De facto segregation and the ineptitude of Kansas City's Black elite have ruined the KC School District . . . Deal with it.
Just like every college educated white guy under 40, I have also read Freakanomics in lieu of becoming an interesting person in my own right. The book is filled with fascinating details that should be taken with a grain of salt: Like the utterly stupid and reprehensible Legalized abortion and crime effect.
Still, I'm a fan of the guy's theory on the low wages of crack dealers because it's basically true.
However, a recent argument devised by a local blogger regarding the "best inputs" (ugh . . . No homo!) which aren't attracted to KC Schools and result in poor performance overall is really stretching the logic of theories laid out Freakanomics - And I thought I was a bad guy for using the book to justify not leaving a tip.
Read the post for yourself but please remember that the demise of KC Schools played out over decades and was exacerbated by an irresponsible desegregation decision by one of the few, truly, "activist" judges . . . Therefore none of the district's problems are going to be solved by dumbass bloggers.
In other words, kids with more aptitude, and parents who invest in their children's education, improve more in school. The unfortunate reality is that the "best schools" tend to draw more of these types of students....while poor schools tend to attract more kids who's parents don't invest in them.And to be fair, the logic in the above statement isn't totally out of line but it does ignore one of the single most important item in human history: MONEY. KCMO Schools have been notoriously top heavy when it comes to their administration because the place is basically an employment agency for KC's Black elite politicos. Also, the deseg decision in the latter half of last century paved the way for a building boom that put a lot of money in places that had nothing to do with education and test scores (Anybody remember the Olympic sized pools and Russian fencing coaches?) . . . It wasn't because KCMO didn't have money, they just spent it EVERYWHERE but the classroom. Meanwhile, better area school districts have invested in technology and students while the head of the KC School Board has simply worked to assure that no white women or Latinos are gainfully employed under his watch. All of these details regarding mismanagement might put a better perspective on why the people from Independence want out of the district so badly . . . And why anyone with the means has already found a better educational option.
Still, it's too easy to blame broke ass students and their families for the sorry state of KCMO Schools and that's what so many people do rather than dealing with the decades of mismanagement on behalf of overpaid Administrators and an overtly political School Board.