OUTRAGE BUILDS OVER GRADE-MANIPULATION SCANDAL IN BALTIMORE SCHOOL SYSTEM | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


OUTRAGE BUILDS OVER GRADE-MANIPULATION SCANDAL IN BALTIMORE SCHOOL SYSTEM

Earlier this month, ‘Project Baltimore’, an investigative reporting initiative, which was launched in March 2017, by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. uncovered a Baltimore City school with zero students proficient in math and the highest graduation rate in the area.

The school in focus is Northwood Appold Community Academy II, or NACA II, after teachers contacted Project Baltimore saying grades were being change so students can graduate.

In Baltimore, people of color are disproportionately affected by local and national trends in employment, income and involvement in the criminal justice system. For the African American community, which is over 60% of the Baltimore population, unemployment is at 14% compared to the White unemployment rate of 3.6% in 2015. There is also strong racial inequality in educational achievement, household income and asset ownership. Unfortunately, Baltimore’s racial inequality mirrors national inequality. These data further illustrate a troubling reality in America, there are millions of people, and particularly people of color, who are living without the means to save or build a basic safety net for financial emergencies, let alone build the wealth needed to lay the foundation for upward mobility.

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There are many, horrific examples of abuse of children; but such abuse, intellectually, is visited on more poor and minority students as their alleged "education" in low income areas.

If any kid is NOT being prepared for achieving intellectually, academically, and in real life goals, this is a travesty against that child's future, and the highest possible outcomes for that child scream drug dealer; gang member; and thoroughly addicted adult. Not pretty. are they?!?

The film "Stand and Deliver", was based on a real-life situation with a teacher in the LA area who refused to take failure on the part of his math class to be the norm. So what he did was prepare them to complete in a state level math challenge, which they won, handily. But the School Boards accused them of cheating, so he went back, prepared them again, and they again won-handily.

And why?!? Because this teacher saw potential and giftedness in these kids where others saw them as complete failures, barely graduating high school, and getting them from high school to either social services, or juvenile hall, which were, in their minds, the only outcome for these kids; and that so absolutely was not true.

One of the things we have to do in this country, if we want to grow as a nation, is that all parents, working in tandem with schools, need to participate in the child's,and the school's, life. Be there for the open houses; make time for the PTA meetings, and look your kid's teacher in the eye, and say, "I'm here to help; what can I do, please, in looking over my kids' shoulder at their homework"?!?

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