In my post Savage Skools I started off by writing:
American public schools used to be places where American kids learned the basics of an education. That was back when American schools were full of American kids. Today, many of our schools look like juvenile detention centers, mostly because that is what they essentially are.
The “solution” we are always told is to “adequately fund” our public schools. When asked how much money would be required for these schools to be “adequately funded” the answer is always: more.
But then we look at something like this and have to ask some serious questions:
From the article:
Baltimore City’s math scores were the lowest in the state. Just 7 percent of third through eighth graders tested proficient in math, which means 93 percent could not do math at grade level.
But that’s not all; Project Baltimore combed through the scores at all 150 City Schools where the state math test was given.
Project Baltimore found, in 23 Baltimore City schools, there were zero students who tested proficient in math. Not a single student.
Among the list of 23 schools, there are 10 high schools, eight elementary schools, three Middle/High schools and two Elementary/Middle schools.
Exactly 2,000 students, in total, took the state math test at these schools. Not one could do math at grade level.
Project Baltimore found three additional schools where zero students tested proficient in math, which we did not include in the list of 23. One of those schools is for incarcerated youth, and the other two are for students with disabilities. And it’s important to note, another 20 Baltimore City Schools had just one or two students test proficient in math.
An entire school dedicated to “incarcerated youths”? Two more for yoofs with disabilities, presumably a large percentage being habitual and violent behavior problems.
Back to the main point. At least 2,000 students that cannot do the basic math required for “proficiency” at 23 schools, and you can be sure that the standard for proficiency is so low that it would mean an utter lack of any understanding of math principles to achieve.
2,000 yoofs that probably couldn’t make change for a dollar. This is not really surprising, according to the website of the Baltimore City Public Schools, their classrooms are quite….diverse.
The typical response to something like this, a school system that is 3/4 black with 2,000 students that can’t do basic math, is to demand more “investment” for the sake of “equity” but as it just so happens, money is not the problem here:
This is in 2021. From the article….
Baltimore public schools spend more than $17,000 in taxpayer funds per student.
The district ranks No. 3 for the most money spent per student in Maryland, according to a 2019 report from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services….
….Of the 100 largest school districts in the U.S., Baltimore gets the fifth most funding per pupil, a 2020 U.S. Census report shows.
The fifth highest funding per pupil among the largest school districts in America, at least $17,000 per pupil. Let’s say an average class size of 20 students. Each classroom accounts for $340,000 in funding. You know that isn’t all going to the teachers, instead a ton goes to infrastructure for the buildings, administrators and of course the Baltimore City School Police Force, because what would an urban school without armed guards be? Regardless, how much more would need to be spent to bring them up to “equity”?
That is the real kick in the nuts. There isn’t any amount of money that would turn these schools into schools turning out rocket scientists.
Like the nation of Haiti and all of sub-Saharan Africa, our urban public schools are a problem that has no viable solution.
You can’t fund them enough to change biology, nor can you do something smart like require all of these kids to take vocational classes so at least they have some marketable skills. We can’t just cut our losses and let them run free because then they would be rampaging through town, and we can’t send them to Africa. What we do as a society instead is warehouse them, hope to reach the handful of kids who are not future criminals or welfare queens, and pray no one gets killed during school hours.
With students graduating incapable of performing basic math or with a GPA of 0.13, what exactly is their future? For the thousands of kids in Baltimore City Public Schools their future is mostly hopeless. They won’t be able to perform basic job functions so more likely they will either do menial work, or no work or take to a life of crime. With generations of “graduates” like this already in these cities, cranking out li’l replicas of themselves, this trend will only get worse and we are seeing the results of generations of this on display in the exploding violent crime not only in obvious places like Baltimore and Detroit but also once fairly nice cities like Indianapolis and Memphis.
Wiser people than us would cut their losses and instead direct funding toward the shrinking pool of students who actually have a future but of course creating an enormous perpetually dependent underclass is all part of Their plan.