If you want to know where America’s inner city schools are headed, just look at what’s happening in Jamaica.
In these inner city indoctrination centers, they have begun some of the same policies as those employed in Jamaica, which is why less than one percent of Jamaican students go to college. The majority of the students are in remedial classes.
As reported by the St. Kitts Nevis Observer,
At Haile Selassie High School in Kingston, Jamaica, less than 1 percent of students go on to college. An overwhelming majority of the seventh-to-11th-grade students at the school are taking remedial courses. Students in a ninth-grade reading class are working hard to attain a first-grade reading level by the end of the school year; currently, many students are on a preschool reading level.
“The word education is not even a part of the conversation for some of our young men,” said Joseph Heron, the dean of student discipline at the school. Much of this, Heron said, is because young men in Jamaica, like many of their U.S. counterparts, are struggling with an identity crisis.
“I was confronted many times by students as if I were lesser because I simply do my school work and answer questions in class,” said Akeem Edwards, an 11-grade student at the school.
“Without learning and education, you won’t be able to survive in this world,” he said, adding, “I have gone to bed without food, so … I know the value of education.”
For many of the students, education is not emphasized at home and certainly not as much for boys as it is for girls. “Parents are more strict on the females based on what they see in the news and they don’t pay attention to the boys,” said Rico Christie, a 10th-grader at the school. Christie said this tendency to ignore and set lower expectations for the male students “leaves a scar on the boys mentally.”
“When we call parents to address these issues, the parents are also having similar identity crises,” the dean said. “If the conversation of education is not within the parents, it cannot be within the students.” Parents may instruct students to go to school, “but there is no process of caring” or investment in ensuring the students receive an education.
As Heron pointed out, “Opportunity is the issue, not intelligence.” These kids are smart, but they are trapped in education systems that do anything but educate. Mindless drone factories for all intents and purposes.
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