I really do wish East Coast people would stop thinking everything originates in New York City. Honestly. Educators have been reading P. Frier for years. Little Village has a Mexican-American population that has learned the Chicago way for creating local pressure to get the neighborhood what people want. Our Latinos here are predominately Mexican in origin and they are exercising their political clout very intelligently.
Once all the "experts" learn to talk to the seasoned teachers, they might learn something about educating the lower classes. I get so tired of these articles from on high written by people who never learn what the local people are struggling with, what their attitudes are, what their children have to cope with.
As a PhD from the working classes, I find so many "reporters" hopelessly out of it. Really, why don't such people take a few courses in learning how the lower classes live and think? Their idiotic attitudes color their perceptions. Working people are interested in decent-paying jobs; not all want to go to college; they are willing to finish high school... if the schools have anything to say to them other than "go to college."
And why do we live in this stupid atmosphere of teacher-bashing and college assertion? Is it a conservative way of dumping on the lower classes and assuring them that they are adequately inferior so that no one has to listen to them or be concerned about their welfare?
I grew up with the concept of "the common man." Where has that vanished? The common man/woman still exists and knows what their/his/her own welfare is. Who's listening to that?
Feb 22 2008 - 11:26pm