Someone’s Going to Be Sacrificed

28 10 2014

Ferguson

And if it’s not Darren Wilson, well then Tom Jackson will have to do.

But it’s going to have to be some white cop.  The Gods of the black undertow demand it.

In related news, seven North County school districts have sent a letter to McCulloch asking him to time the news of the GJ’s decision on both day of the week and time of the day considerations, because the districts fear in-school riots.

Put these two news stories together, and it’s getting to be perfectly obvious even to dummies with shoe size IQs that the GJ will return no indictment.





If At First You Learn Nothing from the Los Angeles Unified School District

27 10 2014

Moline Acres

But hey, if it failed in the big failing school district, it’ll succeed in the small failing school district.

“It,” of course, was one of the things that the John Deasy, the recently sacked LAUSD super-nintendo, staked his reputation upon.  And it was a flop, for one very crucial reason.

Well, two crucial reasons.  I am told that LAUSD WiFi is catch as catch can, and “can” means not often.

Yes, Moline Acres, as in the Moline Creek, the one that runs through the heart of the Fergaza Strip.





Unlucky Seniors

27 10 2014

Oregon

“Fifth year seniors.”  Or the 13th grade.

A win-win for school districts, in that they both get to jigger/fib their graduation rate upward and get more money from the state.  Remember, people, there is no such thing as truth anymore, there are only semantic games.

However, if my high school wants to classify me as a 24th year senior, or being in the 32nd grade, in order to hustle a few more shekels, I’m cool.





It’s Hot Today

22 10 2014

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

It’s like going to Death Valley on any given day in July and commenting about how hot it is today.

No kidding.

This mentions Mary Willingham.  While she “officially” resigned, she was really driven outAnd you know why.

And also, some of these “ten-page papers” were nowhere near one page, much less ten.

I would say here that maybe one of these days, we’ll quit lying to ourselves and everyone else.  Except sometimes the truth isn’t handier because it’s uncomfortable if not totally off limits.





KKKrazy Glue, Homeostatic Equilibrium, and All the Good Stuff

16 10 2014

California

You should know by know what’s going on here.

Because Republicans are politically extinct in California for all intents and purposes, Democrats can no longer hold their Star Wars bar scene motley crew coalition together based on their common contempt of white men (“KKKrazy Glue”), traditional white bread America and the political party which they vote for but doesn’t serve them well.  With them out of the way, all the differences among the various Democrat constituent parts that were ignored and glossed over long enough for them to beat the evil white man are now all of sudden BFDs and important political points of distinction.  The political center always readjusts (“homeostatic equilibrium”).

So this is why the politics of this year’s California race for Super-Nintendo of Public Instruction involves a big pie fight between left-wing teachers’ unions and left-wing Waiting for Superman dweebs.





Upstairs Downstairs

15 10 2014

St. Louis City

P-D:

Rigor of top St. Louis Public Schools is bringing results

Within the walls of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience is a success story taking shape in St. Louis Public Schools.

It’s captured on a slip of paper inside the main office: math scores that outdid Ladue, Clayton and Marquette high schools in St. Louis County this past spring. Upstairs, in a pathophysiology class, freshmen and sophomores work on a year-long project to solve the murder of a fictional character, using a fusion of math and science. In another classroom, they’re learning Latin.

(snip)

But not just anyone can get into the school.

Collegiate is among a growing group of campuses within St. Louis Public Schools that restrict admission to those who can meet and maintain certain standards. At Collegiate, it’s a high bar — with a 3.0 grade-point average among the requirements. Other schools are less selective.

I’m really surprised that a high school that can cherry pick is doing better than comprehensive public high schools in good districts.  Now if the Ladue, Clayton and Rockwood districts set up similar cherry picking high schools, they would be by far the best in the state.

But selective-admission schools also can present challenges. In any urban district, they can create a tiered system that concentrates a city’s top students in a few schools, leaving the most challenged students in the rest of the buildings.

(snip)

When asked if there was danger in isolating some of the best students in a few district schools, Adams said no. The selective requirements help create schools that provide better environments for students serious about learning, he said. “We’re taking kids who really want to do well, and we’re pushing them, and we’re encouraging them to do well.”

(snip)

City parents have a growing list of public schools scoring high on Missouri’s annual performance report. Among them: City Garden Montessori, Lift for Life Academy High School, North Side Community School, Gateway Science Academy and KIPP: Inspire. These schools have no entrance requirements, through critics often accuse them of “creaming” the best students.

Translating this into readable English:

The gentrification of the City of St. Louis won’t be a viable long-term success unless people have confidence in the public schools, either the real ones or the quasi-ones (charters).  But that’s a very hard row to hoe when the SLPS is around 85-90% black.  So the work around is to create enough selective public schools and as many supposedly non-selective but substantively selective charter schools to fulfill the demand for the kids of the cognitive elite (Collegiate, Metro, CJA, et al.) or the ambitious of average-ish IQ (KIPP), and leave the regular public schools for the stupid slugs on the left half of the bell curve.  No use casting pearls before swine, n’est pas?  And of course Kelvyn Adams, the current SLPS Superintendent, isn’t worried one bit.  First off, he needs some high performing schools within his currently unaccredited district to hang his hat on.  Second, nothing bad will ever come his way for doing this.  Disparate impact lawsuits?  What disparate impact lawsuits?  As long as the children of the Revvunds get admitted into the elite schools, you won’t have to worry about that.  Of course, a lot of the Revvunds live in St. Louis County anyway, so the City and its education issues are not a problem for them.

Now, we’ll know St. Louis has arrived if the day ever comes that we have private selective admissions kindergartens that use IQ or other g-loaded tests as a criterion, and the parents of those lucky enough to get admitted get to pay $40,000 a year tuition bills.





The Problems and Non-Problems of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

14 10 2014

Champaign

A non-problem that they’re trying to turn into a problem.

A problem they’re trying to turn into a non-problem.








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