I have been searching the internet for inspiration and motivation, not necessarily the optimal source to find something to elevate my broken spirit. Nevertheless, I can across an article on a friend’s Facebook page (Sheila Ealey) who told me she came across the article years ago. Therefore, I searched to identify the author and I am glad I did because in one article she acknowledged that her work was all over cyberspace. She stated the worst feeling was when she saw her articles referred to as author Unknown. Lori Borgman today your article will have your name as the writer of this amazing article on my Blog!
However, before I share her article I will describe why I found it so prolific. As I pondered what is happening in schools, with our children and within our communities across the nation her article which made perfectly good common sense to me:
- Children are fearful – they act out
- Children are angry –they act out
- Children are parents – they do not know what they are doing
- Grandparents are raising grandchildren – they have lost their golden years
- Children are abandoned and disturbed and emotionally, sexually, and physically abused – they act out
- People live in fear – they act out
- White people are fearful of Black people – they act out
- Why is it that doctors are not mandated to report births to girls under the age of 16? – doctors protected
With All Deliberate Speed
The educational system in the United States shifted when Brown v. Board of Education mandated equal education for all students and ended segregation in public schools, and with all deliberate speed. While there are students of Color, particularly Black students performing well in schools common sense would ask that we step back and determine where are high achieving Black students performing better. Common sense might ask the adults to question do zip codes matter? Common sense might want to know what is the average medium wage of those high achievers’ parents. Yes, there are those students in public schools that are able to capture some educators’ eyes and are pushed and motivated and may actually make it out of the STPP and go to college. Then what? Common sense and experience have proven to me that many institutions of higher education particularly the Ivy Schools and the Selective Schools (crème-de-la-crème institutions) still fail to maintain a reasonable retention rate of Black students. These institutions talk-the-talk, but the reality is that they really do not know how to engage students from marginalized communities. They have a difficult time retaining the select few from Prep and/or Bordering Schools and Private High Schools, let alone those who are products of public schools. Yes, these mighty institutions with the multi-million dollar endowments lack common sense. I was told by a person who shall remain nameless, that Ivies and Selective Schools, even with their massive endowments, just do not have the know how or have the ability to help Black and Latino students who are high achievers and/or marginalized. These institutions that produce presidents, senators, executives, lawyers, doctors, and leaders in every industry lack common sense.
All deliberate speed has been slow in coming for our most vulnerable children. Many Black students are performing two or more grade levels below their more affluent Black peers and farther below their white peers. In many cases, their schools are old, unsafe, dark, and uninviting to motivate creativity, or thoughtfulness. They are unappealing to the eyes of children, so why do the adults expect rigor, stellar performance because frankly we know these types of building will not inspire or arouse critical thinking.
However, I digress or not, because, common sense, the structure I perceive it to be no longer exists in education and in many cases parenting.
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth, records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain:
- Why the early bird gets the worm:
- Life isn’t always fair:
- And maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further, when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live, as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
***There is one item in the article I must address and it is the reference to the lady who filed a lawsuit against McDonalds because of the scalding coffee – what most people do not know is that that particular store had numerous complaints about the excessive heat of the coffee. They had to pay for not adjusting the temperature of the coffee machine.***
TL;DR: This post addresses the demise of common sense in society and the effects it has had in communities, families, schools, parenting, accountability in higher education and my observations, opinions, and experiences.