I’ll Be Rich If I Can Figure This Out

28 07 2015

St. Ann


Pattonville parents urge an offensive to counter bullying

Two months removed from the sometimes-vicious halls of sixth grade, Rachel McCormick took her seat at the Pattonville School Board on Tuesday night unsure if she would speak.

Rachel, 12, had been bullied all year, she and her mother said — despite the district’s anti-bullying policies. Despite the emphasis on character education. Despite the meetings with school administrators.

None of it did much good, Rachel said. At the start of the school year at Holman Middle School, she was shunned on the bus. She said she just wanted to sit next to someone. A few days later, someone shoved Rachel away with their foot.

In October and November, students stole her lunch. Then there was the name-calling.

Each time she was bullied, she and her mother told school officials. But what her mother called a “Band-Aid” approach wasn’t doing Rachel any good. It was time to make their grievances public at the board meeting.

That’s not to say the Pattonville School District doesn’t work to counter bullying already, district spokeswoman Mickey Schoonover said. The Where Everybody Belongs group helps children transition to middle school. The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program teaches appropriate behavior, Schoonover added.

Still, about a dozen parents and students attended the meeting to show solidarity with the McCormicks. They acknowledged the district’s efforts, but urged more.

And then, yadda yadda.

Why were Rachel’s bullies never punished?  Why did the school officials respond with useless band-aids and more useless band-aids?

C’mon now.  You know which blog you’re reading.  One written by someone who can use Great Schools, and find out that Holman Middle is 53% white and 38% black.

The Pattonville district and many other districts that are similarly positioned are caught in between a rock and a hard place.  The rock is trying to cut down on bullying, violence, severe misbehavior.  The hard place is #BlackLivesMatter and school to prison pipeline paranoia, trying to reduce suspensions of black students to keep the Department of Justice and the disparate impact bean counters happy.  We already know that colleges and universities have found a way to extricate them from a similar Catch-22, getting themselves out from between the rock of high SAT scores and the hard place of NAM diversity, of its admitted classes.  So there has to be some way for public K-12 school districts with significant NAM student percentages to solve this problem.

For me, solving this problem means getting a money tree.

On To You

28 07 2015

Washington, D.C.

Et tu, GWU?

This article sorta gave the answer away when it used the word “diversity” quoting FairTest.  And the scam was exposed nine years ago.  High scorers will still report on their applications even though they won’t have to, so the admitted class will have a very high SAT average.  But NAMs won’t report, because the SATs exposed their grade inflated course title inflated high schools, but the diversity-hungry admissions committees will let them in.  So, the new freshman class is both diverse and has a very high SAT average.  FairTest is right, this enhances both academic excellence and diversity, like magic.  Though it’s like saying you’re enhancing this bottle that has both oil and water at the same time.

Wicked Racial Profiling Trick

28 07 2015


Southern Illinoisan:

Carbondale police in schools program suspended

A controversial partnership between the Carbondale Police Department and Carbondale Elementary School District 95 has been suspended.

The northeastern section of Carbondale is a mini-ghetto.

I stopped reading there, because I wanted to test my wicked racial profiling circuitry, which I think is on the fritz.  I bet you’ll find the words “black,” “African American,” “black lives matter,” “school to prison pipeline,” or “Ferguson” farther down in the paragraph count.

No Shit Sherlock

28 07 2015

Chocolate City St. Louis

Groundbreaking research by Dr. Richard Rosenfeld at UMSL shows that:

…the killings have not been as random as some might think.

“Fifty percent of all the violent crime in St. Louis occurs on just five percent of the street blocks in the city,” he explains. “And those blocks tend to be concentrated in very, very disadvantaged neighborhoods, typically on the city’s north side.”

As for why they’re occurring, Rosenfeld says there’s no single reason but he’s been told that street prices for heroin are running at historic lows right now.

It goes on to semi-justify whack-a-mole then to doubt the Ferguson Effect.

There is such a revolving door between the SLPD and UMSL’s Criminology Department (*) that I tend to be a little skeptical about some of the politically loaded conclusions from their research, in this case, research that is way more duh than wow.  I bet if they looked harder, they would find that almost all of the violent crime occurs within one race of people.

It also looks like we have a newly minted excuse that we’ll hear over and over, so that public officials make sure we don’t blame public officials and everyone important can use to make sure we don’t notice things — Record low heroin prices.  Though that doesn’t make sense to me — It would seem to me that illicit dope prices would have to be sky high in order to fuel violence between those in rival dope gangs and other associated kinds of violence, because the stakes would be much higher.  Lower dope prices should mean less violence.  And even if heroin prices were higher, you have to wonder how much difference by itself it would actually make — After the very violent post-riot May in Baltimore, we heard the excuse that it was all the pills that rioters looted from pharmacies, except someone did the math and that was no more than a drop in the bucket.  Furthermore, if heroin prices are low, could it possibly be because supply is at a record high due to non-existent southern border enforcement and the Camp of the Saints at that same border that has been going on for more than a year?

But still, get ready to hear it non-stop with every new fresh body on the pavement:   BAWK AMENDMENT 5!  BAWK LOW HEROIN PRICES!

(*) – Dan Isom, who was SLPD Chief before Dotson, left to head UMSL’s Criminology Department, and he left that to run the State DPS as Nixon was throwing #BlackLiesMatter a bone in the Ferguson aftermath, and after awhile, Isom left DPS to go back to running UMSL Criminology.  The proposed armed offender docket for the 22nd, aka “gun court,” would heavily involve and would mean special grants and contracts to UMSL Criminology for research and analysis, which is one of the reasons why Larry Dierker was able to convince the other judges on the 22nd not to adopt it.

What You Ordererd

23 07 2015

Old North

With KIPP opening up in the old Blewett Middle building, let me take this opportunity to remind you what actually happens at KIPP schools.

I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing.  But realize that the reasons why KIPP has some semblance of success is because they are near-orphanages, and that, in spite of their denial, they do cream.  Even though they technically can’t cream, because it’s a public charter school, and admission must be via a totally random lottery, they have ways to cream before ping pong balls go into the hamster wheel.  The main way is to make the pre-admission orientation and application process so time consuming and tedious that it acts as a pre-entry barrier to weed out the unmotivated parents, the implication being that their children aren’t that motivated either.

There’s a place for KIPP, but there’s also a need to be real about it.

Paper Trinkets

17 07 2015


Harris-Slow can now offer graduate degrees.  Which will be indicative of less real education and intelligence than a high school diploma from a particularly difficult school even today.


Harris-Stowe President Dwaun Warmack wouldn’t commit to specific programs, but he said science, technology, engineering, math, education and business are good bets.

Remember, we’re talking about a school that had precisely one student sign up for Calculus II in the Fall 1994 semester, so they had to cancel the course.  That one student was yours truly, your ever-lovin’ blogmeister, who was still in high school at the time.  Which means no real Harris-Slow students wanted to take Calc II; luckily, I was able to get signed up at STLCC-Meramec just in the Nick Stix of time for Calc II.  And this institution thinks it can offer credible graduate programs and degrees in STEM?

(“Why on Earth did you want to take Calc II at an HBCU?”  It would have been an easy commute.)

Anyway, back to the present day, this bill was a hobby horse of Jamilah NashWeed.  Why the Senate did her any favors by passing this or even taking it up after her Ferguson antics embarrassed that august legislative body, I don’t know.  Unless I do know.

Maybe if the day job had me in Jefferson City more during this past session, I could have said the right words in the right ears to stop this.

Not Waiting For Bernie

17 07 2015

Washington, D.C.

Reading material, here, here and here.

What it all amounts to is that HRC vassal Randi Weingarten is appearing to throw the AFT’s weight behind her in order to head off the Bernie Sanders Pepsi Challenge.

I don’t think any of the Waiting for Superman vs Teachers’ Unions politics on the left play into this, even though I still think we’re on track for Weingarten and Davis Guggenheim to have a lead pipe fight on the DNC floor in Philly about a year from now.  I do think that if the AFT rank and file aren’t happy with the union and their leader endorsing HRC so soon, it must mean that the grass roots thinks that Sanders tends to the pro-union anti-neoliberal anti-reformist agenda, or they think Sanders is far less likely than HRC to be sucked into the Superman orbit.  As for HRC, you can’t draw inferences on what she would do based on what her husband did as President, because her husband was pretty much pro-union all the way.  The left and its neoliberal faction really didn’t start in on their educational reformist streak until about the middle part of the last decade.  However, Bill Clinton is at least pretending to regret the Clinton Presidency, mainly as a propaganda ploy to distance his wife from his own decidedly less than leftist accomplishments, so it’s very possible that Hillary Clinton will be handing Davis Guggenheim and not Randi Weingarten the lead pipes.


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