I have finally found an ACLU lawsuit that I wholeheartedly endorse.. No, I have not lost my mind.. No you are not seeing things.. This one is LONG overdue yet I have immense reservations that the end result will accomplish nothing as one liberal bastion is going up against another liberal bastion.. “Accomplishing nothing” is what liberalism in all of its forms is all about.. Hold on, trying to be positive, yay ACLU!!
The Michigan branch of the ACLU is suing the Highland Park school district on behalf of eight “students”. The ACLU says that the Highland Park schools have “failed to ensure children can read at the appropriate grade level..” So many questions.. Glaringly obvious: what took you so long? Never mind at this point, I’m trying to support the ACLU on this one..
I have to make this endorsement with a myriad of reservations.. Kary Moss the president of the Michigan ACLU said, “this is not about pro- or anti- charter, it’s not about funding or pro- or anti emergency managers. It’s about the right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and laws of the state..” I applaud her enthusiasm as I feel that for the most part that it is genuine. The “U. S. Constitution” part is a stretch that is probably similar to the abortion “privacy” stretch and I’ll write that part off to reflexive Pavlovian habits on the part of the ACLU.. This is a state law issue but an important one nonetheless. The “funding” part? Don’t worry, sooner or later this WILL be the overwhelming part of this lawsuit, one way or another, win, lose or draw..
On every level, across the entire spectrum of available evidence, empirical or otherwise, this is undoubtedly a slam-dunk for Miss Moss and the Michigan ACLU. This has unfortunately effected eight generations of students, not just eight students.. The small scope of this lawsuit (eight students) doesn’t appear on the surface to have ANY long term benefits for the victims, hundreds of thousands of them in the Detroit schools systems alone, going forward.. Still trying to support the ACLU on this one, its MUCH better than their countless lawsuits trying to get the cross at Mount Soledad removed or the removal of the nativity scenes at City Hall and so forth and so on….
There is a “right to read” provision within the Michigan Compiled Laws that is unquestionably the matter at hand. End of story. Again, what took so long as the public schools ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY and ESPECIALLY within the inner cities have been playing “pass the trash” for generations.. Sorry, still backing the ACLU here..
An article in the Detroit News (“ACLU sues Highland Park Schools”) someone managed to find one parent who weighed in on the matter, one Michelle Johnson. “I’ve got an 11th grade daughter who was too ashamed to be here today because she’s reading at a third-grade level..” OK.. Fight.. The.. Impulse.. To.. Use.. Common.. Sense..
Michelle, how long did it take YOU to realize that your daughter essentially could not read? Are YOU in ANY WAY obligated to participate in the process of educating your child along side the school system? Has you or your daughter ever heard of the “public library”? From third grade to eleventh grade.. As an obviously concerned parent, why didn’t this become apparent to you by say the FIFTH grade? An eight-year gap in “achievement”, passed from grade to grade and her inability to read has mysteriously escaped your sharp eyes and now that a “lawsuit” has been filed, you and your daughter’s grievances NOW have need to be addressed? Can you HONESTLY say that your daughter took FULL advantage of EVERY opportunity to “learn”, both inside and outside of the classroom? Wait, wait.. Behind the ACLU, behind the ACLU..
Enter the “American Federation of Teachers” and their “president”, David Hecker. He claims that his “group” has been “calling attention to the ‘unequal educational opportunities’ in the district for years..” Here it comes, wait for it, wait for it.. No PROOF of Hecker’s ASSertion, just the ASSertion.. No reports filed by ASSociation members, no transcripts of meetings held by the ASSociation, just an ASSertion by the ASSociation..
Enter the sanctimony.. “We call on the state of Michigan to uphold its obligation to provide high quality education to all students..” Ooohh, I smell the subtle “racism” in the polluted air around Dave’s statement, “all” students.. Hey Dave, the state of Michigan, actually the TAXPAYERS of Michigan, “provide” $7,466.00 a year PER STUDENT, it is NOT about the money (and that is just what the STATE provides for “education”).. When will YOU “uphold YOUR responsibility”, better yet when will you TAKE “responsibility” for the pathetic results.. Again, this has to be an absolute slam dunk for the ACLU..
Dave, the district has an “$11 million” deficit, what have you and your ASSociation done to HELP with this deficit? Any chance that you could turn over any supporting records or documents that show just how efficient you have been with the taxes gathered “for the kids”? Nahhhhh..
“Hecker says the plan to privatize the entire district appears to be based on finances, rather than education.. Psst, Dave, since you and your ASSociation care about NEITHER finances nor education, its nice that someone is finally concerned about either one of them.. And finally, for those who have been waiting, Dave could restrain himself no longer.. “A bolder approach to transforming Highland Park schools would require adequate funding..” Imagine that, the FIRST item on Dave’s wish list.. $7,466.00 from the state ALONE, not counting what the federal government and the city of Detroit are chipping in and it’s NOT enough to educate kids sufficiently..
Sixty years ago when the “government” was providing maybe $500 a student, was this “problem” as prevalent as it is TODAY? It is NO surprise that even though the intrepid Dave and his ASSociation have allegedly tried to educate the flaccid minds of Highland Park, “the district is among the lowest performing in the state..” MONEY has NOTHING to do with it, but within Dave’s perverted world money has EVERYTHING to do with it..
According to the 2011 Michigan Educational Assessment Program, “10 percent of third-graders in the district were proficient at math and 22 percent were proficient in reading..” Hang on a minute, back to Michelle and her aggrieved 11th grader and to Dave and his ASSociation.. Let’s take these statistics at face value. “10 percent” of the students managed to actually be proficient in math. If the environment of “lack of funding” were as prevalent as the “educators” claim then no one would score sufficiently. Yet a hard-nosed “10 percent” and “22 percent” STILL managed to actually LEARN, most probably ON THEIR OWN.
I wonder if the nations of the world who OBVIOUSLY don’t have anywhere near the $7,466.00 a student (again, from the state alone..) score better than the Highland Park “students”.. Hmm.. According to the Washington Post (12/07/2010) the “U.S. scores 500 out of a perfect 1,000 nationwide in reading, 502 in science and 487 in math..” According to the 2009 “Program For International Student Assessment” South Korea took number one in Math (545 to 487, U.S. in 25th place) and Finland took number one in Science (554 to 502, U.S. in 16th place) and South Korea AGAIN took number one in Reading (539, U.S,, 500. U.S. in 13th place.) The news is even worse if “non-OECD countries” are included in the scores. Would you like to take a guess at who tops the charts then? China.. That’s right, it’s ALL about “insufficient funding”..
Also to blame here is the “mentality” fostered and empowered by the left, that “education” within the inner cities is “selling out to the white man” which is all a part of the liberal “victimization” program created to endlessly supply the lowest class with warm bodies and empty minds.. Those who IGNORE this leftist mental porridge, these “10 percent” and “22 percent” members, will hopefully continue their journey upward and escape the perpetual poverty being enabled by the empathetic liberals and join a world excited about their participation.. You will recognize these percent-ers at recess as they are the ones being “bullied” because they’re “smart”..
In the end, what will the “class action law suit” filed by the ACLU accomplish? There is NO NEED for any kind of a “trial” the evidence is patently obvious and ANY money expended is therefore a palpable waste. What good will a “payoff” of any kind made out to eight students do? Allegedly, if they go BACK to Highland Park, they won’t be “learning”, the state will pay (which means that the already overburdened taxpayers will pay..) off the EIGHT “victims, the lawyers involved will all take their cuts and the state education department will cry poverty when the NEXT request from the Uneducators comes down the pike..
This “payoff”, if the lawsuit ends up victorious for the “victims”, should be in the form of a set aside student account in the name of each student ONLY. It will also be payable ONLY if each of these eight “students” start flying right and they make it to college.. The account will make payments in the form of college tuition ONLY. If after ten years these “students’ haven’t managed to get into a college, the money if forfeited back to the state of Michigan. An “education” pay off shouldn’t be going to anything other than education.. I wonder how many of the eight will reconsider if these realistic riders are attached to the lawsuit?
When the dust finally settles around this lawsuit, a group of people as completely unconcerned with POSITIVE “results” as the liberals are will NEVER care about EVER bringing POSITIVE “results” back to the classrooms. This lawsuit will just disappear as if it never happened.. “Results” in the eyes of the left, are based upon “exclusion” and are therefore “hateful and discriminatory”. The ENTIRE liberal political and social ethos MUST be scrubbed and sanitized, better yet in order to guarantee success, EVERY leftist infantile impulse should be removed from America.
Until the targeted “victims” of the liberal “Final Solution” awaken to the fact that it is the LEFT that has robbed them of EVERYTHING from their self respect on up, NO amount of money stolen from others will matter no matter where it is redistributed to. The liberal’s compassion does not buy complacency in their victims.. I say that the “10/22 percent” get ALL of the funds that are being wasted on the intentional underachievers and we tell these “victims” of liberalism to vote AGAINST those that enslave them or if not, go sell a kidney on Ebay in order to finance your “lifestyle”..
Oh whatever.. Go ACLU..