Any minority who claims to be a Republican should be shot. Ten rounds.
School districts shortchange students of color “Teachers are the most important factor in improving student learning. We can hardly expect low-performing students to tackle California’s world-class standards without ensuring all students have effective, experienced teachers. I WOULD SAY THAT TEACHERS ARE ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS IN STUDENT IMPROVEMENT. PEOPLE FAIL TO REALIZE THATS ITS NOT JUST ABOUT THE TEACHER. IF THE ONLY TIME A STUDENT SEES A BOOK IS IN THE CLASSROOM THERE IS A PROBLEM AT HOME. IT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER TO HAVE A STUDENTS COME TO CLASS WITH THE LATEST JORDANS ON THEIR FEET, ROCAWEAR ON THEIR BACK, BOOSTMOBILE CELLPHONE BUT THEY DON'T HAVE PAPER OR PEN. IF A STUDENT IS IN THE 9TH GRADE AND CAN'T READ THE PROBLEM IS SYSTEMIC (THE PREVIOUS 9 TEACHERS DROPPED THE BALL, THE PARENT DROPPED THE BALL, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DROPPED THE BALL). iT IS RIDICULOUS WHEN A SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS A UNWRITTEN RULE WHERE " STUDENT HAS A BIRTHDAY= STUDENT GOES TO THE NEXT GRADE, UNTIL THEY REACH 12TH GRADE AND CAN'T PASS THE BASIC SKILLS EXAM) MUCH TOO OFTEN THOSE MAKING POLICY REGARDING OUR CHILDREN WERE NEVER EDUCATORS. THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA (OR AT LEAST SO CAL) IS TOO POLITICAL. WE NEED EDUCATORS AS POLICYMAKERS AND NOT JUST POLITICAINS. WE NEED TO DEMAND/ REQUIRE OUR COMMUNTITES TO GET INVOLVED IN OUR SCHOOLS. PARENTS NEED TO BE MADE MORE ACCOUNTABLE. PARENTS SHOULD NEVER BELIEVE A CHILD WHEN THEY CONSISTENTLY COME HOME AND SAY THEY DON'T HAVE ANY HOMEWORK. aND IF IN FACT THEY NEVER RECEIVE HOMEWORK THE PARENT NEEDS TO BE AT THE SCHOOL DEMANDING A ANSWER AS TO WHY THEIR CHILD ISN'T CONSISTENTLY GETTING HOMEWORK. aNOTHER PROBLEM IS THAT THE SYSTEM ALLOWS THINGS TO GO ON IN THE HIGHER POVERTY SCHOOLS THAT WOULD NEVER BE TOLERATED IN THE SUBIRBAN SCHOOLS IN THE SAME DISTRICT. NEVER WOULD YOU SEE 40+ STUDENTS IN ONE CLASSROOM IN THE "BETTER PERFORMING" SCHOOLS, NEVER WOULD YOU SEE STUDENTS SHARING BOOKS IN THE "BETTER PERFORMING" SCHOOLS. THESE THINGS GO ON DAILY IN THE "HIGH POVERTY" SCHOOLS In fact, teachers in LAUSD high poverty schools actually earn more than the average teacher in the district. THIS IS POSSIBLY TRUE IN THE DISTRICT ITS KNOWN AS "COMBAT PAY". THE PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THE DISTRICT ISN'T SPENDING THIS MONEY WISELY. MOST OF THE EXTRA PAY COMES IN THE FORM OF PAYING TEACHERS FOR STAYING LONGER HOURS ATTENDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS GREAT IF IT IS ACTUALLY TEACHING TEACHERS HOW TO REACH THEIR SPECIFIC STUDENT POPULATION. tHE DISTRICT USUALLY PAY SOME OF THEIR "BUDDIES" WHO OWN THESE "EDUCATIONAL COMPANIES" TO COME INTO THE HIGH POVERTY SCHOOL TO TEACH THE TEACHERS STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING. THE PROBLEM IS THE STRATEGIES DON'T ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF OUR CHILDREN, THE PEOPLE TEACHING THESE STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE CLASSROOM FOR 10+ YEARS AND EVEN WHEN THEY WERE IN THE CLASSROOM THEY DIDN'T TEACH IN THE INNER CITIES. eight Oakland schools face the potentially negative impact – under rules of the federal No Child Left Behind Act – of being privatized into charter schools. CHARTER SCHOOLS AREN'T ALWAYS A BAD THING. PRIVATE EDUCATION WITHOUT THE COST
If you want to get a sense of where the black community at large is at any given time, just listen to our music.