So many things in our education are blamed on “wild and crazy” kids. But, are they really to blame for responding to the socioeconomic circumstances under which they are raised? Are they to blame for not being able to improve their conditions, when other groups of adults make all the decisions affecting their lives? The children, and how we treat them, represent what the world will look like in a blink of an eye. We must do better. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri examine the means and methods by which the power and class structure is maintained through the subjugation of children.

Topics discussed include Chicago planning to close almost 60 public schools–mostly in poor areas, the separate school district in Dallas for the rich folks, maintaining class division through school districting, triple murder in Lake Charles (Louisiana) and a case of mistaken identity of one of the victims, a baby shot in the face and killed during attempted robbery of mother, and more!

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    Chicago School Closings

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  • Discussion about Chicago Public School closings–close to 60 schools are set to close.
  • The excuse is that the schools are not full, so the city is supposedly closing these schools to consolidate them.
  • Discussion about an Illinois report that says homelessness and poverty have increased amongst Illinois students, with about half of students in Illinois qualifying as low-income.
  • Ironically, it’s the low-income students in Chicago who are most impacted by the school closings. These students will have to travel farther (possibility though and into rival gang territories) just to get to school. This will also place additional financial stress onto homes that are already financially strained.
  • After Chicago Public Schools officials on Thursday unveiled their plan to shutter 54 of the district’s elementary schools, the Chicago Teachers Union, parents and community groups vowed to dig in their heels and continue to push back against the proposal.

    Joining their ranks by the week’s end, however, were a number of elected officials who, like other critics of the mass school closings, view the action as having a disproportionately detrimental impact on minority students in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods, points made all the more dramatic by one map that went viral (embedded below) on social media Friday.
    Source: Huffington Post

  • The same week Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced it will close a record-breaking number of schools at the end of the school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released a report revealing increased instances of homelessness and poverty amongst Illinois’ students.

    Nearly half of Illinois’ approximately 2 million students qualify as low income, increasing from 37.9 percent to 49 percent since 2008, according to the ISBE.

    “Research tells us that children in areas of concentrated poverty often experience higher levels of stress and can exhibit more severe behavioral and emotional problems than children overall,” the report reads. “These difficulties often impact a child’s likelihood of success in school, leading to lower achievement scores and higher dropout rates.”

    Homelessness has also increased in recent years. ISBE reports nearly 36,000 students statewide are living without a stable home, an increase of more than 6,000 from November 2010 to November 2012.
    Source: Progress Illinois

  • These school closings are merely another method of maintaining class separation. The “haves” decided that they will not spend additional monies on keeping schools for poor students open–so they close them.
  • dallas isd

  • Discussion about how the rich people in Dallas have a separate public school system (Highland Park Independent School District) for their children right in the middle of the Dallas Independent School District–in the actual city of Dallas there’s a rich “island” school district that is only for the “haves”.
  • Discussion about how the rich folks who spend a bunch of money on a stadium in the rich school district.
  • This is all about maintaining class division. the rich folks don’t want their kids going to school with the poor kids, who happen to be mostly brown and Black people.
  • Discussion about the recent triple murder in Lake Charles (Louisiana) and a case of mistaken identity of one of the victims. Heit received a bunch of missed calls and text messages early in the morning, with people alarming him about the possibility of one of his childhood friends having been one of the victims of a triple-murder in his hometown. It turns out that the victim had a similar name to his childhood friend.

    Lake Charles Police report they have arrested Armonta DeQuon Hadnot, a suspect in a triple homicide investigation.

    The victims are 20-year old Jeminskian J. Arvie; 23-year-old David Jermaine Galmore; and 20-year-old Fitzgerald Tremayne Guillory, all of Lake Charles.

    The shootings happened Wednesday night at McMillan Park in north Lake Charles near the Sunlight Manor Apartments.

    Authorities said one man was shot as he was lying on the ground. Two others were fatally wounded as they tried to run away, Dixon said.

    It is unknown if the victims knew the perpetrators.

    “They (victims) were rolling dice in the park, minding their own business and they were approached by two males. They were told to lay down and give it up, pull their pockets out. They did. They laid out. They were prone and then after they got the money, one of the victims was shot while laying down. The other victims attempted to get up and run and then two of the victims were shot as they were trying to run away,” Dixon said.

    Dixon said there were children playing the park at the time of the shootings.

    “Total disregard … total disregard of humans,” he said.

    Dixon said earlier in the evening, police responded to U.S. 171 and Fitzenreiter Road where surveillance video shows a man hanging out of a vehicle and firing at another.

    Hadnot is also a suspect in that incident, Dixon said. No one was harmed.
    Source: KPLC

  • Discussion about how the police surprisingly dismissed the notion that the victims were shooting dice. Normally, the police would imply commentary about what the victims were doing at the time of the incident. In this case, the authorities changed the narrative by referring to the victims as victims, rather than questioning whether the person is worth caring about based on whether they were involved in “criminal” activity.
  • Discussion about the police calling the alleged shooter the “most dangerous man in America.” Perhaps they need to look to Washington for that…
  • Discussion about how it appears as if the alleged shooter went against street creed–shot and killed the men after they gave up their money.
  • Why do people kill the folks after they have gotten what they want–the money?
  • Luis Santiago tries to comfort Sherry West at her apartment Friday in Brunswick, the day after their 13-month-old son, Antonio Santiago, was shot and killed. Photo by: Russ num / AP

    Luis Santiago tries to comfort Sherry West at her apartment Friday in Brunswick, the day after their 13-month-old son, Antonio Santiago, was shot and killed.
    Photo by: Russ num / AP

  • Discussion about the accusation that a shooter caught on tape shooting out of a car window at a gas station is the same person who killed the men in the park. Heit doesn’t think the man in the video looks like the photo of the suspect. Cheri’s not sure about this either. Please watch the video and let us know what you think.
  • Discussion about the baby that was shot and killed as two boys allegedly tried to rob the mother.

    Since Thursday morning, when a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old allegedly shot 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, Anderson and others in the usually quiet neighborhood in this coastal city have been trying to wrap their minds around a senseless crime that has been played out over and over in the media.

    Anderson was the first person to arrive at what would become an unspeakably grim crime scene near the edge of her yard after hearing gun shots and Sherry West screaming that her baby had been shot.

    “I don’t think I’ve processed the whole thing,” Anderson said Saturday.

  • The mother feels that the the accused 17-year-old and 14-year-old killed the baby on purpose after the mother said that she didn’t have any money to give them.
  • Discussion about whether this was on purpose or not.
  • Discussion about how the older sister of the accused said he wasn’t in the area where the incident happened and that she doesn’t believe her brother committed this act.
  • Discussion about police pressure to capture anyone who they can make fit the bill when a crime occurs. Discussion about the unreliability of witnesses identifying alleged criminals.
  • Is this a case for gun control? Anytime you have an incident like this, you’ll see people from both sides of the gun debate saying that things would have turned out differently if there were more or less guns in the hands of people.
  • Discussion about confirmation bias and victims of crimes wanting someone to blame. These circumstances can lead to accusing the wrong person.
  • Discussion about civil rights changes to Mississippi law limiting how students can be disciplined in school–based on the issue that Black students tend to be punished more harshly than whites for similar offenses.

    A Mississippi school district agreed on Friday to change how it disciplines students after civil rights lawyers found its black students were more likely to be suspended than whites, even when accused of similar code violations.

    The agreement shows the Justice Department taking an aggressive approach to discipline in local schools when it believes civil rights are in jeopardy.

    The Meridian Public School District and the Justice Department filed a proposed order in District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to settle allegations first made by local residents in 2010.

    The order prohibits the use of suspensions for minor misbehavior such as dress code violations, and prohibits the school from involving law enforcement in disciplinary cases that the schools can handle safely themselves.

    Justice Department lawyers asked for the changes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which authorizes the department to act when it finds discrimination in schools.
    Source: Reuters

  • This is something that happens across the board–Blacks and non-whites receiving a different level of treatment than whites.
  • Discussion about disciplining the people who imposed this unbalanced justice and restitution to the victims of these actions.
  • The same thing will happen in the future, because the schools will simply work within the confines of the new rules to treat darker children differently.
  • This is a step in the right direction to show the imbalance of justice.
  • Discussion about Black teachers who talk about how bad the students are. These teachers came up in the white supremacist system, and they have bought into the mis-charachterization of non-white children.
  • Discussion about escalation of school discipline as being taken more seriously, which means they child may be more stigmatized if they are accused of misbehaving.
  • Are they closing schools in your area? Let us know!
  • If something happens in your area, please don’t make panicked phone calls and messages without letting the person know what’s going on… Imagine receiving a message like that.

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