P.s. I Necri che vengono qui son tutti laureati...
( esperienza di vita da insegnante nelle scuole pubbliche di Chicago, a 13 anni non sanno leggere ne scrivere, e se sanno scrivere qualcosa, scrivono che loro sanno how to fuck...)
<<<Barbara can't read, make a bank deposit, fill out a job application, or count change. She and her mother and Barbara's baby daughter live together, supported by welfare. Lue and Barbara have to help each other pay a bill. Finding a street address is a challenge. Reading the directions on a can is impossible. Barbara says, very quietly, that her ambition is to work in a bank. Her dream is that a bank would train her for a desk job. But, even if a bank were inclined to undertake that awesome task, she believes that they'd drop the project when they saw her high school diploma. She's EMH. Stupid. Right?<<<
In one of Chicago's many all-black schools, a child spends the days curled up in a fetal position, asleep on his desk. Another child is in school for the first time this month. Another child, 13 years old, has brought her baby daughter to class. Of an entire class of eighth-graders, not one can read at grade level, and many cannot read at all. These children are in regular classrooms, not classes for the mentally retarded.
Over 40 years, our ideologies about black people have not changed, but the status quo has not. And you never will understand how irrelevant ideologies can be unless you also take a good, hard look at the status quo.<<<
This too is the status quo: "These children lead a hellish life," says a teacher in one of the all-black schools. "It's vicious, tough, crazy. They have no books, no food, no money. They wear tennis shoes when it's five below zero. They fight all the time, over everything. The weak ones are beaten all the time. Their mothers are prostitutes and winos. Twelve-year-olds come to class with babies and get pregnant again within the year. A 13-year-old girl may have been raised by five sets of people. School is nothing to them but a quiet place where they can get some sleep. They have no idea of what they're supposed to be doing in school. Nobody they know has ever benefited from an education."
We have always assumed that blacks are stupid. And so we custom-built ghettos and provided each with its own schools. We were not surprised when life in those ghettos deteriorated, becoming ever more hopeless and violent. We were not surprised when black children from those ghettos did not do well in school.
When Chicago black children flunked national reading tests, we were embarrassed. But we did not double our efforts to teach black children how to read. What good would that do? Instead, the school bureaucracy and the egalitarians in the black community agreed that the thing to do was to change the tests.
Jo Baum has taught in the Chicago Public Schools for 18 years. She now teaches eighth-graders in the Donoghue School, near the Madden projects on South Ellis in Oakland. She is one of the few teachers who will allow a reporter to quote her and use her name. Many teachers are afraid that if they publicly criticize the schools they will lose their jobs.
Baum says that her eighth-graders can barely write. "When I can decipher their writing," she says, "I can decipher that they know how to fuck. That seems to be all they know." They also can barely read. This year she gave them the Metropolitan Reading Test, a national test. "Not one came even close to a fifth-grade score."<<<