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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

Whether it's Donald Trump or those misguided souls continuing to set the course for public education "reform" at places like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), what they have in common is the complete inability to deal with objective and quantifiable reality in explaining how they intend to achieve their goals or whether these should be their goals in the first place.

My favorite unchallenged feel good lie with literally no basis in fact that remains a clearly unattainable goal at LAUSD and elsewhere in public education is that, "All students will be going to college." This flies in the face of the reality that the total capacity of all colleges and universites in the United States is 30% of high school graduates. So college and universities literally could not accommodate LAUSD's specious goal, even if the students were coming out of high school with mastery of all K-12 prior grade level standards- which they are not.

The fact that 75% of those arriving at junior colleges in California cannot even pass the prerequisite junior college entrance exam- and are therefore forced into taking remedial and not college level courses- somehow never gets anyone to question how they supposedly got passing grades in high school, passed the high school exit exam, and received a diploma attesting to supposed K-12 mastery.

We have arrived at a point in political correctness where to even mention this easily quantifiable Latino and African American premeditated underachievement can get you labeled a racist. What we are supposed to go along with is the delusional belief that what remains an over 90% de facto segregated public education system 62 year after Brown vs. Board of Education said such a system is inherently unequal can somehow change an LAUSD where the only thing they have unequivocally achieved is Latino and African American objective, predictable, and quantifiable learned underachievement and inferiority.

There's a saying that people who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. There was a time starting at the end of the 19th century and going up through the 1960s when public education was seen as the great social equalizer against inequality and poverty. And a big part of this public education achievement not only was timely enforcement of academic excellence without today's completely self-delusive social promotion in complete derogation of an possible academic excellence. This policy has predictably lead to clearly failed public education, but without White participation in this system, there seems to be no accountability.

A big part of this well-rounded public education system was a vibrant industrial arts and vocational program to professionally form the 70% of students who were not going on with post-secondary education or who had no way to support such an endeavor without a skilled profession to pay for it. Automotive, wood, metal, electrical, print, and many other shops not only fulfilled this function, but they also served as a real life context where some students who found difficulty with English or math comprehension in a traditional classroom might actually be pleasantly surprised by just how smart they were when they could master these and other skills in the context of shop and other vocational classes where the hallmark was practical application.

But the magnificent potential of shop classes to teach valuable trades and skills to students was sabotaged in the 1970s and beyond when it became an over-enrolled dumping ground for predominantly minority students who were predictably becoming disruptive in their other classes, which stopped other students from learning. Rather then take cognizance of why there was an understandable racial imbalance in these industrial arts classes, simplistic LAUSD administration just choose to close all the shop classes, while pushing the lie that all students were going to college.

What LAUSD administrators understood in a manner akin to how Donald Trump sells his vacuous program is that human nature is such that Johnny's minority parents would rather be told that 9th-grade Johnny was going to be a doctor or a lawyer- even though he didn't know his times tables- than be told the uncomfortable truth.

So now we are faced with a reality where 60% of the mostly uneducated 2.4 million people behind bars in this country are African American or Latino, which, unless you are a racist, can only be attributed to a complete and utter failure to give these people the educational skills they need to be gainfully and legally employed positive contributors to our society.

With a cost of $78,000 a year to deal with school dropouts in the juvenile justice system and comparable costs for when they graduate to our now privatized for profit prison system, might we not try bringing back what once was a vibrant industrial arts and vocational education program in our middle and high schools?

As the Bernie Sanders campaign talks about a new New Deal to rebuild America's infrastructure, does it occur to anyone that the welding, electrical, plumbing, woodworking, masonry, and other trades no longer have the skilled workforce necessary to rebuild our grossly neglected infrastructure? To become a state certified welder- a profession in which there is a critical shortage- it takes about 6 months training to learn enough to pass the state exam, which would allow you to start work at a $40,000 trade.

Everywhere you look around Los Angeles one sees a rich constructed heritage in advanced decay that other older countries like France have learned to maintain in the realization that so doing is fundamental to their society's continued well-being and advancement. Something as mundane as the present Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's $1000 subsidy for more efficient pool motor replace program or a serious conversion to residential solar panels to supply most of our carbon-free electrical needs would go a long way to finding gainful employment for much of our youth that are presently being unnecessarily swept up in the criminal injustice system.

But what stands in the way of this no-brainer winning program to develop the skilled workforce necessary to revitalize this country's infrastructure are vested corporate interests and the school administrators they hand pick to maintain a system of public education that remains purposefully designed to fail and not achieve its potential. And at the base of such a system built on corporate greed is the truly racist not so secret belief that Latino and African American students can't learn. It's a simple choice: People or profits.

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Ya se trate de Donald Trump o aquellas almas equivocadas continua para establecer el curso para la reforma de la educación pública en lugares como el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD), lo que tienen en común es la incapacidad para hacer frente a la realidad objetiva y cuantificable en la explicación de cómo se tienen la intención de alcanzar sus objetivos o si éstos deben ser sus objetivos en el primer lugar.

Mi sentir indiscutible buena mentira favorita literalmente, no con base en el hecho de que sigue siendo un objetivo claramente inalcanzable en el LAUSD es que, "Todos los estudiantes willl se van a la universidad." Este vuela en la cara de la realidad de que la capacidad total de todos los colegios y Universidades en los Estados Unidos es del 30% de los graduados de secundaria. Así la universidad y universidades, literalmente, no podían satisfacer el objetivo del LAUSD, incluso si los estudiantes salían de la escuela secundaria con el dominio de todos los estándares de nivel de grado anterior K-12, que no lo son.

El hecho de que el 75% de los que llegan en colegios universitarios en California ni siquiera puede pasar el examen de ingreso a la universidad secundaria pre-requisito y por lo tanto se ven obligados a tomar cursos de nivel universitario de recuperación y no de alguna manera nunca se pone a nadie a cuestionar la forma en que supuestamente consiguieron buenas calificaciones en la escuela secundaria, pasado el examen de egreso de la preparatoria, y recibió un diploma que certifica la supuesta K-12 dominio.

Hemos llegado a un punto en donde la corrección política ni siquiera mencionado este bajo rendimiento latinos y afroamericanos fácilmente cuantificable se puede obtener etiquetado un racista. ¿Qué se supone que debemos estar de acuerdo con la creencia delirante de que lo que sigue siendo un más del 90% de facto sistema de educación pública segregada 62 años después de que Brown contra la Junta de Educación dijo que un sistema de este tipo es inherentemente desiguales de alguna manera puede cambiar una LAUSD donde lo único que han inequívocamente lograr es latina y africana americana objetivo y cuantificable inferioridad aprendido.

Hay un dicho que las personas que no aprenden de la historia están condenados a volverlo a vivir. Hubo un tiempo a partir de finales del siglo 19 y subiendo a través de la década de 1960 cuando la educación pública fue visto como el gran igualador social contra la desigualdad y la pobreza. Y una gran parte de esto no sólo era la ejecución oportuna de la excelencia académica y sin promoción social completamente auto-engañosa de hoy en derogación completa de un posible excelencia académica.

Una gran parte de este sistema de educación pública bien redondeado era una vibrante artes industriales y programa de formación profesional para formar profesionalmente el 70% de los estudiantes que no estaban pasando con la educación post-secundaria o que no tenía forma de apoyar tal esfuerzo y sin un experto profesión a pagar por ello. Automotriz, madera, metal, electirical, impresión, y muchas otras tiendas no sólo cumple esta función, sino que también sirve como un contexto de vida real donde los estudiantes que encuentran dificultades con Inglés o comprensión de matemáticas en un aula tradicional en realidad puede ser agradablemente sorprendido con sólo lo inteligentes que eran cuando podrían dominar estas y otras habilidades en el contexto de la tienda y otras clases de formación profesional.

Pero el magnífico potencial de las clases de taller para enseñar oficios y habilidades valiosas para los estudiantes fue saboteado en la década de 1970 y más allá cuando se convirtió en un vertedero sobre-inscrito para los estudiantes predominantemente minoritarios que fueron predeciblemente convirtiendo perjudicial en sus otras clases. En lugar de tomar conocimiento de por qué se produjo un desequilibrio racial comprensible en estas clases, la administración del LAUSD simplista simplemente selecciona para cerrar todas las clases de taller, mientras empuja la mentira de que todos los estudiantes iban a la universidad.

Lo que los administradores de LAUSD entenderse de una manera similar a como Donald Trump vende su programa vacua es que la naturaleza humana es tal que los padres minoritarios de Johnny y no se les dice que 9 de grado Johnny iba a ser un médico o un abogado- a pesar de que él no ' t sabe sus tiempos mesas- que se les diga la verdad incómoda

Así que ahora nos enfrentamos a una realidad donde el 60% de los mayormente sin educación 2,4 millones de personas tras las rejas en este país son estadounidenses o latinos de África, lo que, a menos que usted es un racista, sólo puede atribuirse a una falta total y absoluta de dar a estos la gente las habilidades educativas que necesitan para tener un empleo remunerado y legalmente.

Con un costo de $ 78.000 al año para hacer frente a la deserción escolar en el sistema de justicia de menores y los costos comparables para cuando se gradúan en nuestro privatizada para el sistema de prisión beneficio, ¿no podríamos tratar de traer de vuelta a lo que una vez fue una vibrante artes industriales y el programa profesional en nuestras escuelas intermedias y secundarias?

Mientras que la campaña conversaciones Bernie Sanders sobre un nuevo New Deal para reconstruir la infraestructura de América, hacerlo ocurrir a cualquier persona que la soldadura, electricidad, fontanería, carpintería, albañilería y otros oficios ya no tienen la mano de obra cualificada necesaria para reconstruir nuestra infraestructura groseramente descuidada. Para convertirse en un estado certificada welder- una profesión en la que hay un shortage- crítico que toma alrededor de 6 meses de entrenamiento para aprender lo suficiente para aprobar el examen estatal.

Dondequiera que mire alrededor de Los Ángeles se ve un rico patrimonio construido en descomposición avanzada que otros países más antiguos, como Francia, han aprendido a mantener en la comprensión de que lo que hace es fundamental para continuar el bienestar y el progreso de su sociedad. Algo tan cotidiano como el actual Departamento de Agua de Los Ángeles y el Poder de $ 1000 de motor de la piscina más eficiente programa o una conversión seria a los paneles solares residenciales para suministrar la mayor parte de nuestras necesidades eléctricas que recorrer un largo camino para encontrar un empleo remunerado durante gran parte de nuestra juventud que lo sustituya actualmente está siendo barrido innecesariamente en el sistema de injusticia criminal.

Pero lo que se interpone en el camino de este programa ganador obviedad para el desarrollo de la mano de obra cualificada necesaria para revitalizar la infraestructura de este país son intereses empresariales y los administradores de la escuela que buscar a mano para mantener un sistema de educación pública que se mantiene deliberadamente diseñado para fallar y no alcanzar su potencial. Y en la base de un sistema de este tipo construido en la codicia corporativa es la creencia verdaderamente racista que los estudiantes latinos y afroamericanos no pueden aprender.


04 2016

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A couple of things really stand out here once you get past the blatant arrogance or stupidity of LAUSD to suggest that every student is college bound. In a backward sense that's partially true true until they get the results from their JC entrance examines and see all of the remedial course ahead of them which discourages a big share then and there. But we shouldn't forget that these were students who "succeeded" on their exit exams which makes you have to wonder what had to have been faked. Remember, there's hell to pay for a teacher who doesn't produce passing scores.
The other glaring issue has to be the extinction of vocational education. I mean really? Consider the models from the EU and UK which feature extensive career education because they know that only part of public school graduates are college bound. In fact, consider countries like France which cover the expenses for college bound students. And, remember, these countries produce far better educated students in their public schools than what is common in the US.
And yet, LAUSD persists with its fake magic bullets the charters.

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