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Some parents upset about recent redistricting changes

Earlier this week the New Hanover County School Board voted to do away with some controversial redistricting proposals. Bussing kids to schools across town is no longer a viable option.

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Socioeconomics and fifth graders?

It's been almost fifty years since this nation started this idiotic experiment with the idea that bussing children from different socioeconomic backgrounds would somehow be a magic bullet to solve the underlying problem of poverty and its effect on education. It hasn't, and it never will. Oh, the goals and finish lines move continually. It used to be because inner city schools weren't fairly funded. Now, regardless of what they SAY, the goal is only to bring in some smarter students to low-scoring schools and get the average EOG scores higher. (No benefit, only inconvenience for the students, but a great benefit to the staff.) No amount of interaction with children from more affluent areas is going to help those children at Sunset Park. You will simply see more parents put their children into private education because of their children being assigned to a poorly performing school, a long bus ride away. The younger lady in the video is 100% correct about one key fact: You can't blame all the problems in education on the schools. Most of the problems are caused by a home-life lacking in intellectual stimulation and discipline. (I doubt that her children will suffer that fate.) If a child starting Kindergarten can't print or read his or her own name, that child is starting out with problems. If the parent never reviews the child's homework for completeness and content, that child will likely turn in mediocre or substandard work. When the child drops out at sixteen, that's not a failure in education: It's a failure in parenting. Schools are not here to level out life's inherent injustices, and should be more concerned with education than socioeconomics. Survival of the fittest is a universal law that impacts every facet of our life, and education is not immune to its influence. The job for that fifth-grader who lives in that more affluent neighborhood is to learn as much as he or she can to prepare for life, not to travel a half hour to Sunset Park and help them raise their average test scores. Thank God the plans were voted down! Bussing should only be acceptable to balance student loads, and then the student should be transported to the second-nearest school to their home whenever possible. There may always be a LOGISTICAL need for some bussing, but the schools need to get beyond the socioeconomic background of the student. There are ALWAYS going to be students who fail because of influences beyond the control of the education system. No amount of shuffling students can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Pro Neighborhood

Okay, if she cannot make it to two of the three meeting because she doesn't have transportation, WHAT IS SHE GOING TO DO IF HER CHILD GOES TO SCHOOL UP THERE?? I guess after-school activities are out of the question. How is she going to pay for gas to go ALL THE WAY ACROSS TOWN. If she can't even get transportation across town she better hope that her child never misses the bus ALL THE WAY ACROSS TOWN. Because how would she get there? It seems that in her situation she better be thankful that her child goes to school near where she lives. A good education starts at home, not across town.

Response

Maybe she doesn't have the benefit of transportation or extra money for a cab, but is there something wrong with a mother wanting the best for her child? Everyone was not born into the same benefits or opportunities as others. No I can't make it to all the meetings or the afterschool programs, but I believe that my child is intitled to the best education possible. And not all parents miss meetings and afterschool programs because they don't care. Speaking for myself, if I don't work, I don't get paid. And being a single parent this is a decision that I have to make. I personally believe that neighborhood schools are only benefical to people who live in good neighborhoods. What about those of us who can't afford these places? I believe it will mean that our teachers won't be as bright or caring and that our children are the ones who will suffer. This will only segregate our city, which in the long run, we will all lose... This is a step backwards, not forward.