July 13, 2006

No Teacher Left Behind


Everybody but the kids left New Orleans. That leaves the struggling New Orleans school system to try to find enough teachers to fill their classrooms. Hurricanes leave more than destroyed property behind.

This is not proving to be an easy task. Despite the gentrification-ready-cheap-homes-in-minority-neighborhoods syndrome, young college grads are not flocking to New Orleans. Despite African-Americans leaving their city, teachers are not flocking to New Orleans. "It was not only New Orleans but also the entire metropolitan region that became whiter, less poor and more mobile." Still, college educated Whites. Despite the fact that serving poor Blacks is the cool thing to do before you go to law school, young college grads are not flocking to New Orleans.

Thankfully, the New Orleans school system came up with a better idea. Lower the standards and ease the requirements to become a teacher. Problem solved. Now the superintendents and chancellor can rest easy.

Their ass is covered. Their job is done. The governor is happy. The teacher-to-student ratio is great in New Orleans! They know the parents won't know the difference. And if they do care, they'll probably only complain that their kids can't have their cell phones in school. You know, the IMPORTANT things.

The kids will now become part of the educational baton race. They will be passed on, from grade to grade, teacher to teacher. Passed on. Passed on. And dumped on graduation day. One more generation sitting at the finish line, not realizing they have just started the REAL RACE. With nowhere to go, not knowing how to find their destination.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous dp said...

"The kids will now become part of the educational baton race. They will be passed on, from grade to grade, teacher to teacher. Passed on. Passed on. And dumped on graduation day. One more generation sitting at the finish line, not realizing they have just started the REAL RACE. With nowhere to go, not knowing how to find their destination."

honestly VIK, I can come to this site and get some of the greatest lines in blogdom. keep pumping them internets crills. we see you

100.

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in NOLA and the race makeup has been severly distorted by the national media. The city is still a majority African American city. It was white for a short time right after Katrina but has shifted once again back. Crime is up once again as well. A 19 year old was finally caught after slaying 5 teens here who were driving through a central city neighborhood at dawn on a school night. The suspect Michael Anderson himself said he shot the driver first to prevent the others from escaping. The driver and Two others were found DEAD in the vehicle. The bodies of the remaining two were found outside the vehicle, having jumped out to flee the hail of more than 20 .40 caliber bullets.

The schools systems here are horrible and I totally agree with what you say. NOLA needs so much help and it is not just Katrina related. The people need a raising of consciouness.

10:53 AM  
Blogger vik said...

anon -
thanks for the input. i need to keep in mind the news is what someone WANTS me to know. your news is your experience. thanks for sharing.

peace

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got it, one day we'll all figure this world out together!

Till then keep on!
Peace

3:18 PM  

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