Originally Posted by DD2011
And with that said, I think your statistics of the finances is a completely different ball game that doesn't help education but it isn't entirely a trickle down effect we're dealing with on some of these kids, although yes it's a huge problem in the system, especially when the govt and politicians are protecting taxing them at an equal rate to the little guy (it's down right wrong)--are you Dr. Wu in disguise...how factual are those statistics lol!! Obviously it will require love and care for the poor to get richer!! (I can't believe I'm continuing on with my buffoonism with you lol).
1) dr wu in disguise? OH GOD NO! (take two aspirins and chill out)
2) the stats were reported to the world a couple of months back. I first heard them on PBS world news. Bill Moyers later had a two or three part program on the topic and confirmed the same stats. I believe them to be correct. (I have seen these same stats reported in several places since then).
3) I really wouldn't consider it baffoonism to point out that kids from the 40% havenots of the USA have lost faith in education as being something of use to them. This thread came about as a question of who to blame for the current problems of the public education system today. I did my best to point out that the blame really goes to the failure of our economic system to provide realistic opportunity for everyone. Its failure is real, as the stats clearly show; and the kids from the lower 40% fully understand what it means to them.
4) I contend that all the problems inside the schools will continue until the economy is redesigned to work for everyone, and not just the well to do. I contend that these problems are themselves a symptom of the larger problem, and because of that no amount of love or compassion is going to help it to any significant degree.
5) No disrespect intended. I have simply stated here that which I truely believe to be actual. I feel the evidence supports my position. Teachers are leaving in droves -- so forget replacing "bad" ones with "good" ones. Crime inside schools is a growing problem, as is bullying and drugs. Many of the students in ever increasing numbers are frequently truant, refuse to study or to do any homework and often disrupt classrooms and even threaten teachers. Given that set of circumstances, I feel that major change is required. Otherwise you will soon see the rich put their children in private schools with all the best teachers, leaving the situation for everyone else to become even worse -- assuming that is possible.
6) The last time love and compassion had a chance to work was in the movie "To Sir with love." But there the havenots were not so numerous, and the promise of education was far more realistic for them.