Nine-year-old Asean Johnson may need to stand up on a chair to be seen above the podium from which he speaks, but he holds in him a wisdom and fire well beyond his years. Watch him address the crowds that assembled Monday to protest Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s school closures agenda, which will affect Garvey Elementary School, where Johnson is a student, and a proposed 53 other schools in the district.
Originally posted by Carreau
Oh look the teachers union is using a child as a prop to further their agenda and continue to destroy modern education as we know it. Thank you cabin for showing the manipulators for what they really are. Future leader? Future union drone more like it.
The district has said the city’s declining African-American population has left many schools with low enrollment, prompting the need to close some of them to cut the budget in the face of an expected $1 billion shortfall next year.
Emanuel said closing schools will be difficult, but he said he cannot accept leaving children in failing schools that are not teaching them.
WBEZ Fact Checks School Closings
School officials and city officials have repeatedly cited the 145,000 figure. It’s based on U.S. Census figures. The City of Chicago has around 18 percent fewer children now than it did in 2000. But a drop in child population does not automatically mean a loss of students in CPS. In fact: Between 2000 and 2013, actual enrollment in Chicago Public Schools has not decreased dramatically. Enrollment since 2000 is down 6 percent (28,289 students). Also, since 2000, the proportion of Chicago kids attending public schools has actually increased. For decades, the percent of city kids ages 5-19 in CPS hovered around 65 percent. In 2010, the percent of all 5-19-year-olds in CPS was up significantly, to 79.7 percent.
Originally posted by dogstar7
reply to post by Carreau
If you think Asean Johnson is a "prop" then you didn't listen to a word this young man said. If you think unions are something to be ashamed of, then you're either a management "prop" yourself or a partisan ideologue. What did you do last weekend? Weekends are nice, aren't they? You get to spend time with your family, do the lawn, etc. Thank a union man for that.
The basic problem was that Ford had a certain number of positions that needed workers. But because of his high turnover rate, he was often loosing highly qualified and competent people and having to fill each of these positions several times a year. This cost Mr. Ford a lot of money and, as a capitalist, he did not like that one bit.
So on January 5th, 1914, Mr. Ford announced that he was more than doubling the minimum daily pay for his workers from $2.34 a day to $5 a day. He also set the work week to five eight hour days. Please note, no government “wage” legislation, nebby bureaucrat or force from a labor union was required to get Mr. Ford to do this. And further note that this move was profitable for Mr. Ford as well.
The results were noticeable. The Ford Motor Company saw reduced turnover and was spending less money finding and hiring new employees. The company was also able to retain the best people for the jobs it had, thus making the operation more efficient. And perhaps the least discussed aspect of this policy was that Ford’s own employees were now able to afford the cars they themselves were building. This plowed money back into the company as Ford’s employees did just this very thing.
Henry Ford saw his company grow and the cars they were making become more and more popular. And his actions forced other employers to take note. Other companies, in order to stop their employees from fleeing to Ford at the first opportunity, had to implement similar measures themselves. Some did. Others did not.
Again, Ford was a true capitalist. He looked at a problem that was costing him money and he solved that problem. It may have cost him money to solve the problem but the investment paid off.