Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Mrs TWC is in Chicago speaking at a Heritage Foundation education event.
TWC and the Boy are off to Knott's Scary Farm in a little bit. House Blonde is not. It's a little too scary.
So we're going to modified reruns. Mrs TWC has written extensively about Locke High School in LAUSD, which is sort of a poster child for all that's wrong with public education in America.
On March 17, 2005, 15-year-old Delusa Allen was shot in the head while leaving Locke High School in Los Angeles, sending her into intensive care and eventually killing her.
Despite what you may think about the state of public education, it ain't your suburban school. It's the schools at the margins, the kids who've been kicked to the curb and are locked into a system where it's a good week on campus if no kid bloodied the restroom tile. The mind numbs in disbelief at the callous disregard for the welfare of these school kids.
Mrs TWC provided the fodder and then got Steve Barr together with the boys at Reason. The result is this stunning video. If this don't bring a tear for the children (or a tear of joy for the children) you got ice in your heart, man.
The film was written, produced, and edited by Ted Balaker (one of John Stossel's wunderkinds). Ted likes a nice glass of the red now and again and I'm really, really, trying to get past the name dropping here. Sorry. I believe Paul Feine shot some of the footage as did ace cinematographer, PF Bentley. More about the Drew Carey project here.
Mrs TWC is Director of Education at Reason Foundation.
If you can't see the video, it's here.
Parts of this post appeared April 4, 2008