Archive for 2013

Chicago School Closures

Chicago School Closures
It finally happened. The school closure list was announced by Chicago Public Schools, and, to soften the blow, instead of 130 schools being closed, ONLY 61 are being closed (54 completely shut-down). Hurray! Someone get CPS a Nobel Peace Prize stat! The only thing worse than painting the school closures as not terrible because it’s... Read more »

Chicago Schools New Sex Ed Policy

So, in the midst of controversial school closings plan, comes what some are considering a risky new sexual education policy soon to be implemented by Chicago Public Schools. The headlines nationwide appear to focus on the fact that this new policy will have  ”sexual education” for kindergarteners, and apparently, no one seems to care that... Read more »

CPS Stops Kids From Going to Underfunded Schools By Closing Them Down

After many years of  being consistently asked for more funding, Chicago Public School officials finally heeded the calls of parents and teachers and, in an act of mercy, released a list of 129 underfunded schools they plan to close down in the next year. “No school is better than a bad school, right,” chuckled a high-level... Read more »

Do Inner City Kids Need to be Taught 'Grit'?

While on Twitter yesterday a very interesting tweet regarding education popped up on my feed. African American women LEAST likely group to commit suicide. Strong women! Who says we need to teach “grit”??? — Katie Osgood (@KatieOsgood_) January 23, 2013 There was no link to an article that backed up this claim so I went... Read more »

Five Lies in Obama's Inauguration Speech

Today was a historic moment for America. We inaugurated our African-American president for a second time. However, this time around, the mood is less hopeful for many Americans including myself.  While I hope he can live up to what I wanted him to be  during his first term, when I listened to his speech today,... Read more »

Boxing: Chicago's Solution to Gun Violence?

Medill Reports put out an article today that stated that the Illinois State Crime Commission and the Police Athletic League are going to introduce a new youth anti-violence initiative: learning to box. How will a violent sport deter violence? Boxing lessons will deter gun violence in the sense that it will provide kids with activities instead... Read more »

Aaron Swartz: Remembrance

By now many of you have heard about the untimely death of internet pioneer and activist, Aaron Swartz. The suicide is being blamed on his bouts with depression. His struggles with mental illness were not helped by the overzealous charges he faced for ‘illegally’ downloading articles from JSTOR. For a harmless crime, he faced 13... Read more »

Celebrities Tapped to Stop Gun Violence in Chicago

As everyone knows, Chicago had the highest murder rate in the US with over 500 homicides in 2012 alone and almost 15 in the New Year. The city is even being compared to Iraq (the hashtag #Chiraq is taking off on Twitter). So, what is Chicago’s plan to stop the escalating murder rate? Superintendent McCarthy... Read more »

Minimum Wage in the US

The first few posts of Poli Chi in 2013 are being dedicated to policy New Year’s Resolutions that the US government should take on. This post is dedicated to those working for minimum wage. There’s been a lot of talk lately about raising the minimum wage. There’s the “Fight for 15” campaign and two governors... Read more »

Why Merit Pay Doesn't Work

The first couple of posts of 2013 for Poli Chi will focus on New Year’s Resolutions that the US government should have. This post is dedicated to all the teachers out there. Merit pay is heralded as the new frontier on how to compensate teachers and promote student achievement. Teachers in the end stand to... Read more »
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