January 25, 2008


Yesterday, before going home, I had to stop by the Post Office. This took me past a school where young people, who have been expelled from other public school, attend. I notice none has any books, a notebook or even a book bag. Obviously these young people had not committed a crime, or they would be in the detention center, but now they were going to this school. What I didn't understand is why they would come to school on their own, taking the bus or walking, and not be interested in anything. They're wearing uniforms, in a public school it is not mandatory. I am not saying they are not coerced in some way, but if they were really incorrigible, would they not go to school, coercion or not. Could it be that they are just warehoused during school hours and nothing is expected? If something was expected, there would be homework and a least a few probably would have books, a notebook or a book bag. That is what I came to believe, seeing all those young people leaving school.


Stovepipe said...

Some schools give out 2 sets of books, that way children do not have to lug heavy books to and from school.

Incorrigibles are expelled and placed in separate schools so that their grades on mandatory state assessment tests will not pull down the averages of the good students on said tests.

Negro students who do not study and who do attend school regularly will perform poorly on standardized assessments tests, thus penalizing the whole school district. Parents, not teachers are the blame for poor test scores.

Hathor said...

One thing, the school district is too poor to issue two sets of books.
The other thing, the school is integrated.

Stovepipe said...

Giving out two sets of books is how poorer districts become poorer-er.

Just how integrated is it? 5%; 15%; 25%; ...; non-black?

Hathor said...

I wouldn't know, this was an observation, I wasn't taking a poll.