|Waiting for Superman is no longer an option|
Though every student, K-12, in the 95 percent Black Detroit Public Schools (DPS) system already gets a free lunch, this isn’t enough of a bargaining chip to keep them in class. As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Option Program, each student in the DPS eats a free lunch every school day in a bid to remove the stigma of being from a “low income”:
One of the goals of the program is to eliminate the stigma that students feel when they get a free lunch, as opposed to paying cash, according to DPS Chief Operating Officer Mark Schrupp. He said the schools are hopeful that sending all students through the lunch line without having to pay will make it harder to identify low-income students and they will be less likely to skip meals.
A school system’s health is only a reflection of the community, and the type of individual students that the households found within the school systems boundaries produce. The students ability (and test scores, graduation rate, drop-out rate, etc.) but a reflection of the cognitive ability they inherited from their parents.
That back in 2009 the 95 percent Black DPS system produced the lowest math scores in the 40-year history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress test should be, as Time magazine intimated, cause for an investigation of “criminal neglect”; on the contrary, were we a sane nation, this would be justification for the elimination of virtually every entitlement or federal program that believes in eliminating the racial gap in education.
Were we a sane nation, we’d institute policies that actively engaged in discouraging procreation in communities like that of Detroit. Instead, we still patiently participate in the silly game of “Waiting for Superman” to arrive and magically find the cure to the racial gap in the learning. Meanwhile, in a bid to continue to keep the spigots flowing from the state of Michigan and federal government for crucial per-pupil funding of the DPS system(you see, the 90 percent Black population of Detroit is incapable of creating wealth and having any taxable income — EBT, TANF/Welfare, and Section 8 payments can’t be taxed — to support the school system), the 95 percent Black student enrollment of the K-12 system must be bribed to attend class on Oct. 3 with Nike shoes:
Got kicks? Every Detroit student who shows up on the cash-crucial Student Count Day will be able to answer “yes” thanks to a donation from Bob’s Classic Kicks in midtown.
BCK, 4717 Woodward, made an arrangement with the school district to give away a free pair of black leather Nikes to every student who comes to class on Oct. 3, the day when students are counted and their numbers used as the basis for per-pupil funding from the state and federal government.
The more bodies in class, the more money schools have all year.
“Well, first off, we decided since we’ve been in the community for eight years, we wanted to give back to the community, so why not do what we do best — which is shoes,” explained Christian Dorsey, manager at BCK.
The school district will hand out vouchers to every child in every grade, which could add up to 14,000 to 17,000 pair of shoes.
“We know this is a great cause for the community, it’s something that needs to be done,” Dorsey said, adding he’s not worried about the cost of all those shoes because “it’s about educating our kids.”
Detroit schools have been plagued with failing test scores, jumbled finances, violence and plummeting student population. The district’s emergency manager Roy Roberts unveiled a plan this spring to eliminate the district’s deficit in five years, reduce crime in the schools, improve test scores and start a new culture of success in the district.
The DPS system is plagued with failing test scores, jumbled finances, violence, and a plummeting student population because the DPS is plagued with a 95 percent Black K-12 enrollment and the teachers, administration, superintendents, accountants, and principals who receive a paycheck (and pension plan) courtesy of the tax-payer are virtually all-Black as well.
Interesting, the same problem plagues the Birmingham Board of Education in Alabama (run almost exclusively by Black people in 71 percent Black Birmingham, Alabama), where the 98 percent Black K-12 enrollment of Birmingham City Schools is in almost the exact same scenario as Detroit.
Though no Nike shoes have yet to enter the equation as an incentive to stay in school.
Incentivizing education for minority students should be a sign that Superman isn’t going to show up; instead, Doomsday might be coming for a nation that continues to refuse to acknowledge racial differences in intelligence and craft sound educational policies based on this fact.
Take for instance this story out of Cincinnati, where seniors at a almost-exclusive minority (well, Black) charter school would be paid to show up for class:
Dohn Community High School, a charter school in Cincinnati, Ohio, is throwing money at its sizable truancy problem. Starting this week, seniors who have perfect attendance, show up on time, participate in class, and stay out of trouble will be rewarded each week with a $25 Visa gift card; underclassmen will get $10 for each perfect week, and every time a student earns a card, they’ll also get $5 deposited in an account payable upon graduation. Here, a look at Dohn’s controversial, “last-ditch” effort to keep kids in school:
tells The Cincinnati Enquirer. “But they’re not doing it. We’ve tried everything else.” Earlier incentives included pizza and uniform-free days, but frequently absent students kept requesting cash, Davenport tells CBS Local 12 News. “I thought about it and I said lets go out to find the resources to do that.”The high school serves students at high risk of dropping out — with 170 mostly low-income, minority students, Dohn has an attendance rate of 84 percent, and only 14 percent of students graduated last year. “People will say you’re rewarding kids for something they should already be doing anyway,” Dohn Principal Ramone Davenport
Back in 2011, the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia reported that the city of Camden would pony up money to pay students to show up during the first three weeks of the year:
The city of Camden will be paying almost 70 high school students $100 each to go to school in the first three weeks of the year.
Funded by a grant that must be used by Sept. 30, the city is trying to fight truancy with a new program called I Can End Truancy (ICE-T), reports the Inquirer.
To receive the promised $100, each of the 66 targeted students must attend classes as well as conflict-resolution and anger-management workshops until Sept. 30.
Not everyone was happy about the pay-off program at Tuesday night’s school board meeting, according to the Inquirer. Board member Sean Brown voiced his anger that he just learned of the truancy program.
Former board member Jose Delgado said that it was “outrageous” and it sends the wrong message to kids, reports the Inquirer.
All over the world, parents struggle to find ways to get to America – largely to take advantage of our welfare system, as evidenced by illegal immigrants and legal immigrants – so that their children can have a “better life then they had.” Meanwhile, we have to pay Black kids to show up to school with cash bribes or a pair of cheaply made Nike’s so that federal and state money will keep flowing to an almost exclusively Black-city whose residents are incapable of supporting…. anything that requires tax-revenue.
In a 2008 article in the USA Today, we learn that these “incentive” programs are sponsored by corporations and philanthropic donors that seek to help almost exclusive minority students who are stuck in educational idle while they wait for Superman:
In at least a dozen states this school year, students who bring home top marks can expect more than just gratitude. Examples:
•Baltimore schools chief Andres Alonso last week promised to spend more than $935,000 to give high school students as much as $110 each to improve their scores on state graduation exams.
•In New York City, about 9,000 fourth- and seventh-graders in 60 schools are eligible to win as much as $500 for improving their scores on the city’s English and math tests, given throughout the school year.
•In suburban Atlanta, a pair of schools last week kicked off a program that will pay 8th- and 11th-grade students $8 an hour for a 15-week “Learn & Earn” after-school study program (the federal minimum wage is currently $5.85).
In most cases, the efforts are funded privately through corporate or philanthropic donors.
The most ambitious experiment began in September, when seven states — Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington — won spots in an Exxon/Mobil-funded program that, in most cases, pays students $100 for each passing grade on advanced placement (AP) college-prep exams.
It’s an effort to get low-income and minority students interested in the courses, says Tommie Sue Anthony, president of the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science. “We still have students who are not sure of the value, who are not willing to take the courses,” she says. “Probably the incentives will make a difference with those students.”
Doomsday is approaching. While Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) gleefully await and participating in the self-satsyfing game of “Waiting for Superman” — Doomsday approaches for Black-Run America (BRA).
It’s stories like the bribing of the almost-exclusively Black K-12 student enrollment in the Black metropolis of Detroit with Nike’s (so that federal and state tax revenue can be diverted to the Black Hole that is Detroit) that illustrate how close we are.
Doomsday (The Day the EBT Card Runs Out) is near.