Avoiding The Real Issue in L.A. District Attorney Race

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In looking at the present primary race for the office of Los Angeles district attorney, between incumbent Jackie Lacey and her challengers George Gascon and Rachel Rossi, I find it astounding that none of these candidates are willing on any level to deal with the critically important and underlying real causes for why minorities are disproportionately targeted by the district attorney and police.

Clearly, if you systematically deprive Black and Latino students of their legal right to an excellent public education in their formative years in the yet super segregated (90% minority) Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in complete derogation of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in the Brown vs. Board of Education case, that said, "Separate but equal...is inherently unequal," you get "cultivated" inferiority- what else would expect.

And ultimately, if you turn these students loose on society without having given them even the fundamental skills necessary with which to make an honest living on the right side of the law, why is it so surprising to the district attorney candidates that a disproportionate number of these minority students without skills ultimately wind up in the D.A.'s face on the wrong side of the law?

It doesn't take any great intellect to make the connection between failure to educate minority students and their subsequent disproportionate and costly negative interactions with police, the rest of the criminal "justice" system, and the rest of society. And yet none of the candidates for L.A. District Attorney have dared to even mention segregation and the premeditated failure to educate as the leading factors in the avoidable subsequent criminal behavior of these students when they leave school by dropping out or with a diploma that isn't worth the paper it's written on.

And more importantly, none of them seem willing to use the office of L.A. District Attorney to go after the endemic corruption that LAUSD leadership literally makes no attempt to hide in its never ending pursuit of higher administrative salaries and benefits, while seeking greater profits for their "agreed" vendors that continue to charge them more than you or I would pay for the same goods and services- so much for the economics of scale.

Rather, in LAUSD, there is literally no expectation that Black and Latino students do well. And this reality of minority non-education and premeditate failure has existed for so long now that it even infects the minority communities themselves, whose adult leadership is for the most part a product of this same inferior LAUSD "education," that made no attempt in the past to educate them either. After all, who wants to be called "school boy."

It costs approximately $126 thousand a year to incarcerate a juvenile, while a good public academic or trade education would cost a whole lot less and create productive taxpayers.

Sadly, the L.A. District attorney's race is not the only political contest where all candidates continue to avoid addressing what's really at issue in the respective offices they seek.

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Go to YouTube and watch at least one video of Thomas Sowell.

If you do not know who he is, it is about time that you learned.

The school districts, especially LAUSD, have been claiming that they do not have enough money. Then, here comes COVID-19.
Then no more brick and mortar.
Then ZOOMING.

Then "cookie cutter" cutout teachers had to go to training for teaching online.
Cellphone proficiency
indicates the mentality of Pavlov's dog.
Stimulus and Response. This does not qualify someone as a teacher.
In fact, the LAUSD encouraged the following. ZOOMING.
CATASTROPHE!

The LAUSD and its Administrators went ahead and moved forward when THEY HAD NOTICE of the impending disaster.

Teachers on ZOOM.
Students on ZOOM could only see the Teacher.
Students on ZOOM could only hear the Teacher.
Student on ZOOM in solitary confinement.

The LAUSD and its Administrators had a second notice because by the end of April 2020, the STUDENTS were listless.
Have you ever looked into the eyes of an 8-year-old that was listless?
Have you ever looked at a 15-year-old look out the window and NOT KNOW where his cellphone was?
He has no friends anymore because he does not want to talk to them.
He does not care.

Then one day, the arguments between the PARENTS begin. Everyday. Yelling and screaming and accusations and YOU are doing your very best to capture the attention of that child.

The child asks you for help in math because he does not understand. It is 10:30 p.m. and the assignment is due by 12:00 a.m. The assignment is systems of equations and he does not understand the concept of an equation.
His math teacher?
Lifetime credential, no subject.

The PARENTS that have never even known who the teachers of their children were from the very beginning of their education, did know how to access IRS to find out if their Stimulus check had been sent.

And the 3rd grade child you are teaching is being taught by a woman that has had her Preliminary Credential for 19 years.... In Adult Education.
They have never looked at
ctc.ca.gov
So, you tell the mother about this website and she never looks it up, but she can look up where the carry out restaurant is on her iPhone.

And their mother tells you that you must teach their son or daughter how to write in one week. The child is in the 10th grade.
The child does not even know what the meaning is of a main idea or supporting details. She cannot even write a paragraph.

You strive on anyway and you know you only have a very short amount of time, perhaps two weeks at the most when the mother, who has not paid one moment of attention to their child throughout their entire academic lives to date, now wants results.

And she does not want results for her child. She wants results right away to convince herself that her child is not slow.

The father is always home and sitting on the couch with the TV going all the time.
He is completely oblivious to any other living thing in the room.
He is despondent.
He is lost in America.

And you know what?
The LAUSD and their Administrators will proclaim that they did not know.

Guess what?
THEY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
All the King's horses and
All the King's men
Would never put Humpty Dumpty
together again.

These children have been permanently shattered and fractured because of:
Fighting
Ugliness
Indifference.... to them.

Why?

Because the PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND THE LAUSD let the monster, the Government, into the lives of OUR CHILDREN.
And the monster, the Government, devoured them.

That's right. You heard me.
OUR CHILDREN.

The PARENTS finally know the TRUTH. They finally realize that their child’s complete lack of knowledge began when they went into the 1st grade.
They cannot escape the TRUTH.
The PARENTS immediately begin saying that the teacher was mean.

And YOU ask, "You are telling me that all of the teachers for the last 6 years were mean?"
But YOU already know the TRUTH.
WHAT TEACHERS?

So, the dies irae of the blaring Trumpets are heard near and far.

THE PARENTS PROCLAIM THAT THEY WANT THE SCHOOLS OPENED BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK.
THEY WANT THEIR BABYSIT....
OH..MY MISTAKE...
THEY WANT THEIR TEACHERS BACK.

The older teachers left because
THEY NEVER LEARNED ABOUT THE COMPUTER ENVIRONMENT.

And although the younger teachers know the cellphones, they put on a charade that they know computers. But do they?
They are strapped with student debt that THEY KNEW THEY WERE SIGNING FOR WITH THE INTEREST RATE OF 1,000,000,000,000%
And when they graduated with a degree in, "I can't read. I can't write.
I can't dance."
They gave the Hue and Cry,
"No one will give me a job!"

Well, no one else would give them a job except as a teacher starting at $50,000 a year with unpaid benefits equaling another $25,000 and a pension.

Hey, they stay at home and play on the computer all day looking at the programs they can access on their cellphones that check their spelling and grammar and NOW!!!!!

They see that there is a program that all they have to do is take a "photo" of it and send it.
15 minutes later they are emailed a human being speaking the text.

And they teach??? OUR CHILDREN to look at a monitor every day for hours.

And Lenny brought up $$$$$ for the 8 millionth time. Oh, the money was given to the ones that control these young teachers..... the UNION.

And the UNION makes sure the ones in elected office get elected because the UNION delivers the product as paid for... the teachers.

And the UNION works with the Principals to get rid of any teacher that dare speak the TRUTH or any teacher that speaks, because...
If you get rid of that teacher, you can get three more... actors playing TEACHERS at a discounted rate.

And the UNION gets 3 more teachers paying dues INSTEAD OF ONLY ONE.

The new teachers have a job sitting at home doing absolutely nothing.
The UNION works hard for them,
Sure it does.
I saw them do it during the 60s.

If you did not go to college, you got your draft notice within 2 weeks after high school.

If you did go to college, you got a deferment.

Since you did not work in school, you could not figure out anything in college. If you got a grade lower than a C, you lost your deferment....
AND IT'S ONE, TWO, THREE,
WHAT ARE WE FIGHTIN' FOR? DON'T ASK ME I DON'T GIVE A DAMN,
MY LAST STOP IS VIETNAM....
And so, they rioted on campuses using the War that they had no hesitation sending their "brother" to and they got the grades they wanted.... You know...
hyperinflation.

And when they realized that the War was still going on and they were going to graduate and that meant they were going to lose their deferment....
AND IT'S FIVE, SIX, SEVEN,
OPEN UP THE PEARLY GATES.
WELL, THERE AIN'T NO TIME
TO WONDER WHY,
WHOOPEE! WE ALL GONNA DIE!
They rioted again. This time, a fulltime student only had to take 9 credits... not 15 credits...LOL LOL LOL
Hell, at that rate, you could sit out the War for seven years.

Any man that is 56 to 75 and never went
“IN COUNTRY” was one of those guys on campus.
Look around you.
Who is running the show now?
In our schools.
In our government.

The important news of the day?
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is better because you only have to take one.
The Pfizer one makes you get sick.
COVID-19 is all a hoax.
If you take the vaccine, you will turn into one-half of one of them.
One-half of one of them what?

Aliens.

And these are the parents of our students.

Based on the comment, I'd guess you're obviously a substitute teacher. This is from experience to which you refer. And you're right that upbringing is certainly a considerable factor and to blame the police the police makes no sense. But you're talking about a group denied equality and opportunity for generations and still being denied. And those responsible for that kind of injustice are those in leadership and that would comprise district officials, district attorneys and those like them. It took their purposeful neglect to bring those attitudes to which you refer to fruition. And they have done virtually nothing to recognize their own fault and, if anything, this leadership does all it can to galvinize their tacit racism. So I won't say "don't blame the victim" because that's not anywhere near enough.

Nobody is blaming the police, teachers, administrators, district attorneys and others, since the present results couldn't be different in a yet segregated public education system, where money continues to go everywhere but the classroom.

"Proper upbringing" doesn't take place in systematically decimated minority families, where generations have never been educated to their potential. It is not that students, parents, and grandparents, who have been socially promoted without basic skills don't want to learn, rather, they have only been socially promoted without basic foundational skills, so they can't learn. This humiliating practice continues at LAUSD without abatement and logically explains why there is a disproportion negative attitude toward "education" in these minority communities.

Not that it invalidates a single word of this editorial, but you've written almost every word of this countless times in the past. So how does LAUSD continue to get away with it? Well, the problem is that the condition is pervasive and endemic and not just incidental. Consider, as you've said many times in the past, the district employs more administrators by far than any other district in the country giving it the highest ratio of administrators to student enrolment than any other district. And they're the highest-paid administrators in the country which makes them first route for those who wish to cash in on education but don't want to teach. So an adminstrative credential and they’re off to the big time after having spent less time in a classroom than 3rd grader.
Now under these circumstances, who’s to put a stop to this? You might think the union. Well, the union is the second route of choice for those seeking wealth related to education but having no use for actual teaching. So they become a chapter chair at a school site and begin their ascent to elected office or appointed office in the union. Consequently, the union certainly isn’t going to check the district even though teacher staff has been reducted by something like 25% while adminstrative has risen by 22%.
So,again, how does the district continue along this path? No one checks it. The school board is just as corrupt to the member as is the district. The city ignores it as so state officials. In virtually every case brought against the district for slander or constructive discharge by teachers, the courts always exonerate the district no matter how compelling the evidence against it might be. The media handles the district with kid gloves. So where’s there and end to it all?
Almost everything I’ve said here was quoted or paraphrased from some previous editorial you wrote and you’ve been writing them for years well past a decade. And, still, nothing. No parents, no teachers, no public officials rising up against it. And they’re not going to. Successful greed and racism are just too powerful incentives and all that’s needed to power a rogue, racketeering school district.

Is it possible that a significant minority of students of color don't want an education, for w or whatever reason? That's my experience teaching in a predominately minority school. Don't be so quick to blame police, teachers, administrators, district attorneys and others when the problem can be solved with proper upbringing. You can't educate students who either don't want to learn, are not encouraged to learn by parents, or both.

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