- Posted May 8, 2010 by
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Schools in trouble
THEY MISSED THE BUS!
The Omaha Public School Officials are so focused on setting rules to punish parents when their children are
absent twenty days--that they've missed the bus. The bus that's headed to the logic station. They really believe that the way to solve every problem--is to punish parents--especially when the parents are considered to be poor or undereducated. No matter what the problem is, they don't have to help solve any of them. Because they are in control, they can set rules and you'd better follow them or else. They don't think children are dealing with crap at school, that they can't even imagine. Some schools can't even afford books, pencils, kleenex tissues or hand sanitizer for students;, but if you bring a law suit against against them; then the sky's the limit--they have all kind of money set aside to make sure they win. School officials in every state are getting too big for their britches. They're not focused on making sure your children learn what they need to--to be successful in the world today. They could not care less if your child graduates and secures employment or not. They don't care if your child is able to read a stop sign. The only thing they really care about is getting money for your child being there everyday. If your child is sick--it doesn't matter--if your child is being bullied it doesn't matter--if your child would rather die than go to school--it doesn't matter. But if they were smarter than a 5th grader, they would realize that it does matter. When lots of students, especially in poor communities, don't even believe in the "American Dream" and can see no evidence that having a high school diploma or even a degree can help make life better for them--then their focus should be-- PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES--that give our children HOPE. Setting more stupid rules and regulations to punish the children's parents who are already struggling is a COP OUT. They don't want to invest in the children and make sure they have doors of opportunities open to them. They don't wan't to provide more distributive education opportunities to our students so that they can work and earn money to buy some of the things that financially well off students have.
America is so freakin commercialized, we have to expect that children in the poorer communities are going to want to have cell phones, clothes, laptops and cars like other people. We have to convince our students that going to school is not a waste of time. They have to believe that going to school will pay off somehow, no matter how everyone in their family or community struggles to make ends meet. A parent's struggle is a child's perception. If a parent has a college degree and can't find a job or can't pay their bills--no matter how much that parent preaches to a student about how important school is--it would have little or no effect on them. To make a child believe anything almost, they'd have to see it.
A lot of students in the black and hispanic communities-- don't see education as a big money maker right now. Selling crack, stealing and selling other people's property and having a hustle is higher on the list than getting an education and hoping it'll pay off. Education is no longer popular to many children--they are aware of the state of the economy, racism, employment discrimination and time. Time is of the essence, what is being done now?--to show a student that a brighter future is possible if they stay in school. Most teachers do all they can, but school officials and law makers are doing nothing. Not a Damn thing-- to make our children believe in education enough--to endure the bullying, the cold weather, the long walks/bus rides, and the other craziness they have to put up with in school. School officials want to exclude, suspend, paddle and punish--when they should be including, involving, and providing hope to our children for a better future. They need to realize that it's a new world, a new america and everything that's relevant is commercialized--our children want material crap too--but they need a chance to work for what they want--they need to believe again, that in america, school is where it all begins--school shouldn't be seen a prison sentence. If a child has no one at home and no food to eat--threatening to remove them from their home has no effect. If you don't have anything better to offer--then you're stupid for making that threat. Get real--kids are not going to just want to spend time in school everyday just because. Give them a reason to believe in our school system. Put your money where your laws are now--graduation rates will improve--and you don't have to make their parents your ENEMIES.