Two articles in today’s New York Times made me angry.
One was the hopeless situation of Native American women who are raped on reservations. Most are not reported. Those that are don’t wind up in convictions, most times not even arrests. There aren’t enough nurses to do rape kits, even if there were enough kits to do them. And Congress is slow to do anything about it. Maybe our conservative friends would pay for guns so that these helpless women can just shoot their rapists in the head.
Many schools have eliminated gym programs. Perhaps, we should make sure that girls get classes in self protection, a finger in the eye, a palm thrust upward to the nose. Maybe, I’ve been watching Ashley Judd on “Missing” too much.
The second thing that angered me was the report that 2 elementary schools in Brooklyn (NY) which received top ratings are suspected of cheating. P.S. 31 and PS 257 are being investigated by Richard J Condon, a special commissioner.
The staff at Intermediate School 318 became suspicious after 6th grade scores dropped sharply from 5th grade scores.
These two schools ranked numbers 1 and 2 respectively on city report cards, which consider income, language proficiency and other factors in formulating the scores. This, in itself, is misleading. If I were a parent who was moving to New York City, and looking at the schools before I purchased or rented a home, I would certainly look for the top rated schools. I wouldn’t necessarily realize that the number 1 school was number 1 because of the amount scored had gone up in a school with low income, English language learners. I would think the children in those schools knew how to read and do math. This is a phony system.
PARENTS BEWARE! SCORES ARE NOT SUFFICIENT ENOUGH TO JUDGE SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS BY THEMSELVES. Mom replace that poster of Britney Spears with one of Ashley Judd (Hopefully one showing her defending herself against some guy.)