Monday, July 23, 2007

On Trolls and the Memphis City Schools

As a Memphis City School parent and someone who works with MCS grads all the time, I wanted to say this:

considering the amount of venomous derision that is spewed at their education by members of the community who (I suspect) have nothing to do with the schools, MCS children are universe-class overachievers.

Problems, there are lots of them. We have to solve them. We can solve them.

But anyone who is so smug and complacent that they tear down children who are working and learning, should take heed.

Because in a generation the products of MCS, wonderfully unaware that they're supposed to be idiots, who have kept learning, have kept working, will have zipped past any and everyone who has staked their self-worth and gauged their competition on today's status quo.

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Blogger field guide to memphis said...

people are so quick to find fault rather than looking at ways in which systems work, especially when you're an outsider looking in. yet sometimes the brokenness of things also shows the strengths as well.

there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in...

2:55 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

field guide, I really don't mind people pointing out cracks. As far as I'm concerned, they're not trolls. It's the sweeping statements -- "MCS are a disaster" -- that really prompted me to write the post.

The MCS and its performance are a racial scorecard for many of the trolls. They act like they care about education, but what they really want is another chapter in their fucked-up narrative about America.

Again, I don't want anyone to ever think that someone who offers a pointed critique of MCS is a troll.

thanks very much for your comment.

7:23 AM  

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