Sunday, August 17, 2014

Before The Next Ferguson Mo




Before the next Ferguson Mo. type drama jumps off in another American city or suburb. We African Americans have to challenge all news and popular culture media to disseminate positive images of African American men and boys.  Also we African Americans have to ensure that all low income Black boys and teens are well behaved and can read and write at grade level. 

American citizens need to have a deep discussion on how slavery, racism, discrimination, bad public schools, the brake down of the Black family, public policy, and the crime justice system has help create and sustained the Black underclass.  Now after that is done we Americans have to challenge all news and popular culture media to disseminate positive images of low income African American men and boys.  Also we Americans have help ensure that Black boys can read and write at grade level. 

My hope is that every police office in the United States would fear political and economic retribution from an educated and organized Black community if they shoot or murder any African American.

Marc Sims
Chicago

Black male dropout rates are more than one and a half times those of white males, and when you look at the percentage of black men who graduate on time — in four years, not including those who possibly go on to get G.E.D.s, transfer to other schools or fail grades — the numbers are truly horrific. Only about half of these black men graduate on time.    

Source:   NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/opinion/charles-blow-michael-brown-and-black-men.html

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Are African Americans done in Chicago?







Are African Americans done in Chicago?

Sure looks like it!  According the Chicago Sun times columnist Michael Sneed, President Barack Obama and his family may not move back to Chicago. They may stay in the East, or move to Southern California.   Can you blame them?    The Black neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago are filled with crime, bad public schools, and long hard winters.    The real problem here in Chicago is too many Black men are uneducated, unskilled, unsocialized, and therefore unemployable.   The President and the First Lady could provide some hope and change to African American Chicago, but they probably will need a break after eight long years a being disrespected.

The African American community in Chicago is on the ropes and ready to be knocked out.   It seems like no charismatic, or messianic leader is coming from the heavens to save Black people in Chicago.  So it may be time for African Americans it throw in the towel and leave Chicago, or we could organize and improve our neighborhood elementary school.  90% of African American boys in the Chicago Public Schools read below their grade level.   If we don't raise Black boys who are well behaved and literate, we will continue to have  Black men and thus low income Black neighborhoods that are null and void.

Marc Sims
Chicago

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Read and Write at Grade Level


Read and Write at Grade Level

Photo: Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune

According to their web site, AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools.

AUSL is a very controversial subject.   See and read the WGN TV report by Gaynor Hall. http://wgntv.com/2014/06/09/fixing-failing-schools-2014-graduation-day/

Gresham Elementary School on the far south side of Chicago is being "turned around" by AUSL. Although AUSL is controversial, the Gresham Elementary School should improve under AUSL.  The big losers are the current Black teachers at Gresham .  Also some of the current activist that may feel unwelcome at the new Gresham.   

The parents opposing the takeover by AUSL have very valid points, but,  insuring that every student at Gresham Elementary School can read and write at grade level should the top goal.


Public education in Chicago is about Jobs and contracts for Whites (European Americans).   Jobs and contracts for African Americans and properly educating Black children are after thoughts.  "We" African Americans should focus on insuring that every African American student can at least, read and write at grade level.

Marc Sims
Chicago