The main goal of federal government must be to defend the borders and do everything possible to assure the freedoms of we the people. The main goal of local government must be the education of the next generations. Education is critical for individual and community success. You show me a community that truly educates its young citizens, and I will show you a community that gets things done. Alas, most of the youngsters in public schools in large cities can only dream about what a real education is.
The Wall Street Journal has an article about Chicago Mayor Rahm “Tiny Dancer” Emanuel’s new graduation plan, “Learn. Plan. Succeed”. Chicago Public Schools, CPS, is saved!
Tiny Dancer’s plan is what I would expect from him. Basically, to graduate, Chicago students would have to provide proof of a plan for after graduation, “such as providing an offer letter for a job or acceptance into college or military service”. Job programs, trade or apprenticeship programs, one year travel plan, volunteer work and a few other things would also be acceptable.
Of course, illegals and students with criminal records would have exemptions.
We eventually find out what Tiny Dancer’s real scheme is: “The economy and business today require a minimum of two years post-high school.”
The CPS schools are garbage. The system allegedly graduates 66.3% of its students. The education provided by CPS is marginal. There may be a few decent schools, but there are also a lot of bad ones. One company that I know of in Chicago gives all new employees a simple test with sixth grade math questions. Few of the recent graduates can do basic math! That company has to train those new employees, all high school graduates, how to do basic math…
I would have thought the damage to the students was already extensive enough. It appears that Tiny Dancer wants to find a way to get even more funding.
There is a reason Tiny Dancer never does anything that actually has any real effect on anything. He has no solutions. He is a spend more and spend more politician. Extending CPS will become his battle cry. The teacher’s union will see the possibility for more money. The political appointees will see the possibilities for more money, more power, and all else aside, a chance to use Tiny Dancer’s two year idea as an excuse for their failures. Yet another political solution for a real world problem that screws everyone but the politicians and does nothing to solve any of the problems. Better yet, it doesn’t even mention that fact that there are problems. Tiny Dancer must be very proud of himself.
No Rahm. Your new master plan isn’t going to get Chicago any additional money. No Rohm, even voters stupid enough to put your butt in office aren’t going to believe this one. Don’t worry though. So many people are fleeing Illinois and Chicago in particular, that you probably do not have to worry.
Hey Rahm, I’ve got your next campaign promise right here: “The next Detroit, only a lot worse, coming to Chicago soon!” The best part Rahm? Many of your favorite constituents won’t be able to read the signs anyway!