Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kids get fired up for testing

Kids over at North Jackson Elementary had a little pep rally for MCT2 tests:



North Jackson is a C school and was rated an F two years ago.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps if they would focus more on the school work and learning than the entertainment aspect of a disrespectful child on stage, the school may receive even higher than a "C".

My 2 cents. . .

Anonymous said...

That is the elementary school located next to 2 or 3 of the wealthiest black voting precincts in all of Mississippi. Applaud their progress but in JPS they are the exception.

The school is also 7/10ths of a mile away from where Senator John Horhn was held up at gunpoint in his driveway last Thursday. No report yet whether or not the guy who held up Horhn has had sex with underaged children.

Dante said...

Not a fan of how they did it, but things like this are important for kids and probably contributed to bumping them from an F to a C.

The kids need excitement and energy going into the tests.

lisa said...

{Typing with my heart on my sleeve}: Come on, now, I think the kid is adorable. And good for him: he's got 2 adults(?)interested in his school activities, eager to cheer him on (that alone gives him a leg up over his peers). Sure, it's easy to roll our eyes and chalk this sorta thing up to mere "entertainment." But remember when you were that age? For him, this is a really BIG DEAL, and kids do learn through entertainment. Who knows, this little experience just might do some good...Lord knows they need all the help they can get. Couldn't hurt?

Anonymous said...

I loved it! The lyrics are great..." no worries" when it comes to tests...I love that these kids are inspired to think learning, being prepared and achieving is " cool".
And, please tried to remember your parents thought either Elvis or The Beatles were awful and they, too, couldn't understand the lyrics!
Try not to be such rigid nimcompoops!

bill said...

I think they are trying and should get points for effort. I've never liked the notion of schools being measured on standardized tests, but since it appears to be here to stay I guess each school has to try to do its best. I don't think they were trying to teach anything. This was simply an attempt to get the kids interested through entertaining them, no different than if any local celebrity had visited the school and encouraged them to study hard and don't do drugs.

Kingfish said...

"I ain't ever seen no zeros"?????

Anonymous said...

That was the stupidest thing I have seen. They need to go back to the way things use to be. Quit having all these days out for parent/teacher meetings or teacher conferences. The teachers need to be allowed to discipline and stop all this crap the kids are dishing out and just teach.

Alfredeaux said...

11:34, wish it was that simple and easy for the administrators and teachers. An inner city school where 90(+) percent of the student population is either free or reduced lunch, and from a single parent home is a different world now than it was 20 years ago. The culture and family lifestyle that some of these students live and grow up in is not a very pretty picture. Taking corporal punishment out of the hands of the administrators probably is saving some lives of the administrators and teachers in JPS. Many of the elementary students are larger than their principals and teachers and have parents that have no respect for authority or the administrators and teachers. Without parental support, it is much harder and challenging to motivate and educate some of these children. Everyone needs to be motivated sometimes, and we are all motivated in different ways. If the pep rally worked and improved the school's performance, it served its purpose. In spite of all of the negative publicity JPS receives, there are some good schools with strong administrators and teachers who teach because they love what they do and are making a difference in the lives of the children they are in contact with. I know because I am married to an educator and hear and see this first hand.

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me . . . this is a school?!?

Anonymous said...

Great comments, Alfredeaux.

I wish someone could devise a workable solution to the problem of educating our youth, particularly at-risk children in failing inner city schools. So much of the problem lies outside of the school walls and can't be corrected by education funding.

Anonymous said...

You are too much Alfredeaux.

You are married to someone who could lose their life at any time, per you, and yet you allow your life's partner to still work in the public school system?

YOU ARE THE SORT OF IDIOT who will be quoted in the media, after the fact, that you never thought it (the violence you obviously think is possible) would happen to your spouse.

Shame on you Alfredeaux, shame on you.

Alfredeaux said...

6:51, those of us who are married, are all married to someone who could lose their life at any time. Statistically, a person is more likely to die in a car wreck than losing their life while at school as a school administrator or teacher. Throw in DUI related deaths and the number is probably even higher. Likewise, more deaths are related to cancer than deaths in the school. Based on your comment, I guess you do not drive or if you are married, do not let your spouse drive? Surely you do not drink and drive either, or even venture to drive on a Friday or Saturday night when DUI related injuries are the highest. I am also guessing you are not a smoker or around people who smoke or ingest foods with carcinogenic properties, or allow your spouse to go out in the sun.

I had nothing to do with my wife choosing education as her major in college as we were not married then. She is an educator because she loves it and not because she needs a job. You know nothing about me and yet you call me the SORT OF IDIOT because I let my wife work as an educator in JPS? Unlike you, I am not a control freak who dictates what career my wife can choose. I live in a real world where the chances of my wife being injured are far greater outside the school than in her school.

Shame on me or shame on you?



Anonymous said...

Not 6:51 but you painted the initial dire picture Alfred. There is a big difference between the causes of death you mention @ 8:26 and your alluding to the potential for violent death at the hands of students and/or their parents @ 3:00.

Alfredeaux said...

9:34, my statement: "Taking corporal punishment out of the hands of the administrators probably is saving some lives of the administrators and teachers in JPS." My statement was not a dire statement. It simply means that corporal punishment administered by school officials can make for a very angry and retalitory student. Removing corporal punishment makes the student less likely to retaliate against the administrator or teacher, providing a less hostile environment for the teacher. If a student is guilty of a serious problem, the school has options that do not have to promote or incite violent behavior.

Your are correct, there is a big difference in how we all can die. My point of comparison is that because there is a chance of bodily harm from doing our daily jobs, or other functions, you either go on with life, or you stay locked up in the house and avoid doing anything that has the potential for bodily injury.

For what it is worth. my wife has been an educator for over 25 years and has never even come close to being attacked by a student.

We be learnin' up in here! said...

The real question is why are elementary school students just now learning their colors? One of the first thing most children learn are basic color names. Mine knew their letters, numbers, colors, days of the week, etc. before they even went to preschool.

This kid has to come in and rap in pidgin English to get kids in grade school to name the colors of the crayon box? And since the school only went to C, is appears a few of the kids didn't even get that right.

But hey, as long as they aren't being taught about Columbus...

Anonymous said...

"Pidgin English" is the correct term here . . .

Anonymous said...

KF, I am with you; I could understand very little of that squealing, but double negatives offend me.

Anonymous said...

Prior to watching this video, I read some of these comments and thought I was about to witness something godawful. Some of these posters are just sick and quick to judge anything coming from Jackson. Get the stick out of your a**es. I have news for you. White kids enjoy this type of entertainment just as much as Black kids do.

Anonymous said...

Some of these posters are just sick and quick to judge anything coming from Jackson.

Then please do the rest of us losers a favor ASAP and stop reading here ASAP then return to your cave.

Anonymous said...

6:51 seems to suggest that if Alfreds comments are accurate, then he harbors a death wish for his spouse each day she leaves for work. If that attitude were popular, there'd be no teachers'

We all know full well that school settings often represent elevated levels of potential danger for employees; however, isn't it rather hollow-headed to suggest nobody should be employed there?

Kingfish said...

I don't have a problem with this. Some of this sounds like some white people who have no experience with the black community.

Like it or not, there is an anti-intellectual problem in the black community (like you see with rednecks as well). Actually worse than rednecks. Do well in school and you are acting white. Anything they can do in the school to fight that damn culture, I'm all for it. Christ used parables. Why? To speak God's truths to the people in ways they could understand.

This is the music many of them enjoy. They understand it. So wow, they got the idea to promote a message to them in their own language or ways that are fun for them. Heaven forbid. Sorry they didn't do it at a chalkboard in Latin while playing Chopin's Prelude to Kingfish.

Now about the use of bad language such as ain't got no zeros. I'm with ya there. Slam them all day for that one.

Anonymous said...

Chopin's Prelude to Kingfish.

My personal favorite....

Rolling Eyes said...

So, KF suggests we cater to the notion of 'good grades = too white'. I remember when Moochelle Obama told that group of black high school girls that when she was a high schooler, she was accused of being too white by classmates because (she claims) she made good grades. What an effing lesson for a person of that (supposed) stature to be giving to black people.

Kingfish would do well to simply post articles, moderate minimally and cash checks. His wisdom and opinions are laced with an obvious lack of real world experience. But, he gots an opinion on everythang fo damn sho.

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