Chicago, Chicago, Not My Kind of Town – so what can be done?

“They all talk, specify the problem, but only offer a kind word, profess their sadness and compassion – and never recommend an action to solve the problem”  – Charley246


Dear Mayor Emanuel, How about Starting your next sentence with the words – “I RECOMMEND” and then state the action to solve the problem.

For example; everyone says gangs consist of many children that don’t have parents around to teach them and make them feel they have a family. We know many, many Black families consist of one parent and several children.  And if there are two responsible parents, both of them are working.  Few can afford after school programs.  So – what about making school hours start at 8:30 and end at 5:00?  Give working single parent and two parent families a chance.  When did establish current school hours?  For farming or so children could do chores?  When the typical family consisted of a working father and a stay at home mother?  Outdated thinking, we need current schooling for current realities.  Add study hall time at the end of the day.  Children can do their homework.

Let teachers stay longer, get paid a little more because they can use the time to prepare for the next day’s lessons.  The Federal Government should pay the extra cost for five years and let a test begin.  We have the schools, utilize them,  we have teachers, use them.  This is an emergency and no one has done anything effective to address the basis of the problem.

We have Police Athletic Leagues, PAL’s all over the country.  If more programs were set up, not just sports, that would put young adults and police together, they would have to open a dialog and get to know and understand each other.  It could be discussing culture or other topics of interest.  Maybe work with some computer gaming companies and have weekly nights with open gaming competitions.  I’ll bet any of the big three would love to give free products just to have their names associated with such a worthy cause.

Schools tend to be racially divided, White neighborhoods and Black/Hispanic neighborhoods.  School populations reflect this ethnic makeup.  What is the interaction between them – athletic events, football games, basketball tournaments where each school want to win – beat, defeat, destroy, annihilate and wipe out the opposition.  That’s school spirit – and this leads to student banning together and can lead to gangs forming.  How about changing this and have regional competition, in which several schools combine to offer a “League” that competes with other Leagues?   In racial mixing will lead to friendships cultural understanding.

Money is always a problem.  Public schools get most of their money through real estate taxes that are collected in their region.   The result is that wealthy neighbors have better schools because they have more funds.  I suggest that starting next year, each school district sends 10% of the “school tax” collect to the state.  The state then distributes the money back to the schools based upon the number of students.  Each year increase the states collection by 10%, and stop at 50%.  Simple concept.

How about your thoughts, and why can’t our leaders agree on some action.

Author: charley246

I'm all about people. Love to read and re-think about Politics and how it impacts people in their daily lives. I offer my opinion, just as anyone should, for the belief if we all talk about what matters to us, we will find a solution we can agree upon.

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