THIS ARTICLE seems to display a kind of recklessness on the part of the Secretary of Education, yet another worrisome appointee, but Obama doesn't help...
Here's the crux of it, from the article:
"Since 2005, dozens of Chicago's public schools have been closed and thousands of students reassigned to campuses outside their neighborhoods — and often across gang lines — as part of Renaissance 2010. While the plan has resulted in replacing failing and low-enrollment schools with charter schools and smaller campuses, it has also led to a spike in violence that has increasingly turned deadly, many activists, parents and students say.
Before the 2006 school year, an average of 10-15 public school students were fatally shot each year. That soared to 24 deadly shootings in the 2006-07 school year, 23 deaths and 211 shootings in the 2007-08 school year and 34 deaths and 290 shootings last school year.....Few deaths have occurred on school grounds, but activists say it's no coincidence that violence spiked after the school closures."
Then there's this : "Chicago Mayor Richard Daley also said Wednesday that the high-profile involvement of President Barack Obama's administration isn't "show and tell" but a genuine commitment to address youth violence."
REALLY? If that is so, how COULD this president have missed addressing this horrible death? "Derrion Albert, an honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School, was attacked when he got caught up in a mob of teens about six block from school on the city's South Side. Video shows him curled up on the sidewalk, as fellow teens kick him and hit him with splintered railroad ties. So far, four teens have been charged in his death."
What a moment Obama missed. These are kids who admire the first black American president, who were supposed to feel pride in themselves through him, who must have been over the moon when he was elected........wouldn't they have LISTENED if he'd said something about gang crime and how stupid black on black crime is and how we need to stop that, encourage good character? Instead, his Sec of Education digs his feet in and suggests "I don't care WHAT HAPPENED, we KNOW we're on the right track here and it's NUTS to suggest otherwise?" He can see the stats in the article and he can say that?
Is this White House EVER going to stop being tone deaf? Obama jumped right in for his friend, Professor Gates, why couldn't he have made this a TEACHING MOMENT!? WE NEED LEADERSHIP HERE, NOT JUST JESSE JACKSON GRABBING A PHOTO OP TO ATTEND THIS POOR KID'S FUNERAL! That's not leadership! WHERE is OBAMA on this, where is the man who can't wait to speak, have a beer, calm things down....be effective???