Stop the Madness

December 28, 2009

by Tammy Drennan

Walter Williams reports: 77% of Detroit’s 8th graders score below basic. Other urban schools not much different. “What’s to be done about this tragic state of black education?”

If the state had taken on the responsibility of feeding your children but it became clear it was starving them, or feeding them a diet so deficient in nutrition they were becoming ill, what would you do?

Would you demand they do better? March? Picket? Sue?

Maybe you’d do all those things. But how many days would you let your children go hungry without feeding them yourself? One, two, seven, a year? Five years?

Urban schools across the nation are literally starving children — intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually — dooming them to a lifetime of struggle and hopelessness.

Should children be transferred out of these hell holes? Absolutely. Immediately.

But that’s not going to happen. It’s been the cry and battle of reformers for decades, and one generation after another has been burned on the altar of government money and control and do-gooder self-satisfaction.

How much longer, parents? How much longer, churches? How many more children, reformers? How many more young lives are worth sacrificing in this war to make government pay?

It’s time to stop playing the reform game while children languish and die, their minds and lives and futures decimated by politicians, special interests and dollar signs.

Parents, Relatives, Family — you are the most responsible, your children’s greatest defense. Band together with one another, with your church leaders, with your communities. Take your children back.

Other people may want to help, but it’s up to you to act first. The only thing that matters is the well-being of your children — now. Right now.

Churches, stop playing footsie with public schools. Create a better way, better options. Where is the leadership, the courage, the honesty? Step up to the plate. Stop letting the state turn children into a third-world mission field.

There is an answer. And it’s not public schools. All the dreaming and screaming and scheming in the world will not make it work.

The answer is parents, family, community, churches.

Say no to the state. Take your children back. Stop the madness.