Many people don’t see how dropouts in large cities have anything to do with their own lives. They feel protected against the problems with schools in other areas and don’t believe that failing schools can have any impact on their own well being or safety. It reminds me of the ostrich with his head in the sand. If nothing else, you’d think people would understand that increased crime rates increase the tax money spent to jail criminals.
The Democrats have done the “correct” thing in every election since they lost the south to the Christians: They’ve ignored the non-believers and progressives completely because there was no political benefit in paying attention to them.
A movement has arisen in response, called No Child Left Inside; the allusion to education reform is no accident. Since then, experts have testified to Congress. Officials have passed resolutions, and shepherded national and state bills through the halls of government. Websites, books, organizations, coalitions and operations are out there. Now, what can you do?
To save the souls of our schools, administrators must truly “minister” or in other words, assist all in the building. As instructional leaders of our schools, they cannot function in isolation nor allow teachers to do so as well. When a principal cares about the success of teachers and students, his/her presence does not evoke fear.
The So what? The ‘so-what’ is that the lowest SAT for admittance to the University of Illinois is 1610. 1277 ain’t cutting it. The universal reaction from elected black officials, apologetic black educators, and guilt-ridden black parents, or more realistically, single mothers is: Racism. They declare the SAT is biased. You know what? It probably is. It is biased toward students who can read and write well and who take an algebra class before they have a child out of wedlock. But then colleges, grad schools, and corporations are biased as well. Life is biased, job competition is intense, get over it.
We were outspent 10-2. The Democrats spent approximately M on Senator Wilhelmi’s campaign. The last two months of the campaign he bought 18 cable stations, all day parts. Not only were we unable to respond to his misleading ads, we were unable to promote our message. He also had mailers going out almost daily.
The Democrats knew this, and they had to pick their battles. They had to decide: Which platforms will maintain our current voting block while enticing the undecided middle? The answer was obvious. They could ignore the atheists and progressives and move farther to the right to entice borderline conservatives. Clinton did this brilliantly, and Obama continued the trend. The Democrats understood that the vast majority of progressives and non-believers in america would continue to vote for them regardless of how far right they moved for the simple reason that voting for the Christian Right Party would be inconceivable, and voting third party is the mathematical equivalent of voting for the Right.
Some will say education change can’t be done. When Neil Armstrong took the first step for man onto the moon, he could not have done so without the united team of innovative professionals who made the space voyage possible. It is the same for the giant leap for mankind which we need to make in education for future American generations. We need a team of innovative leaders with tunnel vision to block out the pessimists.