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No child should be punished for the color of their skin... ever!
the children affected are predominately white
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by TheRedneck
That is so sad! In this day and age we ought to be past all of this desegregation malarkey. Children should be able to go to the school nearest to their homes, and if that school is failing they should be able to transfer to any other area school- and their race should have absolutely nothing to do with it!
Originally posted by kimish
reply to post by polarwarrior
I don't know how it is In Australia but in the U.S. there is a culture in some areas that shun learning or how should I say, being smart. Then you take that and combine it with peer pressure...
Plus, the teachers work loads are getting heavier with budget cuts, school closings, layoffs and what not so teachers are stuck with more students. It's proven that the smaller a classroom (student wise) the better the children do. SO, you have less schools and less teachers, what's that mean? More students per teacher. Plus, you also have the culture that "it's not cool to be smart" add that with peer pressure and you have part of your answer.
I grew up in the 2nd smallest school district in the state of Pennsylvania, a county school, we had the least funding and used old textbooks. In 1998 we still had the same curtains and lockers that the school had when it was built with in the 60's. ~ The funding has # to do with it, it's the students attitudes and the teachers workload that is the problem. Too many asshole kids to one teacher, what can you expect?