A Brave Baltimore Teacher Speaks the Truth About Schools, Students

Gregory Kane, Washington Examiner, August 1, 2013

Dave Miceli doesn’t know me from a hole in the ground, but he’s my new hero.

Anyone that can dredge up the guts to teach in Baltimore’s public schools automatically becomes a candidate for hero status in my book, especially if said anyone has taught in these schools for 20 years, as Miceli has.

But it was his bold, insightful, no-punches-pulled letter to the editors of the July 15 edition of the Baltimore Sun that put Miceli on my hero’s list. I’m reprinting that letter in its entirety.

“Regarding your recent editorial, ‘How to end the killing,’ your last paragraph made me want to vomit. ‘No doubt, Baltimore needs effective police and prosecutors, ample drug treatment, better schools, and more economic opportunities.’

“How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for ‘better schools’ is a reason there is so much killing. Had you defined the loosely used term, ‘better schools,’ perhaps I and probably others may not have been so nauseated.

“I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. We have many excellent teachers. I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property in the schools.

“They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers’ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers (beyond constantly telling them to perform certain impossible acts upon themselves) and refused to do any homework or class work.

“Need I go any further? I won’t even bother addressing the other ’causes’ you listed. Too inane. In summary, the problem seems to be a total disregard for life that exists not only in our crime-ridden city, but also in all of the major cities throughout the United States.

“So, go blame other root causes, but please leave our city police, prosecutors and teachers out of the finger wagging.”

Touche, Dave Miceli! Finally, someone has cut through the bat guano and had the guts to say precisely what’s wrong with way too many public schools—and public school systems—in America today.

That would be “Bad Students, Not Bad Schools,” as author Robert Weissberg named his 2010 book. Weissberg, like Miceli, recognizes that American schools won’t improve until students attending them do.

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{snip} With his two decades of teaching, Miceli has tenure. Members of the Baltimore Teachers Union—and its leaders—probably don’t know whether to love or lynch the guy.

So Miceli probably knew that he wouldn’t be fired for his letter, but he’s courageous for saying what he said in a city that’s majority black, with a school system that’s majority black, and where most of the elected officials are black Democrats.

Miceli didn’t bring up the issue of race in his letter, but you can bet that, somewhere in Baltimore, someone or a bunch of someones are chomping at the bit to call him a racist for his observations.

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Miceli decided to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may. That’s why he goes to the top of my 2013 list of heroes.

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  • Evette Coutier

    it’s not bad students. It is bad parents. Good kids come from good parents. also, it is liberal politics. Even if the parents are bad, a good teacher with the authority can set a child straight. But the left has taken away teacher’s abilities to enforce proper discipline on miscreant youths.

    • CJ Haze

      Bush 41 signed into law the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act and he masqueraded as a conservative but was heralded as a RINO. He was certainly no leftist.

      Genetic predisposition is a viable answer to problems in public schools.

      Remove race from the equation, but maintain focus on genes. Take the most loving parents of a Down’s Syndrome child; they won’t raise him to be a scholar. They can only raise him to be a pleasant mongoloid.

      You say “it’s not bad students, it’s bad parents.” Not in all cases (see Dr. James Watson’s work for confirmation).

      • IstvanIN

        He was certainly no leftist.
        What would call him, then? Traitor? Fool? Addled? Nincompoop? Just plain rotten?

        • CJ Haze

          All those labels are applicable. He certainly didn’t curtail the weakening of the lower and lower-middle class of this country by the likes of Clinton and NAFTA. Don’t forget, he inflated the housing bubble (with the help of a leftist congress) by forcing banks to lend subprime mortgages to unqualified minorities because “the American dream includes owning a home.” Yet who paid the bill for bailouts on those? It wasn’t unqualified minorities; it was the white middle class.

          Footnote: Obama’s revving up Act II of the same policy.

      • Evette Coutier

        Of course you are right that in some cases it is entirely a genetic issue. If your child turns out to be Dexter, you cannot fault the parent.
        I have experience with the Ugandan educational system. The system is mostly composed of low functioning very dark skinned Negros. Uganda has a violent history as a nation. It is not the cream of the crop. And yet their children are well behaved. They are well behaved because it is demanded of them. I interacted with a Ugandan who taught in an inner city school in Detroit. He regularly threw fits over the bad behavior of American blacks. Their behavior would have never been tolerated in his home country.
        I have personally known a few kids who were out of control and uncontrollable by their parents who ended up in a military academy. The transformation was noteworthy. There are admittedly some of those kids who end up in jail, but overall their success rate is very high.
        When you have a collection of people of such violent ilk, it requires iron fist discipline and structure at a young age to instill civilized behavior in them. My point is that these kids often have been running wild from early ages, no adult supervision (or worse negative adult role models), no structure, and no consequences for misconduct. Given their genetic disposition for violence, low impulse control, and the break down…..you know what.. All that is wrong. You cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear.

        • MBlanc46

          Interesting example. Thanks.

        • pcmustgo

          Ditto for schools in Jamaica. They wear uniforms too. That being said, they are allowed to beat the children there with sticks… so yeah, MUCH stronger discipline is needed.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      It’s bad students. Most of the bad students have bad parents, but they don’t become bad students because of a failure on their parents’ part to teach them properly.

      They become bad students because they inherited the genetics from their parents that caused their parents to behave badly. Behavior and intelligence are heritable, which means heredity matters.

      Even if you took the child of a bad parent out of the care of his mother and adopted him out to a wonderful, nurturing, wealthy family, he would still end up with behavior and intelligence much closer to his biological parents’ than his adoptive parents’.

      You are correct that teachers are no longer allowed to discipline. It used to be that bad students were not allowed to interrupt the class constantly and commit crime in school. Their actions had consequences, which at least kept a dampener on the bad behavior.

      Now they’re allowed to run rampant, destroying everything in their path, and no one’s allowed to do a damn thing about it.

    • [Guest]

      I believe it’s largely the race of the students and the parents.

      • Erasmus

        I’ll bet Dave Miceli is white. If he’d been black, of course they’d find some way to work that into the story.

        • [Guest]

          Yes, and the writer himself doesn’t mention race, although it’s a key element in the failure of the schools. It’s almost always the case when race is significant that white people carefully avoid mentioning it. A black, on the other hand, will make anything and everything racial (and anti-white).

    • JohnEngelman

      What parents? Most of the “students” that cause the problems are illegitimate. Many do not know who their fathers are. Many of their mothers are not sure either.

      Their “fathers” are little more than sperm donors who would rather be “a sex machine with all the chicks,” than support the results of their powerful sex drives.

    • me

      Bottom line is that you can’t fix stupid.
      Having said that, we must come to the sad but true fact that it’s cruel to put an average IQ of 85 into a school designed for an average IQ of 110. Segregated schools would be better for everyone.

      • Evette Coutier

        You cannot fix stupid, but you put a shock collar on these animals and it is amazing how fast you will see polite conduct.

  • sbuffalonative

    They blame the schools and the teachers for the problems and see the schools and the teachers as the solution. Anything to deflect pointing the finger at themselves.
    Todays schools are the sum total of ‘progressive’ liberal policies. Teachers have been disarmed and are defenseless. Kids who ‘act up’ (even violently) are seen as ‘troubled and in need of help’ instead of the thug-wanna-bes that they are.
    I don’t know how schools can be returned to institutions of learning when the lunatics run the asylum.
    Time for another theory of how to educate Americas ‘youth’.

    • evilsandmich

      The lefties must believe that there is a ‘secret sauce’ otherwise their whole mindset is a lie (thus their ample willingness to throw their extreme allies, the teacher’s unions, under the bus).

      • Sick of it

        Their mindset is a lie. The higher up the food chain you go, the more you’ll find who know perfectly well that what they preach is a lie. The agenda must go forward.

        • Erasmus

          The agenda must go forward.

          …the bureaucrats must get their taste.

          Government bureaucracy is the gravy train for too many people. Serious reform in government and in schools will never happen without a major social shake-up first.

    • David Ashton

      Similar in many “English” state schools. The political conspiracy is that “bad” schools are simply the result of “bad” teachers. It is not down to differences in pupil IQ, behavior, aspiration or ethnicity. Parents are voters and mustn’t be offended. The “left” believes all humans are “equal” and so any differences are the result of racist, sexist or capitalist oppression; the “right” pretends all humans are equal and uses this to enlarge classes, sack teachers and save money. The ideological battle between them evades the major cause of the problem. All kinds of expedients, U-turns, management tricks, exhortations, curriculum changes, regulations, intrusive inspections, and so forth are tried, at unnecessary expense and at great additional burdens to classroom teachers, who retire as soon as possible leaving schools to rapid turnovers and raw recruits with leftwing notions.

      We need (among other things) a proper time-and-motion philosophy and improved disciplinary procedures: small tuition groups (the Victorians knew this!), especially for the less able, subject setting, common-standard examinations, a sane national curriculum, separation of girls from boys, and whites from blacks, and then a eugenic policy for the sink estates. It isn’t likely to happen, at any rate soon, and the literacy, numeracy, general knowldege and hardwork habits of students will continue to limp along, providing unemployable and self-indulgent youth for the marxian revivalists to turn into street-fodder.

      • Sick of it

        We’re starting to see support for localizing the school system again in America. The Feds have made a mess out of everything.

      • watling

        During the loony New Labour years – and probably for some years before that – exam results improved year on year. Labour politicians insisted that the reason for this was better standards and definitely nothing to do with dumbing down at all.

        At the same time, business leaders complained that kids were leaving school without even basic skills in numeracy or literacy. A lot of kids had no idea how to behave in a work setting and were basically unemployable. Bosses said that they simply couldn’t fill their vacancies due to the poor standard of the candidates on offer.

        Such a state of affairs provided the perfect excuse for importing workers from abroad who had benefited from a half-decent education rather than the pisspoor excuse for an education our kids had received.

        All this was no doubt deliberate New Labour policy to ensure mass immigration continued unabated.

        • David Ashton

          Fraud and force from top down before, during and after “elections”.

          “It was the Blair and Brown governments which lost control of immigration in what was a cynical move to expand Labour’s voter base and, as one party official put it, to create something that ‘rubbed the noses’ of the middle classes in radical social change… Regaining control of our borders, preventing unemployment and crime being imported here, and deporting undesirables would be a massive vote-winner,” writes Simon Heffer (Daily Mail, August 3). “If David Cameron doesn’t act very soon to defuse the immigration time-bomb, he may find he has caused untold damage to Britain and won the contempt of the British people.”

  • MarcB1969

    When I went to school, nobody blamed the school for the 5% or so bad students who couldn’t cut the mustard.

    • IstvanIN

      It is a lot more than 5% these days.

      • China_Rising

        The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest public school system in California, and the 2nd largest in the USA (It is also the second largest employer in Los Angeles County). The total school district budget for 2009-2010 is $7.3 billion.

        The LAUSD has a reputation for extremely crowded schools with large class sizes, high drop-out and expulsion rates, low academic performance in many schools, poor maintenance and incompetent administration. In 2007, LAUSD’s dropout rate was 26 percent for grades 9 through 12. Bond issues and ambitious renovation programs have not uniformly eased these conditions.

        Although grappling with economic shortfalls, the Los Angeles Unified School District continues to employ consultants. In 2008, the district employed more than 800 consultants – paid, on average, more than twice as much as regular employees – to oversee school construction. The Facilities Services Division spends about $182 million on its 849 consultants, almost $215,000 each. The division’s regular employees are paid about $99,000 each.

        Enrollment breakdown by ethnic group, 2011:

        72.3% Hispanic

        9.6% African American

        10.1% White

        4% Asian (mostly Filipinos)

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      This isn’t our granddaddy’s America anymore. Now The USSA is inundated with retrograde, non-White genes. The results are beyond horrible.

      • [Guest]

        >>>This isn’t our granddaddy’s America anymore.

        It’s also not my father’s America, nor is it the America of my own youth … and I’m not even old.

        The country of my birth no longer exists.

  • Manaphy

    You cannot tell the truth about our school system without mentioning race. It is kind of like the fall of Detroit. Liberals like to blame it on racism and povery, while conservatives

    • Hold that thought. You mentioned Detroit, and AR didn’t do a story about Detroit today. So this gives me a hook to bring up something that I just thought of today.

      A common excuse for the fall of Detroit is that it lost the auto industry. Well, really, it didn’t lose the auto industry. All three American makers are still HQed in Detroit, even if it’s only GM based in the city proper. And Detroit the city proper still has any number of automobile assembly plants. Contrast that to St. Louis, which until ten years ago had one each of all three major domestic makers’ assembly lines, one Ford, one GM, one (actually two) Chrysler. Chrysler and Ford left in the last 10 years, which means St. Louis only has GM, and that’s way out in Wentzville. While it’s true that a lot of auto industry jobs have disappeared from the back end, and most of an “American” car isn’t really American, there are still many good jobs on the final stage of manufacturing (“assembly line”). While the St. Louis area lost most of those, the Detroit area still has lots of them.

      St. Louis has lost many of its born and bred corporate headquarters in the last handful of years to buyouts — A-B is the most obvious, but also Ralston-Purina (bought out by Nestle), and a handful of others. And while they’re still here in terms of physical structures and many jobs, the buyouts meant that many St. Louis white collar jobs were eliminated. And everyone around here is still waiting for InBev to drop the axe.

      Point being, Detroit didn’t really “lose” the auto industry, other places lost it far more, but other places aren’t bankrupt and dysfunctional like Detroit.

      • HamletsGhost

        Liberals love to blame the decline in the auto industry for Detroit’s woes, but that excuse is easily belied by the nice and quite livable suburbs that ring that city-turned-zombiescape. The same economic forces affected them as well as the city that so many of them fled, and they’ve prospered in spite of it.

        Another excuse bites the dust.

        • [Guest]

          It’s also interesting to compare Detroit and Pittsburgh. If the decline of the auto industry caused the fall of Detroit, how is it that the decline in the steel industry didn’t cause the fall of Pittsburgh?

          The answer is in demographics.

          The entry titled “Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: The Difference between ‘Most Miserable’ and ‘Most Livable’ is Skin-Deep” at the SBPDL website includes the following:

          … All accolades that will never be associated with 90 percent + Black Detroit, but are associated with one of the least diverse and most monochromatic cities in America. Pittsburgh is shockingly white – like Norway – and faced the same problems that Detroit did; the gradual erosion and loss of its primary industry. But because Pittsburgh was overwhelmingly white, the citizens were able to rally around a community and rebuild.

          Full article here: http://tinyurl[dot]com/43l55zv

    • 48224

      Amen. I don’t mean to be a broken record but….being from Detroit I saw every white neighborhood destroyed as blacks moved in. My once beautiful neighborhood of brick homes with leaded glass windows and oak woodwork is now a war zone, vacant lots and boarded up shells that were once homes. The once award winning school I attended is now full of fatherless crack babies with an IQ of about 80. Detroit really is what all of America will become….I mean that.

      • Manaphy

        If you want to see the future of Europeans and Whites in America, you only need look at the Boer Genocide in South Africa

        • Sick of it

          Obama does seem to have a mindset similar to Mugabe.

      • Creepy as crackers!

        I just watched a video on Youtube. It is the landlord of a formerly nice house that he rented out to section 8 blacks. It didn’t take long for the house to be totally destroyed. Very educational I must say but not a surprise.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Many who are in denial about the basic facts of history and life are being intellectually dishonest to push their anti-White agenda. They also know virtually all non-White groups are dumb and incapable of creating a successful civilization too.

    • Sick of it

      Lack of discipline in schools and the home are major factors in the situation as well. When I was growing up, we had corporal punishment. No one wanted to visit the mean old principal.

  • Do schools even have Special Ed classes anymore for slower students?
    Or would that shame the students?

    If they do have Special Ed, are there different IQ requirements for being placed there, i.e. 73 IQ for blacks, 85 IQ for whites (1StDev).

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      There are special ed. classes, but they’re not nearly as ubiquitous as they used to be. Ever since liberals became obsessed with “mainstreaming” slow students, it’s taken a much higher level of retardation to be consigned to a special ed. class.

      I don’t think they use actual IQ scores for placement anymore (though I could be mistaken), but they probably do have different requirements, at least in practice if not explicitly written out, for different races.

      No matter where you draw the line between “too slow for normal classes” and “normal enough for regular classes,” you’re always going to end up with a disproportionate amount of blacks in the first group. So you pretty much have to draw different lines for different races or risk a discrimination lawsuit.

      • jane johnson

        That’s how we get the Rachel Jeantels of the world; borderline retarded (Sir), but with a boatload of self-esteem/attitude.

        • Irishgirl

          Borderline retarded? I think you’re being generous.

    • 48224

      Yes, more and more kids are labeled special ed. Some think schools do it to get more funding. Sp. ed. brings more cash into the school. Also more and more dumb people have kids which may account for the increase of sp. ed. students.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        You are correct that more kids are being labeled special ed (especially autism), but special education is bankrupting school districts. Schools do not receive extra money for each special ed student they must take.

        Educating Special ed students costs a minimum of twice what it costs to educate regular students.

        By law, state and federal budgets are supposed to cover 90% of the cost of special ed but the Education department estimates that the government funds about 14% of the overall cost of special education. Many school districts say they are lucky to get between 10 and 15 percent of what they need to fund government-mandated special ed programs, leaving the districts to make up the difference.

        As a result, money is taken from the general fund and this hurts regular students the most. This means things like art, music and activity buses are cut and class sizes increased. The one place that cannot be cut is special education.

        Parents of special ed students have repeatedly and successfully sued school districts claiming their district cannot provide adequate services for their child but a non-public or private school can. The local school district then must pay for tuition, services and transportation to these schools. Tuition alone at some of these schools runs $70,000/year.

        There has been a five-fold increase in students with autism and most psychologically troubled students that in the past were institutionalized are now being sent to regular schools because mental health programs have been cut back or eliminated.

        Here is a recent, not untypical, story out of Minnesota:

        Its wooden entrance was replaced with a steel door, and the carpet and plumbing fixtures removed, all so its sole occupant — an 8-year-old boy prone to attacking teachers and classmates — would have nothing to destroy during his daily outbursts. Even his books and toys were kept on a cart that could be wheeled away at a moment’s notice.

        Every school day, the boy, who has autism and doesn’t speak, came to the barren cell built only for him. Two adults spent all their time teaching him to communicate.

        The price? $153,000 for a year of instruction, nearly 20 times what’s spent on a student without special needs. A decade ago, the boy would have been institutionalized. Today, he’s sent to public school.

        The emphasis in the large school district in which I work is to mainstream special Ed students as much as possible in regular classrooms and then send an aide to sit with them and help them. Most of the aides, however, cannot do basic high school work such as Algebra I.

        Imagine AP students or even regular students showered with special funds, field trips, consultants, extra help, enriched studies, programs designed only for them, special equipment like telescopes and microscopes, etc. Instead, THEY are the ones who are paying the price to educate students who can only be educated to a limited extent.

        Bon

        • Irishgirl

          Waaaaay back when I was a public-school student in California, resources actually were allocated to gifted programs. We were IQ-tested before Kindergarten, and based on those scores, we received all kinds of extra instruction, accelerated classes, elective classes even in grammar school, arts, academic coaches, the works! Our teachers were first-rate, dedicated, and perhaps most important, appreciated.

          The very same schools I attended in the 1970s and 80s are now something like a war zone, not even recognizable to me. Back then they understood that the gifted students were our future leaders, and worth the investment.

  • You would think that the teachers union in Baltimore would be fully behind him. Except they’re ambivalent. That means the unions aren’t much the friends of the teachers.

    What strikes me as curious is how quickly Liberalism Inc and the Democrat Party ditched the teachers unions and signed onto the “Waiting For Superman” paradigm of blame-the-teachers-for-everything. That only indicates to me that the teachers unions never really had the kind of power within Democrat Party politics that some of us thought they did, if their “own” party can so easily ditch them. That the Baltimore teachers union isn’t full bore behind Mr. Miceli proves to me that teachers unions are being bought off or internally compromised or externally intimidated.

    If you keep everything the same about these “bad” teachers in these “bad” schools but change the student body from all black to all white, these “bad” teachers and “bad” schools suddenly become great.

    And also, it’s a laugh for the Baltimore Sun to write an op-ed saying the city needs “effective police and prosecutors.” That same newspaper probably has done everything in its power to neuter the cops, the prosecutors, and more importantly, the relevant judges. Every cop in Baltimore could be Wyatt Earp, and every prosecutor could be Perry Mason, but it all means nothing and amounts to nothing if the judges turn criminals right back onto the streets.

    • evilsandmich

      Part of the problem is that after so many decades of going all-in on the Dems, once their lefty buddies turned traitor there was no one in any other political branch that was willing to help them.

      • Xerxes22

        Unions have supported Republicans in the past like PATCO and Jimmy Hoffa’s Teamsters. The Repubicans repayed that support with a knife in the back. As a result, few union members tust the Republicans these days.

    • Xerxes22

      No union has any real power or influence in the Democratic party. They have bought off union leaders like Tromka of the AFL-CIO and leaders of other top unions. Thus gainning access to union coffers and union volunteers. The national chapter of the teachers union was always more leftist than the local chapters who were more concerned with practical matters since they are the ones on the front lines. The Republican party, due to its virulent hatred of labor, is unable and unwilling to take advantage of this opportunity.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Anyone who believes that teachers’ unions support or stand up for teachers is a fool. The unions are 100% on board with the same overt, PC-driven agenda that the education system forces down our throats. As a White teacher, you are especially screwed. My own teachers’ union has an advocacy faction for every racial and ethnic group EXCEPT for Whites — Jewish, Asians, gays, Mexicans, blacks, etc. Unfortunately, in California, union membership is mandatory, otherwise I’d quit.

      I rely more on the teachers’ contract itself, the state ed code or state laws — not that they’re enforced and I wouldn’t have to fight tooth and nail. I always think I’d have to mortgage my home and hire a good lawyer to defend me in court if it ever came to it. I’ve known two White teachers who were falsely accused of child abuse who’ve had to do this; both won after a long battle and at a VERY heavy price.

      Kids who don’t like certain male teachers only have to say “child abuse” and that alone could be career ending.

      Bon

  • Spartacus

    “So Miceli probably knew that he wouldn’t be fired for his letter, but
    he’s courageous for saying what he said in a city that’s majority black,
    with a school system that’s majority black, and where most of the
    elected officials are black Democrats.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Sounds like Detroit waiting to happen to me. How far ahead is Baltimore down the road to total collapse ?

    • IstvanIN

      Hell hole is you ask me.

    • Romulus

      Of the list of majority black cities, Baltimore is declining rapidly. The gun restrictions are less about the ENTIRE state and more about the city. In our system, the law can’t just target THEM.

  • IstvanIN

    The problem is:
    1) Teacher Unions.
    2) Tenure.
    3) “Government” schools.
    4) Lack of school choice.

    Ask Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      No, it’s…

      1. race and how we account for it,

      2. race and how we account for it,

      3. race and how we account for it,

      4. race and how we account for it.

      There is no statistically valid evidence for the cookie cutter conservative explanation because it too is an all out effort to deny the Truth about racial differences.

      • Andy

        In black schools, that’s mostly true. But white school have been barreling downhill for decades and it’s because the system is run by manipulators and idiots.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Sure. No big teacher union fan – they puke out the same liblefty garbage the universities vomit into their mouths – but the “it’s the unions” bandaid simply explains no more than the “evil whitey” patch.

          Don’t you think some white degeneration might be sort of kind of related to the overall standard lowering fiesta our dark cousins and their enablers have forced upon us? This notion that we are all the same, so feel free to schlep it up, whitey? Until you have to pay for “someone’s” bastard? Maybe your sister’s?

          HA HA!

          The utter degeneration of the genetic Trojan horse of Bantu DNA.

          • Andy

            I think the lowered standards for minorities are part of the problem, but as a (slightly obsessed) education student I’ve noticed two things: the people who set the trends in education are not interested in real learning, and most education students and teachers under about fifty do not know their own material.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Education student? I was once one of those.
            What’s the lowest average GRE (or whatever they now use) candidates for grad school? Don’t wish to insult but you know who…
            Education departments in universities have nothing to do. Nothing they do nor can do, under the ideological mandates upon which they and all their baseline assumptions are build, can change anything – for the better.
            Nothing of substance has changed in “education” for well over a half century, only alterations of form presented as “reform”. Yes, an ever reforming outer shape that is always the same.
            As along as the one thing they cannot mention nor consider is never mentioned or considered (racial differences are very real and at least 40-60% genetic), any hope of “fixing education” is tantamount to fixing a person suffering from skin cancer by slopping on more calamine lotion. It’s hopeless.
            Now that I’ve got ya all motivated and reassured you’ve chosen the right field, let me say that should you continue, consider throwing some other courses in there and exploring the possibility of enabling more Whites to home school. Learn some basic teaching strategies, maybe get your feet wet in some hellhole school, then use what you learn to help your people. As a former educator I’ve been playing with the notion myself for a while. Make some money to pay some bills and do a good thing.
            Because the only good you will do in formal education is to try to shelter your own while keeping your job. And if you are too competent or knowledgeable of your subject core, you really have to watch out when Dr. Booneisha Goins-Worthington Ali Eed, comes around to “evaluate” your white posterior!!!!
            It’s really even worse than that, kid…

          • IstvanIN

            Interesting how teachers colleges have gone from two year normal schools, to four year teachers colleges, to graduate schools. How ever did Ms. Crabapple teach the little rascals without an MA?

          • Sick of it

            Before then, high school graduates taught school. Quite frankly, they were better teachers than most of the college grads in education today.

          • WR_the_realist

            The dirty secret about the education industry is that the people who major in education at the universities are at the bottom in academic performance. The smart ones who are good at math major in mathematics, physics, and engineering. The smart ones who aren’t so crazy about math major in foreign languages and history. The ones who are left over major in education.

          • Sick of it

            Don’t forget ridiculous majors like sociology, African studies, etc. I’ve listened to a sociology professor teach outright lies to his students from outside the classroom.

          • Romulus

            Yes, another good point but as the above poster stated, many youthful faculty are only regurgitating the very PC education they’ve received at university. BOSSMAN… A sometimes regular commenter, is a classic example of a young person who’s opinions lean heavily PC left. He articulates quite we’ll as a matter of fact. Education has become more a focused mind narrowing indoctrination. Check out Mr RJP’s link about COMMON CORE.

          • Sick of it

            Easiest coursework I’ve ever had. And people make fun of guys who get a degree in history…

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Because the emphasis for the past two or three decades has been on pedagogy and not subject matter. I’ve met some profoundly uneducated and stupid English, social studies, history (and other) teachers — clear lack of knowledge in their own subjects but well-versed in marxist theory and orthodoxy.

            These types carry around Paulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed — the new “Little Red Book,” and put up photos of Che over their desks.

            I joke around a lot but here, I am deadly serious.

            Bon

          • Common Core State Standards
            www(dot)corestandards(dot)org

            Only going to get worse.

        • MBlanc46

          In my neck of the woods, the public schools in white areas seem to be doing a pretty good job. The students test well and graduates still get into selective higher education. It’s only the schools in minority areas that are “failing”.

          • A Freespeechzone

            I live in an area where the schools are quite good–they are in the top 6% of the Nation. This area is NOT very diverse.

            The fact that all three of my children are college grads–and thriving is a testimony to the quality of the schools here.

    • Skip Wellington

      Don’t forget lack of funding for diversity courses.

    • jane johnson

      I was arguing the same 4 points with a lib over at Mediamatters (don’t ask), who saw no hypocrisy in sending his kids to private school, but being against vouchers on the grounds that “public money is MEANT to be spent on public schools”. He blamed the fact that poor kids can’t go to private schools ON the private schools for charging tuition!

      • IstvanIN

        The last thing we want is school vouchers. That would mean government control of private schools because the private schools would then be receiving “government” money and would have to conform to all sorts of AA rules.

        • jane johnson

          Not necessarily. In Florida, we have a program called Step Up for Students through which corporations can claim state tax credits for contributions that they make to the program. Those funds are used to pay tuition to private schools, and the vast majority of the money is used by minority students to attend mostly religious schools. Since the funding is technically corporate, rather than governmental, the schools are under no obligation to follow any federal rules that would result from traditional federal voucher programs.

          • IstvanIN

            Well, I am happy that my nieces get to go to a white Catholic school, and hope my grandson does as well, so they can keep their money.

          • jane johnson

            I went to Catholic school through the eighth grade, and to public high school. Most of the high school material was a rehash of what I’d learned previously. I hope the nuns are still as great at teaching as they used to be. TOUGH! (but fair)

          • IstvanIN

            Most of my family went to great public schools, including my brothers two oldest, but diversity is slowly taking its toll. Most of the teachers are lay, although there are Nuns as well.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          They already do.

          Privates and home schoolers are compelled to comply with state tests that are completely PC-driven and focus mainly on black and brown “achievements.”

          The SAT and ACT are being re-written to align with the profoundly anti-White, pro-communist Common Core Standards. These tests are still very important for college and university admissions.

          True Story: My son received the highest grade in all the AP US History classes when he was a senior in high school. When he got to the AP test, the main question was about slavery and its effect on all U.S. policies past, present and future. He refused to answer the question and took a 0 on the test.

          This is the kind of crap we’re up against from the PC educational juggernaut.

          Bon

    • David Ashton

      And disruptive stupid “students”.

    • MBlanc46

      I think that the problem is blacks (and Hispanics).

    • WR_the_realist

      Yes, strangely in the white suburbs I grew up in neither the “government schools” nor the teachers’ unions prevented the schools from being decent. To be sure, government schools work best in a mostly monocultural society where there is consensus about what should be taught.

  • bigone4u

    What percent of psychopathic behaviors are coming from blacks, Hispanics, and whites? We know that it’s highest among blacks who are just mini-me versions of the adults around them. Many children only understand one thing–the sting of the paddle. It, along with the ruller in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion, was used on previous generations. We knew pain and thus knew fear and so we behaved. Today’s youth know no fear because there are few meaningful consequences until the inevitable arrest for rape or murder or until someone like Zimmmerman takes them out with a bullet. The cost of vandalism should be coming out the adult’s EBT card balances. That might cause them to discipline their sprogs.

    I first became aware of all this in the early 90s when an Hispanic friend observed in her school the first graders telling the cafeteria ladies, “F you, b,” fully articulated by them with no consequences. The kids thought it was funny. They go from foul language to vandalism (spray paint everywhere) to drugs to violence. It won’t get any better by adopting muddle-headed liberal nonsense cooked up by lefty headshrinkers. Corporal punishment and bringing God into the classroom are the only solutions. Drugging the mini-me criminals just turns them even more psycho in the long run in my opinion.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      In all things we are brought low, made baser, by our associating with too many “others”.

      Destructive notions of human sexuality and family, death of merit in government and the public arena, ceaseless incremental lowering of academic standards and meaning…

      Trillions spent, lost, wasted, “opportunity costed” away from potential greatness and pursuit of excellence…

      The wonders of diversity!

      • Sick of it

        Such a waste of both resources and potential.

    • Romulus

      All depends on which ones you use. Big Pharma has a wonderful selection of psychotropic meds!

    • Irishgirl

      At the schools I went to as a child (99% white) no threat of corporal punishment was even necessary. We wanted the respect of our teachers and peers. Must be a white thang.

      • MBlanc46

        There was minimal corporal punishment in schools in the 1950s in the Chicago suburb where I went to school. We all knew better than to act up in class or sass the teacher. The punishment would be at home, corporal or otherwise. I believe that it most certainly is a racial difference.

      • watling

        My UK school was at least 99.5% white. There were only two black kids (brothers – using the correct meaning of the word!) and only one or two Indian/Pakistani. So I grew up in blissful ignorance of the effect a large number of black kids can have on one’s education.

        I remember once doing javelin at school and the sports teacher said to the black kid: “Desmond – you should be good at this.” If he’d said that in these PC infested times he would have been out of a job the same day.

        • saxonsun

          Sounds like heaven.

    • capnmorgan5150

      “The cost of vandalism should be coming out the adult’s EBT card balances.”

      Yes! Brilliant!

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        That is, if the vandals are caught. We had the copper wires stripped out of our air conditioners and had to have them all replaced with non-copper wiring otherwise the same thing would happen again and again.

        This past year, one morning when I arrived at school, the plumbing was out — no water, no bathroom facilities — turns out the copper pipes had been cut out and stolen the night before.

        Many of the thefts, though, are inside jobs — the classrooms in my district have steel doors that are opened ONLY with a key, yet laptop computers are stolen constantly, even from rooms inside of other rooms. One of my colleagues had TWO sets of laptop computers stolen (30 per set) — for the 3rd set, she finally drove up to her classroom door after school, loaded the computers into her van and locked them in her garage at night. School detectives said the thefts were inside jobs.

        Maintenance and janitorial staffs are 99.9% non-White so that’s the end of it; no one ever investigates for fear of lawsuits, I think. Try accusing a black custodian of theft and you’ll have the EEOC down your throat in a heartbeat.

        Bon

    • [Guest]

      >>>What percent of psychopathic behaviors are coming from blacks, Hispanics, and whites? We know that it’s highest among blacks who are just mini-me versions of the adults around them. Many children only understand one thing–the sting of the paddle.

      In that case, we ought to be asking ourselves just how many times a black will have to feel the sting of the paddle before he ceases to think, feel, speak, and behave like a black.

      I don’t believe that the problem is lack of discipline; the problem is the race itself. It can be kept more or less in line, to some degree, with discipline. But the nature of the race remains the same.

  • Luca

    Schools are like computers. Garbage in = garbage out.

    • JohnEngelman

      You can’t teach stupid.

  • bubo

    Trying to educate people that don’t want to or are intellectually incapable of being educable is pointless. Tying to blame white people for blacks’ genetic composition is beyond absurd. One day, this truth will be widely accepted.

    • The Final Solution

      Just like it used to be widely accepted. Common sense prevailed when our people first encountered the black menace. The simplest explanation is often the correct one but leave it to liberals to overcomplicate and intellectualize the reasons behind black behavior with abstract nonsense like ‘white privilege’ and ‘institutional racism’ etc.

  • APaige

    We need a lot more ‘push back’ to stop repeating lies that are regarded as truth. Such as poverty causes crime…warm weather causes crime, etc. It is not ‘bad schools’ it is bad parents and bad students. I also laugh at the term ‘failing schools’…what did the schools forget to study?

    • The Final Solution

      Warm weather was the excuse they had for doing so poorly in the 2010 World Cup. South Africa was the first team in history to host the World Cup and not make it to the round of 16. Funny how other teams from mild climates did so well, as in Germany and the Netherlands.

      • Strider73

        The 2010 World Cup was held during the winter. A couple of games were played in chill factors near 10 F. FIFA runs that risk any time it holds a midyear tournament in the southern hemisphere. Next year’s World Cup in Brazil should be OK since most of the country is tropical or subtropical. Ditto the 2016 Olympics.

        • The Final Solution

          You’re right, sorry, it was cold weather. But teams from hot climates still did considerably better, like Argentina and Uruguay and Spain. Either way, it is typical black excuses. Must have been racism that caused them to lose.

  • Romulus

    Brave man! Let’s hope someone doesn’t kick the snot out of him in class.
    Is it possible the majority of full blood blacks are simply unteachable. If we take a ride down Bell Curve boulevard in downtown Baltimore, there’s a good chance you’ll run into the Hoods finest citizens.

    • Frans

      It is entirely possible that a large percentage of them are unteachable beyond a certain level, say 4th or 5th grade. I believe that’s one of the primary problems. You have these low I. Q.s in middle and high school, expecting them to perform on secondary school level, when it’s just not possible for them. You can imagine the frustration that builds inside those low-functioning brains. Society demands that they be educated but they just don’t have the brain cells for that. And what they’re capable of doing–the no-skill jobs such as picking peaches–they don’t want to do because that’s too much like slavery. That’s what the race baiters have told them for decades–they’re too good for those kinds of jobs. It’s a vicious cycle. The race whores tell them they’re college material when they’re not even high school material. They’re too dumb to know they’re dumb because of all the deceptive and bogus messages they’ve gotten from the likes of Sharpton, Oprah, and Jackson all their lives. It creates resentment & anger so they do what they do—anti-social & criminal behavior are the result. That old saying: “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” fits. Lyndon Johnson and his “Great Society” was too dumb or too sheltered to recognize the truth about this race.

      • Romulus

        I am compelled to agree with you.

  • Jim Henry

    There is one common denominator causing every single problem in certain school systems and certain cities in this country and many others. What causes me to lose sleep is how may it be corrected. It will take decades if not generations to get to some semblance of normalcy. At the rate our political system is moving, things will only get worse, if that is possible.

    What do we do? Flight will no longer work, mainly, where to flee.

    This is not going to end well from where I see things.

  • White Mom in WDC

    I am a former inner city teacher. I did the ‘circuit’, that being Philly, DC, Camden, and Bmore. Big B is the pits. I remember walking into my class one day and finding the door ripped off its hinges and it had been shoved through the window into the courtyard. Students arriving to school with fresh stab wounds. Pulling up in the parking lot and finding out someone tried burn the school down. I could go on… Could write a book.

    Good people make good schools

    • Irishgirl

      One of the major factors in my decision to teach at the university level rather than younger students was that I wanted to actually teach rather than discipline. Little did I know just how bad those “vibrant” high schools really are – I dodged a bullet with that decision, maybe literally!

      That said, I have the utmost respect for those who are willing to do what you did.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Thank you

    • ViktorNN

      You should write a book. Or at least write down your experiences and post them somewhere.

      Stories like yours are important. If dozens or hundreds of white teachers wrote down their experiences of teaching in schools with large black and non-white populations it would do a lot to break down taboos of speaking the truth about them.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Much thanks

        • Non Humans

          Truly! As much as I have seen you post about certain issues, it seems that a book would be an easy feat. Kersey found a publisher for his topics and style of writing, how hard could it be?
          Could make you some cashes too.

    • HamletsGhost

      No need to write a book. Just set up a blog. I’d read it.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Ok! I will

    • capnmorgan5150

      I’d buy that book.

    • MBlanc46

      I wish that you would right a book. Or at least a good essay for us.

      • White Mom in WDC

        Okay. I will do it! Thank you for your support

  • Hans Schneider

    not different in Canada !

    • David Ashton

      Or some parts of “Great” Britain.

      • IstvanIN

        Canada and Great Britain share a common problem, that old white lady on your money. If you guys would add diversity to your money then the self-esteem of your students of color would soar and they would become future scientists and doctors!

        • David Ashton

          We have the Multicultural Curriculum (despite Gove’s failed and hamfisted attempts to modify it) on top of Multilingual Classes.

          “I brought my children here for a good English education,” said one Asian parent to me, “not this multicultural rubbish”. “We Africans would use the cane pretty hard on the troublemakers,” said another. The “white” liberal/marxist education establishment has always opposed both.

          The best private schools in Britain are for the rich, especially the Chinese rich. The government “leans” on them to make their curricula “multi-ethnic”. Our old mainly tax-funded selective schools took children from all classes and did much good, though their entry procedures needed greater flexibility not a botched-up comprehensive system. I went to the Sir George Monoux Grammar School, founded in 1527, and our intake during my time there was all white, except for two clever Indians. It is now a multiethnic “student” dump in an area of “outstanding racial diversity”, which has just been targeted by the illegal-immigration vans, making a dozen or so arrests in one day.

          • IstvanIN

            Seriously, both Great Britain and Canada need to dump all the Indians, Africans and Chinese out on their behinds.

          • David Ashton

            Martin Ruhs, a member of this government’s migration advisory committee warned against the sort of dracionian approach taken by other nations: “In liberal democracies generally we don’t want to do the kinds of things that are commonplace in Singapore or maybe the Middle East,” he told The Observer. (From The Independent, August 5, p.8.

          • watling

            At least it’s flattering to know that third worlders recognise well-run countries when they see them. Of course it would be too much effort for them to fix the lands of their birth instead of fleeing to somewhere that works already.

        • Creepy as crackers!

          When the US Dollar collapses, the new currency will be graced with MLK, Trayvon and the like.

  • OhWow

    It’s a combination:

    1. Bad genes (lack of IQ on average)
    2. Bad parenting (father absent, welfare queen mother)
    3. Child is then raised by the streets which will obviously not earn them high marks in the classroom

    • WR_the_realist

      Don’t forget to add: A government that taxes you when you do the right thing and pays you when you screw up.

      • ricpic

        Actually, massive bloated government pouring our tax “contributions” as if they’ll never run out down the black hole of black schools is The Enabler of the education dystopia. Barring economic implosion nothing will change. Which makes economic implosion our only hope. When there is no money to either be poured down the black hole or to be wrested from formerly middle class whites who are literally starving, at that point, either through massive revolt or internal exhaustion and enervation, the liberal insanity will end. That’s why I pray for economic catastrophe. The suffering will be immense but nothing else will create the conditions to smash the state.

  • capnmorgan5150

    “Better students” should read “Whiter students”.

  • capnmorgan5150

    They always want to blame the crime on poverty, but if you look at all the black basketball players, football players and rappers, they seem to have all the money in the world, yet still commit violent crimes.

    • libertarian1234

      A study was performed a while back by a group of academics who thought they were going to prove that it is poverty and not race that is responsible for the black achievement gap…..as if it isn’t common knowledge that the average group I.Q. of blacks is only 85, the lowest of all the races.

      But they were stunned when their findings revealed just the opposite.

      Their results clearly showed that poor whites outperformed wealthy blacks and they just couldn’t understand it. How amazed and shocked they were.

      I think the article appeared on this site, but I’m not sure. I’ve tried to find it again, but I can’t locate it, probably because in addition to never mentioning the facts afterwards they probably did what they could to bury their findings.

      I wish I had kept the link for my files.

      • cablegirls

        Yes, I’ve seen that study — the poorest white kids outperformed the kids of the richest blacks.

  • RHG

    Once again the liberal media showing just how out of touch with reality they truly are

  • gemjunior

    Yes, he shows character and integrity to say these things out loud in our Orwellian state. And everyone knows exactly who he’s talking about.

  • Hal K

    Gregory Kane is black. What does he think explains this? My guess is that he blames liberalism for the achievement gap.

  • knuckledragger

    Like the man says, you can have a societal infrastructure and a space program, or you can have a black middle class….but not both.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I would not like to be in Miceli’s shoes. The school district may not be able to fire him but they have a million ways to make his life a living hell. I suspect he’s already had his reputation smeared and been called every name for racist.

    Nothing NOTHING will change in the schools as long as the government-education system enforces the following dogma:

    1. All races have the exact same mental capabilities; IQ is meaningless.

    2. All students have equal potential to succeed equally.

    This dogma is NEVER to be questioned — to do so makes one a Nazi, hater and racist.
    Inevitable black student failure, when blacks reach their learning limit — about 3rd or 4th grade for an 80-IQ– is blamed first on poverty or “institutional racism” — then on teachers, schools and textbooks. Black students are never, ever to blame –even if they are lazy, disinterested, hostile to the educational process, incorrigible, disruptive or have sub-100 IQs that prevent them from learning anything past rudimentary reading and computing.

    The government’s answer for school failure is always the same: new, untested, silly, billion-dollar programs hatched in university ivory towers with no basis in reality, new textbooks, MORE teacher training (especially as it pertains to “black” or “hispanic” learning), $250 million school buildings with Olympic-style pools and gyms, state-of-the art, fully equipped kitchens, talking benches, theaters that Broadway producers would envy — and more.

    My district recently purchased iPads at $900+ each (using the excuse for the high price that they’re loaded with ‘educational software’) — without keyboards — even though ALL state tests, starting this year, are in written form, timed and submitted via the Internet. It is impossible to type quickly on an iPad — that is, if students can type; the vast majority cannot. Texting is NOT keyboarding.

    My school, along with many others in my district, does not even have WiFi, even though we’ve been promised WiFi for the past 5 years.

    I suspect by the end of the 1st month, 1/2 of those iPads will be either destroyed or sold on Craig’s list — then what? We can’t charge the parents now for textbooks nor can we prevent a student from moving on to the next grade, hold up their transcripts or even graduating because of lost or destroyed textbooks.

    So this is how it’ll be: You have a class of 45 Algebra I students and 1/2 of them don’t have the iPad with them — claiming it was lost, stolen, broken, etc. All of your textbooks, your lessons, the students’ lessons, homework, tests, etc. are now virtual and delivered via that iPad. Now what?

    But then, maybe it was all set up to fail.

    At least, that’s how I see it.

    Bon

    • JohnEngelman

      Nothing NOTHING will change in the schools as long as the government-education system enforces the following dogma:

      1. All races have the exact same mental capabilities; IQ is meaningless.

      2. All students have equal potential to succeed equally.

      – Bon, From the Land of Babble

      I would think that the very obvious failure of No Child Left Behind would have disturbed that dogma. Unfortunately, it did not. People say that NCLB was insufficiently funded, poorly executed, and so on. Even Republicans talk like that.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        John:

        NCLB is just one of dozens of educational programs costing hundreds of millions that have been tried and failed over the past 50 years. The government, of course, likes to keep this hidden from the public; the cost of these failures has been in the billions of dollars.

        IQ is intractable and until that fact is acknowledged billions upon billions more will be wasted in a futile effort to close the achievement gap.

        Bon

  • Irishgirl

    Rachel Jeantel?

  • WR_the_realist

    I always wondered where they got the young starry eyed fools who sign up for Teach for America. Rural South Dakota. Yes, that would do it. Actually, my own state of New Hampshire probably provides its share of fresh meat. After all, this is still a heavily white state where people actually think that the Democratic Party is the party of the working and middle class. Moving here is like going back 50 years in a time machine, which has both its good points and its bad points.

    • saxonsun

      My dad’s family is from NH. I love that state. When we were in Keene in ’05 we noticed how clean the town was (and the state) and we clearly understood it was because NH is gloriously white. I hope Keene is still as safe and clean.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    I am FOR cameras in the classroom for the same reason police want dashboard cameras. However, at the moment, video taping of minors is illegal unless parent permission is granted. I cannot even audio record without getting special permission from a parent or guardian.

    Bon

  • watling

    That is pretty conclusive. Thanks for the info. Of course we could all have predicted this but it’s still useful to have the facts provided like this.

  • Creepy as crackers!

    The Ford plant in Mahwah N.J. was the largest factory in the world under one roof. They shut it down because of QC problems caused by the blacks that were bused in from NYC.

    • Frans

      What are QC problems?

      • Montgomery Draxel

        Quality Control… they were terrible workers.

  • Frans

    Thank you to this teacher for telling it like it is. Political correctness be damned! I’d also like to mention that there are some bad teachers, though. The affirmative action hires! They have college degrees they didn’t earn from colleges/universities that handed out grades just because they’re black. This kind of “teacher” does give the teaching profession a bad name. The Atlanta city school system is a perfect example of this. It’s a disaster.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    A UC Davis study found that before 1990, nine in 10,000 kids were diagnosed with autism by age six. Ten years later it jumped to 44 in 10,000. Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 110 have an autism spectrum disorder.

    Another teacher told me at her “regular” high school, special ed students make up 13% of the student body, that is up from the under five percent it was for years.

    The costs are enormous — that’s why more of them are being mainstreamed into regular classrooms, because it’s far cheaper to educate them that way.

    Bon

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Haven’t heard a peep about it for years.

    I wanted to take a look around the school when it first opened — because I knew what was coming.

    I have a feeling that school probably looks like one of the ruins of Detroit — and has been graffitied, ripped apart and torn asunder — I suspect the talking benches no longer talk and the beautiful theater has been destroyed.

    What a waste and a sin to build such a Rolls Royce school for illegal alien immigrants who have NO appreciation for education, or beautiful, elegant buildings, olympic-sized pools or anything else Whites foolishly throw at their feet.

    Bon

    Theater of the Robert F. Kennedy Community School — dedicated to social justice (I’m not kidding) for illegal aliens. That’s the IDIOT superintendent standing at the doorway in one of the photos.

  • vladdy1

    It’s bad students, too. These kids he’s talkin’ about are probably 5 feet tall and 200 lbs. Their mamas are not smart, no, but they kids themselves are making the mess in the schools