When liberals talk about diversity and excellence in education, this is what they say they really want but will never get! The solution has little to do with money and everything to do with character, vision and rigor in an academic environment. Loving the baby Jesus also hacks off liberal educrats . . . but with privacy comes freedom.
It's all there at Eastbrook Academy. Charlie Sykes and yours truly discussed the academy on Sykes' show this morning.
The Milwaukee School Board voted Thursday night to begin looking into dissolving the Milwaukee Public Schools system. The completely unexpected 6-to-3 vote followed a gloomy assessment of the short- and long-term financial situation of MPS from Superintendent William Andrekopoulos and several board members. JSOnline Finally! Something to get excited about. I know that this vote was symbolic but so what! The door is cracked, we can see the light! Time to rush in and demolish the system!
Scratch Riverside High school from my list of good MPS schools. I’ve been trying to cover for them, but it’s obvious that they have been infected, too.
Yesterday Milwaukee police officers were injured when they tried to break up a fight (water balloons). A crowd of kids turned on the police, sending three of the officers to the hospital! Also involved in the melee was a parent!
Riverside High School students and a parent beat up three police officers! And nobody got shot? That’s the miracle here, that the police showed restraint, as they were getting beat down by a mob.
This kind of stupidity by the students of Riverside High School results in automatic expulsion from the “good schools” list. As of now, the only MPS high school worthy of consideration is Rufus King. That leaves a handful of elementary schools, no middle schools, and King.
The worse MPS gets, the more it seems to cost, in cash and reputation.
I attended my kids’ weekly Monday morning school assembly the other day and had my mind blown (My kids attend a private school which means I choose to pay their tuition, plus foot the bill for the thousands of kids every year who drop out of MPS.).
Anyway, at the assembly the students were demonstrating their skills.
The program started with my daughter's 1st grade class reciting all 50 states and their capitals to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
Next came the mind blower when the Academy's 5th grade class recited the Gettysburg Address followed by Walt Whitman’s "O Captain! My Captain!" in unison without a missing a single beat.
The 5th graders followed the recitation with a PowerPoint presentation in which the students demonstrated their grammatical abilities when they diagramed sentences from the Gettysburg Address...I’m not kidding. The teacher had each student's name on a deck of cards, shuffled the deck, drew ten cards, and called the selected students to the front. Then one by one, the students explained the grammatical analysis with enthusiasm and pluck. It was truly jaw dropping. (click to enlarge)
This is the school where the 7th graders memorize the Declaration of Independence, and students at all grade levels memorize lengthy Bible passages.
The school building is not state of the art, far from it. However, somehow these kids get something that is rare and beautiful these days... a solid classical education rooted in God, country and community.
Oh yeah, the school also participates in the Milwaukee school choice program, and is the most ethnically and economically diverse school in Milwaukee. Eastbrook Academy is everything the left says it wants but we rarely see produced when it comes to education in the city...
"We're doing a lousy job of sending kids out of the classroom." -William Andrekopoulos Superintendent Milwaukee Public Schools & National Joke
Andrekopoulos added that Milwaukee Public Schools may have the highest suspension rates in the country. Nearly half of all ninth-graders, for example, are suspended at least once a year, and many of those students are suspended multiple times. (Excerpt from JSOnline)
Let me see, 13% tax increase last year, highest dropout rate in the nation and now the highest suspension rate in the nation. Instead of “Excellence Starts Here”, the banner above all MPS schools should say: