Education Is Not Keeping Pace With Future Needs

Speaking of plantations, Al Sharpton is reportedly threatening/promising/vowing to come back to town in the wake of the Justice Department’s decision that IMPD did not violate Brandon Johnson’s civil rights. I’m not sure what Sharpton is going to protest, seeing how it was the Obama Justice Department who made the call. I just hope that if he does come he tells Stephen Clay of the Baptist Ministers Alliance of Indianapolis to stop avoiding my question and answer (with a simple yes or no) if he was ever the subject of an investigation by the Indiana Department of Child Services for inappropriate contact with a minor. I can’t get a straight answer out of that man. No pun intended.

Oh, oh do you remember Classic Comics. Those of us who were a little more serious about reading than the Egyptian Cobras (remember Chicago’s first black street gang?), read the upscale and slightly more expensive Classic Comics. I think they were a whole quarter, so you were a committed academic if you read these. According to Wikipedia, the series went out of publication while I was overseas in the Air Force in 1971. A terrible loss that i did not notice until 1994. Today they are valuable collectables. Culturally, they filled a gap for kids, especially poor kids. It is far better to read something than suffer the fate of those who read not; and comics had plot, characters, and a beginning, middle, and end that made more sense than reality tv or Hip hop music.

It may not solve your financial situation immediately, but it will help you network with other parents, with teachers, and with administrators. You will find friends and perhaps contacts that will be useful. As a bonus, you will find a sense of accomplishment for having helped children and for doing your part in education reform. If you have your own children in school, it will help boost their confidence knowing the importance you place on education. And, for you? You will stop thinking about your own situation, at least for the duration of the school day, and knowing you have accomplished something – an antidote to feeling useless.

Speaking of IPS, Dr. Tony Bennett is scheduled to address the IPS School Board at their meeting on monday night. That should be interesting. If i can use an old WWF reference, watching Tony Bennett and Eugene White go back and forth would be like watching Hulk Hogan take on Special Delivery Jones.

People living in poverty account for 46% of those with IQ scores below 90, but only 5% of those with IQ scores above 110. This begs the question of causality: does poverty cause low IQ, or does low IQ cause poverty? I’d wager the answer is “yes.” It’s both, with each exacerbating the effect of the other. This synergism spirals downward with each passing generation.

The idea that extrinsic motivation negatively affects intrinsic motivation has been documented in lab studies beyond any reasonable doubt. However, no one has ever shown that children are already endowed with huge unlimited surplus of curiosity to begin with. Paying them money to learn creates something new rather than takes away something that was there before.

Michael Steele, the chair for the RNC had some great words over the weekend, I like him so much more when he is himself and not this psuedo cool hip dude.