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Mayor Daley rejects the education monster he created

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  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    I have to say it. Officials cannot be expected to fix all of the problems with Chicago schools. Parents have to take a role in this, and so do church and community leaders. Do you have any idea how many children in Chicago are living in homes with no books? Ask any teacher; he or she can tell you. While this may stem from a lack of money, what message does that send to children about the importance of reading and learning? If the parents are making up for it with regular trips to the library, fine, but that's not usually the case. Many children also live in communities with so many problems that the hurdles they have to overcome on a daily basis can suck the zest for learning right out of them. It is unreasonable to expect either politicians, principals, or teachers to fix everything in these children's lives, and, unfortunately, what happens in these children's lives outside of school very much impacts how well they do in school. Parents need to be active partipants in their children's learning, and communities as a whole need to take part in helping children succeed in school - and that means addressing all of the other issues in the community.

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    Edward Hayes 4 years ago

    Fm: Ed Hayes -Anonymous, I disagree. We pay officials good money to fix our problems; if they can't do it, they need to be fired. However, unlike you, I do not expect 'ALL' of anything to ever be addressed much less ameliorated. Liberal group-think and word manipulation frequently uses the collective 'ALL' to make a weak point. Once you use this weasel word, it is impossible for debate to continue because the response would have to be perfect in order to entertain 'ALL.' Conservatives, unlike liberals, do not pursue a perfect world, but we do insist on improving the one we are fortunate to have. Furthermore, I cannot, in a single 1000-word article solve all of education's issues, however, within the 144 articles on this website, I betcha I have provided a solution for most of them. If only half of my ideas were implemented Chicago schools would be a helluva lot better, I know this to be a fact, because every school I ran as principal did improve both academically and in terms of student safety. It can be done.

  • Ed Hayes-Chicago Ed Exam 4 years ago

    As usual Anonymous, your argument is sound. I respect your opinion, but you miss the point. No one has been more critical of the true SOURCE of Chicago's education problem: Pinhead Parents. But the education system cannot correct parents any more than the U.S. Army (Reserve) I retired from can rehabilitate the Taliban. Now the biggest PROBLEM in urban education is semi-literate and violent black boys. My beef with the Obama Administration is that Arne the Duncan is wasting a one-time windfall of $4 billion that a real educator could use to enhance starting teacher salaries so schools could increase the number of black male teachers above the 4 percent level. And while I am at it, I mean 'real' men.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Are the military academies that CPS has opened providing male teachers that are effective?

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    Edward Hayes 4 years ago

    From Ed Hayes: With regard to military academies, the one week I spent as a substitute teacher at the Bronzeville Academy on the south side did not give me enough time or information to form a solid opinion. However, my observations were positive, very positive. Note that I am a retired Army Officer myself and have a bias favoring the uniformed services. And I was at East Aurora HIgh School when their Naval ROTC was launched in the early 1990's. It too looked great despite the hostile opposition of one of the most intransigent faculties I ever encountered. Worse, it was under the leadership of a completely inept principal; I was his associate principal. Men, and difficult boys, often do very well in military environments and of course, the world of male sports. BTW, I knew the late General Frank Bacon who founded Bronzeville Academy, he and my father sometimes flew together. All that said, until the black community reverses their fatherless birth rate, they will have to live with the wages of their self-inflicted wounds. Good schools come from good families, there is no way to circumvent that hard truth.

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