Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Education Failure: No Child Left Behind - Part 2

A survey by the Washington Post seems to say that most Black and Latino children do care, but simply respond to teachers differently than Whites or Asians.... They don't like to be told what to do... they want to be gently encouraged to learn???

The problem is that other studies show just the opposite.

There is a change occurring in the attitude toward education that is of fairly recent origin. Instead of valuing educational achievement, African Americans, especially a younger generation of African American adults, increasingly see education as a dead end pursuit, irrelevant to their life chances and daily concerns. This rejection of educational achievement has been documented in studies of black learners (Fordham & Ogbu, 1986; Ogbu, 1988, 2003; Solomon, 1992). This research has focused primarily on high school youth.
That's stereotyping! Yes, but even some of those who are stereotyped recognize that attitude toward education is a critical component of educational success.

Yet, even top experts are just not sure why gaps in educational achievement exist... only that they do... and something must be done about it.

Perhaps it is time to take a new look at school districts that are "failing" the no child left behind concept. Perhaps it is time to address the root cause of failure... the reason more fundamental than money that leads to really bad statistics. Perhaps it is time to address the way the "education system" responds to people who just don't care or who have no faith in education to make their lives better.

I know
... it is their right to be irresponsible
... it is their right to chose poorly
... it is their right to reject the education ethic
... it is their right to pursue sex and a flashy exterior instead of substance
... it is their right to bring children into this world while they are children themselves.
... it is their right to neglect their responsibility for their children's educational advancement
... go back to the top of this list for the next generation.

But then, I guess it is my right to not be too concerned about their future... except that it is likely that they will end up being a burden... one way or another... to all of us.

Perhaps it is time for the rest of us to question those "rights". Perhaps it is time to address the problems differently rather than simply seeing more money as the solution... money is only part of the solution. Perhaps it is time for:
  • having pay for performance for administrators... rather than pay for failure
  • limiting the percentage of funding for administration versus instruction and facility expenses
  • integrating social services into the school process
  • involving universities and businesses in the education process... not just "advising" school administration or providing cash donations
  • developing a "peace corp" program approach for failing districts
  • "nagging" parents into becoming involved... including visits by social services and the "benevolent association of police officers"
  • creating "boot camp schools" for students who are disruptive or just won't try
  • involving newspapers and broadcasting media in creative ways
Pick one... pick all... pick something.

The law that allows children to leave school before they are 18 or receive a high school diploma is archaic and irresponsible. The graduation rate should be 100% from either high school, trade school or reform school. Cruising the streets should not be an option.

But what about children who come from abusive families or families that cannot afford to support them through high school? Handle those as exceptions. Get social services involved. The world is not perfect, but the present situation in Detroit and similar school districts is so far from perfect that it is time to start chipping away at the 56% who fail to graduate... for one reason or another.

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Go back to 1999-2000 and see what the Fed did. They are following the same pattern for 2005-06. If it ain't broke, the Fed will fix it... and good!
August 29, 2006 The Federal Reserve always acts on old information... and is the only cause of U.S. recessions.
December 5, 2006 Last spring I wrote about what I saw to be a sharp downturn in the economy in the "rustbelt" states, particularly Michigan.
March 28, 2007
The Federal Reserve sees no need to cut interest rates in the light of adverse recent economic data, Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday.
The Fed chairman said ”to date, the incoming data have supported the view that the current stance of policy is likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing in core inflation”.

July 21, 2007 My guess is that if there is an interest rate change, a cut is more likely than an increase. The key variables to be watching at this point are real estate prices and the inventory of unsold homes.
August 11, 2007 I suspect that within 6 months the Federal Reserve will be forced to lower interest rates before housing becomes a black hole.
September 11, 2007 It only means that the overall process has flaws guaranteeing it will be slow in responding to changes in the economy... and tend to over-react as a result.
September 18, 2007 I think a 4% rate is really what is needed to turn the economy back on the right course. The rate may not get there, but more cuts will be needed with employment rates down and foreclosure rates up.
October 25, 2007 How long will it be before I will be able to write: "The Federal Reserve lowered its lending rate to 4% in response to the collapse of the U.S. housing market and massive numbers of foreclosures that threaten the banking and mortgage sectors."
"Should the elevated turbulence persist, it would increase the possibility of further tightening in financial conditions for households and businesses," he said.

"Uncertainties about the economic outlook are unusually high right now," he said. "These uncertainties require flexible and pragmatic policymaking -- nimble is the adjective I used a few weeks ago."

December 11, 2007 Somehow the Fed misses the obvious.
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December 13, 2007 [from The Christian Science Monitor]
"The odds of a recession are now above 50 percent," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's "We are right on the edge of a recession in part because of the Fed's reluctance to reduce interest rates more aggressively." [see my comments of September 11]
January 7, 2008 The real problem now is that consumers can't rescue the economy and manufacturing, which is already weakening, will continue to weaken. We've gutted the forces that could avoid a downturn. The question is not whether there will be a recession, but can it be dampened sufficiently so that it is very short.
January 11, 2008 This is death by a thousand cuts.
January 13, 2008 [N.Y. Times]
“The question is not whether we will have a recession, but how deep and prolonged it will be,” said David Rosenberg, the chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch. “Even if the Fed’s moves are going to work, it will not show up until the later part of 2008 or 2009.
January 17, 2008 A few days ago, Anna Schwartz, nonagenarian economist, implicated the Federal Reserve as the cause of the present lending crisis [from the Telegraph - UK]:
The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.
January 22, 2008 The cut has become infected and a limb is in danger. Ben Bernanke is panicking and the Fed has its emergency triage team cutting rates... this time by 3/4%. ...

What should the Federal Reserve do now? Step back... and don't be so anxious to raise rates at the first sign of economic improvement.
Individuals and businesses need stability in their financial cost structures so that they can plan effectively and keep their ships afloat. Wildly fluctuating rates... regardless of what the absolute levels are... create problems. Either too much spending or too much fear. It's just not that difficult to comprehend. Why has it been so difficult for the Fed?

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