What’s the real outrage?

December 21st, 2009

There is no defending the Milwaukee Public Schools teacher who reportedly cut the braid off a 1st grader as a form of punishment.

What I find interesting is the outrage the incident apparently inspired in African Americans across the country.

I think I’d like to see some of that anger directed towards the fact that that same little girl has a less than 50% chance of eventually graduating from MPS with a high school diploma.

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  • 1. John Foust  |  December 21st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    You don’t think it’s interesting that people who aren’t African-American are outraged, too?

  • 2. Elliot  |  December 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I think we all should be outraged…by both the braid and the graduation rate. I only mentioned African American’s because that’s what Mr. Kane is talking about in the article I linked to.

  • 3. Debunked  |  December 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    You could take the same budget given to a prestigious private school. Take the same staff that works at that school. Eliminate a random sampling of 50% of the kids at that MPS school, and put the remainder – and only the remainder – in that school.

    I would put a hefty wager that you will still achieve a similar drop out rate as you get from the MPS school.

    What makes you think these kids are going to manage to satisfy the third rung of Maslow’s Hierarchy when they come from parents and homes where it is a struggle to satisfy the first two?

  • 4. Elliot  |  December 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    What’s your solution then? We abandon them? Take them away from their parents at birth? Write an unlimited blank check to fix their home lives?

    You’ll note I didn’t prescribe a solution to the dropout rate.

    I’m just expressing my amazement that people will get all worked up over a braid, but not over our complete and utter failure to help these kids achieve.

  • 5. Debunked  |  December 21st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I didn’t suggest a solution because there is no good solution that would please everybody.

    A couple of simple solutions would be not allowing people to have children who are either fiscally or responsibly unable to have children. Of course, this would require complete state control over who may or may not have children.

    Another would be all children, regardless of background, are put into a form of a boarding school from kindergarten through the end of grade school with no contact with parents. Of course, this may impact the family unit need aspect of Maslow’s hiearchy I mentioned above if done improperly as well.

    Obviously these are both extreme solutions which would require massive changes to our culture and society at large, and I’m not advocating either. I’m merely making a point that the solution to the problem isn’t as easy as becoming outraged at the situation.

  • 6. John Foust  |  December 21st, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Sure, just amend the state Constitution to remove Article X. Presto, no need to educate the populace. Sell the schools, sell the libraries. Think of the savings! Think of the lower taxes! And as Dad29 will tell you, buy more ammo to fight the roving uneducated hordes.

    Worked-up over a braid is one thing: it’s one on one inappropriate. I don’t think there’s a shortage of dissatisfaction about MPS’s graduation rate.

    What’s the usual solution offered by Wisconsin’s conservatives? Let them redirect the state education money to their private religious schools?

  • 7. jesusisjustalrightwithme  |  December 22nd, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    “A couple of simple solutions would be not allowing people to have children who are either fiscally or responsibly unable to have children. Of course, this would require complete state control over who may or may not have children.”

    I’ve been advocating something like this for years. It doesn’t have to require state control. The presumption could be qualified. Revoke that when a person opts to go on welfare or commits certain crimes. You could just provide a birth control shot each month when they go to get their check or see their PO.

    “Another would be all children, regardless of background, are put into a form of a boarding school from kindergarten through the end of grade school with no contact with parents. Of course, this may impact the family unit need aspect of Maslow’s hiearchy I mentioned above if done improperly as well.”

    Also a good idea to some degree. But it shouldn’t be all kids. Maybe make it an option for everyone, but I think it’s pretty clear which kids need schools to provide the first 3 rungs of Maslow’s hierarchy and which only need schools to provide the third.

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