Students overboard

Photo: Here in Philly the district is closing nearly 30 schools, sending some kids to other dangerous schools to save $$$.  Meanwhile a few miles away it's laptops for every kid.  This could work for other cities' schools, too.

Philadelphia is closing nearly 30 schools, sending some students to dangerous schools to save money, writes cartoonist Signe Wilkinson. “Meanwhile a few miles away it’s laptops for every kid.”

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  1. Florida resident says:

    Dear Ms. Jacobs:
    Somehow I feel this cartoon is exciting class hatred between rich and poor.
    I understand the cartoonist must earn his bread.
    But why your site should repeat it ?
    Your F.r.

  2. Miller Smith says:

    Here in Maryland our rich counties say the same stuff about the poor counties all the time.

    The suburbanites say this very same stuff about the inner city blacks and hispanics.

    It IS a class issue all the way. Parents who have jobs and degrees move out to the suburbs and take their tax money with them and their values of hard work and getting ahead. What do they leave behind? 85% or more FARMS kids in the schools. How can you get the deck chairs arranged correctly when you spend deck chair money on feeding kids instead?

    • By taking that extra tax money by force from the suburbanites and giving it all back to the inner city schools which truly need it…

      • Stacy in NJ says:

        New Jersey has for decades been taxing rich suburbs and “re-allocating” those tax dollars to poor districts. They’re called Abbott districts and they receive nearly twice the funding as “rich” districts. The educational outcome? There’s been no improvement in outcome from pre to post Abbott. Money isn’t the problem.

      • What do you mean by “giving it all back to the inner city schools”?

        The money never belonged to them in the first place.

        Inner city schools don’t need more money…they need more two parent families.

      • Mark Roulo says:

        On the *VERY* unlikely chance that you aren’t trolling … you do know that this “taking that extra tax money by force from the suburbanites and giving it all back to the inner city schools which truly need it” strategy was tried at least once, right?

        It didn’t work, if “work” is defined as something like “the inner city kids learned more.”

  3. The irony is that the “poor” school districts often spend far more per-pupil than many “rich” ones, but most of it goes for security against the budding felons and to employ the artificial middle class of the affirmative-action recipient groups hired as staff.  The rest gets wasted on things like teacher’s salaries and books.

    • School districts make weird choices when it comes to money. The poorest high school in my area recently re-modeled. Then spent a lot of money. I know they replaced the windows and doors and electrical. THey completely re-did the parking lots. However, they didn’t do anything to the super stinky bathrooms where the stalls are barely big enough to enter (and I am not that large). They also didn’t install lighting between the parking lot and the pool entrance. So visitors to the building have to walk through a dark creepy passageway to enter the building. Then if they want to go to the bathroom at a swim event they have to squeeze into a stinky stall.

      I also volunteer at a title one elementary school nearby. The school has lots of extra staff (and the students do need extra attention). However, this leads to adults and children coming through out the day. So you may want to work with a particular child, and then it turns out they went somewhere for testing or small groups (or to read with a volunteer). The classrooms have large group time, but usually large numbers of students are elsewhere so they don’t receive the instruction. The message seems to be that what the teacher is teaching in the classroom isn’t important. Have I mentioned that each classroom has a smart board and multiple laptops and iPads.

      It is so sad because these are students that have a lot of potential and a lot of needs. However, the school is not adding stability to their lives. Despite the large amounts of staff, the students aren’t receiving the instruction they need.

      • GoogleMaster says:

        I stopped reading when I got to the conjunction of “poorest high school in my area” and “pool entrance”/”swim event”.

    • You are 100% correct. Then those same people get angry and wonder, “Why can’t we have nice things?”

  4. By taking that extra tax money by force from the suburbanites and giving it all back to the inner city schools which truly need it… No white child should be allowed one federal or state dollar in this country until blacks and hispanics graduate nationwide with a 70% graduation rate, minimum. (Why not the asians getting picked on? Because it wasn’t their fault!)

    • Roger Sweeny says:

      If you have gotten ahead, you are by definition at fault. Society is “structurally racist” and if members of your group are disproportionately successful, society must have been structured to favor your group. By accepting your success, you participate in that privilege.

    • By taking that extra tax money by force from the suburbanites and giving it all back to the inner city schools which truly need it…

      Giving it BACK?  You just said it came from the suburbanites.  Why can’t the people who put children in the inner-city schools use their own tax money?

      Oh, right.  They don’t pay taxes.  50% of Detroit’s residential property owners are delinquent.

      No white child should be allowed one federal or state dollar in this country until blacks and hispanics graduate nationwide with a 70% graduation rate, minimum.

      OF COURSE!  White suburban children reading books and doing homework are the direct cause of Black and Hispanic children NOT reading books and doing homework!  It’s the Law of Conservation of Learning, and Whitey is monopolizing it all!  Why didn’t I ever see that before?

      • With the Belmont/Fishtown divide, I have no doubt that in the next 20 years most white students will be as badly off as most minority students… except, by then whites will BE in the minority! Hey…maybe the very fact of being a minority makes you do poorly in school. That’s why Asians and Jews fair so badly.

      • Florida resident says:

        Dear E-P:
        My hypthesis: you have lerand all too well
        the Second Law of Thermodynamics:
        not conservation, but _growth_ of Entropy. From
        http://johnderbyshire.com/Readings/heredeadwelie.html
        Here dead we lie
        Because we did not choose
        To live and shame the land
        From which we sprung.
        Life, to be sure,
        Is nothing much to lose,
        But young men think it is,
        And we were young.

  5. Google Master–in some urban areas, High School pools are common. It’s a way to use ed dollars to benefit the larger community by providing access to a pool/swim classes after hours and during the summer. Given the fact that AA youth are more likely to drown because they’re more likely to have never learned to swim, it’s not a horrible idea. No worse than letting the public use the gyms, etc. It’s the ‘school as community center’ philosophy.

    Personally, I’d rather keep schools as schools and then have community centers as a separate building and budget item…. but the idea of an inner city school with a pool isn’t that ridiculous.

    • This. I live in Des Moines, Iowa. It isn’t Detroit but we have significant poverty. Thee last few summers we have had children and teens drown. There has been an outreach effort to teach children and young teens basic water safety skills.

    • Some suburban communities do the same. This is common in the South and West Metro areas of the Twin Cities (not sure about the other suburbs). Having been to HS meets in many of them, I think it’s a bad idea, since the ventilation system never seems to cope well with the heat and humidity – unlike freestanding rec/swim centers which have been designed to cope.

    • As with anything else in the cities, maintenance is likely to be problematic; my DD’s USS swim team took a couple of city meets off their schedule because the water quality was awful and the locker rooms and other areas filthy. The surrounding area was also less than safe. They sure had tons of staff – I wouldn’t call them workers, though.