Why do schools get the blame for poor student performance? Part II

NO ONE reading this article can tell me that is good behavior or that the school made them into who they are today. Which Minneapolis public schools did they attend? Do you want to blame the school for their behavior? Of course not! Then stop blaming the school for your students behavior in the classroom.

MPS admits to disastrous outcomes for Black students

The proof is in the pudding.

Now were are all going to call upon our common sense and look back on what we have seen and learned during our brief tour in the universe.

Question: Why do some students who have learning disabilities graduate from school without any hiccups or behavior problems and others have multiple behavior issues? Is it because one persons learning deficiencies are less than their counterpart or is it simply behavior?

Question: Why do the MAJORITY of students who have no learning disabilities manage to get through school without all of the drama? Were that all straight “A” students? Not hardly. But what they all had in common was common sense. They want to treat others they way they want to be treated, and they want to be the best version of themselves they can reasonably be in their present condition.

I think it is safe to say it is always behavior is the determining factor in both instances. One student chooses to not let anything or anyone get in the way of her or his education while the other student looks to blame anyone or anything for their failures.

FACTS:
Schools do not determine the movies or shows your students watch that shapes their thinking or attitudes.
Schools do not determine what language is used in the household.
Schools do not determine what manners or lack there of are displayed in the household.
Schools do not prepare students to “Enter School”!
Schools do not teach students to respect themselves, have good self-esteem, or positive self-image. Those are basic building blocks to good character that should be taught at home.
Schools are not psychiatric institutions.
Schools are not penitentiaries.
Schools do not determine the parental qualifications of who should or should not be parents.
Schools do not determine the income of the students entering school.
Schools do not determine the nutrition of students entering school.

So in conclusion Black Parents who have students who are failing need to place the blame squarely on their own shoulders and please, please, please, stop making excuses for your students failures.

Final thoughts on this subject.
What are we seeing on our streets today? People are being robbed, beaten, kicked in BROAD DAYLIGHT IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS.
Now, lets ask the obvious. Who are THEIR PARENTS and WHERE are their parents. NO ONE reading this article can tell me that is good behavior or that the school made them into who they are today. Which Minneapolis public schools did they attend? Do you want to blame the school for their behavior? Of course not! Then stop blaming the school for your students behavior in the classroom.

Lets face it, at some point everyone must be accountable to themselves for the things they say or do. Regardless of age, race, creed or color. We all need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. Do you know the original standard for mankind was perfection? Did you know that standard has not changed? Did you know mankind will return to perfection in the very near future? NO JOKE! Its coming.

My next article will deal with that subject.

Why do schools get the blame for poor student performance?

According to the district’s statistics, 23%, or fewer than one in four students of color, were proficient in math, while three out of four White children met the basic standards indicating math proficiency. Even more astounding, only 28% of students of color were proficient in reading, while nearly 79% of White students were reading at expected grade level.

Please read the above report from the Minneapolis Public Schools. Below is an excerpt from the findings

“When the MPS announced last fall it was going to attempt to make educational outcomes more equitable for Black students and students of color as part of its yet-to-be-unveiled Comprehensive Plan, it simultaneously exposed a level of failure on the part of the students that was both stunning and frightening.

According to the district’s statistics, 23%, or fewer than one in four students of color, were proficient in math, while three out of four White children met the basic standards indicating math proficiency. Even more astounding, only 28% of students of color were proficient in reading, while nearly 79% of White students were reading at expected grade level.

In other words, the statistics indicate that only one child of color out of four attending school in the Minneapolis Public Schools District can read!

The graduation rates were just as racially disparate: While 87% of White kids graduated from MPS last year, only 62% of non-White students graduated after four years of high school. The numbers for those who took six years were just as disproportionate.”

With that said, who is to blame for the students failures? Not the schools, but the parents. It is the BEHAVIOR of the students that is interfering with their learning. NOT THEIR ACADEMIC SKILLS! If parents were able to SEE and HEAR their students while they are in school, how many of them would actually care how their children behave or treat others? Fair question. If the parents do not TEACH THEIR OWN CHILDREN good manners, respecting others, self-respect, build self-esteem, encourage good self-image, tell their student to do the best they can do no matter what their best may be, then that student will never be good at anything! They will always self destruct or blame others for their failures.

Stop blaming teachers and administrators for bad behavior and poor parenting! Parents need to have higher expectations and incorporate those qualities into their students. If the parents don’t have expectations of good behavior then the student will not either. Also, if you have a parent who cannot read or do math or has low academic proficiency then that student cannot receive the help she or he needs in the home. If the parent suffers from self-hatred, low self-esteem, poor self-image, then that is going to rub off on the students and you have a downward spiral that cannot be stopped.

So parents need to take ownership of their own childs BEHAVIOR. Correct the behavior and I will guarantee higher educational outcomes! Students who actually sit up straight in their chairs and listen to the teacher and actively participate in class, do their homework, ask for help when needed, focus on the goal of each class, do much better than students who play their IPODs, talk, draw pictures, or behave like a caged animal in the classroom. We have all heard of the illustration of the sponge….whatever we put the sponge in, it will soak it up. Hmmmm, parents what kind of home did you create for your children? If a students language is filthy then their minds are filthy and the environment where they are growing up is filthy! If their minds are filthy then their behavior tends to lean in the direction as well. Would you not agree? The reverse can be said, if their environment is clean, free of foul, language, love is genuine in the home, communication levels are always calm, and kind and self-controlled, then we marvel at the behavior of that student.

Now what do we typically conclude about those two examples? When a students behavior is just off the rails don’t we typically ask, where are his parents? Why aren’t they correcting their child? Man, their house must be a mess! Come on now, tell the truth, you know we all make those judgements. When we see the mannerable student we typically say the opposite. Well, he certainly comes from a nice family! Wasn’t he or she mannerable? They must have some really fine parents good people in their life.

End of part I


Financial Education Part I – Get Ready for the world of work

What is the purpose of my education?

As this school year winds down, you are no doubt experiencing some anxiety about what you will do. However, if you were planning to graduate and thinking about your future, then your level of anxiety should be manageable.

Here is the point of the matter.  When you actually graduate…….guess what?………..you will have to seek employment and most of you will NOT get three months off each year unless you plan on going to college to get a teaching degree.  So what to do, what to do?  Hmmmm!

Make the most of those educational years while you can
Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of my education?  Is it to learn social skills and some basic academics so you can get an entry level job at some fast food place or local business establishment where you can work a cash register, stock some shelves, drive a truck, get a construction job, or something like that?  Most graduates will fall into that category.  However, if you choose to EXCEL in your BASIC education then you can consider looking at higher education as a viable option.

College may not be the path for you.  You may choose a specialty school, such as IT.  Remember the age old question our parents and grandparents would ask us….Soooo, what do you want to be when you grow up?  Hopefully, you thought of that long before your senior year.
Or are you planning to be like to rest of the students out there who think they can wait the last minute?

Take these next five months and start researching companies in your area. Anderson Windows, General Mills, U of M, various colleges, city, county and state positions.

TOP 10 JOBS For College Freshman To Consider
As a I looked at this list 6/7  are focused on an aging society.

Petroleum Engineer – Median Hourly Wage 63.64
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers – Median Hourly pay 32.00
Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides Median Hourly pay (Assistants) – 26.65 and (Aides) 11.69 
Occupational Therapy Assistant – Median Hourly pay 26.57
Interpreters and Translators – Median Hourly wage 20.33
Home Health Aides – Median Hourly wage 10.03
Personal Care Aides – Median Hourly pay 9.62
https://www.bankrate.com/finance/jobs-careers/careers-for-class-of-2019-1.aspx#slide=8

10 Good Stay-At-Home Careers
  1. Virtual assistant
  2. Medical Transcription
  3. Translator
  4. Web developer/designer
  5. Call center representative
  6. Tech support specialist
  7. Travel agent
  8. Teacher
  9. Writer/editor
  10. Franchise owner
    https://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/10-best-and-real-work-at-home-jobs-1.aspx

    5 GREAT Second Jobs for cash
    Medical Transcription Median Hourly wage is 17.50
    Landscaper and Groundskeeper – Median Hourly wage 14.28
    Bus Driver – Mean Hourly Wage 20.81
    Concierge – Mean Hourly Wage 15.72
    Proof Reader – Mean Hourly Wage 19.43

    As a former Career Guidance Counselor I would give a warning and say this is not an exhaustive list by any means.  Some of the lower to mid paying jobs can easily be duplicated by working as an insurance agent.  To learn more about how to become an insurance agent simply go to your States Department of Commerce website and look up insurance agent.

    Obviously, individuals who develop a special skill such as sculpting, iron work, glass blowing, pottery, etc, will always have a unique opportunity to earn a living doing what they really love.

    You only have 5 more months before the end of this 2020 school year. I hope you take to heart the these words today. Your school mates are not going to pay your rent, buy your food or apparel for you.
    Your quality of life will be determined solely on your educational potentials and ability to follow directions and do the work your employer ask of you.

    Are you ready for the real world of work?!