A lot of people have commented on various social media that AOC seems awfully dim about basic Economics for someone who majored in that very subject in College.
I previously taught in a large city’s public schools, from 7th through 12th grades. I was, perhaps, more fortunate than the writer. I seldom found myself in consistently bad schools.
But, what makes a school “bad”? Generally, it’s poor administrators, combined with idiotic district-level decisions about discipline and behavior. Together, they can take a school from a place of orderly learning and student achievement, to a chaotic mess with violence, teacher and student assaults (without punishment – unless the TEACHER is disciplined for getting hit), and failure to learn.
It’s NOT that kids in the city schools are stupider than those in the ‘burbs. I’ve always found the range of academic potential to be similar.
What differs is administrative support for actual learning, willingness to discipline the unruly, ability to stand up to unreasonable or threatening parents and community leaders, and support for the program from district officials. And, some money to:
- Keep the school clean (along with the ability to get those out who will not do their job
- Hire EFFECTIVE security (and fire the ineffective and/or dishonest)
- Replace old books, upgrade equipment, and provide support for teacher training on that equipment
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng, a long-time blogger, wrote a book several years ago. It is the story of an interracial couple who fall in love, and the consequences this causes for their family and friends.
Juliette is an Air Force veteran who is currently making a living as a writer/blogger. Her own family is mixed – mother a White American, father a Kenyan (same tribe as Obama’s family).
[ERROR ALERT: Apparently, her mom is an American Black person. My apologies for the mistake, which Juliette was kind enough to point out. Honestly my concentration and memory are shot today – I think it will be a day for mindless house cleaning and such.[
The book’s description on Amazon:
At a university in the southwestern United States, Felice
LeCroix, a coed, and Kevin Hart, a football star, fall in love.
But a simple, everyday relationship is complicated by the
fact that he’s white and she’s black.
Their navigation between family, friends and even enemies is
sometimes smooth; but at other times, life is rockier than
either ever imagined life to be.
I honestly didn’t expect much from that description, but I bought it – mostly because I try to support authors I know. I expected a romance-type book – which it is NOT.
It was an amazing surprise – a truly solid, good book – and I’ve since highly recommended it to others.
After talking to many younger people, and realizing the extent to which they had been duped about the origins of Leftist philosophy, I decided to start writing Leftism for Beginners, which will provide some background on how the Left was able to gain ascendency in politics and culture in America.
There is a woman – Diana Helmuth – who wrote a first-person essay for Curbed, a San Fransisco area website. She was telling the story of a dear friend of hers, who was moving from SF to Pittsburgh, and the trip to the airport that left her in tears at her loss of a close friend.
She had realized that many of her friends had left – 12 in all – and that they were generally not employed in the tech fields, but in relatively low-paid fields. Some were leaving for a job, others for a more affordable life. Some wanted to have a family or home, and realized that it was never going to happen unless they left.
So, 1 by 1, this women’s social circle is developing gaping holes in it. In her naiveté, she implores the residents who see fleeing CA refugees to realize that they are good people, just hoping for a better life.
And, I’m sure she believes that.
They may have ‘good hearts and big dreams’, but what the resistant old residents of the new locations are wary of is the newcomers’ refusal to recognize several important things:
- The state of CA has become ruined due to their own actions – voting in high taxes, limiting residential homes/apartments, zoning that keeps out affordable housing, overbearing Big Brother government, a prevailing ethos of “you BETTER watch what you say and do or we will RUIN you”.
- CA has held its arms open to illegal immigrants, because cynical Dems want the votes, as well as the increased representation in the House of Representatives.
- Only the poor-to-middle-class suffer from the problems illegal immigrants bring in. It’s their local school systems that have been over-saturated with non-ESL students, overage “minors”, and virtually uneducated students. The rich can afford the exclusive private schools, or to live in a community that insulates itself from those problems.
- It’s not that they hate YOU, it’s that they hate the cultural assumptions that you bring with you:
- That they are inbred hicks
- That they’re dumber than you
- That the way they live is designed to oppress minorities, reject LGB——?, and force their Christian religion on you
- That the reason they don’t think like you is because you haven’t explained it well enough, rather than the truth – it doesn’t matter how long you lecture them about the superiority of your values, they think those values are severely lacking
- You want to change that place – NOW!
- You expect your natural superiority will entitle you to immediately take leadership roles in any community activity
- You turn your nose up and roll your eyes at the food, dress, and interests of the locals
- You cannot keep your damn mouth shut about your dumba$$ opinions
That about covers it.
I’ve lived in cities, small towns, and rural areas. I’ve always been warmly welcomed, but a lot of that is probably because I didn’t come in with wrinkled nose about my new home, and immediately set about changing the neighbors “for their own good”.
Treading lightly in new environments is a real good idea, if you want to be accepted.