line of that pretty much says that in Chicago, violence happens daily whether it be at a school or not.

Using an onion article as your source is pretty stupid.

Anonymous said...

Using an onion article as your source is pretty stupid.

PK was being ironic. The point was that you get more honest reporting from online satire magazines than from the prestige press.

Warrior said...

Cutting Edge Insight, Paul Great Job!

Memphis Teaching Fellow said...

You know what's funny about the dialogue you posted? It might ring true if one is dealing with the next generation of the people similar to oneself, although judging by my reaction to my little brother's, little cousins' and niece's adolescence, I'd be inclined to find teenage angst and rebellion sacred and endearing rather than annoying.

But it's completely different for a middle class white kid who grew up on various genres of rock to become an adult and come face to face with the ghetto adolescents. They are everything that we considered uncool. They are everything that we saw ourselves as rebelling against when we reached puberty. There is not a single pang of nostalgia or envy when I observe them. There is nothing in their spirits or styles that I wish to emulate or would like to think that I once had. I also know that these kids will be neither able nor willing to take care of me when I'm old, and they won't be running anything. They'll be managed, herded, caged, maintained or, at best- ordered around, just like their parents and just like they are now.

The vast majority of these kids are not passionate about anything. At all. We break our necks trying to spark their interests or incorporate something they might like. No luck. The only two things that light a small spark in their eyes are money and food. They say over and over again, "I loooooves money! I loooooves me some good food". But they are not interested enough to learn how to cook or to work towards becoming wealthy.

They are violent often, for no reason and at predictable intervals. Their sexuality lacks passion, romance and aesthetic. The majority of the girls are severely obese. They waddle when they walk, and they keep getting pregnant. The boys taunt them, insult them, call their babies ugly and then have sex with them in the bathroom. A girl might be driven to tears by a group of boys telling her how fat, ugly and dark she is, and she'll be laughing and stripping for them the next day, in the several minutes the teacher was called out of the classroom for an emergency. I'm just a couple of years away from 30, and I feel younger, more limber, less jaded and more free-spirited than almost all of our students, even in my currently depressed state. Sometimes it gets scary for that reason because some of those boys are in their twenties and they cornered me a couple of times, trying to get a hug and licking their lips. It's important to NEVER risk being alone with any of them.

The vast majority of them adheres to the exact same style of dress, watches the exact same stuff on TV and listens to the exact same performers. Not the same range of styles, programming and performers. Not similar to the point of interchangeable. EXACTLY THE SAME.

So, I don't feel old or uncool when they treat me as 'square". I wish I could make them learn. I wish I could improve their lives. I really do wish them all the best. But I think it's a good thing that I can't relate to them. What kind of a shallow, vulgar moron could?

Californian said...

Memphis Teaching Fellow, thanks for the insights into the world of teaching the underclass.

I know it is an old question, but why does the educational establishment have such a difficult time understanding that these youths are so difficult to teach?

W74 said...

Memphis Teaching Fellow,

Briliant post and your experience is becoming more and more noticed every day, among everyday folks in everyday professions. The fact that many (millions, tens of millions?) have tried to help them, for no gain unto themselves and for little to no improvement in the lives of those they attempt to help speaks volumes.

Think about that for a second, millions upon millions have tried passionately to help them, given their time, money, labor, and utter selfless devotion to them and for nothing in return, not even the satisfaction of seeing a difference made. A rational person's reaction tends to go one of two ways, the way you're reacting which is a very logical frustration, or a tendency to blame "the system" (aka Whitey) for not doing enough to help them...whatever that may entail. No wonder liberalism is so prevalent in our society given that the second reaction is all too common.

R Neville said...

OT 2 White men in a fight with a black college student. Black dies. http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/338194/3/Northwest-Missouri-State-student-killed-murder-charges-filed First time I have seen this in Missouri in at least a year. I wonder if this will get much airplay, and used as a pro quo argument for the ork?

Northern Liberal said...


"I know it is an old question, but why does the educational establishment have such a difficult time understanding that these youths are so difficult to teach?"

Californian, the poor are a gold mine. Millions and millions of white liberals and "black middle class" folks make a fine living in the social service economy. If we ever recognized the futility of it, millions of liberal arts and black studies majors would be lining up in front of Starbucks for $8/hr jobs pulling lattes.

Anonymous said...

Maya - start a blog.

Anonymous said...

PK

Your point about correction officers starting at 45K vs the AVERAGE salary of 75k for a teacher fails to mention starting teachers earn around 45K as well. I had a number of teachers point that out this week. Obviously the word AVERAGE was lost on them. I had hoped you would emphasize the fact that teachers making the average (75k) either had been employed with the Chicago School System for at least 11 years or 9 with a masters... So the bottom line is a great many of these teachers have been there for a decade plus, failing at their job consistently. Now, is it any wonder why they are fighting tooth and nail (and turned down a 16% guaranteed raise over the next 4 years) as to not have their students test scores count more against their evaluations.............

-Flex

Anonymous said...

Ex New Yorker here....Another person here with more high praises for the comments left by MEMPHIS TEACHING FELLOW. It is good to get reports from those still in the trenches. I look forward to any other post you might leave. I have not lived with the Soul Brothers for over 25 years and always like reading post from humans still stuck in the undertow. When I moved out of New York (1984) the city was installing metal detectors in the elementary schools. To many little kids were getting shot and stabbed.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the Onion called attention to this. They ultimately are the only type of media the DWL doesn't pay very close attention to. People that can see still slip the message into humor. I have always been able to speak as openly as I have wanted as long as I frame the conversation.
For example here is a knee-slapper. Why can't Ray Charles read? Because he is a nigger.
As George Bernard Shaw said, "If you tell people the truth, you better make them laugh or they will kill you".

europeasant said...

Stop feeding the Africans, wherever they may reside! I hope some people in the west will wake up. By feeding them via EBT and housing them via section 8 we are only enabling their disfunction laden society. Do you realize what their population will be in the year 2050? Who will feed them in 40 years from now when problems will get even worse. Where they came from (Africa) is one of the richest continents in the world and what have the Africans accomplished? They are exporting their excess here with what results? Take a look at our ghettos? Detroit anyone?

Memphis Teaching Fellow said...

"I know it is an old question, but why does the educational establishment have such a difficult time understanding that these youths are so difficult to teach?"

I imagine it's because any attempt at calling a spade a spade would seem like an open declaration of racial war to the vast majority of Americans. To say that there is a number of students who are ineducable and whose parents take no interest in their upbringing and that THIS is the cause of poor performance in certain regions can't be seen as honest and in good faith when so many of these students are black, not in this country.

That's the ultimate argument against tracking, isn't it? A system that would place so many blacks and Hispanics at the bottom track can't be fair, nor can it be beneficial to anyone. If enough blacks can't test into the top tracks, something must be wrong with tracking. And if so many black students can't be taught enough to pass even those ridiculously easy standardized tests, something must be wrong with their teachers.

Memphis Teaching Fellow said...

"So the bottom line is a great many of these teachers have been there for a decade plus, failing at their job consistently."

Failing at their jobs, how? Because they haven't learned how to perform tricks of alchemy and aren't able to turn copper into gold? If soldiers manage to follow every order given and complete every concrete task assigned to them, but their side still loses the war, would you say that it's the soldiers who have consistently failed at their job? You're that guy who doesn't bother to take his dog outside for two days and then beats it for shitting in the house, aren't you?

" Now, is it any wonder why they are fighting tooth and nail (and turned down a 16% guaranteed raise over the next 4 years) as to not have their students test scores count more against their evaluations............."

No, it's no wonder at all. People, generally, resist being put in predicaments where the outcome that decides their fate is largely out of their control.

Tell you what... When Obamacare comes, let's take some steps to ensure doctor accountability. We could apply your logic here and tie the doctors' compensation to the survival rate of their patients. An intelligent person like yourself must have been wondering for decades why brain surgeons get paid more than family pediatricians when the former have an atrocious 5 year survival rate in comparison to the latter. We need to close the survival gap between the cancer patients and people suffering from the common cold. Obviously, the right solution is to fire all the bad oncologists and hire good ones instead. A good oncologist is someone who can close the survival gap and wouldn't mind his livelihood and reputation tied to the disparity between his patient survival rate and some arbitrary "good" rate dreamed up by the wishful thinkers in government medical reforms offices.

Memphis Teaching Fellow said...

" I had hoped you would emphasize the fact that teachers making the average (75k) either had been employed with the Chicago School System for at least 11 years or 9 with a masters... "

Of course, a bunch of them are admins pretending to be teachers. We have a bunch of people here on teachers' pay schedule who lead professional development classes, lead intervention (observe kids in class, pull them out for interviews and special assessments and then make recommendations), head global education programs (some sort of an annual, year long preparation for an international festival that requires posters, costumes and emails sent to parents. To be honest, nobody really knows what these people do, but a lot of teachers are in line for these jobs.) Then, there are those "teachers" who teach only one class and spend the rest of their time helping to write the curriculum, which seems to be rewritten constantly and in very vague language. Also, don't forget those people who manage to teach for a year and then spend years visiting classrooms of new teachers, observing them and debriefing over lunch. They count as teachers too.

Anonymous said...

It will be the students in the private schools that run the cities.

Memphis Teaching Fellow said...

"Californian, the poor are a gold mine. Millions and millions of white liberals and "black middle class" folks make a fine living in the social service economy. If we ever recognized the futility of it, millions of liberal arts and black studies majors would be lining up in front of Starbucks for $8/hr jobs pulling lattes."

If you are talking about the admin jobs, then I'm inclined to agree. But the job market of teaching in an inner city is a veritable revolving door. Teachers just up and quit because they can't take it anymore. A good portion of the first year inner city teachers don't come back after Christmas. I believe half of them quit when the year's out. Most are gone within the first 5 years. I wouldn't be surprised if Starbucks had better worker retention stats, even knowing that teachers invest and go into debt for their careers while baristas don't.

Anecdotally, I know someone who's been delivering pizzas for 2 years now after teaching a year. Her principal called her personally several times, asking her to come back, but she'd rather knock on unfamiliar doors in Memphis after sundown- says it feels less dangerous too. There were 3 former Starbucks employees in my circle who were seeking refuge from menial work in teaching. Two of them now found refuge from teaching back at Starbucks. One former colleague now works at a gaming store, for minimum wage. Says that being poor sucks, but he is soooo much happier and healthier now. Once these kids leave inner city teaching, it's very common for them to have nightmares of being back in an inner city classroom. My facebook feed is flooded with messages about such nightmares. Of course, these are the kids who don't have too many responsibilities, or they are outright privileged, in which case they pull that old trick of going back to school for another degree.

But other people are rooted by mortgages, children, loans, ageing parents and they are stuck. Thankfully, I'm not one of them, exactly. Currently, there are people counting on me, so I can't go the much easier and more dignified way of Starbucks, but I'm not rooted here, so I'll be gone come next fall.

Discard said...

Northern Liberal has it exactly right. The bulk of the money spent on "the poor" actually goes to administration or to vendors and contractors. That is, to the non-poor.

Anonymous said...

europeasant said...
Stop feeding the Africans...



yeah right...
read a little about Foreign Aid, UN, US, Bob Geldof and Ethiopias overpopulation. etcetcetc.

Anonymous said...

Yes, W74, the little darlings were still being fed.

Anonymous said...

Great Job Paul! The truth is hard to swallow! I have taught in these holding pens in Ohio and other places and can tell you stories most people would not believe. In my one school when I asked an "old timer" how to survive he said "Remember one thing, these kids, the parents can't control them, the cops can't control them, you can't control them! Give them some work, if they don't want to do it, fine! Do not get in their face! The administrators turn off the metal detectors so the kids will come to school. Many of the kids carry weapons. If you get in their face you could get stabbed or shot!"

Zenster said...

Anon (9/14 7:50 PM): As George Bernard Shaw said, "If you tell people the truth, you better make them laugh or they will kill you".

Sweet merciful crap! Is that ever a keeper.

Zenster said...

europeasant: Stop feeding the Africans, wherever they may reside!

Kenyan economist James Shikwati agrees with you. Read an interview with him titled, “For God’s Sake, Please Stop the Aid”. An excerpt:

(Note: In British English, wheat is called "corn". What we call corn is called "maize".)

Shikwati: Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

SPIEGEL: Even in a country like Kenya, people are starving to death each year. Someone has got to help them.

Shikwati: But it has to be the Kenyans themselves who help these people. When there's a drought in a region of Kenya, our corrupt politicians reflexively cry out for more help. This call then reaches the United Nations World Food Program -- which is a massive agency of apparatchiks who are in the absurd situation of, on the one hand, being dedicated to the fight against hunger while, on the other hand, being faced with unemployment were hunger actually eliminated. It's only natural that they willingly accept the plea for more help. And it's not uncommon that they demand a little more money than the respective African government originally requested. They then forward that request to their headquarters, and before long, several thousands tons of corn are shipped to Africa ...

SPIEGEL: ... corn that predominantly comes from highly-subsidized European and American farmers ...

Shikwati: ... and at some point, this corn ends up in the harbor of Mombasa. A portion of the corn often goes directly into the hands of unscrupulous politicians who then pass it on to their own tribe to boost their next election campaign. Another portion of the shipment ends up on the black market where the corn is dumped at extremely low prices. Local farmers may as well put down their hoes right away; no one can compete with the UN's World Food Program. And because the farmers go under in the face of this pressure, Kenya would have no reserves to draw on if there actually were a famine next year. It's a simple but fatal cycle.
[emphasis added]

BlkGrlSEEaLOT said...

Memphis Teaching Fellow said:
"The vast majority of these kids are not passionate about anything. At all. We break our necks trying to spark their interests or incorporate something they might like. No luck. The only two things that light a small spark in their eyes are money and food. They say over and over again, "I loooooves money! I loooooves me some good food". But they are not interested enough to learn how to cook or to work towards becoming wealthy."

I Can See, and live in amongst other blacks in Milwaukee. I find it hard to even have a basic conversation with any of them. Basic formalities, interest in anything but their little box that's the hood, the 'sto,' and gettin' $$$$. They have no interest in anything; at this point, its funny. It has to be because otherwise it'd be tragic.
These same people complain about lack of jobs and everything being out in the (white) burbs. I wish I could ask them, "how would you even relate to them if you were to go there?
I like a lot of "white things." I can throw around a few Office Space quotes, Family Guy jokes and pair anything with the appropriate beer or wine. These are relatively basic interests any one could have. But blacks have no drive or desire to be interested in anything "white" or expected in a polite, functioning society.

"They are violent often, for no reason and at predictable intervals. Their sexuality lacks passion, romance and aesthetic."

BINGO! Imagine being a black woman who can see and often on the receiving end of their vacant desires. They ape around singing dumb as lyrics. They wander over to you and half mumble 'hey baby girl...whats up wit u...' This drive me crazy considering the meme about black male sexuality. They're not very confident at all. It's chest puffing and copy catting.
I find the number of R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap songs about love and marriage ironic. When I was younger, we'd go to a lot of black weddings (funny right?) and they still, 20 years later, dance to the same songs (Al Green's Let's Stay Together and the like). They sing about these notions, but have no concept of how to live them. It's like lip synching....

"But I think it's a good thing that I can't relate to them. What kind of a shallow, vulgar moron could?"

Exactly; I "ax" myself the same question every time I leave my house.




Zenster said...

W74: The fact that many (millions, tens of millions?) have tried to help them, for no gain unto themselves and for little to no improvement in the lives of those they attempt to help speaks volumes.

Don't deceive yourself. The Liberal establishment attaches high value to the "moral virtue" of negro uplift and similar such (often hopeless) causes. Championing such campaigns—even to the point of feeding their own children into the meat grinder—gives these bleeding hearts their political bona fides.

As with any smarmy, altruistic garbage of this nature the single most important question is, cui bono?

Please keep in mind that this Multiculturalist rot has spread into ostensibly "Conservative" territory as well. In order to burnish their professional resumes, corporate CEOs willingly allow their employees to be browbeaten into donating towards corrupt agencies like United Way of America whose longtime (and now-fired) President, Gloria Pace King, received a pay package worth $1.2 million last year. That compensation represents almost three percent (2.7%) of that agency's total donations of $43.5 million.

What's more, United Way of America has established several "in-house" programs that have experienced significantly higher increases in allocations of donated funds than other more well-established charities operating under the United Way umbrella. In this manner, United Way diverts extra millions of dollars towards enriching its own hires or preferred causes.

Some interesting figures from Charity Watch.

American Red Cross: Less than 5% overhead
World Vision: 12% to overhead
Doctors Without Borders: 11% - 14% overhead
Invisible Children (of Kony 2012 fame): 20% overhead

30% Overhead:

The Nature Conservancy
World Wildlife Federation
World Vision
CARE
Oxfam America
Natural Resources Defense Council

+30% Overhead:

George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
The Cable Center
Jewish Guild for the Blind
American Printing House for the Blind

As always, wherever there are millions of dollars floating about, remoras—frequently of a very Liberal stripe—will attach themselves with epoxy-like firmness.

There's big money to be made tilting at these windmills. If lavishing countless millions of charitable and taxpayer dollars on the hopeless task of learning, doctoring or feeding some semi-retarded Black cretins is what it takes to keep a privileged few farting through silk, you can bet the farm they will.

Bogolyubski has invested considerable effort hereabouts to show how these immigrant advocacy groups are dedicated to bolstering their own overhead numbers. This, despite how the money they spend bringing illiterate Somali goat herders here to America could achieve 100 times the impact were those funds capably administered in the nations of origin for these unassimilable colonists.

Staunchly defending these hopeless Liberal causes are badges of honor flaunted by culturally Marxist apparatchiks on the Left. Selflessness and altruism have nothing to do with such matters.

Zenster said...

Memphis Teaching Fellow: That's the ultimate argument against tracking, isn't it? A system that would place so many blacks and Hispanics at the bottom track can't be fair, nor can it be beneficial to anyone.

Except Whites or fully assimilated Asians, and we can't have that, now can we?

Plus, another vote for Memphis Teaching Fellow's comments. This sort of boots-on-the-ground reporting is priceless. No amount of statistics can replace the authenticity of someone who is out at the sharp end of the spear.

Anonymous said...

The administrators turn off the metal detectors so the kids will come to school.

That-is-scary!

Still, it's cheaper than handing out athletic shoes so the kids will come to school.

MuayTyson said...

MTP, sounds like you are good at your job and you care. I'm afraid that is not always the case. I went to a rural school with zero blacks for most of my education and the teachers were abysmal. In fact my school had a very high rate of teacher sexual impropriety.

I think MTP is the exception to the rule. She has even let on to some information that is very important. Many teachers left to take lesser jobs because they could not effectively teach. Logically these leaves a high percentage of teachers who could care less and just collect the paycheck as they babysit.

One of my best friends is an English teacher. The head of his department decided to mainstream Hispanic students who could not speak English. Even on spelling tests they were allowed the use of their electronic translation device resulting in a lot of A's but not grasp of English.

Teaching done well and right is a very important and noble job but I feel that too many Left leaning wastes of space take it as their profession. I've watched many of the interviews from the Chicago teachers strikes you would be hard press to find less intelligent speeches from the local dock workers union.

My question to MTF what did she see in university of the quality of her peers?

make it rain TRUTH said...

In today's America; who believes schools are about teaching?

I'll tell you. Naive, wet-behind the ears liberals fresh out of some Whitopia. Thinking they are going to change the world. It's the same lot who people the various "charities" for Africa.

Government schools have perverted "education" into government programming. And what intellectually honest person would expect any less?

In a mere couple of generations, government schools (government is the word, not public) have ingrained in the pliable young minds that government is good. Government knows best. Government is here to lovingly, without ulterior motives like those evil capitalist pigs and rugged individualists, mold you into a good Citizen!

And if they can't do that, they will babysit you until you die. Whether in government school, in government housing living off government money, in government penitentiaries, or in government burial plots.

Discard said...

Muay Tyson: Answering the question you put to Memphis Teaching Fellow, it's been a long time since I earned an undergraduate degree, but I had to take "continuing education" courses until I got out of teaching. There were a fair amount of online assignments, and we could all read and comment on each others work. Very few Hispanic teachers could write a complete paragraph without obvious errors in grammar. There were few Blacks in my classes, but they were even worse, of course.
It must be said however, in the school I worked at for the longest time, many of the the Mexican teachers were superior. I attribute that to having an excellent, long-serving Principal. The one Black teacher, the most highly credentialed of us all, was a moron. SHE DID NOT KNOW THAT CANADA WAS A SEPARATE COUNTRY FROM THE U.S! YJCMTSU.

Californian said...

Zenster: "Championing such campaigns—even to the point of feeding their own children into the meat grinder—gives these bleeding hearts their political bona fides.">

Amy Biehl.

Her story ought to be required reading for all race realists...for everyone. An exemplar of the suicidal nature of modern liberalism. Thing is, I have conducted numerous debates about South Africa with people of the liberal persuasion--and often conservatives. No matter how much you demonstrate the futility of trusting black-majority-rule in Africa, they still insist that ending apartheid was one of the primary moral imperatives of the last half century. Even when it meant that their own children were to be cut to pieces by a mob.

Well, apartheid in SA is long gone, but the black-on-white killings proceed apace, as well as anti-white discrimination, with scarcely a protest from the self appointed guardians of the moral highground. Then again, the anti-white killings and discrimination go on in the USA (and Europa--those pesky youths!). And DWLs are blind to all this.

Gets back to the point about modern liberalism being not merely an ideology, but a pathology. It's a form of mass hysteria which the world has seen before, say in the Ghost Dances of the Native Americans. But at least with the Indians, they were up against a vastly superior White civilization and grasping for anything to bail them out. What is bizarre today is that white people have the military and economic power to clobber all foes globally, yet they act as if they are a defeated people, to the point of sacrificing their own children.

As I say, modern liberalism is a pathology.

City resident said...

Face it, the teachers are just $76,000 animal trainers, passing them through until they enroll at NU ( Negro University), otherwise colloquially known as prison. School curriculum should just prepare them for the future, such as how to make hooch and craft shanks.

Anonymous said...

Well, apartheid in SA is long gone, but the black-on-white killings proceed apace, as well as anti-white discrimination, with scarcely a protest from the self appointed guardians of the moral highground.

And black on black killings which were rare under Apartheid have increased significantly.

Memphis Teaching Fellow said...

"My question to MTF what did she see in university of the quality of her peers?"

Well, like most of my favorite colleagues, I didn't study education in undergrad.

I got accepted into the Memphis Teaching Fellows without a single education course under my belt. Then, I started on a Master's in Teaching program while teaching full time.

Yes, okay, the majority of my classmates were kind of dim (and some- unbelievably dumb), but I don't think my experience with them is a fair metric of teachers as a whole. This is a shitty, 4th tier, regional university.

My own school days were quite nice, and my teachers ranged from passable to extremely awesome. Having grown up in a suburb, I thought that teaching is a good career choice for someone who isn't of rocket scientist caliber, but enjoys reading, watching documentaries and going to museums.

Mr. Rational said...

MTF, there are still some Whitopias in the north.  If you intend to stay in teaching, toward Canada is not a bad direction to look.

MuayTyson said...

Thanks to both of you answering my questions. I'm sure a very good blog of just teacher postings their experiences would be great but I guess potentially dangerous for said teachers.

Anonymous said...

Welcome. We need more like you. I know you and others exist as I have met you before, you are far too rare!