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POOR LOGIC

Filed at 1:52 pm under by dcobranchi

Moving to the suburbs doesn’t shield kids from the same problems that plague inner city schools.

A report released Wednesday by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a non-profit education think tank, says suburban high school students are just as likely as their urban counterparts to smoke, drink, use illegal drugs and have sex.

The 30-page study shatters the myth that moving to the suburbs provides children with a safer school environment and shows that many of the concerns fueling urban flight are unfounded, said Mike Hughes, executive director of PREHAB of Arizona, which operates four residential treatment centers for troubled youths and works with schools on drug abuse and gang prevention.

No, it shows that suburban schools are just as bad. The concerns are well-founded; the “solution” is not. But, we all know a better solution, don’t we?

6 Responses to “POOR LOGIC”


Comment by
Scott
January 29th, 2004
at 2:18 pm

I live here (in Phoenix) and I pulled my kids ( 7 and 8 years old) out of a PRIVATE school because the system was corrupt. Of course there was no way I was going to commit them to the public gulags, so we have had them at home for almost two years now and guess what? I have never seen my children so happy and well behaved! I will never subject them to “mass confusion” again, and my daughter (1 year old) will never know that tourture.


Comment by
Scott
January 29th, 2004
at 2:19 pm

Please excuse my previous misspelling of torture!


Comment by
Chris
January 29th, 2004
at 3:02 pm

I don’t get a trackback for this one too? (grin)

My first thought – if this were to become the common belief – what would it do to property values in the burbs of major cities, where people pay $500K for a townhouse just to be in a “good” school district, that apparently isn’t so good.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
January 29th, 2004
at 3:28 pm

Sorry, Chris, I found that one on my own. 🙂


Comment by
Laura
January 29th, 2004
at 3:56 pm

I think it shows that you can’t move to a “good” school district and think that you can slack up on parenting. Of course, anybody with sense knows that. Human nature doesn’t alter with socioeconomic status. The thing is, each kid doesn’t run with all other kids in any school. There were students in my daughter’s biology class two years ago who crouched behind a table and planned drug parties on their forbidden cell phones. She viewed them with extreme distaste and would never have had anything to do with them socially. It’s the same in the workplace. Everybody creates his own society.


Comment by
Judy Aron
January 29th, 2004
at 4:20 pm

I live in a Very Good school district in CT – and I wish I had a dime for every parent who has moved here, or to Simsbury CT, or to another wealthy district – and who have paid a huge premium on their home – plus oodles of taxes – only to tell me that they are now homeschooling because of the problems..
Unfortunately even if you go visit the school (which most times are lovely buildings – new and have all the bells an whistles) it doesn’t give an accurate picture of what goes on in those schools. Additionally the wealthy suburbs are just the places where kids can buy (and afford to buy) any drug they want, and those kids are pretty much left to their own devices while mom and dad are off living their own lives – both work to make money to live in the rich burbs and therefore are not around to parent.