Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hickman Mills Harsh Times Teachable Moment

Up close and personal report of a school district on the decline while other surrounding districts do okay . . . Insiders remind us that Raytown and Grandview have pretty much the same demographic and income level of this partially accredited district whilst the performance just can't seem to keep up. Take a look: This Longtime Hickman Mills Teacher Has Witnessed Economic Slide In The District

7 Comments:

Anonymous said...

This is lovely, touching article. Ms. Pitts deserves our praise and honor. I wish I had a solution to the modern problems in the family. Parents are over worked and exhausted. Kids are neglected. In the book "Coming Apart", Charles Murray describes the difference between the classes, and it is becoming worse, not better.

Anonymous said...

This lady is a hero for working on, through decades while her community went through economic and social decline, to teach its children despite ever-shrinking educational resources.

The economy and technology never stop changing, but the low quality of Missouri's politicians and the selfishness of its business leaders ensure that life in the Show Me state will just keep getting worse and worse for most of its residents.

Missouri and Kansas used to be pleasant states to live in, and good places for raising kids. Now, except in a few high-income zip codes, they are decaying shit holes like you used to see only in the South. It's shameful.

Anonymous said...

This is the most important and well-done local news story you linked to today, Tony.

Anonymous said...

HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT FUCKING GROID APE! She's probably eaten the school district out of business!

Anonymous said...

Nothing new so why is this a story? Just to feel sorry for a district full of black kids? Why is this school district so much better then KCK, Grandview and KCPS?

Poorer districts preform...poorly. Nothing new. From that chart it looks like all the whites from the '80s to '91 moved to Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Raymore and Peculiar. Mostly for peace, quite, better jobs, better housing and to get away from the demographic coming in.

But Cerner is building that compound on Bannister Mall's old grave. I'm sure most if not all of those parents will happily live on 107th and Blue Ridge.

Anonymous said...

Poorer districts preform...poorly. Nothing new. From that chart it looks like all the whites from the '80s to '91 moved to Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Raymore and Peculiar. Mostly for peace, quite, better jobs, better housing and to get away from the demographic coming in.

So very correct. Ruskin Class of '80. Bought my first house in the Hickman Mills district (it was home), but soon realized it was no longer the p!ace to live.

Kids will perform academically only when helped/motivated by their parents. There is no such thing as being too tired to help your kids, period. If you are not up to the task, get fixed to prevent a childbirth & adopt if you ever develop the desire to raise a child.

Anonymous said...

Why does Ms. Pitts seem to understand the issue while Mr. Carpenter simply says we haven't spent enough money? Ms. Pitts is an outstanding teacher and has dedicated her career to the children of HMSD - no matter their race, income or home life. She has her pulse on the community and understands the uphill battle these kids have. She's been a part of the community and district for decades and has a lot of wisdom and insight. On the other had we have Mr. Carpenter (Carpetbagger) who lands in town with is snake-oil fixes while consistently dismissing the opinions and ideas of the district's long time employees. His fixes involve running up debt on his pet, resume building projects as he passes through from Georgia on to the next offer - absolutely NO commitment to the community and district. Does he even live in the district? Does he send his kids to the district?
Thank you Ms. Pitts for your dedication, service and love of kids - this was obviously a career of service and passion for you as you gave to others. You are heads and shoulders above your boss!