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Band Aid on Cancer: Another Program to “Save” the Public Schools

Written by Gary North on February 8, 2013

Here is a PBS News Hour segment on a non-profit program to reverse the effects of tax-funded education on the victims: students.

The program is positive. It identifies top-flight teachers in Chicago’s inner city high schools. It puts them in charge of one class period per day, where students who want to go to college attend. The program is successful.

So, here is what the tax-funded schools did not do.

1. Motivate students early.
2. Give them good teachers and teaching.
3. Separate the potential winners from the losers.
4. Provide a program designed exclusively for winners.
5. Fire poor teachers.

The program teaches students five points.

1. Professionalism
2. Ambition
3. Integrity
4. Resourcefulness
5. Resilience

All five are good. I have some questions.

1. Why did the public schools fail to teach these?
2. Why has a privately funded program adopted them?
3. Is the Board of Education imitating this system?
4. Are all five consistent with compulsory education?
5. Why are students who reject them kept in the schools?

Watch the video. Click the link for a transcript.

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6 thoughts on “Band Aid on Cancer: Another Program to “Save” the Public Schools

  1. The unionized public schools are trying to convince the world that they really do care about preparing students for life, even though they have failed miserably for decades. Like that infallible rule of thumb: the more teachers and administrators talk about "excellence", the less you will find in public schools.

  2. If they want to really help that guy succeed they would be encouraging him to drop the ghetto accent.

  3. Having grown up in Illinois and having friends who live and are raising kids in Chicago, the definition of a top teacher in Chicago is one who can read and write. An outstanding teacher is one who can read and write one grade level higher then her students. (that rationg is usually reserved for kindergarten and first grade teachers)

  4. Having taught, I can't begin to say how true that is.

    I've found true excellence comes from two places in public education:

    1. cities and towns that simply have enough money to dump into the schools and hire good teachers, get decent materials and so forth.
    2. The places that quietly achieve it with little fanfare.

    Something about a tinkling symbol or banging gong and how it creates much fuss over very little to fuss about comes to mind….

  5. Doesn't make a bit of difference. Even with the best teachers, and absent the commie unions, the scum in the feral Gummint control the curriculum and subject matter down to the textbooks that are used, so the teachers will be teaching the same old garbage to our kids, and the one's who object will be fired. The libtards and their commie union teachers have one failed problem-solving method–gouge the taxpayer and throw money at the problem.

  6. Dark Patriot says:

    I left public education when I got busted for teaching. Yes, this is correct. I was told that the kids would learn better if I just facilitated. The kids didn't feel this way. Just the school board and their lackeys, the union. I was told that I had too many black kids failing my class. Really! I had no Martians (nor white kids) in class to fail. What I had was a large group of black kids who had no reason to take the class. They read at a 3rd grade level, didn't do math at all, and had the maturity of kindergardeners. The other black kids hated them. I was always stuck trying to get them to learn anything. I don't blame the kids. This wasn't their fault. They spent 1st through 9th grade doing nothing but playing. When I got them as seniors they were beyond hope.