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Stopping the #School - to - #Prison revolving door
By pure chance, I saw my first Washington Informer; the August 8-14, 2019 issue. What follows are my comments about the content.
From the front cover: "America's New Norm, Greatest Threat: Surging Gun Violence, Mass Shooting".
Having studied our nation's founding documents, The unanimous Declaration of the united States of America and The Constitution for the United States of America; our nation's greatest threat is not the increasing numbers of mass shooting, illegal immigration, and all other crime. It is the same old problem that has been eating away at our nation since about 1868; when Amendment 13 was finally ratified.
Our government have possessed one of the most "perfect" tools by which to make all crime go to extinction-levels. Amendment 13, when properly enforced, makes the punishment for any criminal activity far more severe than the rewards from the crime. It also reduces the cost of government-provided services to the public by eliminating private contractors to do public-service jobs.
A front page article states, "DC Activist Leads Search for Solutions to Shootings". Then on page 12, "Prince George's Tackles Criminal Justice Reform of Community Youths".
I'll combine my comments here.
"Eliminate the school-to-prison pipeline"? This truly is an easy solution that some find difficult to put in motion. I whittle it down to 5 steps:
Some city, town, county, or state has to be the first to actually use the tools designed to eliminate crime.
A deterrent to crime, in the schools, is to get qualified teachers who teach the students how to learn, not what to learn and worse yet, the answers to the tests.
Most of all, teachers should never give multiple-choice or T/F tests or quizzes. They should all be essay-type tests. And the teachers should get to know their student's likes and dislikes as to what they want to do when they graduate so that lessons work to show the students how the subject-matter will help them do better in that chosen occupation.
When the student can see how the lessons will benefit their choices, the student is more likely to be engaged in that class activities.
Public money for schools should be allocated based on a specific number of dollars for each student. Teachers pay should be based on how many students graduate their classes based on essay-style tests that make it more difficult for teacher to teach only the answers to the test. Then, an impartial test-grader will mark the test results.
If you are looking for great teachers with a wide scope of knowledge, proficient in most areas of that knowledge; I am available. It's long past time for us to right our falling and failing nation.
When we focus on skills-building we better-skilled people. When we focus on unemployment, we get more unemployment. Change the focus, change the result. Focus on skills and the unemployment will take care of itself. If there are not enough jobs, the students, even in junior-high school should know how to run their own mom-pop shop doing what they enjoy.
I encourage you to take a look at a 1923 3rd-5th Grade Mathematics Textbook. The one I saw was about 4"x6" and about 1" thick. Many of our college graduates do not even see math like that in their first couple years. One story problem (about 13 pages had nearly 30 interrelated questions that depend on getting the first several correct.
The cartoon: "Mass Incarceration Must End", "Justice Now". If the people really want this; we can have it this year. Waiting until 202o is the fool's-game that our government hopes we keep playing.
I'll close on this note about global warming.
If scientists are correct, in that:
What happened between the two Ice Ages to make them different Ice Ages, before humans were supposedly here?
Hint: It got hot, but how hot?
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