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A Boycott Is Happening in Chicago—And This Time It Isn’t Teachers

 

Students in Chicago have had enough with their school system.

 

 

A group called Chicago Students Organizing to Save Our Schools boycotted the state-mandated test, PSAE, on Wednesday and protested citywide. Like many people against standardized testing, the students, which numbered in the hundreds, have had enough with test taking.

 

 

But their objections, however, go further.

 

 

 

 

 

They are also fed up with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the public school system’s leaders in their attempts to shutter 54 school programs and 61 school buildings, mostly in underprivileged and minority neighborhoods.

 

 

Brian Sturgis, a senior at Chicago’s Paul Robeson High School and an organizer of the boycott, wrote in an Education Week blog, “Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education are supposed to make the CPS system work for all of us. But instead they are putting too much pressure on standardized testing and threatening to close schools that don't have high test scores. When schools are under so much pressure to raise test scores it leads to low-scoring students being neglected, not supported.”

 

 

The protestors posted frequently on social media to keep people updated on their activities. Their Twitter feed shows a picture of students lined up, arms interlocked, in front of school. One student held a sign that said, “The best way to learn is by taking a test—No child ever said.”

 

 

The students’ activities haven’t sat well with administrators.

 

 

Earlier this week, the school district made robocalls to students’ parents, warning how important the test results are to a their children’s academic future.

 

 

Every student must take at least one day of the two-day exam to be promoted to 12th grade and graduate. The second part of the test, given on Wednesday, included science, math and reading. This part, in turn, gives a career-readiness certificate endorsed by employers to students.

 

 

Of course, as is the norm in America’s classrooms, the tests are also used to help evaluate each school and teacher.

 

 

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the Chicago Public Schools CEO said on Wednesday, “The only place that students should be during the school day is in the classroom with their teachers getting the education they need to be successful in life. Today's PSAE is one of the most critical exams our students will take. Every adult should support and encourage our students to make sure they are in school.”

 

 

Mark Naison, a Fordham University academic who monitors educational movements in the United States, compared the Chicago protest to the student lunch counter sit-ins that began in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960.

 

 

“In both instances, you had a situation that many people thought was outrageous—and yes, many people do think the level of testing in schools has become so intrusive and counterproductive that it is national tragedy—but people in elected office seemed unable to change, so young people decided to take history into their own hands,” he said. “I would not be surprised to see these walkouts and boycotts multiply next year.”

 

 

Last week, New York parents, teachers, and students participated in a similar protest when students decidedly opted out of tests administered by the state of New York. An overabundance of testing has, according to critics, contributed to a rise in cheating by teachers and administrators, a segregation of students based on test scores, high teacher turnover, and the decrease of classes that teach enrichment, such as the arts.

 

 

Some see these protests as a last resort to help students and teachers in a broken system with few benefits.

 

 

Shaun Johnson, a Maryland-based teacher educator, former public school teacher, and blogger for At the Chalk Face, feels that while a boycott to prevent data from being collected may not be the most effective tool, it's perhaps all we have left.

 


 


Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist whose work frequently appears in The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. She is the author of two books. @SuziParker | TakePart.com 

 

 

 

 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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This is no more than the same anti-integration tactics used in the south, where in order to make sure that White students would not be bussed into African American communities, they make up excuses to close down schools in the Black community. This is also done just as much to re-route all the tax money marked for education to White communities (and away from Black communities).  If they close down the 'low performing' schools under this scam, then all the Federal, State and City tax money for those schools go into schools in White communities.  [Isn't that the problem that School Integration was supposed to remedy?]

 

It also keeps state-of-the-art schools from being built in African American communities, something that even most African Americans don't seem to realize the importance of.  It is the school, (not the Church as most African Americans have been lead to believe) that is the Rock of a community.  Good schools attract good families, businesses, and employment to a community and lowers the crime rate.  A state-of-the-art school in a community instills a sense of pride and unifies a community around a common goal, and increases or at least stabilizes the property values surrounding it.  A state-of-the-art school right in the community keeps the majority of children in that school from being bussed to the other side of town or into another town altogether.  [The further away a child is bussed from their own community, the more the child is going to feel it is not their school, that it is someone else's school, not theirs; severing loyalty to the school, which in turn severs the child's loyalty to their own education] Having a school within the community allows more student to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as music, sport, tutoring.

 

All this is what African America gives up when we don't protest the closing of schools in our community.  This is what only African America has been giving up since integration.

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Originally Posted by sunnubian:

This is no more than the same anti-integration tactics used in the south, where in order to make sure that White students would not be bussed into African American communities, they make up excuses to close down schools in the Black community. This is also done just as much to re-route all the tax money marked for education White communities.  If they close down the 'low performing' schools under this scam, then all the Federal, State and City tax money for those schools go into schools in White communities.  [Isn't that the problem that School Integration was supposed to remedy?]

 

It also keeps state-of-the-art schools from being built in African American communities, something that even most African Americans don't seem to realize the importance of.  It is the school, (not the Church as most African Americans have been lead to believe) that is the Rock of a community.  Good schools attract good families, businesses, and employment to a community and lowers the crime rate.  A state-of-the-art school in a community instills a sense of pride and unifies a community around a common goal, and increases or at least stabilizes the property values surrounding it.  A state-of-the-art school right in the community keeps the majority of children in that school from being bussed to the other side of town or into another town altogether.  [The further away a child is bussed from their own community, the more the child is going to feel it is not their school, that it is someone else's school, not theirs; severing loyalty to the school, which in turn severs the child's loyalty to their own education] Having a school within the community allows more student to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as music, sport, tutoring.

 

All this is what African America gives up when we don't protest the closing of schools in our community.  This is what only African America has been giving up since integration.

And its even worse now because they are making to the place where there  is no educational option in these communities except the alternative schools.

Now that it is obvious that this is the same story being told, happening around the entire globe, and the masses still cannot see the forest for the trees, when is anyone going to admit that we are witnessing a New World Order taking place right before our very eyes?

 

There only have a small window of opportunity for the masses to stop this ripple affect, so that this universal plantation that is being put in place for the masses will never materialize. 

 

 

 

PREACH IT, Sista Sunnubian!!!! 

 

'Cause truer words were neva spoken!!  That's for sure!! 

 

We had an incident involving that very same thing recently at the (relatively new) Thurgood Marshall High School built in our neighborhood for our children!

 

Apparently, a very state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Academy was built to be housed at the school since its inception.  But as the county and school board began realizing how successful this program was becoming ... they up and decided (between school years) to move it to another (i.e., on the White side of town) high school ... for what was pretty much no reason at all. 

 

But ... my neighbor (who's been volunteering/advocating on behalf of the school around here bot the better part of forever!!+) said, "Oh hell no!!"  And to tell you the truth, I didn't even know what I was going to protest that night she dragged me out .. but we went to the school board meeting and ... I have to say ... It was just freakin' PITIFUL the way they were just planning to dismiss and disregard OUR children in favor of giving even MORE to kids who already had waaaaay too much!! 

 

They weren't expecting "opposition"!!  But .. that's what they got!!    And .... whadda ya know ... after "re-thinking" they're position ... the academy stayed at Marshall. 

 

But ... you're right!!  Most black people don't even think about that kind of thing in relation to the schools in their neighborhood ... or the type of education that's being taught inside of them .... that our children are receiving ... or should be receiving!!

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Now that it is obvious that this is the same story being told, happening around the entire globe, and the masses still cannot see the forest for the trees, when is anyone going to admit that we are witnessing a New World Order taking place right before our very eyes?

 

There only have a small window of opportunity for the masses to stop this ripple affect, so that this universal plantation that is being put in place for the masses will never materialize. 

 

 

 

Study the movements in other countries closely, paying attention to the language they use. 

 

They see it, they explicitly call it for what it is.......many of us dont want to see it or pretend its something else.

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http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-961198

 

CNN I-Report:  "Media misinformation brought back Boston racist memories" by omekongo 

 

Selected Comment:

 

"Tell it like it is Truth." -jtchicago2

 

Indeed, jtchicago2,

 

It seems and the reality of it will bear this out, that far too often, as applied to the many individuals who fit the description, of U.S.  born black men and women, who will line up around the block and then some, to head fast in the wrong direction....committing criminal acts, playing the race card, being deceitful, lying under oath, being unethical, trashing the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen, trashing the Constitution........

 

....but when it comes time to standing up for our Constitution, being truthful, competent, law abiding, ethical, etc., etc., a listener could hear a voice of silence in the midst of millions, for the few and far between in the Black community who truly stand for what is just, right, lawful, and place value in the essence of what it means to be a U.S. citizen.

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-963387

 

CNN I-Report:  "Illegal Aliens and his or her Lawyers Have a Better Understanding of How Best to Hold a Public Servant Accountable, Than Many U.S. Born Descendants of Slavery Who Typically Give Carpet- bagging Sleazy Elected Officials a Free Pass to be Re-elected!" by TheTruth53

 

Best Regards

 

TheTruth53

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:
But ... my neighbor (who's been volunteering/advocating on behalf of the school around here bot the better part of forever!!+) said, "Oh hell no!!"  And to tell you the truth, I didn't even know what I was going to protest that night she dragged me out .. but we went to the school board meeting and ... I have to say ... It was just freakin' PITIFUL the way they were just planning to dismiss and disregard OUR children in favor of giving even MORE to kids who already had waaaaay too much!! 

Well I am not sure it is possible for kids to have way too much educationally but the technology has changed the cost of knowledge distribution.  What would have cost tens of millions only 20 years ago can probably be done for thousands today.

 

The problem now is how to maintain the educational sabotage.  But any strategy centers around the parents of the children being sabotaged not knowing technology.

 

The devices are extremely cheap for the power compared to only 10 years ago.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1vZRR05VNs

 

But what to load on them?

 

https://play.google.com/store/...erycircuit&hl=en

 

http://librivox.org/souls-of-b...olks-by-web-du-bois/

 

http://librivox.org/david-and-...y-edward-ormondroyd/

 

Xum

Indeed Xumbrarchist,

 

http://www.ceyseauinc.com/

 

http://www.khanacademy.org/

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7420284n&tag=contentMain;contentAux

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7420278n&tag=contentMain;contentAux

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7417924n&tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea.12

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7404680n&tag=segementExtraScroller;housing

 

http://hotair.com/archives/201...-elsewhere-to-learn/

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-3985714.html

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/27/...t-st-louis-education

 

http://www.southcentralhistory.com/watts-riots.php

 

http://nancycsolomon.com/mindthegap/download.html

 

For decades, the public school system, especially as it relates to the inner-city, and in this instance Chicago, Illinois, have been substandard.   Thanks to the benevolence of other individuals, and organizations, there are other avenues, as you have so eloquently expressed for anyone, anywhere on the planet to acquire the skills necessary to compete in life without setting foot in the first "public school" classroom.

 

http://www.today.com/id/333944...prizes/#.UXruH3bn-70

 

No matter what the subject matter, given a purpose for learning that will create the means for future self employment has its' merits of making it easier for black inner-city students to succeed! 

 

http://www.dol.gov/oasam/progr...ory/moynchapter3.htm

 

The bottom line though, is that more must be done to keep the Black family structure intact, more must be done to improve the quality of life in the inner-city, and/or more must be done to enable Black parents to acquire the skills necessary to be gainfully employed. No matter how much money is earmarked for financing a public school system, unless the quality of life for all inner-city residents is improved, slim chance exists that the masses of inner-city children will ever succeed.

 
Originally Posted by Xumbrarchist:
Originally Posted by EbonyRose:
But ... my neighbor (who's been volunteering/advocating on behalf of the school around here bot the better part of forever!!+) said, "Oh hell no!!"  And to tell you the truth, I didn't even know what I was going to protest that night she dragged me out .. but we went to the school board meeting and ... I have to say ... It was just freakin' PITIFUL the way they were just planning to dismiss and disregard OUR children in favor of giving even MORE to kids who already had waaaaay too much!! 

Well I am not sure it is possible for kids to have way too much educationally but the technology has changed the cost of knowledge distribution.  What would have cost tens of millions only 20 years ago can probably be done for thousands today.

 

The problem now is how to maintain the educational sabotage.  But any strategy centers around the parents of the children being sabotaged not knowing technology.

 

The devices are extremely cheap for the power compared to only 10 years ago.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1vZRR05VNs

 

But what to load on them?

 

https://play.google.com/store/...erycircuit&hl=en

 

http://librivox.org/souls-of-b...olks-by-web-du-bois/

 

http://librivox.org/david-and-...y-edward-ormondroyd/

 

Xum

 

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