"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I'd say that the numbers are skewed in the northern burbs to protect the "Chicago money", Wealth, and property values. When the Tribune was asked why its reporting on stats didn't include:
"a 2009 triple murder in Wilmette. This was on March 3, 2009. The suburbanite who had already committed a double murder, now took his own life and that of his wife and kid. Several months later, the Tribune/Redeye seems to deny that these homicides took place. What else have our Chicago Newspapers forgotten to tell us about actual suburban crime rate based upon the census? Must the City folk not hear about North Shore homicides? It certainly reports Chicago statistics to the suburbanites!"
"As the Morse Hell hole occasionally belches crime, the burbs bury it with bravado! We don't hear about the large scale drug busts. Sometimes, we hear about the Rezko's. Is the goal to keep suburban real estate values up? Do racial and economic barriers keep crime out? Does the decision to create schools with 99% white students benefit society (e.g. Braeside School, under 1% Black; Highland Park)?"
The Rogers Park Inconsistent - Chicago, Illinois: The Skewed Crime Blotter for the Northshore
Why is it that liberals feel they must always throw in that little snarky jab to everything they respond to? Look pal, I was born in Berwyn, Il...If you know Chicago, then you'll know where that is, and I grew up in Lansing Mi. I have stated this more than a few times in here. See, this is BS, liberals always feel, and try to use the argument that if you are not a lawyer you can't comment on the law, if you are not a teacher then you can't comment on education, if you are not a doctor then you can't comment on anything medical. This crap that you must be involved in that which you are commenting on predisposes that people are ignorant to anything outside their own little earthly bubble, and is a fallacy.If you knew anything about Chicago, this should be easy to answer.
McCarthy so far is I believe doing a horribly difficult job, under immense pressure, and although not to the level of success that was seen in NYC he is stuck in the middle between Emmanuel's cuts, and rising lawlessness. The police chief has a higher approval than the wanna be tough guy Emmanuel.Given the links you posted, then you must really love the reforms Garry McCarthy has taken at tackling the areas where crime is the highest since it is the epitome of James Q. Wilson's 'Broken Windows Theory.' Results so far this year are good, though it is questionable if the gains will maintain for the remaining part of the year.
"The mayor's approval rating on crime is holding steady from a year ago at 45 percent. But the number of voters who disapprove is rising — from 34 percent last May to 47 percent in the current survey. McCarthy, meanwhile, was viewed as doing well by nearly 6 in 10 voters."
Chicagoans split on Emanuel's handling of crime - Chicago Tribune
Yep, I've seen them...Bunch of pretentious egg heads sitting on panels trying to justify their existence, and spending of taxpayer dollars to do study after study all to come to conclusions that have little to no basis in reality, or practical application. Anyone with common sense knows the problems of hoods like Cicero, Berwyn, etc....There has also been lengthy debates among sociologists about why Chicago did not see similar large drops in crimes like other major cities during the 1990s that stem from the demographics of city neighborhoods. I am sure you know all about those.
Well, I, over the course of my life have moved to different places. For 20 years I lived just north, up I95 from Baltimore, and moved south to get away from the wealth sucking, crime ridden, over priced liberal hell hole that Martin O'Malley was creating, and I love it....But you just go ahead and keep regarding those in the south as some sort of uneducated rubes, and any other insulting terms you have for them, but just make sure you stay out....We don't want you down here.I do it find funny that you call Chicago a blight when you live in an economic backwater like South Carolina.
How the **** does this relate to anything I wrote? Pro-tip: make sure your reply has some relevancy to the thing you're addressing. My point dealt with how citing a total figure for expenditure/per student was misleading. Going "derp, but communism, therefore blarg" doesn't address that. because there was no notion about people being equal in my post. In it's entirety, it dealt with how the total expenditure number you cited gives a misleading picture of school fundingCommunism tries to make everyone equal regardless of effort, that's not what we're about here.
I agree that there is lots we can do besides spending money to deal with poor performing schools (see Michele Rhee's efforts in DC). In fact, I never even wrote anything that suggested otherwisse. hence why your rant and knee-jerk reaction is so hilariousFrankly we all pay enough taxes that even in the poorest places I have no doubt that money is wasted.
No, we have some amazing schools to show for it. But we also have extremely underfunded schools that tend to perform extremely poorly. Does that mean the only solution is tossing money at them, or even doing so will solve any of their on going problems? No, and if I thought so, I would have probably included such remarks in my original post, dittums. But when students don't even have proper text books, extra money would certainly helpThe US spends more education than anyone, and has little to show for it.
Again, I never claimed money was always the answer. You posted a rather misleading claim and I corrected it. Your response was to go into a hysterical rant about communism and look sillySo money is not always the answer
actually yes it does; they need access to the book to crack it open (buy it). Unfortunately, in some schools, that is becoming exceedingly difficultcontrary to the opinions of progressives like HoJ. Remember I talked about effort, well I suspect there's a lack of effort on the part of some families to instill the proper attitude into children. Cracking a book open doesn't cost anything.
You still did not answer my question about why the North Side is doing so much better than the South Side despite having the same city government.
"Credible evidence?" What is that exactly to you? If you are asking for me to continue to dig up stats for you to dismiss because you don't agree with them, or the picture they paint, then no, I am not going to let you define what is, or what isn't "credible" simply because you refuse to accept valid information.
As for the North side of Chicago vs. the South side, and related crime stats, I would say that it has to do with income demographics, and social status of the people that afford to live there. Keep in mind that there are different stats of different crimes that may be more prevalent in the North side vs. the South side....
As for me knowing what I am talking about, I already made you eat your assumption that I had no idea of what Chicago was, or how the make up of that city laid out...Now you want to insult me more by insinuating that I don't know what I am talking about? Screw that. Either you want to have a civilized conversation or you don't. Either way is fine with me, I can have that conversation, or just ignore your ignorant trollings.
On McCarthy, what about what I said or posted made you think that I was not in approval of the job he was doing?
Racial Segregation of the City? What do you mean by that? Let me tell you what happens when liberals start in with that canard...In Baltimore, while O'Malley was Mayor, they wanted to get rid of the High Rise Section 8 cess pools and integrate those receiving housing assistance into better neighborhoods in the city, and even to nearby suburbs like Edgewood....It was a huge failure! All that happened is that they spread the crime out all over, and the values of these better off neighborhoods fell. Now they are mostly boarded up eye sores.
And whether or not the South is in the lower income ratios in the nation, we also have a much lower cost of living...And beautiful friendly people, and landscapes. We aren't packed in like ants.
Disruptive kids exists. Private school won't teach them. So what's your solution? It costs money to educate the nation's children AS THEY ARE, and some of them are disruptive and so we need special ed classes to deal with that. Money is the solution, as any capitalist can tell you want he's being honest, which is rare.
The issue is where and how we spend it. We spend it on half-baked conservative claptrap like NCLB. A total waste of money.
Any teacher will tell you (and I'm married to one), disruptive kids are a significant impediment to learning, and by the time the due process goes through the works, they can destroy an entire semester of teaching. So we need a swift system to take disruptive kids and not blame them or punish them, but put them in special ed classes that help teach them and allows the other kids to learns. And that take MONEY and lots of it. Principals don't want to send kids to special ed since it's expensive and affects the budget, so they do it reluctantly.
But I understand your ignorance of REAL teaching issues and real solutions. You're a conservative and can only deal in talking points and delusions.
- Allow vouchers so that the ones who want an education? Those who are trying to learn? Have an actual shot at a decent education.
- Get rid of disruptive students at 16. Violent? You're done. Bullying? You're done. Drugs? You're done. Three strikes, out you go. If we got rid of those children who stand in the way of others' education? We wouldn't need more money. We'd have that money to spend on real, honest-to-goodness special education for those who want it.
Combine this approach with rewarding parents for mentoring their kids -- or students for improved grades -- and I believe things would change. As it is, we're doing the same damned things over and over again and expecting a different result. And we know what that means.
As it is now, we are failing generations.
Thank you, Quazi!