There was an accident on the Schuylkill Expressway this morning, so I had the pleasure of driving the 30 Blocks of Squalor for the first time in a couple months. You’ll be happy to know the snow has melted and the garbage, debris, used drug paraphernalia and trash on the streets and sidewalks are visible again. Spring in the Squalor has arrived. The rats are squeaking instead of birds chirping. Dodging the gaping potholes along Chestnut Street kept me alert on the drive in. Who needs coffee? I only noticed five or six houses that looked like they would collapse in a stiff wind. The murals of black people doing great things still tower above the Squalor. I’m sure the bankrupt City of Philadelphia is allocating more funds to paint additional murals than allocated to filling the 10,000 potholes swallowing cars throughout the city.
As I passed the new West Philly High School, with no windows below 2nd floor level (I wonder why?), my mind was jolted by the absolutely disgusting news report I saw last night about John Bartram High School, which is located in Southwest Philly not far from the 30 Blocks of Squalor. As I watched this news report I was appalled and disgusted. I thought to myself, what kind of animal would do such a thing to another human being. Luckily, in this age of cell phone videos and youtube, we are all able to witness the utter disregard for human life exhibited by the feral animals inhabiting our inner city ghetto schools. It seems every desperately poor teenager in Philadelphia can somehow afford an iPhone and the $50 per month fee.
After watching this news report I had a number of observations and questions.
I went to high school. I have two kids in high school. What kind of hell hole requires a climate manager/conflict resolution specialist who is used to dealing with confrontations and fights between students in the halls of the school? The position sounds like a zoo keeper whose job is to keep the animals from attacking each other. This time the zookeeper was attacked by one of the wild animals.
They interviewed two teachers. The science teacher just happened to be the union rep. She matter of factly mentioned that two teachers were injured last week breaking up fights. Rather than put the blame where it belongs – the ignorant animals roaming the hallways and the parents/community that raised these derelicts – she immediately blamed the violence on underfunding. That’s a load of bullshit.
This school receives $12,000 per year to educate these students. The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1, with 1,100 students and 85 full time union teachers. The other teacher interviewed says he feels safe in his classroom with the doors locked, but doesn’t go into the hallway. My high school had a student to faculty ratio of 25 to 1. Even today it is 17 to 1. And it was safe to walk in the hallways. It is still safe to walk in the hallways. Here is a picture of John Bartram High School, home to future prison occupants. Very inviting, don’t you think?
With a little research you can find everything you need to know about this pitiful excuse for a learning institution and the fine upstanding community surrounding this tribute to union teaching excellence.
The demographics of Bartram High School are as you would expect:
- There are 1,100 students
- 92% of the students are black
- 2% of the students are white – and scared
- 100% are in the free lunch program
- A full 56% actually graduate
Their academic performance is astounding. Astoundingly bad. On a national basis, a 1,550 score on the SAT predicts a 65% chance that you can achieve a B minus average in college. The national average in 2013 was 1,498. The average in Pennsylvania was 1,480. Drum roll please. Only the best of the best at Bartram even take the SAT exam. Their average was 1,007. The taxpayers of PA spend $13.2 million per year on this “school” to get this result:
- It ranks 630 out of 639 schools in PA.
- 74% of the students scored below proficient in reading
- 79% of the students scored below proficient in math
- 17% of the students don’t show up on a daily basis
- 60% of the students in the state are proficient at math versus 12% at Bartram
- 67% of the students in the state are proficient at reading versus 17% at Bartram
- 40% of the students in the state are proficient at science versus 1% at Bartram
- 81% of the students in the state are proficient at writing versus 48% at Bartram
So it is beyond question that Bartram is graduating dullards onto the streets of Southwest Philly. Now for the funniest fact. With an average SAT score 35% below the minimum needed to predict a chance at success in college, 44% of the Bartram graduates enroll in college. Do you think the government student loans doled out to these fine students will get repaid? The Bartram School website actually has this as their mission:
Do you really think more money doled out to union teachers and armed cops roaming the hallways will improve the results of this disgrace? The future inmates in this school were produced by someone and raised in the community surrounding this high school. Some the data for this neighborhood sheds more light:
- 75% of the population is black
- 33% of households are on SNAP
- Median household income of $30,000 is 40% lower than the PA median
- 35% of households are below poverty levels.
- Only 32% of households are occupied by married couples
- Only 50% of working age people are employed
- Crime is rampant
Here is a list of the thriving industry in this neighborhood:
|Cricket Wireless||1||Rite Aid||1|
It seems those in abject poverty are able to afford Air Jordans, donuts, and cell phones. They need drugstores to get their free Obamacare drugs and a tax prep outlet to get their earned income tax credit refunds. Bartram High School and the black community in Southwest Philly responsible for raising the children have failed. They can’t blame anyone but themselves. This is not due to insufficient funding. This is due to insufficient parenting, personal responsibility and accountability. Black men impregnating black women and not taking responsibility for raising their children is the single biggest factor in feral animals roaming the hallways of Bartram high school assaulting teachers and other students. White liberal guilt will not fix this. Money won’t fix it. The black community has to take responsibility for raising their children like human beings. Is that racist?