"Today is a day of mourning for the children of Chicago. Their education has been hijacked by an unrepresentative, unelected corporate school board, acting at the behest of a mayor who has no vision for improving the education of our children. Closing schools is not an education plan. It is a scorched earth policy. Evidence shows that the underutilization crisis has been manufactured. Their own evidence also shows the school district will not garner any significant savings from closing these schools.
This is bad governance. CPS has consistently undermined school communities and sabotaged teachers and parents. Their actions have had a horrible domino effect. More than 40,000 students will lose at least three to six months of learning because of the Board’s actions. Because many of them will now have to travel into new neighborhoods to continue their schooling, some will be victims of bullying, physical assault and other forms of violence. Board members are wishing for a world that does not exist and have ignored the reality of the world we live in today. Who on the Board will be held responsible? Who at City Hall will be held responsible?"
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis commenting on today’s news that the Board of Education has voted to close 50 Chicago public schools.
While only around 40 percent of children in Chicago are black are Latino, 90 percent of children whose schools will be shuttered are black or Latino.
fuck this country. fuck this country. FUCK THIS COUNTRY
Rahm Emanuel can go to Hell
But Obama is telling Black students they don’t value education, while his mans and them do shit like this.
one of the most dangerous stereotypes against black people is that we do not care for education
i think this is the worst stereotype because a lot of black people believe it. every single last person who thinks black folks are collectively out to get them because they read every once in awhile and don’t speak AAVE (wow how special!) is perpetuating this stereotype.
this then justifies the under-funding of schools that predominantly serve black kids. this then justifies the exclusion of black students from higher education. this then justifies the racialization of poverty. the over-incarceration of black people… see where i’m going… this stereotype really justifies white supremacy in its totality.
when if we woke up and opened our eyes/ got rid of those white supremacist glasses we be wearing we can see that no group of people have fought as valiantly for education in America as we have. and continue to do.
right now i’m reading ‘the black revolution on campus’ by martha biondi. and this book alone is really laying out how black college students fought for PWI’s to be more inclusive of black people. does that sound like a group of people anti-education?
but as biondi says… not many people even know about the black campus activism of the 60s. because it’s a lot easier and more convenient to believe that black people actually hate education and that the only reason we’re even in college today is because some nice white people came up with affirmative action.
and so annoying special snowflake black people can think they’re rare and one of a kind because they sometimes read books (even sometimes entire books!) and because they use standard lily white english 24/7.
I totally agree. It’s a terrible cycle. I was just reading this dissertation for a project I’m working on. Studies show that Black students have high-self esteem, which surprised academia. However, self-esteem doesn’t directly correlate to high grades. Intrinsic motivation (how interested you are in the activity .. doing something for the satisfaction you get out of it) was what led to high performance in school. But, Black students, through this stereotype of being inferior that has been repeated throughout their entire lives… felt like school was a White domain and thus didn’t see any point of becoming too interested in the area.