A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English...Now dig this.
Navon Warren grew up in West Baltimore. He was three months old when his father was shot to death. Before his 18th birthday, he would lose two uncles and a classmate, all gunned down on the streets of Baltimore...
High school students are tested by the state in math and English. Their scores place them in one of five categories – a four or five is considered proficient and one through three are not. At Frederick Douglass (where Navon goes to school), 185 students took the state math test last year and 89 percent fell into the lowest level. Just one student approached expectations and scored a three.
|The demographic dot map of Baltimore with Navon's high school marked. I left it very large, so it's worth a click.|
Now dig this.
Current Members of the Baltimore City Council
|2||Belair Parkside||Brandon M. Scott||Democratic||2011|
|5||Northwest||Isaac "YItzy" Schleifer||Democratic||2016|
|6||Park Heights, Roland Park||Sharon Green Middleton||Democratic||2007|
|7||Mondawmin||Leon F. Pinkett III||Democratic||2016|
|8||Edmondson Village, Forest Park||Kristerfer Burnett||Democratic||2016|
|12||Greenmount, Jonestown||Robert Stokes Sr.||Democratic||2016|
|14||Charles Village||Mary Pat Clarke||Democratic||1975|
|At-Large||Baltimore City||Bernard "Jack" Young||Democratic||2010|
Navon's classmates are essentially illiterate and unemployable. They're growing up in a war zone. I didn't look it up, but illegitimacy rates must be near 80% in their neighborhoods. For all intents and purposes, there are no whites, asians or hispanics around them. The entire government is made up of Democrats and has been for decades.
The problem cannot be political because there is only one side present.
The problem cannot be racial because there is only one race present.
Go ahead and argue politics and racism all you want. Go ahead and tear down Confederate war memorials and burn the Dixie flag. Go ahead and scream about white supremacists on campus. Talk about economic opportunity zones and tax cuts and over-regulation until you're blue in the face. Wear your Make American Great Again hat until it's glued to your head. Talk about LGBT rights morning, noon and night. March and protest about
Here's an entire generation who are not capable of making use of anything but the most basic handouts because they lack the core skills of literacy and mathematics.
Without intact, traditional families and the stability and social structure they create, these kids are utterly screwed.
By the way, good luck getting these guys to help out with the $20B Federal debt we've accumulated.
Update: It's not funding, either. The Baltimore School District spends 50% above the national average per student.