Sunday, November 6, 2011
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.