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What makes it nearly impossible for the non-minority public to understand what amounts to the purposeful destruction of minority students' intellect in still segregated public education is the fact that neither these relatively privileged and predominantly White folks nor their children have ever had to experience what the vast majority of minority children continue to be generationally subjected to on a daily basis in what amounts to a purposefully failed innercity public education system that Whites abandon a long time ago.
The fact that the mainstream media continues to be unwilling to report the truth about what really goes on in these de facto segregated schools- be they charter or regular public schools- speaks volumes when it comes to the media's unwillingness to make their core White audience uncomfortable with this unpleasant truth that they scrupulously refuse to report.
What any teacher or staff member in any one of these innercity charter or public schools would tell you- if they weren't afraid of losing their jobs and getting blacklisted, so they could never find another job teaching- is that they are merely going through the motions, since those running these innercity schools literally have no expectation that minority children can learn.
These schools are just in the business of collecting average daily attendance (ADA) and other monies from the state and federal government. It's a business where the careers of those running these schools has always been and continues to take precedence over the needs of their acutely vulnerable and purposefully under-educated minority students.
These kids weren't born intellectually inferior, but by the time these schools are finished them they certainly are. But if you dare to take notice of this easily predictable reality, you are labeled a racist and targeted for removal.
Whatever the ethnicity of the school administrator, they are all going along to get along with their careers. They rationalize not creating a rigorous academic environment for the students, whose very future is charged to them, because they very conveniently don't believe these students can learn and succeed. And when you have no expectation of excellence, students learn to live down to your expectations.
Ironically, all that would be necessary to fix this system is the designing of a curriculum keyed to the actual subjective academic level of each student irrespective of their age. This would allow student success and real access to education.
If a student has a 3rd grade reading level, you don't put him to be humiliated in a 12th grade Government class, even if the student is 18 and in the best of all possible worlds should be graduating. If they don't know their times tables, which they should have learned in the 3rd grade, you don't put them in a pre-Algebra class, even if they are in the 8th grade. Both scenarios only assure student failure, which only reinforces administration's not so hidden belief that these children can't learn. What a convenient self-fulfulling prophecy. And whose the racist?
But it's not as if those running these schools are making any attempt to hide what they are doing. Rather, nobody charged with oversight and keeping those running these schools honest is doing their job. Because if they were, the blatant fraud being carried out against these minority students by administration coercing teachers to do the wrong thing would have been easily discoverable years ago. No, generations ago.
Ironically, if anybody bothered to just go and take a look at a reality that nobody is making any attempt to hide, the teaching environment and requisite success it would bring would be a foregone conclusion.
And the fact that nobody even has to hide this reprehensible behavior in complete derogation of these students' purposefully untapped potential is an even more depressing and demoralizing reality I will never accept.
A prime example of this phenomenon is Optimist Charter on North Figueroa in Highland Park. It is a high school chartered through the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) that exclusively serves both male and female adolescent students caught up in the juvenile justice system. This residential facility was initially started around 1906 on what was then a farm for orphaned children, but now serves as a school run by Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services (OYHFS).
Here, everything is motivated by vacuous politically correct form and appearance over any meaningful content. No pragmatism nor critical thinking skills are taught or allowed- only boring rote copying of material designed to kill any normal interest a student might naturally have.
Most students here can't read or write or do math at anywhere even remotely near their grade level. But that doesn't stop the teachers from giving them one lesson after another of busy work covering material they don't understand and which most of the teachers make no attempt to teach them, because real teaching would likely incur the wrath of their administrators.
Any teacher who tries to deviate from the clearly failed model of schools like Optimist Charter and develop the natural intelligence of many of these diamond in the rough "juvenile delinquent" students would do so at their own jeopardy.
Think about it, if you're able to succeed in educating these students, there is an implicit condemnation of those who have been running these schools up until now as to why they have not done so before.
I was hired at Optimist Charter at the end of February 1916 because I had an Industrial Arts credential, which has become a very rare form of teaching credential. I was supposed to run an Auto Shop. And yet for 4 month I sat in classes as a teaching assistant where I was never allowed to use my close to 30 years experience teaching students at both ends of the academic spectrum.
Every day the teachers would come into class and pass out some photocopied busy work for the students. So image students getting a 4 page extract from The Autobiography of Malcolm X with 3 pages of excerpted text and one page of questions. As I watched the students, they would make no attempt to do the reading- nor could they- but would rather turn immediately to the questions at the end, which they would reformulate as answers with literally no information from the excerpted text.
No attempt was made by the teacher to go over the work with the students and enter into some form of Socratic dialogue, where the students literacy and comprehension could have been developed and increased over time. In fact, if you tried to go over the materials with the students, they would become very agitated and often abusive, because what you were trying to do deviated from their norm.
It became shockingly evident that these students in their late teens had literally never been educated before and had no idea what real education was.
It cost $78,000 a year to deal with young people in the juvenile justice system. It costs considerably to educate students in a timely manner to their potential. It seems that the only thing standing in the way of doing the right thing by these students and our society is overcoming the militant ignorance of those school adminstrators who continue to do the wrong thing- because they've always done it that way- instead of the much easier job of creating a nurturing school environment where minority students might finally reach their potential.
It should come as no surprise to you that I was fired at Optimist Charter at the beginning of August.
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