At 10:59 AM 6/23/2006, Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote:
>But the smells of smugness ad racism continue to pervade the entire >oeuvre of the MC/HOLD crowd. I doubt many are fooled by their >transparent attempts over the past decade to take the moral high >ground as the protectors of the poor and of people of color.
The soft bigotry of low expectations raises its ugly head yet again. Why are we not surprised?
>White folks flee people of color whenever they can afford to do so.
Right. Teaching in Mexico City for a year for example. The family directly across our street as another example. Or the one two doors up (both black). All of the kids, theirs and ours, in private schools since we can all afford it and understand Pasadena Unified. But don't provide a viable opportunity for those who also understand Pasadena Unified but can't afford the excellent viable alternatives. It's called being liberal.
>So do affluent people of color flee the poverty areas. That's democracy.
See the above. But it's not "democracy"; it's *freedom*.
> But it's also guaranteed to keep the most downtrodden in the ghetto.
So fix their schools; teach them to read - in kindergarten and 1st grade, dammit - or fire the people in charge. Teach them "to math" instead of giving them plastic toys and lying about it. Correct their grammar and spelling early and often. Do lots of by-type word problems. That is, enhance their self-esteem (the real kind) and enhance their opportunity for upward economic mobility.
>And vouchers cannot POSSIBLY fix the problem.
"Fix" is too strong but "help" is not. Lots of urban areas - here in LA, for example. Chicago, too. Your Detroit maybe? - have a parochial system that's modestly priced and is in need of clientele since the populations of the past that generated them have assimilated and moved to the 'burbs. Although ed industry insight has infected some of them, along with the public environment, many remain the St. Sensible I mean when I use the name. That requires that courts support the fact that reading and math are more important than the presence of required chapel, prayer, or some such. That's not a given, of course. The ACLU will always want the taint of religion (well, Christianity anyway) to trump the needs of these kids but they might quit trying given a few more court good rulings. But, most important of all, fix the public ones. A viable voucher system might well be the needed catalyst toward that end. Quicker and more effective, of course, would be to simply blow up all the ed schools.
At 10:59 AM 6/23/2006, Michael Paul Goldenberg wrote: >Ah, c'mon, Richard. You can't tell me that the Detroit Public Schools >aren't a public trough at which corrupt people (most of whom, oddly, >appear to be "of color") are feeding! It's just another case of >welfare queens and kings, driving around in public-funded Caddy- >lacks, with 9 color tee-vees at home, while their kids are going to >school with peanut-butter and jelly smeared on their underwear. > >And how about Flint? And Pontiac? We know about the fat-cats (and >hep- cats and kittens) who are getting rich by skimming off the top of the >vast wasteland that is public education in poor communities. > >Let's face it: if you put money where people of weak character can >get to it, they're going to steal. It's in their blood. Ever hire a >maid and let her dust where your wife keeps her jewelry? I mean, >really! What can you expect when something turns up missing? > >Of course, the phrase "vastly underfunded" has been sticking in >"Haim's" craw for a long time. He thinks he wins the debate by >showing that there's a lot of money going to public schools. What he >can't show is whether there's too much, or even enough, only that >there's a problem with the system of how the money gets spent. But >that's never been a point I've questioned. Everyone knows that >bureaucracies waste money, and public bureaucracies certainly try to >stay competitive with corporate corruption, though it's hard to keep >up with the Lays. > >The argument that because money is being skimmed or wasted, it's >clear there's too much of it and we need to fund less is specious. It >only shows that we have humans who are corrupt and a system that >isn't up to stopping them in advance. To that, I have no answer, >because administration, management, asset security, accounting, etc., >are not my areas of expertise. If "Haim" or his recommended experts >want to come in and show how to protect the money that's been >allocated from misuse or theft, I'm all for supporting such efforts. >But suggesting that there's too much money out there already, and so >the answer is to reduce funding simply isn't in touch with reality. >And despite his previous comments about Michigan, it's obvious "Haim" >is clueless, completely, about what kids and teachers and >administrators at the building level face in many poor communities, >urban and otherwise, in this state. > >I try not to hate him, even when he posts his insipid diatribes >attacking imaginary Marxists and socialists, etc. Red-baiting is such >an honored profession in this land that I can't blame him for plying >his trade there. Or even for mocking me, or some elderly fellow on >another list, according to Kirby, for having some degree of idealism >past the age of 40. > >But the smells of smugness ad racism continue to pervade the entire >oeuvre of the MC/HOLD crowd. I doubt many are fooled by their >transparent attempts over the past decade to take the moral high >ground as the protectors of the poor and of people of color. But >clearly some folks are, and like other big lies, the more they're >told, the more those inclined to believe are thoroughly taken in. So >once in a while, it's helpful to push a little at the edges of Wayne >& Friends. > >Sooner or later, their real agenda emerges: kill the public schools >to feed the voucher system, as system which clearly benefits the >well- to-do and upper-middle-class far more than anyone else, and which >does NOT help the vast, vast majority of the poor. Why not? Because >the elite private schools and best public ones are, not >coincidentally, located FAR from the ghettos and poverty pockets. >Very far. De facto segregation by housing is the 500 lb. gorilla our >MC/HOLD friends will NEVER acknowledge or address (isn't Wayne's >favorite little smug phrase "vote with your feet"?) White folks flee >people of color whenever they can afford to do so. So do affluent >people of color flee the poverty areas. That's democracy. But it's >also guaranteed to keep the most downtrodden in the ghetto. And >vouchers cannot POSSIBLY fix the problem. I'm not even considering >the fact they also ignore: there is absolutely no reason why Peddie >Prep or Lawrenceville Academy, or any other elite private school >needs to accept ANYONE it doesn't wish to accept. Not being public, >they are pretty well free to discriminate at will. We won't mention, >either, how such schools have escaped NCLB, that piece of legislation >the MC/HOLD crowd, for the most part, adores. If it's so great for >public schools and students, why not something similar for private >schools who get money from voucher kids? Oh, because then such places >would be even LESS inclined to take a black kid who can't dunk from >the top of the key? >