The summer is over, children nation wide are enrolling in school and focusing on what the new school year will bring. As parents prepare their children to stay in tune with their academics, they are also searching for ways to keep their children steadily motivated, in shape, and disciplined. While some parents turn to community outlets like the Boys and Girls Club of America to keep their children busy, others look to their churches and many feel that it is most important that schools provide programs like competitive sports, social awareness programs, conflict resolution programs, and home economics programs, etc. that will help children to become disciplined and groomed in “The Art Of Life.” But why is it that city and state officials are making the wrong investments especially when it comes to the youth? With a $370 million deficit, much re-adjusting and re-arranging must take place, however the youth should not have to suffer, due to the incompetence and mis-management of funds that the adults are responsible for.
Many parents expectations are high when it comes to introducing their child/children to a schooling system who’s duties are to provide programs that will fully educate the whole child, however, when it comes to Chicago’s Public School system and many public school systems nation wide, the youth just are not receiving what’s needed to cope in society. As it does take a village to raise the child everyone plays a major role, the parent, the school system and community, but as plain as our city, nation and world could see, the city of Chicago is lacking in all three areas and as a result children everyday are dying and crying out in the streets of Chicago, begging for help.
Concerned coach Antonio Mclin, says “Children nation wide are suffering due to the lack of programming in Chicago Public Schools, the lack of funding for programs is the main reason why the crime rate is so high in the city of Chicago,” “An idol mind is the devils play ground, and this is the result of not caring for our youth, it is a shame.” Antonio, coached Simeon High School as assistant running back coach, Walter Payton College Prep as assistant head coach for football and Hubbard public school as football coach, girls basket and girls softball coach. Coach Mclin feels that a lack of programming is one of the main reasons why the youth are lacking in discipline and knows that if more positive programs were funded and put in place we would have disciplined happier youth and less crime in our city.
Parents, teachers and principals throughout the city of Chicago are in an uproar after the recent announcements given by Chicago Public School officials about all of the pay and budget cuts. Over 1,000 teachers were laid-off and major programs for the youth were cut due to the major deficit. However, with much of what parents feel are the wrong programs being cut, funding is being put in the wrong place and the wrong investments are being made when it comes to the youth, which has caused a major domino effect on the the youth and the city. One parents says “Opposed to investing in programs that are beneficial to the youth, the school curriculum is full of classes that the youth can’t relate to, bore them, and leave them without interest.” Based upon much research the classes don’t help them to understand fully the diversities of life, so when they are faced with a problem, or are expected to have discipline in a certain area of life, they can’t cope. While one school on the West side of Chicago investment is a helicopter circling over the school everyday during dismissal time, “Imprisoning the minds of the youth” at the same school, the children are being escorted out of school by police officers and when they enter every morning they have to walk under a metal detector, in order to make sure that they are not carrying weapons. These are children not animals or prisoners, and no one is speaking up about how much money is being spent on these wrong investments. Instead of investing in equipment and personnel to help rehabilitate and educate the youth, the investment of equipment and personnel for prisoners and war zones are put in place. One would think that the investment for children would be that in which indicates an environment of education and not imprisonment. Crane Technical high school is a school full of beautiful young African American youth who deserve the right to be treated just like any other child who has a right to a fair education however, at the rate of what is being observed the children are being treated as prisoners. Three to five police cars and a helicopter is posted at Crane everyday, which psychologically tampers with the mindset of anyone who is being subjected to such, making any one put in such a position feel imprisoned, not safe—imprisoned. So why is it that our city and state officials are making the the wrong investments, when it comes to the youth, is it a system to fail what society has labeled “minority youth” those who fill the public school systems of the city of Chicago or is the wrong leadership in place? Or does anyone not understand or recognize whats going on since the violence amongst the youth have become the norm, as the youth in inner cities nation wide continue to lack in education, kill one another and the crime rate hits the ceiling? In order to speak up about the investments that are needed for Chicago Public Schools please contact Chicago Public School officials and your nation, city and state officials at the following numbers below. It’s time to make change for our city and the youth.
Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Office 773-553-2900 or
Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman 773-553-1500
or log on to http://www.cps.edu/Contact_CPS/Ask_a_question/Pages/Askaquestion.aspx
Contact Mayor Daley at: 312-744-3300
121 N. LaSalle Street 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60602
Or contact him by email at: [email protected]
Contact US Senator Roland Burris at 202-224-2854 or log on to http://burris.senate.gov/contact.cfm to email him
Contact the United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: [email protected]
or contact the US. Department of Education @
General Question: 1-800-872-5327
Civil Rights Issues Based on unequal education 1-800-421-3481
Fraud and waste of federal funds: 1-800-647-8733
Contact President Obama at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
or call 202- 456-1414
or contact the White House office of management and budget: 202-395-4840
or the Civil Rights Department: 202-514-2151
Change Is Going To Come!