Perry Hollins | Chicago Reader

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Re: “County board prez: Why are we closing schools and packing the jail?

This isn't DEMOCRACY!! Why isn't anyone asking these citizens what they need? I'm sure investing in curricula, which leads to timely community activism, immediate neighborhood restoration projects and ultimately a healthier self-image would be on the top of their list. You can't close long-standing neighborhood schools! With all supposedly good intentions, it still sends the message that you can't learn and your neighborhood sucks!

Schools along with parks and religious organizations are the bedrock of neighbor activity, especially in areas where resources are scarce and opportunity is dismal. No school-No neighbors, and therefore no sense of a common unity. Common interest drives neighborhood development. Whether that shared interest is drugs and crime or education and community synergy.

To end the generational afflictions brought on the poor by YES, larger systemic forces, we all must now sacrifice for the poor, so the next generation senses opportunity and rises above their parent's dependent nature. It's called leveling the playing field. But How?

Immediately train and pay well-fare parents to become para-professionals who will one day work in their child's neighborhood schools (We need a lot more neighborhood adults in schools). I repeat- Parents who receive government assistance should take training courses and utilize their learned experience (incentivized with equitable earning potential) in some aspect of the school curriculum. Principals should be responsible for this investment under board and city watch.

It takes a neighborhood to educate a child; not a ward, city, county, state, country or politician for that matter.

Lyrical Motion

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Perry Hollins on 03/23/2013 at 3:53 PM

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