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

Friday, March 18, 2016

Civically Engage Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Civically Engage Mayor Rahm Emanuel 

Call, write, email, or go to the Mayor's office in person and demand that Mayor Rahm Emanuel marshals the resources needed to stop the crime in Chicago. 

Marc Sims


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

City Hall
121 N La Salle
Chicago, IL 60602

Mayor Emanuel:

Could the City of Chicago hold a weekly crime summit at various City Colleges?
The police cannot and should not stop the crime in Chicago all by themselves.
Concern citizens and community leaders have to help stop the crime.

Marc Sims


Video each meeting and post them on the internet.

Teach Teenagers How To:

Set goals and achieve them

Speak in public persuasively 

Write short stories

Fix Cars

Rehab homes

Run a successful small business

Write computer code

How to successfully sell a product or service

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Donald J Trump & Conservative Talk Radio

Before Barack Obama became President of The United States of America I listened to conservative talk radio for a few minutes a day.   After Barack Obama became President I very rarely listened to conservative talk radio.   These radio shows stoke hatred for human beings who are not politically and socially conservative.

Donald J Trump should thank conservative talk radio host for helping him win so many Republican Party primary elections.

Marc Sims

Michael Savage, Mark Levin, and other conservative shows.

AM 560 Chicago