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

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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%



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