So, yeah, the husband of one of my students is a history teacher at what sounds like an abhorrent Baltimore City high school. I was astounded for some reason, when there was so much else to be astounded by, when he said that of the 130 students he has on his roster each day, he might seek 60 of them. That would be a good day. Oh, and another. A student asked if there are metal detectors. He said, “No.” It would be a day off for him because no one would show up. Why? Well, tons of kids pack not a gun, but some kind of edged weapon. Not for teachers or other students necessarily, but for protection on their walk to school in Baltimore City at about 5AM. School starts at 7AM.
This is not to shock you, the reader. This isn’t to get accolades and outrage from you. But like many major cities, there are carpetbaggers and charlatans parading in on their high horse with mountains of data and forms in their satchels, ready to “reform” those poor brown kids. You’d be mistaken. They manipulate numbers to fit their narrative. And when they fail to deliver in a six-figure central office position, they land in a cushy consulting position that likely pays even more. Oops, sorry about your school system. Now, clean this mess up.
Those that are pushing curriculum and more tests as the answer are completely and totally wrong. They are wrong, they are missing the ball, they are wrong. None of this will help the children (not future prisoners, gang members, miscreants, truants, but CHILDREN, KIDS) in these circumstances. As long as this situation continues, and schools are closed and kids are bused across gang territory to attend a new school, one penny spent on new standards and tests is a cent that is lost in a morass of skewed priorities.
More on this to come.