Recently a Baltimore mother was placed on a pedestal by the news and police authorities for disciplining her son for taking part in the Baltimore riots.
Had this mother employed the same measure of discipline while in her son’s school to correct his abhorrent behavior there it is likely she would be arrested and charged with child abuse.
Our current system of education persecutes and prosecutes parents who discipline their children according to their cultural norms and morays and then blames parents for raising undisciplined children.
Once children understand that they cannot be held accountable for their actions and actually have control over the measures of the discipline they will receive they believe they are more powerful than the adults in their environment and therefore can do or say whatever they like.
This standard works well for the children of the wealthy however, for the children of the poor, acting upon this acquired attitude of entitlement, can and does have tragic consequences such as incarceration and/or death.
The children of wealthy parents are no different from the children of the poor. They make the same mistakes. However, the effects of poverty are such that the children of the poor go to jail for their mistakes while the children of the wealthy are allowed the opportunity to recover from their mistakes and are supported in their efforts to overcome the consequences of their mistakes.
Our current system of education continuously removes the responsibility of parenting from parents, in the name of poverty, and then blames parents for not being more responsible for ensuring their children’s education.
Our current system of education blames teachers, students, and parents for the educational failure of our children when in fact it is the system of double standards that is to blame.
When we provide every child in America with an excellent free and public education that discovers, develops, and directs their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, concerned, actively engaged citizens, the double standards that exist to propagate and perpetuate the slavery of the poor will end.
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