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Politicians hand out merch but ignore educational disasters | Chris Powell

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As Governor Lamont and Connecticut legislators tour the state seeking re-election and distributing funds for seemingly great new projects and programs, what was already a disaster has gone from bad to worse with little attention. Hmm.

That’s the failure of education in the city, especially New Haven, which the school board reviewed last week Horrifying Freshman Proficiency Tests and Attendance Data.

Only 12% of New Haven students achieve grade-level grades in math and only 28% in English.

The city’s schools have a chronic absentee rate of 54%, and students miss more than 10% of their classes. This is the highest absentee rate ever recorded by a city school.

As for what to do, the school board seems unable to get past the local controversy over how best to teach reading and writing. But as if Connecticut had not pursued such a policy since the State Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1977 Houghton v. Mesquil school funding case 45 years ago, the city’s other People continue to demand more spending on education and higher salaries for teachers. Decades of increased school spending and higher teacher salaries have made teachers happier, but have not improved student performance.

The problem lies elsewhere. Not teaching or money, but child neglect resulting from more than half a century of social disintegration, policy-induced family breakdown among the poor.

Of course, elected officials in New Haven are not enthusiastic Acknowledge that problems are their own constituents. Nor is it the top elected official of the state. They are all Democrats and have long farmed New Haven for their party’s largest majority in state elections.

That said, a student’s educational performance is mostly a matter of parents. Teachers and school administrators often bravely challenge and sometimes inspire students enough to overcome their handicaps at home. I am a conscientious parent. A lack of conscientious parenting is at the root of the educational catastrophe in New Haven and elsewhere in cities and suburbs. In Connecticut, it can’t even be acknowledged or even officially discussed, much less resolved.

As a result, many children are doomed to unskilled labor, poverty, crime, misery and dependence on government subsidies. At least the perpetual poverty of cities has long underpinned this Democratic pluralism. So it is never questioned.

But constant poverty does not sustain democracy and freedom. Only the independent, well-educated middle class would do so.

Governors and legislators handing out goodies seeking re-election are like buying new curtains while houses are burning down.

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New party time: Polls show that most Americans are dissatisfied enough with both Democrats and Republicans, notably Democrats to re-nominate President Biden or replace him with Vice President Kamala Harris, and Republicans to vote for Donald Trump. Trump’s re-nomination. So last week, dozens of prominent former Democrats and Republicans announced they were forming a party called The Forward.

The forwards are led by businessman Andrew Yang, a highly liberal Democrat who recently ran for president and mayor of New York City, and Christine Todd Whitman, a moderate Republican and former governor of New Jersey. Mr. Both seem more capable and better suited for leadership than presidents and former presidents.

In the 1980 and 1992 presidential elections, the third party performed surprisingly well. Bill Clinton.

But Anderson and Perot were clearly in favor of something: Anderson supported Carter’s liberal misfortune and Reagan’s moderate opposition to conservatism, while Perot cut the national debt.

What does Forward stand for? Even its organizers don’t know yet, but just not Biden and the mad left, not Trump and simple lunatics, might be enough to get started.

Chris Powell is a columnist for the Journal Inquirer.