Daily Journal three day school system analysis

For the past three days the DJ has reported an analysis disecting the Tupelo Public School System. The articles have concentrated on the problems. The interviews for the article have been of those in power or those who have created or allowed this problem to happen. So after no offer of solutions and no real analysis of how this has happened. I am meeting with the writter of these article and have requested to meet with the Editorial Board of the DJ next week. This should proove interesting as our group was created to provide another voice. If there was ever time for another voice it is now. Those people in power or positions of influence has allowed this to happen to our city by beign neglect. It would be foolish to think that they will be the voices for change. There will be additional infomation in the coming days and possibly a meetign in January. In the mean time you should begin thinking aboutr the elections of 2012.The rumor mill says Jack Reed Jr. is not running for Mayor. We should put up a candidate. Additionally, in my opinion, several of the council people could be replaced. Let me hear from those of you that are interested in starting to take back our government of the people and makeit for all the people. You must get involved or be part of the problem. Which is it?

13 thoughts on “Daily Journal three day school system analysis

  1. Chris Kieffer is nice fellow but is a mouthpiece for the in crowd. He will listen intently and thank you for your suggestions and that is the end.

    Changes to the system would require law changes and or lots of money. People are protected by years of legal maneuvering. They have the propaganda machine and a well uninformed public.

    Looking at school problems needs much research. A good place to start-
    “Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling” by John Taylor Gatto

  2. I too have read the latest articles about the school system. When our group started meeting; problems with our schools always came up.
    This was during the time of Dr. Shaver’s departure (for which the city paid a “ransom” for his immediate departure. I never understood why they did that! Also, seats on the board changed shortly afterwards.
    Not for 1 minute, do I think that any of the board members, or administrators (past or present) have anything but the best in mind for our children. It is hard,in any orginazation, business or otherwise, to get a group of people to pull together in the same direction.
    What I see, in the absense of a Supt. of Ed, is a lack of leadership from the board! Something must be terribly wrong in the chain of command.
    we have already lowered the standards for less motivated students. It would be wrong to lower the bar any more at the expense of brighter and more motivated students.
    I do think we all agree that the biggest breakdown is in the non-traditional(single parent) homes in which these children are raised. Uneducated parent(s) generally produce uneducated and un-motivated children.
    What I propose is what I call a parallel school. Its kinda like California; teaching American kids in their native language (spanish).
    The under-performers can easily be identified by 6th grade. At that time, place them in a parrell school which for 1/2 of the school day, teaches basic reading, writing, and arithmatic, with a strong emphasis on dicipline, and basic courtesy and respect for others. The 2nd half of the day they would go to vocational classes where they are taught job skills. If they satisfactorily complete all the requirements; then by all means, give them a diploma. This concept would prepare the students for the job world and it would also satisfy the the job market with prepared prospective employees. I don’t think this can be done under 1 roof with the current number of teachers on staff now.
    There is no quick fix for this situation we are in now.. It will take generations for the effects to be recognized.
    Those who took their children to Saltillo, Guntown, Baldwyn and Mooreville, did so to escape a dysfunctional education system in the city of Tupelo. The numbers tell me; those parents who left Tupelo, did the best thing for their children. We have also lost some very good teachers to the County for the same reason !

    1. In kindergarten the teacher can see those ready to learn and those that need a better foundation. There is no reason why we should condemn particular children to a life of physical labor because of a poor parent. Yes separating them makes sense but not forever. They will not be with the same age students but they can progress just the same and decide late in H.S. if they want to learn a trade or further their academic interests.

      1. I said I was going to meet with Chris K yesterday, but things got complicated for both of us. We will meet tomorrow morning, Saturday and I will add to the post what if anything I find out. As of now I have an open mind. It is great for the DJ to do this tesearch, but what will the follow up develop? Will there be any suggestions for change made by anyone that hasn’t been involved in creating this problem. It seems to me that one of the recurring problems is poverty. I and several others are starting a Tupelo Bridges out of Poverty program in Tupelo on February 29. The first meeting will be at the Link Center. You may go to google Bridges Out of Poverty to find out more. This actually works. Starkville started one in July and the first class graduated in November with 12 grads. More after tomorrow and more on /bridges later. If you want to get involved or learn more about Bridges after you Google let me know. We will needd help.

      2. I ‘m not saying that WE condemn them; I think they are doing an amazing job of that to themselves, today! There is a huge market for skilled physical laborers right now..
        Toyota just hired 1600 physical laborers! Middle class America is made up of physical laborers and they are the backbone of America..

        1. First let me say that I had a stomadch bug that hit me @ 4 NM Saturday mornign and I am just now gertting over it. Did not meet with Kris K. The article in this mornings paper, back page of first setion, provides nothing new that haadn’t already been said more than once. These solutions seem like pablem. To get our schools back to where they are what we expect I think kwe need to shake up the too. I don’t find fault with our teachers. I know many of them and they are good. Many have post doc. dogrees. I believe that the problem is we need a shake uo at the top. If we do that the rest, incuding students will fall in line. This is like firing the football coach, the new coach brings in his won team of coaches. Hr take the players and procudes a winner. Not everyone in the office will lke and want to work with new leader. That is just natural. I guess qw shall see. More on Tuesday.

          1. Hope you are feeling better.

            I would be happy to help in your efforts. I have time but not money to pay for training. I think personal connections is much more important than professional leadership.

            I read the story of the H.S. football student with good marks and attends church but was out at 2:30 AM New Years Night. What is wrong with this picture? This is the problem our schools face. I find very little responsibility among the Parent and communication with their children.

            The school can only bring up the subject they do not have the power to change a culture. Working directly with the parents would be more productive.

            The laws on public assistance and human rights also prevent much in the way of change. The Churches might have a better chance.

            I visited a poor church one day to help reduce its energy costs. There whole south wall was glass. I suggested planting trees so the summer would have shade and the winter would get the sunlight. I said to the pastor that they could have a tree planting picnic and have everyone participate. He told me his flock would not want to do that. How do you motivate people?

          2. Just read my last post. What terrible spelling. Sorry about that. I guess, well there is really no excuse. Your willingness to help is sincerely appreciated. When it comes to things like this, there are several types of people. Those who contribut $$$$$ but don’t want to be known, those that want recognitiion for their contribution, those that do both and want to work for change. Then there are those who are willing but lack the $$$$$$$$$ and they are equally if not more important. For instance the City Council is always reticent to go against a room full of protestors/supporters. While both groups are important the one that counts the most is the the one with the most votes. Brodges is a program of self help with mentors helping identify and overcome barriers to success.Many barriers are created bu generational poverty. Most people in poverty do not know they can be successful let alone know how. I thank you for your offer and put down Feb. 29 for the first semiinar led by Jodi Pharr. Heard her in Starkville and it opened my thought processes. There will be several orgainzational meetings this month and you will receive notice via this site. Many thanks. It will take many of us, but it can happen.

  3. “Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America”

    That was the question that Geoffrey Canada found himself asking. What would it take to change the lives of poor children—not one by one, through heroic interventions and occasional miracles, but in big numbers, and in a way that could be replicated nationwide? The question led him to create the Harlem Children’s Zone, a ninety-seven-block laboratory in central Harlem where he is testing new and sometimes controversial ideas about poverty in America. His conclusion: if you want poor kids to be able to compete with their middle-class peers, you need to change everything in their lives—their schools, their neighborhoods, even the child-rearing practices of their parents.

    Whatever It Takes is a tour de force of reporting, an inspired portrait not only of Geoffrey Canada but of the parents and children in Harlem who are struggling to better their lives, often against great odds. Carefully researched and deeply affecting, this is a dispatch from inside the most daring and potentially transformative social experiment of our time.

  4. “There will be several organizational meetings this month and you will receive notice via this site.”

    Any dates yet? How did the meeting go with the DJ editorial staff?

    1. The meeting s with the Create Foundation and the DJ went well. I am hopeful of getting some $$ support from Create. We should know this coming week. The DJ was very receptive of the proposal annd said they woould support it editorialy and any other way they could. I told them this was not a quick fix but one that will take 8-10 years before the full effects are felt in the school system. There will be quicker results in the community at large but if we succeed you can count the years until things actually change in the schools. With no child getting past third grade without doing third grade work you can just figure each year will get better if we don’t loose sight of the goal. We will have a meeting at 11:30 this coming Wednesday at Atlanta Bread Company to discuss what we need to wrap up all the details for the Feb. 29th seminar by Jody Pharr. I hope anyone interested will attend or let me know of their interest and I will see that they get included. Many thanks for your interest and support. Feb. 29th, Link Center Seminar starts at 8:30 AM. jim

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