Sunday, August 28, 2016

You Know How To Stop The Crime

There are a lot of very smart psychologist, criminologists, teachers, social workers, and other professionals who know how to stop the crime in Chicago.  The young men who commit the neighborhood crimes, know how to stop the crime in Chicago.  You know how to stop the crime in Chicago.  We all know how to stop the crime in Chicago!  

The crime in Chicago will end as soon as enough people make consistent demands that the crime in Chicago has to stop!

Marc Sims

By Mail:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

By Phone:
Dial 311 (within Chicago)
If calling from outside of Chicago, call: 312.744.5000

Fill out the City of Chicago feedback form

Monday, August 1, 2016

We listen to music way too much!

Can listening to NPR (National Public Radio) improve the quality of life for low income African Americans (Blacks)?

I think so!   I emphatically believe “we” African Americans listen to music way too much!    I believe most Americans listen the music way too much.

Here in Chicago’s low income African American neighborhoods you can see and hear the results of being uninformed and misinformed. 

There are a lot NPR programs on the radio and millions of the public radio programs and podcast on the internet.   If "we" informed Americans post public radio information on a social media platform a few times every week we will slowly but surely raise the intellect of all Americans.

Marc Sims 

If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Slow Implosion of African American (Black) Neighborhoods

Would it be more efficient to allocate resources to teach low income children to read and write at, or above grade level than to spend millions of dollars for band-aid social services, or incarceration?

I am not an economist or social scientist, but I would think so.    However there is so much money made off of the generational dysfunction of the poor and low income families, the benefactors of that dysfunction are not interested in innovative ways to improve the education of low income students.  

So the crime, the dysfunction, the slow implosion of low income African American (Black) Chicago neighborhoods will continue.

Marc Sims

The most obvious conclusion is that different parts of the city are headed in entirely different directions, a trend that likely explains why certain neighborhoods are as safe as Toronto and others are as scary as Caracas. 

The leading indicator is education, how far you've gone in school. With factory work largely either outsourced or automated, your chances of earning a good living vary dramatically based on whether you've graduated from college. 

Why Chicago is flourishing and dying at the same time

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fighting Racism or Helping Black (African American) Students

I wish there was a Black Lives Matter type movement that would focus on helping low income Black (African American) students succeed in elementary school and high school.   I wish there was a Black Lives Matter type movement that would focus on helping all Black (African American) students succeed with their postsecondary education.

African Americans (aka Black People) spend too much time fighting racism and racial bigotry.   

Marc Sims

In some ways, they (Black boys) are trapped within a sociological predicament. They begin school already, on average, behind their peers. Often, they enter into classrooms where there are lots of other kids who are not necessarily well behaved, where other students are struggling. They are taught their racial and gender identity by others, including other kids, in the school.

So they end up actually behaving according to a script that they don't necessarily subscribe to, but which seems a requirement to fit in and be accepted by their peers and maybe even by some of the adults.

Friday, April 8, 2016

A City That People Want To Move To And Raise Their Children

Question: Why can't every Chicago Public School student read and write at least at grade level?

Answer:  Because Chicago's Politicians, Chicago's business leaders, and Chicago's religious leaders have yet to make it a top priority.

Ensuring that every Chicago Public School student read and write at least at grade level will drastically reduce the crime in Chicago and help make Chicago a city that people want to move to and raise their children.

Marc Sims

2015 Reading Levels of 8th-Grade Black Males from the Lowest-Performing Large American School Districts (City\Percentage of 8th-Grade Black Males Proficient in Reading) According to Scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
  • Chicago - 7%
Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project