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Updated: May 1, 2013 2:21PM
We have been hearing Mayor Emanuel state that things need to be done to increase the graduation rate for minority students. Can he please explain how making children leave the safety of their own neighborhoods, traveling to schools, increasing class sizes and decreasing the number of teachers and paraprofessionals is going to accomplish this? It appears that Emanuel and the school board have adopted an altered quote by former football coach Vince Lombardi; “Money isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”
Daniel Pupo, Bellwood
Secret igredient: Mom and Dad
Of course the two hottest debates in Illinois right now are the state of marriage and closing schools. I was sincerely inspired by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s comments about how a school anchors the community. How many hours of my life out of school were still spent playing in the school playground. I grew up in the public schools (Clinton elementary). So what was the difference? Mom and dad. I did my homework before going out to play or watch television. I behaved in class because I knew what would happen if I didn’t. Our family lived on my dad’s accountant salary and my mom was there for every meal (even lunch). As the family broke down in Egypt, Persia, Greece and Rome, the culture and the empire broke down. Like Daniel, we should be able to read the handwriting on the wall.
Bruce Sutchar, Hanover Park
Columnist Roger Simon blames the NRA for creating a gun mania that has “led to the slaughter of thousands of innocent men, women and children . . . ” That is patently absurd. Look at Chicago. You could not own a hand gun, yet Chicago was a murder capital of the country for decades. It is not law-abiding citizens or the NRA who are responsible for gang violence and the shooting of innocent victims. Does Mr Simon really believe that stricter gun laws are going to make the bad guys quake in fear before their next round of violence? Does he really believe that stricter background checks will prevent these thugs from securing illegal weapons? Oh, please!
Dennis Fredrickson, Addison
CPS right, not racist
When CPS graduates young African-Americans at a dismal rate of 44 percent, how can that community stand up and declare that closing bad schools in favor of sending them to ones with more resources and better teachers is a racist act? Karen Lewis had her 15 minutes. Her “win” against Emanuel in the strike last year has empowered her to make her voice heard once again. But with someone who has such a short-sighted vision of the future in charge of the CTU, someone so willing to play the race card to scare teachers and parents into acting, it does not bode well for the students’ future. It’s like getting a shot at the doctor. It might sting at first, but it’s a necessary step for the long haul.
Scott Sinclair, Gurnee
Our current school system is in shambles and people are trying to fix it. The fix will be painful to many, but is essential to help the most people possible. Karen Lewis’ attempt to make this a racist activity is not only despicable but takes away from the true situation. These schools slated to close are under used because the area population has changed, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with race. Lewis should quit her game of politics and work with the CPS to attempt to employ methods that benefit the students the most.
Larry Casey, Forest Glen
People in today’s society have no manners. It seems as though, the longer life goes on, the more we lose respect toward others and ourselves. Kids and teenagers have to be the worst out of the generations. They are the youngest, and among people who are older and wiser than they are. Yet, they treat them with so little respect. They act so ridiculous in public to where they think it’s funny or cute, but it’s so wrong. Kids need to be taught correctly on how they act in public, how to treat people. There are rare occasions when you find that stranger who smiles brightly, says “hello” or helps you out if you are in need of it. It’s not just the children who have no respect, it’s also the adults. That’s even worse, because that’s where these children learn from. I hope one day, this can be resolved and people can one day see how our world truly is becoming a “cruel world.”