A story of school integration.
Reminder: Schools today are more segregated than they were in the 60s. They figured out other means of keeping you out of their schools.They resegregated while simultaneously DEFUNDING black schools which were hotbeds of black liberation/ resistance training. From freedom schools, black trade schools, black public schools, to HBCUs, the same places that were black run and populated have been closed, taken over by white students or are about to close. We have no place to go.
I need to find the article I saw it referenced in, but there’s also a VERY VERY specific correlation between the emergence of “Christian Academies” in the South and Border states (and I’m sure elsewhere) and re-/segregation.
You “can’t” segregate a public school, but if you build a “private academy” that just so happens to be all, or nearly entirely, white…well, that’s just because those schools are more rigorous.
Funny that there are lots of areas where they happen to still be competing alongside public schools in the arenas of athletic and academic competition.
HuhHere in nc they are trying to give charter schools, public school funding. This is exactly what you’re talking about.
The fucked thing?
That’s the standard operations for Charters.
They get to draw from public funding that’s been released due to “failures” on the part of public schools (and/or them being shut down). What’s more wild is the shit they’re pulling (not sure if it’s passed or not yet) in PA.
Currently, there needs to basically be community approval (though it can be secured shadily) to install any charters. The local school board basically has to say “Yeah, no, we’ll give the bond for construction and pull X from the public schools fund.” In PA they’re trying to give that right to universities/colleges. So basically, without any kinda oversight or community intervention you could be given the right to build and draw from overdrawn public school funding.
Now, okay, we can make arguments all day for and against Charters based on their current success rate. But what it comes down to is that Charters are PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT institutions. Basically, you’re installing the educational equivalent of Wal-Mart.
Superficially, it’s great, fresh new building, new (often younger) teachers, and all sorts of perks and bonuses that you could imagine.
Only, like I said, it’s for-profit. So their treatment of educators (and more importantly, students) is entirely reliant on what they perceive themselves to need in order to make a buck.
What happens to all that profit, you might ask? (not you, personally, but whomever is reading this)
It goes into the pockets of the shareholders and other executive/administrative persons, rather than into the school and students (though I’m sure there is/are marginal reinvestments).
ADD to that, these chuckleheads are responsible for the loss of many key veteran educators and refuse to hire them. Because they don’t want to pay, they don’t want to work with families or other obligations they might have. They go cheap, with the aim of overworking younger teachers so they (the school/company) can appear to be worth the investment on the part of the community.
But what are we finding out, time and again?
Charter schools, nationally, are barely performing above average. And in some places, case-by-case studies are revealing MAJOR losses in standardized testing.
At best, Charters are an over-utilized, marginally useful tool that is being turned into a catchall that’s doing more harm than good.
At worst (and I’m inclined to view them this way), they’re deliberate continuations of segregation, with the aim to basically undercut ANY hopes at community-based education.
One of the ways that people justify oppressing people of any alternative gender or sexuality is by saying the social norm is natural. That is, it originates in the authority of Nature itself. In other words it comes from God, an authority to which there is no appeal. All this is, in fact, a complete fabrication, a construction. There is no “natural” sex, because “sex” itself as a medical or cultural category is nothing more than the momentary outcome of battles over who owns the meanings of the category. There is a great deal wider variation in genetics than most people except geneticists realize, but we make that invisible through language. The way we make it invisible through language is by having no words for anything except male or female. One of the ways our culture erases people is by not having any words for them. That does it absolutely. When there’s nothing to describe you, you are effectively invisible.
Los Angeles: 5,000 Angelenos for Kelly Thomas and all victims of police brutality, February 8, 2014. Thomas, a homeless and mentally ill man, was brutally beaten to death by police in Orange County.
Second photo from top: Mother of Manuel Angel Diaz, killed by the police, whose name she has tattooed on her arm.
Photos by Jonathan Oskins
She was fired and will probably have to fight for unemployment benefits. Our employers, for the most part, are the enemy. INSUBORDINATE
My job told me if a customer starts beating my ass, I can’t fight back even push them away or i’d get fired, because the customer might sue
fuck that, i’m taking chins if someone hits me
JESUS!!! Somebody help her
trigger warning for discussion of the erasure of enslaved people from canadian history
Author and historian Afua Cooper has described slavery in the Great White North as “Canada’s best kept secret.” She says that between 1628 and 1833, Canada had approximately 8,000 slaves, but it’s a part of the country’s history that is not well known.
“Canada conveniently forgot its own history of slave-holding, because that would make the country look immoral, indecent,” says Cooper….
Before the British conquest of 1760 when Canada was still a French colony, nearly 60 percent of slaves were aboriginal and 40 percent were of African descent, Cooper estimates. After Britain took over, the ratio of aboriginal slaves declined as the British brought in more slaves from Africa, the West Indies, and the Caribbean, as well as from its 13 American colonies.
Slave-owners in the American South were largely plantation owners, but in Canada they ran the gamut, from merchants and fur traders to farmers and even religious institutions.
“The slave owners were everybody, in every social class,” says Cooper. “Members of the clergy owned large amounts of slaves.”
I encourage everyone to read the entire thing.
remember: erasure of this history is what has allowed canada to (in the popular imagination) take a moral high ground towards the US and largely fooled ppl into thinking that a white settler state is ‘progressive’ and ‘good’.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s March Today, Feb. 14, 2014. Photo by Tanya Kappo