If my data source is correct, about 88 percent of Chicago public school students are black and Hispanic, with Asians and whites making up the difference. That means low levels of intelligence and motivation.
Under a new scheme hatched by liberal mayor Rahm Emmanuel, every student must have a plan for life after high school. The authorities admit that no one’s diploma is going to be withheld because everyone is going to have that plan in place. I see a lot of room for fraud here, don’t you?
The scheme is clearly nonsense of the kind we’ve come to expect from libtards. Blacks and Latinos are impulsive, not prone to planning. White people are planners. Evolving in the cold climate of Europe, the survivors were the planners. Those without a plan died of cold and starvation. Nature’s cruel ways ensured that the smartest lived and reproduced.
CHICAGO – To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, D, said he wants to make clear that the nation’s third-largest school system is not just responsible for shepherding teenagers to the end of their senior year, but also for setting them on a path to a productive future.
“We are going to help kids have a plan, because they’re going to need it to succeed,” he said. “You cannot have kids think that 12th grade is done.”
Few would dispute that kids often need more than a high school diploma to thrive in today’s economy, but there is a simmering debate about the extent to which schools should be – and realistically can be – expected to ensure their graduates receive further training.
Emanuel’s plan, approved by the Board of Education in late May, has planted Chicago at the center of that debate.
Experts say Chicago Public Schools is the first big-city system to make post-graduation plans a graduation requirement. But the question is whether the cash-strapped district can provide enough mentoring and counseling to help its neediest students succeed when the rule takes effect in 2020.
Jermiya Mitchell, 17, a rising senior at Morgan Park High School on the South Side, said she has had few interactions with her guidance counselor. “We never had that conversation about life after high school,” she said. “I would like to have a counselor that really wanted to know what I wanted to do after high school and would help me get there.”
Some students, parents and teachers have embraced the move as a way to level the playing field for teens whose parents aren’t equipped to help them envision where they want to go after high school – or figure out how to get there.
“It means they have a plan instead of graduating and not knowing what they want to do,” said DeAvion Gillarm, 18, who just graduated from Morgan Park.
Critics say Emanuel’s idea is an empty gesture that does nothing to address the fact that many teenagers are graduating in impoverished, violence-racked neighborhoods with few jobs, or that the most readily accessible community colleges are ill-prepared to meet the needs of first-generation students from low-income families. They also point out that the 381,000-student district laid off more than 1,000 teachers and staff members in 2016, and it is in such difficult financial straits that it struggled to keep its doors open for the final weeks of the school year.
“It sounds good on paper, but the problem is that when you’ve cut the number of counselors in schools, when you’ve cut the kind of services that kids need, who is going to do this work?” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union and Emanuel’s longtime political opponent. “If you’ve done the work to earn a diploma, then you should get a diploma. Because if you don’t, you are forcing kids into more poverty.”
Victor Ochoa, a counselor at Carl Schurz High School in northwest Chicago, where students are overwhelmingly Hispanic and poor, said he has a caseload of 400 students and a grab bag of other duties: recruiting eighth-graders to enroll, registering students for classes and summer school, monitoring attendance, administering standardized tests, and helping students deal with crises from homelessness to street violence. Many counselors also serve as special-education coordinators, he said.
“To have a good conversation about college, that takes a one-on-one conversation,” he said. “We end up band-aiding it by giving them something written or telling them to get on Naviance,” a software program meant to help students plan for college.
School and city officials are impatient with the notion that the new requirement – originally suggested to Emanuel by Arne Duncan, the former Chicago schools chief who was education secretary under President Barack Obama – asks too much of students or schools.
Emanuel announced the initiative in April. Officials describe it as the logical next step in Chicago’s efforts to improve public education. Despite the school system’s financial woes, nearly 74 percent of students now graduate within four years – 16 points higher than the rate five years ago, although that’s lower than the national average of 83 percent.
Nationally, there is a move afoot to hold schools accountable for what high school students do after graduation. Out of 17 states that have laid out plans for rating school performance under a new federal law, at least four plan to incorporate the percentage of graduates who enroll in college or another postsecondary option.
Chicago rates its high schools’ performances based partly on the number of graduates who go to college and stay at least a year. High school graduates are guaranteed admission to one of the city’s community colleges, if they apply, and about 40 percent of the Class of 2015 enrolled in a four-year college, approaching the national average (44 percent) that year.
Traditionally, people were fitted into schools and jobs that matched their abilities. No more.
The USA now insists that a quota of black rocket scientists, medical doctors (like the one that shot up the hospital in New York City last week), and corporate CEOs be met. This system, straight out of liberal fantasies, has proven disastrous.
For a lot of these Chicago school system imbeciles, the plan should be training in how to be a maid, janitor, or garbageman. If you won’t work, you don’t eat.