Who will fight for them?

by Anthony P Johnson

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Too many prisons, but not enough good schools.
Too many weapons, but not enough educational tools.
Not enough effective teachers, but way too many fools.

Too many students piled in one classroom–35 up to 45–and possibly more. Over 60% of them are academically incapable of passing — and more than 50% will drop out of school believing that somehow they are free at last. Free? Free?

Free!

Our children say that school is “Stupid!” They say “Ole’ Head, I ain’t got time for these halls of academia, where I can’t read or write. I get straight A’s on them streets. I sell on them streets, I rob on them streets, I shoot and get shot at on them streets and on them streets — I am the undisputed champion. I can’t be beat.”

I am convinced that this is the world of Bizzaro. How can it not be, when our youth believe a life in the street or prison is cool and a much better place than school? How in the real world can this be — prison over education?   I know you don’t agree with these priorities!

Our children feel angry, scared and betrayed. School administrations say they love the children, but have failed to provide teachers with the most basic resources to aid the students. Some teachers say they love the children, but stand pat and watch students plummet deeper into “literacy debt.” The politician says they love the children but speak with a forked tongue. They give lip service about providing the youth with a quality education and social programs all the while cutting public education and after school programs. You don’t think our children feel betrayed? So, they form their “gangs,” “squads,” “sets,” “streets,” “hoods,” and “clicks” ready to explode in a rage of frustration at any hour, minute, or second on society–tick, tick, tick.

Too many prisons, but not enough good schools.
Too many weapons, but not enough educational tools.
Not enough effective teachers, but way too many fools.

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