City of not so brotherly and sisterly love……..

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”…   Genesis 4:9

“You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw…” Exodus 5:7….Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’” 12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 14 And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”…Exodus 5:10-14

 

Philadelphia, City of Brotherly/Sisterly Love Indeed! Schools not serving as a place of learning; but rather as a place to hold children for a few hours a day …This is at the heart and art of planned disenfranchisement and underdevelopment; oddly this expression of “school reform” brings back the old memory and meaning of “Reform School”: Children just serving out a 12 year (if they don’t drop out earlier) sentence….

 “Budget Cuts Reach Bone for Philadelphia Schools…..”

 “…When a second grader came to the Andrew Jackson School too agitated to eat breakfast on Friday, an aide alerted the school counselor, who engaged him in an art project in her office. When he was still overwrought at 11, a secretary called the boy’s family, and soon a monitor at the front door buzzed in an older brother to take him home. Under a draconian budget passed by the Philadelphia School District last month, none of these supporting players — aide, counselor, secretary, security monitor — will remain at the school by September, nor will there be money for books, paper, a nurse or the school’s locally celebrated rock band…”

“I am worried sick,” said Lisa Ciaranca Kaplan, the principal, whose homey school in South Philadelphia serves 410 students, speaking 14 languages, all of whom qualify for free meals. “How do I relieve teachers for lunch if I have no one in the lunchroom? I’ll be the only person in this building who’s not in a class.”

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/17/education/budget-cuts-reach-bone-for-philadelphia-schools.html?ref=education&_r=0