Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Quiet Wave of School District Secessions

This is the trickle from the cracks in the dam just before it collapses and bursts. From US News & World Reports:

When a judge ruled last week that the predominantly white Alabama city of Gardendale can secede from the majority black Jefferson County to form its own school district, the decision paved the way for the eighth such secession of wealthier and whiter municipalities in the state since 2000.

The judge’s ruling, which acknowledged that "race was a motivating factor" behind the effort despite its backers insistence they simply wanted more local control, garnered national attention because of a standing desegregation order the county has been under since 1965.

But dozens of school districts have similarly broken away from bigger ones – at least 36 since 2000, according to EdBuild, a nonprofit that focuses on education funding and inequality – moves that went largely undetected. In almost all cases, the communities involved were less diverse and had higher property values than those they left behind, compounding socioeconomic inequalities that plague public schools.
Secession movements are rising spontaneously all over the US, out of school districts, cities, counties, States, and even from the US itself. True, some fizzle out, but there are several more that pop up after one loses momentum. The point is that the "S" word is now mainstream, and taking hold in more places. A little bit here, a little bit there, and the next thing you know, the bloated megastate is no more. Here's a salute to the 21st century, the century of small government and peace, and a good-bye to the 20th, the century of big government and perpetual war.

8 comments:

roho said...

Many municipalities in Birmingham Greater Area have started their own school districts.......And all have been better than the garbage of the Jefferson County or Bham school systems. The motivation is better education, home price increases, and more control over the hiring of stupid teachers. (Unfortunatly, they will still bus in black atheletes to play football.)

It's all about the control and corruption of revenue. The Bham school Board just voted themselves a raise from $15,000 a year to $50,000 a year? If Maxine Waters can get voted into Congress, you can only imagine the idiots at the local level?

Weaver said...

Hath not the morning dawned with added light?
And shall not evening call another star
Out of the infinite regions of the night,
To mark this day in Heaven? At last, we are
A nation among nations; and the world
Shall soon behold in many a distant port
Another flag unfurled!
Now, come what may, whose favor need we court?
And, under God, whose thunder need we fear?
Thank Him who placed us here
Beneath so kind a sky -- the very sun
Takes part with us; and on our errands run
All breezes of the ocean; dew and rain
Do noiseless battle for us; and the Year,
And all the gentle daughters in her train,
March in our ranks, and in our service wield
Long spears of golden grain!

Weaver said...

Pat Buchanan: http://buchanan.org/blog/macron-eus-last-best-hope-126852

"But if Macron is the present, who owns the future?

Across Europe, as in France, center-left and center-right parties that have been on the scene since World War II appear to be emptying out like dying churches. The enthusiasm and energy seem to be in the new parties of left and right, of secessionism and nationalism.

The problem for those who believe the populist movements of Europe have passed their apogee, with losses in Holland, Austria and, soon, France, that the fever has broken, is that the causes of the discontent that spawned these parties are growing stronger."

al benson jr. said...

This is all well and good and if these school districts can secede from those that provide lousy education, great. But what I would rather see is individual families, especially Christian families, be more active in seceding from the public school system as a whole. If one third of the Christian families in the South would take their kids out of the public school system it might well almost be in a position where it would have to shut down or greatly curtail its propaganda activities. I have been reminding Southern folks for years that public education down here was (and is) a major tool of "reconstruction" that their ancestors hated and opposed. So few seem willing to listen. If we want to preserve our faith and culture we have got to learn to stop letting the culture destroyers educate our children.

Cultural secession is a valid concept and we need to start practicing it.

roho said...

al benson jr.............As a Baby Boomer, I did not notice much of a change in thinking processes growing up. For the most part, I listened and admired the sayings of as much as three generations before me. (I even remember when the word "D" was substituted for the word "Divorce" in front of non adults.)

As I watch and listen to newer generations all of the way up to "millineals", I can see the effects of the public school system on their thinking. Most are simply not concerned with Southern Culture, and actually reserve some form of guilt as a result of their teaching and programming..........................It may be better with those educated in the church schools, but most that I see in the masses perceive all older generations as rednecks from the past that followed a failed belief system?.....................Hope i'm wrong.

Weaver said...

Al Benson,

It's much easier to do something if friends and neighbors are already doing it.

So, a homeschooling movement should benefit from others doing the same, suggesting a "critical mass" is reached at some point.

Roho,

my cousin watched a recent Lincoln movie. He told me he assumed it was all historical fact. So, the only way I could then refute the dang movie would be to watch it myself, write a report. I just don't have time. Millennials seem to trust their teachers, trust in society. One of the defining traits of a millennial I'd say is that deep trust.

I guess it's similar to how children trust their parents... I grew up hated for being a Southerner, so it was easy for me to rebel. And public schools showed me the differences between blacks and whites.

My only shame is that we lost the war. I wish we'd lost the moral victory but won the actual war.

It is shocking how little knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next. We find mainstream academia to be absurd, but the next generation trusts it, learns from it.

If you're a teenager or young adult, your primary goal is to reproduce, to make friends, to fit into society, and also to find a career path. You're vulnerable.

And American children are raised in this manipulative swamp, no defences, no allies. They're all alone with no one to help them. Largely abandoned. Anglo parents seem to believe in allowing their children to "find their own way", which just means allowing others to raise their children. So individualistic, Enlightened, universal, secular Anglo children are just manipulated and ruined. And we say Amen to it.

louisianais said...

Count the Southeast Baton Rouge School District as part of this trend and do not believe the lie that the incorporation of the new city of St. George is a secession from the city of Baton Rouge. The new city is in an unincorporated part of the parish (county).

Al Benson Jr. said...

It is easier to do some things if lots of other folks feel the same way. However, sometimes you have to do some things regardless of how others feel and even if most others will disagree with you. When we decided we had to home school our kids the vast majority of folks in the church we attended at the time, from the minister on down, disagreed with us. They even sent the minister out to talk us into putting the kids in public school. Thanks be to God, none of it worked and we home schooled the kids anyway. After living in West Virginia for part of the textbook protest there in the mid-1970s and seeing how the bureaucracy in public education operated, no way under Heaven were our kids going to be part of that, and they never were.

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do no matter who doesn't like it.