posted on May, 22 2013 @ 02:53 AM
The issue is that there is no initiative in this country to address the real problem, that our urban and inner city areas have become part of an
American caste system where there are no or very few resources to break the poverty cycle.
We can discuss the concepts of "self imposed poverty" for the next 20 years, it still won't solve the real issue.
We need real, very long term solutions. Like finding intelligent, caring Black brothers and sisters willing to take the lead in creating new
educational resources in these communities and a State and Federal program to put the money needed into it.
We need schools that focus on supporting the kids who want to achieve and we need to remove those who do not from those schools, maybe a tiered system
using different schools if necessary.
Expand the school lunch program to provide these kids with 3 meals per day and uniforms at no cost to the students would help attendance. Expand
curriculum with vocational programs, family planning, programs that teach interpersonal skills, language, etc to give those kids all the tools they
need to break the cycle.
We have to look at the short term investment of building a better, community focused educational system that gives impoverished kids a real, working
way to build a solid life vs the long term gains in reduced crime, violence and the benefit of talent / brain power currently being wasted / under
utilized. We won't see the benefit immediately but with a commitment to continue to fund such a program for 100 years we might finally start to do
something about the issue.
Just to be clear, this isn't just a "black" thing. There are impoverished communities with people from every race in America. This type of solution
can and should be applied everywhere. Maybe we could start by asking the teachers how and where to spend some money, instead of creating BS programs
to create artificial test scores so politicians can claim to be solving problems when all they're doing is creating fictional news bytes for campaign
edit on 22-5-2013 by ecoparity because: (no reason given)