March 05, 2007

New Orleans Kids Experiencing a Record Number of JOB EDUCATIONAL PHOTO Opportunities

The Rance Allen Group - Talk That TALK Part 1
The Rance Allen Group - Talk That TALK Part 2

After not even mentioning the word "Katrina" even ONCE during his State of the Union Address, G DUBBZ graced New Orleans with his presence, yet again. Among others, he visited students at a CHARTER school and the New Orleans ARCHBISHOP. Appealing to the Religious Right and the "privatization" of public schools, via charter schools, are NOT the problems facing NOLA. They are the issues Bush is pushing as a pawn of the Republican machine. The oil from this machine, apparently, is provided by the sweat and suffering of the Katrina victims.

Of course, money is NOT the root of the problem, but the GREEN leaves get the most attention, even as the roots below insidiously ROT: "And to the extent we can help, we'll help. I told the people that I would work with the Congress to write a $110 billion check -- the people of Louisiana and Mississippi, and that check has been written. And now it's incumbent upon us to get the money into people's hands. Sometimes it's hard to see progress when you're living close to the scene. I guess the New Orleans Saints football team represents to me what's happening in this part of the state -- a resurgence, there's a renewal."

Money ain't a thing, G DUBBZ.

Crime and safety, two primary concerns of the people that actually live in NOLA, were not mentioned once during G DUBBZ's brief stop there. According to Mary Beth Romig, spokewoman for the New Orleans' Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, "Once again it's a situation where violent crimes are taking place in inner-city neighborhoods and traditional hot spots."

Translation: Ain't a damn thing changed: let the darkies kill each other.

Crime is so bad, Tracy McGrady had this to say when he found out that next year's All-Star game may be held in NOLA: "If I don't feel that I'm going to be safe, if I am on that team, I will look into probably not even going." Damn. Even ball-players are runnin' for the hills. And they have security guards.

27 people have been murdered in NOLA, since January 1st, 2007. NOLA Police Superintendent Warren Riley may be on to something: "For us to correct this, we have to look at the root of the problem. The root of the problem is our education system."

When the children of NOLA witnessed, first hand, their government's lack of response, they were taught a grim lesson: you ain't ish. You're just a cog in the system. You're just a baton in a never-ending race: you'll be used and passed on.

The kids will now become part of the system’s educational baton race. They will be passed on, from grade to grade, from teacher to teacher. They’re YOUR problem now. Passed on. Passed on and dumped on graduation day. There will be one more generation sitting at the finish line, not realizing they have just started the REAL RAT RACE. There will be one more generation with nowhere to go, with nothin’ in their pockets but frustration, anger, and hate.


Anonymous CB4 said...

Damn, Bush is getting better and better:
"Sometimes it's hard to see progress when you're living close to the scene. I guess the New Orleans Saints football team represents to me what's happening in this part of the state -- a resurgence, there's a renewal."
Haha... in other words, as long as the Saints are playin ball, it's good enough for him, because really what else in New Orleans directly effects him?

Also, just to play Devil's advocate (not that Bush isn't already doing a great job of that), but in terms of the murders, in 2004 for example there were 275, versus just 27 in 2 months right now (and I know there are fewer people in NO right now).
But I guess it must be that the murders don't show the real story. I assume that there really is more crime than usual, just maybe not more murders.

Also, I'm actually impressed that the Police Superintendent said that education is the root of the problem. Everyone knows this is true, but very few people in positions of power have the balls to say things like that.

Anyways, great writing as usual.


11:55 AM  
Blogger vik said...

what's good cb4? haven't seen you in a while!

good call. bush has to worry about his office superbowl pool.

yeah, when i saw that superintendant quote, i had to post it. although, the mary beth quote is probably more telling.....

yeah, murders may not be THE problem, but the homicides per capita are deplorable, especially in the lower ninth.


12:10 PM  
Blogger Amadeo said...

Nail on the head. It's one thing to think your life is's another to have a clear demonstration that the Gov. doesn't give a damn about you. I read between and see that, but when it's thrown in your face it get's hard to care about everybody else...nevermind what your teacher is talking about.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous CB4 said...

Another thought specifically about education, partly about what Amadeo said:
It's very true that it's extremely hard for teachers to get through to kids, and to actually make a difference in their lives... although they can still make a difference to some.

The thing is that each kid responds differently to different educational approaches, so if there was enough money to have a more personal education system, then I believe teachers would be able to have a more "real" impact in kids lives.
This requires more effective training for the teachers as well, because lots of teachers are simply using trial and error, to see what works best in each situation... but the problem is they have such a limited amount of time. They need to be trained more specifcally in terms of effective techniques for teaching, and maybe more importantly, they need ways to motivate the kids.

Motivation is the key... because if you can make school at least somewhat interesting to the kids then they are going to get more out of it. As it is (at least with most teachers), it is so easy to ignore them, because what they're teaching is legitimately boring, and frankly there isn't much short-term incentive for doing well. If they get a good grade they get a sticker, but if they act up in class they get suspended and don't have to come to school tomorrow.

Obviously, the government doesn't want to spend any more money on education (i.e. for smaller classes, more personal teaching), but I do not think it would be too difficult to give teachers more training sessions. Or at least good training manuals - with actual useful tips... not just stuff like: make eye contact with the students; give them homework every night; etc.

Anyways, I'm not sure if any of that is gonna make sense... but oh well, who gives a shit right!? (See, I lack the motivation to read it over before I click "Publish")


3:08 PM  
Blogger vik said...

cb4: you are speakin the truth.

problem is, we are deciding not to INVEST in our kids and our future. we've got money tied up in defense, defense, and more defense.

to top it off, we're not even producing college grads at the rate we used to.

our standard of living (a couple of generations from now) will be drastically different as we lose our edge over the world. at least we won't be around to see it!!!! more sarcasm.


5:14 PM  

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