Tuesday, December 27, 2011

An Inadequate Education



I like the way I write but it ain't professional.


My writing skill is just one reason why I did not attend college.

I know I'm full of excuses, but I also know how it feels like to receive an inadequate education.

An inadequate education crushes academic confidence and sends students to a permanent low income life. Is why all American citizens, especially African Americans, should demand the improvement of our public schools.

An inadequate education is one reason why 70 percent of African Americans are born out of wed lock. An inadequate education is one reason why 70 percent of African American women are single. An inadequate education is a main reason why African American men make up 50% of the prison population.

We will continue to have these problems if we do not demand the improvement of our public schools.





Marc Sims

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

viewpointchicago@yahoo.com

Monday, December 26, 2011

To Improve Urban Public Schools


To Improve Urban Public Schools

I attended the Chicago Public Schools from 1967 to 1980. My teenagers attend the Chicago Public Schools. Basically Chicago Public Schools haven't changed for decades. The CPS works well for the student who has at least one good parent and one good teacher for thirteen years. The CPS does not work well for students who have uninvolved parents and a series of non-effective teachers.

I have visited hundreds of CPS classroom during the 90's and 2000's giving a career day presentation. The vast majority of students are good but there always seems to be a few of students who weakens the growth of the entire class. Anyone who visits a good Chicago Public Schools then visits a poorly performing Chicago Public School can quickly figure out how to improve a "bad" public school. It will not be easy and thousands of parents will get their feelings hurt. Mayor Emanuel and Jean-Claude Brizard will have to teach some parents how to properly raise a child so they can receive good grades in school.

Mayor Emanuel and Jean-Claude Brizard could be accused of hurting the feeling of Chicago Public School teachers. Collectively their feelings need to be hurt. As long as I lived in Chicago I have never seen the Chicago Teachers Union developed a comprehensive plan to improve poorly performing schools. The Chicago Teachers Union are now being backed in to a corner by Charter Schools and Turnaround Schools. The Chicago Teachers Union are go down with a fight but will they present a plan to improve failing schools?

One main challenge for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Jean-Claude Brizard and the Chicago Teachers Union is improving Chicago Public School parents. You do not need to be a parent to know the Chicago Public Schools need more good parents. You don't have to be a educator to know the good CPS students tend to come from stable homes with at least one involved parent.

I'm sure there are parents who will be offended if the CPS tells them how to raise their child, but they need be told. These parents will be offended if you give their child a new sense of hope that will help them transcend their low income urban culture. This is where the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union need a greater focus. The Chicago Public Schools will never truly improve until they create a culture that will counteract a student's low income urban neighborhood culture.

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Not Every School Can Be Turned Around?




I hope Jean-Claude Brizard will create a cultural movement that will encourage low income parents and students to value education. Mr. Brizard and Mayor Emanuel should enroll urban cultural icons, music radio stations, Chicago advertising agencies , and community activist to implement some desperately needed social engineering.

marcsimschicago@gmail.com


Q&A with Jean-Claude Brizard

BRIZARD: Not every school can be turned around.

CATALYST: Why not, if you’re bringing in a new principal and new teachers?

BRIZARD: There are times you have an environment that is so bad, it would take years to turn around.


http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2011/12/07/19695/qa-jean-claude-brizard#comment-34578

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Home/The Hood Culture





What prevents a student from attaining a 3.0 or a 4.0 grade point average?


Desire?
Poor memory?
Poor Study habits?
Too much socializing
Insufficient sleep?
Malnourishment?
A neighborhood / home culture where education is not a top priority?

What do you think?


Marc Sims
Chicago

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Friday, December 9, 2011

"Better" Teachers, Parents, Students, Better Curriculum





Why is Lindblom a "better" school than Harper High School?


Does Lindblom a "better" teachers, parents, students, or a better curriculum?


What are the best ways to improve Harper high School?


HARPER HIGH SCHOOL (9 - 12)

http://iirc.niu.edu/School.aspx?schoolid=150162990250017

School Summary


School Enrollment
770

All Subjects Meets and Exceeds
13.90%


School Low Income
81%



marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rahm Emanuel's Ability





Can Mayor Rahm Emanuel improve Chicago's public schools thus improving the quality of life in Chicago's lower income neighborhoods?

He can if the Mayor creates a cultural movement that persuades more parents to value education. Mayor Emanuel could call upon Chicago's best educators, marketing experts, and grass roots activists to developed and implement plans that will accomplish the impossible.

Mayor Emanuel has the ability to bring Chicago's best minds together to improve our public schools.


Marc Sims
Chicago


From NBC's Rock Center.
Harry Smith is the reporter.

Mayor EMANUEL:
There's only one problem I'm--gives me pause. Never--the fiscal ones, the financial ones do not give me pause.

SMITH: What gives you pause?

Mayor EMANUEL: Harry, you go around sometimes, kids are growing up in an environment in parts of the city that you wouldn't let your own kids grow up in. There's no sense of life, and there's an emptiness in their eyes that you don't know if you can change. And they can see downtown; and yet, for them, it's miles and miles away. And I don't ever want a city that for some of our children they don't think they're part of that. And I don't know whether I have the ability to affect that.

http://www6.lexisnexis.com/publisher/EndUser?Action=UserDisplayFullDocument&orgId=574&topicId=100007221&docId=l:1547148812&Em=7&start=1

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Change The Culture Of Poorly Performing Schools




Can Chicago Public School's CEO Jean-Claude Brizard change the culture of poorly performing schools?



From the Chicago Tribune:
Against these odds, there have been some remarkable, albeit isolated, success stories at CPS schools in predominantly low-income African-American neighborhoods. At Burnham Elementary School in the city's Jeffrey Manor neighborhood on the South Side, for example, 8 out of every 10 students meets or exceeds state testing standards. The school also boasts an early literacy rate of more than 75 percent.

At Mount Vernon Elementary School on the Southwest Side, Principal Dawn Scarlett has steered a school off academic probation for the first time in five years by emphasizing teacher accountability. Since taking over the school three years ago, Scarlett has provided more teacher feedback and support, but she also ramped up the monitoring of teachers inside the classroom so weakness can be identified and corrected.

"It's all about instruction. It's all about who's in front of those kids," Scarlett said. "I don't really blame anything else. I don't pass the blame to parents. If you have the right instructors in front of children, that is so much of the battle."

"I'm not just looking for (improved) test scores, I'm looking for a different type of culture," Brizard said. "That's the only way organic change happens."


CPS fails to close performance gap
Black students still losing academic ground despite reforms, study finds
November 14, 2011|By Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune reporter

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-14/news/ct-met-cps-racial-gap-1114-20111114_1_performance-gap-cps-jean-claude-brizard





Marc Sims
Chicago

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Crime And Violence In Chicago





Can public service announcements help end the crime and violence that plagues many Chicago neighborhoods?

I have mailed letters and sent e-mails to Mayor Emanuel asking him to persuade music radio stations to air public service announcements encouraging all Chicago residents to support their neighborhood school.

Asking the purveyors of anti-intellectualism to help eradicate crime and violence and improve urban education in Chicago sounds counterintuitive. However, we all have the responsibility to improve the schools thus dramatically reducing crime and violence.

I believe most Chicago Public Schools in my community are up against a culture where education is not a top priority. Where some parents feels it is the responsibility of their children and the public schools to make sure their children do well in school.

Influencing a culture or changing a mindset will take some time and a lot of creativity. We activist and concerned citizens have to developed creative ways to persuade low income mothers, grandmothers, and their children to value education.

Will public service announcements instantly end crime and violence in Chicago? Will public service announcements magically improve the Chicago Public Schools? No, but music radio stations airing public service announcements every hour is just one creative way to improve the quality of life for all Chicagoans.



Marc Sims

viewpointchicago@yahoo.com



11-06-2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Way You Fix A School In The Hood?




Do you believe; the way you fix a school you have to do something about the world kids come from?

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Wendell Smith Principal Johnny Banks; And he says this is not the way you fix a school—to do that, you have to do something about the world kids come from.

http://www.wbez.org/story/local-school-council-votes-charter-school-takeover-91281


Local school council votes for a charter school takeover
Resolution asks CPS to "change this school to a charter now."
Listen to this Story
By Linda Lutton | Aug. 31, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Chicago Teacher's Union Plans For Transforming Schools?



Can the Chicago Teacher's Union prove the charter and turn around schools are not necessary?

What are the Chicago Teacher's Union plans for transforming schools like Fenger and Robeson high?

marcsimschicago@gmail.com


PS
Chicago Public School’s middle class education model doesn’t work for thousands of CPS students. A middle class education model presumes that students have educated parents that are helping their children prepare for college.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/8474591-418/the-top-50-high-schools-in-the-chicago-area.html

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Parents Demanding The Best




Dr. Steve Perry was a recent guest on WVON radio here in Chicago.

If I was able to call in I would have said something like this;

Parents demanding the best from their children, their children's schools, and themselves, will create excellent public schools for all children.


Marc Sims
Chicago

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

President Obama Winning Re-election



To Steve Chapman:

President Obama winning re-election is about as likely as someone being elected President of the United States with the name Hussein.

Marc Sims
Chicago

Why Obama should withdraw
September 18, 2011|By Steve Chapman | Tribune columnist

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What Matters In Parenting


Useful hints about what matters in parenting.

If you are smart, hard-working, well educated, well paid and married to someone equally fortunate, then your children are more likely to succeed.

Nor does it hurt, in all likelihood, to be honest, thoughtful, loving, and curious
about the world.

It isn't a matter of what you do as a parent; it's who you are.

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Freakonomics

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Improve The Parents


Do the public schools in low income neighborhoods need to improve the parents in order to improve the schools?

Marc Sims

marcsimschicago@gmail.com


PS


But there still are useful hints here about what matters in parenting.

"If you are smart, hard-working, well educated, well paid and married to someone equally fortunate, then your children are more likely to succeed," write Levitt and Dubner. "(Nor does it hurt, in all likelihood, to be honest, thoughtful, loving, and curious about the world.)

But it isn't a matter of what you do as a parent; it's who you are."

There is more at www.freakonomics.com, and at Ned Potter's blog: http://abcnews.blogs.com/scienceandsociety/

Sunday, August 28, 2011

How do you get more poor and working class African Americans more involved in their children's education?



How do you get more poor and working class African Americans more involved in their children's education?





Marc Sims
Chicago

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What Would Dr. King's Dream Be Today?



What Would Dr. King's Dream Be Today?


I have a dream today!

That one day soon we can end the crime, violence, and hopeless that plagues low income African American neighborhoods.

I have a dream that one day African American leaders, preachers, politicians, and community organizers will rise up and focus on restoring the African American family.

We all know the problems and the solutions, we just need the faith of a mustard seed to make the dream a reality.

I have a dream today!


I have a dream that one day all African American children will a strong male influence in their life.

I have a dream today, that all of our children from poor and working class families grow up in homes where wholesome values are instilled.

I have a dream that one day every African American boy and girl will have many wholesome male influences in their life.

I have a dream that one day that every African American child will be raised in a clean and safe neighborhood with excellent schools.

I have a dream!

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day soon, and very soon, we will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last! All African American children are free at last!



Marc Sims
marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Monday, August 22, 2011

A special thanks goes out to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter!




A special thanks goes out to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter!



“Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”

“If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ‘cause you look like you’re crazy,” the mayor said. “You have damaged your own race.”

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/08/18/exp.jk.michael.nutter.flash.robs.cnn?iref=videosearch

Marc Sims
Chicago

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Education The Antidote For The Hood





I believe the low income neighborhood culture, or "the Hood " culture is impeding most African American children from succeeding in school.


This idea hit me when I was giving a career day presentation at a Chicago high school on the Southside. I told the students when my children were little I don't not allow them indulge in the culture of "The Hood". That meant no BET, no Hip Hop Music, and no interaction with the neighborhood children. The high school students told me I raised my children incorrectly.

Years ago I was in downtown Chicago and ran into Arne Duncan, then CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. I told Mr. Duncan if the a child did not have a parent that valued education and could help their child with their homework, that child was doomed to a life of underachievement.

Yes, there are some exceptions. There are the success stories of the student who lived in the most dangerous neighborhood, and attended the worst school in the ghetto, and went on the become a nuclear physicist.

For every one of those exceptional children there were millions of children who grow up to live a life of mediocrity. There are probably millions of students who are currently being conditioned by the culture of the hood" to underachieve in school. Some of these underachievers terrorize and destabilize low income neighborhoods. They may also go out of their "hood" to terrorize the more affluent sections of town.

One way to change this way of life is to persuade the producers of the hood culture to inspire children to read. This means the urban cultural icons producing music, TV shows, and movies showing that education is worth the effort. Ironically the hood culture icons can help to end this anti intellectualism in the African American community.

Low income African Americans need to more examples of how higher income parents raise their children. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will not allow the hood culture to influence their children. When they were in Chicago the Obama's sent their children to the University of Chicago's LAB School. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is sending his children to the LAB School. You cannot get mad at them. President Obama and Mayor Emanuel want the best for their children. Those of us who live in or near the hood should help our children get the education from schools our children attend.

More low income parents need to value education. They should not allow or at least limit the culture of the hood in their homes. You can be in the hood, but not of the hood. Unfortunately it is hard to value education when you're wallowing at the bottom of Maslow's low order needs. So the responsibility lies on the educated to replace the hood life with a mindset of hope.

Boards of Education, and Teachers Unions, should develop new education models for students who are lazy, undisciplined, unfocused, and uninspired. New education models, where attending a four year college is not the goal. A bachelor's or master's degree is not needed for success, but every children deserves a high quality preschool to 12th grade education.

Education, the antidote for the hood.



Marc Sims

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

773-517-4369

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Can public service announcements help end the crime and violence?




Do you think if POWER 92 & WGCI aired two public service announcements every hour will help create a more enlighten society?


Can public service announcements encourage parents to be better parents and their children to become better students?


Can public service announcements help end the crime and violence that plagues too many African American neighborhoods?

Marc Sims
Chicago

willielynch2013@yahoo.com


PS

President Obama: To Parents

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3eh7siEkeE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBEMiERfaO8

http://www.adcouncil.org/

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Does Chicago State University Have A relationship With The African American Community?



From:

Wanda Wright
Director, Community Affairs Department
Phone: (773) 995-2079
E-mail wwright@csu.edu

Over the past year and one-half we’ve hosted free public concerts and information sessions, Block Club Convention, 2 Southside Community Public Resource Days , several collaborative events with the entire CPS area 24 staff which includes south side elementary and high schools, partnered with local business collaborative agencies, hosted various community meetings, hosted 700 teachers, hosted the Alpha Leadership Academy out of Fenger High School and engaged in numerous community partnerships where our students gain college credit while working through coursework.

I have a print document called CSU in the Community in which formal partnerships are documented. Regarding the city’s largest food dessert that we sit in. We have one of the city’s first aquaponics facility. Tilapia and fresh greens and fruit being cultivated for eventual community consumption. We’ve merged with politicians, community leaders on all levels,, Charlene, Ishiwa, Syron, Robert Douglas, etc..Young and old- rich and poor, we really work at CSU.

We are hosting the King Bridge Memorial dedication on August 27, 2011 and 99th and King Drive, the Harambee Festival in October, Multi-cultural education summit in November, Kwanzaa in December and monthly (open-to-the-public) Special Service Area meetings monthly.

You won’t read about any of the positive gains in Jodi Cohens’ column because of her personal distaste for Dr. Watson. It obfuscates her journalistic style and encourages slanted stories. Please come to our campus, meet Mr. Harris, Come see the African American male resource Center.

I can’t wait to meet you.

Please forgive me. This response is a bit long. I’m passionate about my community and Chicago State University.


Sincerely,
Wanda

Chicago State University and the African American Community




From Lenny McAlliste


Good afternoon, Marc

As I noted to you earlier, I would like for you to talk to two of the good people working hard at Chicago State University to turn around the image of the "petty bourgeoisie" running the school and ignoring the needs of the community. In fact, their efforts are focused on quite the opposite: working to improve the collective educational and employment achievements of the most underserved and the oft-ignored within our society, particularly those within the Chicagoland region.

Please give Wanda Wright or Ronald Kwesi Harris a call today or tomorrow to discuss what initiatives, expectations, and outcomes CSU is focusing on currently and for the future. I think that your outcome on CSU moving forward will shift as a result.


Have a great day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Treat Yourself To A Sunset





Sunset August 15th, 2011 New Buffalo, Michigan

Garry Meier




I ran into a living legend in the grocery store yesterday.

Garry Meier is the same dude you hear on the radio.

Cool!




Marc Sims
Chicago

Friday, August 12, 2011

Chicago State University's Bourgeoisie Leadership




Chicago State University is an institution that is run by the African American petty bourgeoisie. I don't think these people partner with the Chicago Public Schools and community residents to improve CSU.

Like most of the African American petty bourgeoisie, it's about the big I and little you.


Marc Sims
Chicago
773-517-4369


Chicago State University a financial mess
More than 40 problems reported, including failure to send bills to students

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-04-13/news/ct-met-chicago-state-university-audit20110412_1_financial-mess-chicago-state-university-latest-audit/2

Monday, August 1, 2011

It is so easy to cry racism.




To: Melissa Harris-Perry


I saw your MSNBC commentary on Detroit Michigan on this web page.

http://www.thegrio.com/money/is-america-in-danger-of-becoming-detroit.php



Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think you mentioned racism against African Americans.

It is so easy to cry racism.

It is so easy the call the "White Man" the devil.

Your skillful commentary is one of the best ways to solve the challenges facing low income African American neighborhoods.


marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I agree with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg!



I agree with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg!

“Unfortunately, there are some parents who...never had a formal education, and they don’t understand the value of an education. Many of our kids come from [such] families—the old Norman Rockwell family is gone”

http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-06-29/columns/bloomberg-black-parents-fail-their-kids/


Here in Chicago the pubic school's middle class education model doesn’t work for thousands of students. A middle class education model that presumes students have educated parents that are helping their children prepare for college.

Most Chicago Public Schools and Charter Schools here in the African American community are up against a culture where education is not a top priority. The average African American parent feels it is the responsibility of their children and the public schools to make sure their children do well in school.

Public school officials must tell parents and students the cold hard truth. This is where you are and this is the direction where your child is going. The public schools , the parents, and students must set realistic obtainable goals and work together to achieve those goals.

Marc Sims
marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mandatory Parenting Classes




Chicago Public School’s middle class education model doesn’t work for thousands of CPS students. A middle class education model presumes that students have educated parents that are helping their children prepare for college.

One of the best ways to improve the a CPS high school is to improve the elementary feeder schools. One of the best ways to improve a CPS elementary school is to improve the home life of the students. Now that requires the Chicago Public Schools to institute mandatory parenting classes for all CPS parents.

What do you think?

Marc Sims
Chicago
marcsimschicago@gmail.com

PS

Useful hints about what matters in parenting.
"If you are smart, hard-working, well educated, well paid and married to someone equally fortunate, then your children are more likely to succeed," write Levitt and Dubner. "(Nor does it hurt, in all likelihood, to be honest, thoughtful, loving, and curious about the world.) But it isn't a matter of what you do as a parent; it's who you are."

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=1633286&page=1

Freakonomics': What Makes a Perfect Parent?

By NED POTTER ABC NEWS
Feb. 17, 2006

Monday, July 18, 2011

"All IN"?




If the White Sox are "All IN" should Kenney Williams and Ozzie Guillen resign from their jobs if the Sox don't make the playoffs?




Marc Sims
Chicago

viewpointchicago@yahoo.com

Sunday, July 17, 2011

How did your family end up in Chicago?



How did your family end up in Chicago?



Here Are Some Heritage Questions from one of my teenagers summer school class.



Who migrated to Chicago? When were they born? How did they live in the South?

Why did they migrate to Chicago?

When did they migrate to Chicago?

How long was the preparation to move North?

What caused them to move North? Racism, low employment, poor agriculture, etc.

What was their motivation for moving?

How long did it take for them to arrive in Chicago?

How did they get to Chicago? By train, bus, plane, walked, etc.

Did they sell their house before moving North?

What was the settlement process like in Chicago like?

What was going on socially, politically, and economically during these times?


Marc Sims
Chicago


PS

Black metropolis; a study of Negro life in a northern city [by] St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton. Introd. by Richard Wright. Introd. to Torchbook ed. by Everett C. Hughes. http://www.chipublib.org/search/details/cn/58871


The Warmth of Other Suns
http://isabelwilkerson.com/

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Poverty & Public Education




Do low income students need a education model that will mitigate the effects of poverty that produce low academic achievement?


* In schools where less than 10 percent of students get free or reduced lunhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifch, the reading score is 551. That would place those U.S. students at No. 2 on the international ranking for reading, just behind Shanghai, China which topped the ranking with a score of 556.

* In schools where 75 percent or more of the students get free or reduced lunch, the reading score was 446. That’s off the bottom of the charts, below last-place Greece’s 483.

Money matters and countless studies have demonstrated a link between parents’ income and students’ test scores.

The Economics Behind International Education Rankings

http://neatoday.org/2010/12/09/a-look-at-the-economic-numbers-on-international-education-rankings/


Marc Sims
Chicago
773-517-4369

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Public Intellectuals


The Frederick News-Post Photo



I spoke to Lester Spence over the phone this morning.

I asked Dr. Spence; How can "we" use the brilliance of public intellectuals like yourself to solve to challenges of lower income African American neighborhoods?

I did not record the phone call and I do not want to misquote Dr. Spence. So I will just say "we" need to bring the brilliance of public intellectuals to the neighborhood.


Marc Sims
Chicago

Lester Spence is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

http://johnshopkins.academia.edu/LesterSpence
http://lesterspence.com/
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Marab

Monday, June 27, 2011

The First Five Weeks




I called in on Mayor Emanuel's Town Hall Conference Call.

I asked Mayor Emanuel would he consider having the Chicago Public Schools place a heavier focus on the first five weeks of every marking period. A heavier focus on student attendance, student classroom behavior, and students completing their homework assignments.

Mayor Emanuel suggested I read this article; Chicago School Uses Data to Fight Problems - WSJ.com (Click The First Five Weeks above the Mayor's photo)


I hope Mayor Emanuel will use data collection and analysis to improve classroom behavior, and students completing their homework assignments.

Marc Sims

marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Better Parents Better Schools



Jean-Claude Brizard
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools
125 S. Clark Street, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603


Mr. Brizard:

Can public service announcements encourage parents to be better parents and their children to become better students?

Can public service announcements help end the crime and violence that plagues too many Chicago neighborhoods?

Can you persuade music radio stations to air public service announcements that will encourage all Chicago residents to support their neighborhood school?

Chicago residents can support their neighborhood school with their time or they can donate money!

Thank you.

Marc Sims
marcsimschicago@gmail.com

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Jesus Christ & President Obama




Jesus Christ or President Obama are not going save working class African Americans.

Nor should they!


“God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

Marcus Garvey




Marc Sims
Chicago
willielynch2013@yahoo.com

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Chicago Bulls Need Dwight Howard





The Chicago Bulls Need Dwight Howard!



What do you think?



Marc Sims
Chicago

Saturday, May 21, 2011

African Americans who want to achieve "main stream" success


Aug 15, 2010


My advice to young African Americans who want to achieve "main stream media" success.

Those who control the "main stream media" like race neutral Negros. They also love African Americans who are willing to coon and buffoon. At times I regret not being that type of Negro.

In spite of all of that, focus on tailoring your strengths to your niche in the market place. I hope you can gain the world without losing your soul.


Marc Sims
Chicago
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

What can you do to improve the schools in Chicago?



Garrard McClendon (host WVON radio) asked;
What can you do to improve the schools in Chicago?

My answers;

1. Contact Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and ask them to make all students, parents, and educators must set academic goals every ten weeks.

2. Contact Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and ask them to remove all disruptive students and put them in special classrooms or schools. Boarding schools in extreme cases.

3. Contact Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and ask them to give to good students a rigorous curriculum and the struggling students state the art tutoring.

4. Contact Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and ask them to use the power music radio stations and TV stations to create a cultural mindset where K-12 education is a top priority.


Marc Sims
Chicago
773-517-4369

Monday, May 9, 2011

Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?


Do you know you neighbors?

Do you really know your neighbors?

Could a few of your neighborhoods be a convicted criminal, a pedophile, or a terrorist?

Marc Sims
Chicago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwDq32MtOQU

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Transform Your Neighborhood School





Can low income African American parents transform their neighborhood school like middle class European American parents?


How to Walk to School:
Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance

Written by Jacqueline Edelberg & Susan Kurland
Foreword by Arne Duncan, CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Afterwords by Honorable Rahm Emanuel, United States House Representative
Edited by Florence Powdermaker
Photographs by Angie Garbot, Ron Reason, Cat Conrad and Rickey Gold
To be published by Rowman and Littlefield Education, Summer 2009




Marc Sims
Chicago
773-517-4369

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The African American Upper Class



The African American Upper Class


Are African American intellectuals and others from the Talented Tenth too self-absorbed?

Where are their plans to end the crime and violence that plague low income African American neighborhoods?


Marc Sims
Chicago
willielynch2013@yahoo.com
773-517-3469

Monday, April 25, 2011

How will public school students spend their time this summer?



How will public school students spend their time this summer?



The lack of parental involvement can be detrimental when it comes to academic achievement, Price Elementary Principal Justin Moore said.

"We need the entire community engaging in this school's success," said Moore.


http://archive.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/09/chicago-million-father-march-public-school-blackstar-project.html



Marc Sims
Chicago

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Equality




Brown University economics professor Glenn Loury makes the links between mass incarceration and the struggle for equality.




http://smileyandwest.ning.com/forum/topic/show?id=6295872%3ATopic%3A46808

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Every lower income African American neighborhood is safe and clean, with excellent schools?



How do "we" insure every lower income African American neighborhood is safe and clean, with excellent schools?


How do "we" get in the minds of the mothers and grandmothers who could be rising the next generation of African American criminals?

Are African Americans too divided and conquered to create a mass movement to counter act the pop culture media control that has hoodwink us?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why do so many African American boys fail in school?




Why do so many African American boys fail in school?

Marc Sims
Chicago

773-517-4369

willielynch2013@yahoo.com

Monday, April 11, 2011

Two "leaders" in Chicago I promote




There are only two "leaders" in Chicago I promote; Phillip Jackson and Syron Smith.

http://blackstarproject.org/action/

http://www.nationalblockclubuniversity.com/

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

African American Students Fighting At School



What's with all the fighting?


Do African American students think they can fight their boss, or co-workers on the job?


Do they know fighting will make them unemployable?


Marc Sims
Chicago


Locus of Control
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqU-nGaVqMA

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Second Amendment Rights!


Illinois House Bill 148 FIREARMS-CONCEALED CARRY Family and Personal Protection Act

Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm.

chicagofirearmssafetyassociation.org

"When Seconds count the police are only minutes away"!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUQyY0BSm-w&feature=related