(Mensaje se repite en Español)
If knowledge is power, then understanding what is going on at LAUSD and in our public schools throughout the U.S. is the first step to real empowerment of those who seek to do something more than saying "Ya Basta".
To start out with, folks need to understand some of the basic and regrettable principles upon which the public education system is still based in 2013:
1. Those running public education in predominantly poor, inner-city communities of color throughout the U.S. have exactly the glorified daycare- not rigorous- public education system they want, which is necessary to keeping them in power.
2. If you educate the Latino in the manner that other immigrants coming to this country were educated over the previous two centuries, you will lose your cheap labor source and white people will have to take care of their own children and mow their own lawns.
3. If you want to sabotage the innate intelligence of Latinos whose ancestors built a civilization that lasted four times longer than the Roman Empire, understood astronomy, and had the zero for use in advanced math you must, at a very early age, make sure that students of color are inoculated with self-doubt from the moment they enter school. This assures they will never reach their potential.
4. The glue that keeps purposefully-failed public education together to ensure children of color and the poor do not reach their potential is the use of social promotion to move students through grade after grade without ever dealing with their deficits or providing mastery of the foundational skills they will need to be successful later on in public school and university or trade schools. Critical thinking skills are the key to success.
Since all children supported and allowed to develop normally with basic physical and mental stimulation are hungry to learn, it is actually a much harder job to sabotage this innate human curiosity, then to actually educate them.
The very notion of rich or white superiority is negated by a public education system designed to assure that a vast segment of our population will never be able to contribute to the well being of our society, but rather will remain a costly (though easily-avoidable) burden on all of society. This is not smart or in the true self-interest of those presently running the show. If we just allowed public schools to do what they do best and have easily done in the past with other immigrant populations, we will all be the better for it -- and the Chinese will not eat our lunch.
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