WASHINGTON—A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that underfunded American public schools, most of which lack even the most basic support systems, were producing students who were perfectly prepared for the remainder of their dismal public and professional lives. “We found daily interaction with—if not actual instruction from—a teacher who is inattentive to their needs tends to build a strong familiarity with indifference and neglect, which in turn allows students to transition easily into modern society,” said lead researcher Angela Cunningham, whose team found that grade schoolers experiencing routine systemic disappointment during early education were more than three times as likely to accept drifting through a series of disappointing careers and relationships in adulthood as normal. “Our students will no doubt be ready for the bureaucracy, red tape, and deep sense of resentment that will define the next … [Read more...] about Report: Underfunded Public Schools Lacking Basic Support Systems Leave Students Perfectly Prepared For Rest Of Life
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While many of the survivors of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been traveling the country organizing support for gun control and to keep guns out of schools, the adults investigating the shooting have reached an entirely different conclusion: arm teachers. Politico reported on Wednesday that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the commission investigating the shooting, recommended a “major expansion” of Florida’s Guardian Program, “which has allowed some non-educators to carry weapons in schools.” Currently, 25 of 67 school districts participate in the program. Earlier in 2018, the state passed the Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which enabled school officials to arm non-educator staff trained as “guardians.” The law prohibits teachers from the training, but Gualtieri’s recommendation asks lawmakers to amend the rule to equip and train teachers with guns. “We … [Read more...] about The Commission Investigating the Parkland Shooting Wants Florida Schools to Arm Teachers
I’m racist. I know I’m not supposed to say that. I know there’s a school of thought that black people can’t be racist, but I am. My racism has nothing to do with my use of the word “Wypipo” or “Becky.” It is not related to my reluctance to consume Caucasian potato salad. I’m racist because I live in America. A few weeks ago, late at night, I was sitting outside in my car in one of the most crime-ridden cities in America. I was in a neighborhood that probably wouldn’t be described as upwardly mobile—a black neighborhood. As I was entering an address into my GPS, two young black men, neither more than 21 years old, walked up to either side of my car and knocked on the window. My heart was beating fast as I pondered my options. Finally, I rolled down the window. I knew I had been caught slipping and figured that my only choice was to give up my shit and save myself. I mustered all the bass my vocal cords could offer, put it … [Read more...] about Can the Jewish Community Benefit from White Privilege if They are Targets of White Supremacy?
I can tell when I’m being trolled. I know I’m not supposed to feed them but sometimes I have to let people know that I’m not as gullible as they think I am. Take The Root’s News Editor Breanna Edwards for instance. Even before I started working at The Root, I knew she wasn’t real. I had already figured out that she was a Russian bot programmed with a futuristic artificially intelligent news-writing algorithm, but I played along. Even when I met her in person, I figured out that the higher-ups had hired some actress/model to play Breanna at company meetings. My suspicions were confirmed when I began working at The Root. There’s no way anyone wakes up that early in the morning and puts out that much work. And I’m supposed to believe she still has time for Yoga, jet-setting and making jokes on Slack? Yeah right. Wait... Breanna just sent me a message as I was typing this. I think the Breanna AI is embedded in my browser. She probably already … [Read more...] about The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Feeding the Trolls
Today’s mailbag is the longest we’ve ever published. But it all relates to one subject: The tone and tenor of The Root’s content. So let us begin. This first series of tweets relates to the fact that writers at The Root often use nicknames for white women and men who call the police on black people: Dear Sirs and Mrs.; I see your point. In fact, I only included your tweets in the mailbag because it is illustrative of an argument I often hear about whether or not this kind of vitriol and finger-pointing help bridge the racial divide. I have been thinking about this (as you will see later) and want to specifically address it. I once took a course on philosophy and learned about the Socratic method of teaching. Basically, Socrates teaching strategy was to ask a series of increasingly pointed questions that forced the student to examine the subject matter, their argument and their overall perspective. The Socratic Method actually doesn’t teach a specific subject … [Read more...] about The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Killing Me Softly