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"Amazing 9 year old Asean Johnson brings the crowd to their feet at Chicago school closings rally"

This week Chicago decided to go ahead with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to close 49 public schools in effort to combat the decreasing and highly inefficient budget. This kind of decision is easy to make when you don’t have to put a face to the thousands of kids being thrown out of their school and these kids now face quite uncertain futures as the plans of how Chicago will move on don’t give the communities facing this issue much confidence.

Before the decision was made on Wednesday, 9 year old Asean Johnson got the chance to plead a bit of his case at one of the rally’s to stop the school closings. He starts off coming right after Mayor Emanuel stating “He is not caring about our schools, he is not caring about our safety, he only cares about himself.” If this loss of faith in the Chicago’s leader’s, present in 9 year olds, can do nothing to change the way we handle our failing education system then the question is what can we do next to aid the situation.

As Mr. Johnson said “You should be investing in these schools not closing them. You should be supporting these schools not closing them.” And we all need to start up the chant and join Chicago because “Education is a right, and that is why we have to fight!”

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Comment by Natasha R. on June 1, 2013 at 11:52am
Wow. Just wow!
Comment by Shemaiah Sturdivant on May 30, 2013 at 1:21am

You better say that lil man !

Comment by Patrick Chappelle on May 24, 2013 at 2:37pm

But, yeah. Kudos to little dude speaking his mind on the subject.

Comment by Patrick Chappelle on May 24, 2013 at 2:14pm

I hate schools for the most part, specifically public schools. They are the greatest obstruction to human knowledge, achievement and advancement on the planet.

People call me a "genius" (I'm not), but the bulk of what I learned sure as hell didn't come from any of the schools I attended. My girlfriend's son isn't doing too well in his school, but when I give him assignments where I allow him to choose a subject, not only does he choose the most complicated topics (genetics for instance), but he is pretty good at articulating what he's learned. But his school sucks! They rarely give them homework, and they have yet to conduct one experiment in science class.

My father bought my siblings and I two large bookcases full of encyclopedias and other text books, I have passed my own personal library on to my girlfriend's son. I firmly believe in the DIY ethic, especially when it comes to our own children. American schools are capable of nothing more than breeding automatons. 


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