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What Democrat Covid and education policies look like on the ground

What Democrat Covid and education policies look like on the ground

A black gentleman from Chicago, Willie Preston, posted this on Facebook.

I went to bury my Grandfather last week. My son went with me and when he returned back to school this week his assistant principal inquired why he missed two days last week. He told her he went to Mississippi and she contacted us and demanded he be quarantined for seven days from the point of his return. We explain he returned last Friday got him a COVID test and sent over the negative results. We just got a call that we have to come and pick him up, despite the negative COVID results because today is the seventh day and he can’t return until after he was out seven complete days. Also, they have no online option for him to keep up with his classmates. This is Horrible. CPS and Chicago policies are horrible and are destroying the futures of our children. #WAKEUP

This posting got 51 likes and 24 favorable comments within 24 hours.

I understand that this is an anecdotal story, but I do believe that it represents a LOT of American parents and grandparents with school-age kids.  In this case, the Chicago school system is placing arbitrary safety rules with dubious scientific support ahead of the critical learning of the child.  And what is the primary duty of a school system if not the critical learning of a child?

I know the Chicago school system very well – having served as the senior consultant to the Chicago Board of Education during a brief period of genuine reform.  The last thing the politicized school board in Chicago concerns itself is the education of the children – especially the minority children trapped in segregated substandard public schools with poor quality education.

What drives these major city school boards is politics.  Appointments to the school board is a highly partisan political process.  Many promotions within the system are predicated on political considerations.  Board meetings are consumed with which alderman’s cousin will get a construction contract … or a catering contract.  Union contracts are negotiated with union members on both sides of the table.

And while Mr. Preston’s Facebook posting is anecdotal, he is representing a much larger portion of the school parents – and the black school parents – than may be commonly believed in the general community.

Mr. Preston is correct. The policies of the Chicago public school system “are horrible and are destroying the futures of our children.”  The Democrat political machine’s policy of racial segregation and a bifurcated system of unequal education has resulted in “destroying the futures” of millions of black students over many generations.

I also had the opportunity to work with the late- Marva Collins and her West Side Prep Academy.  She kicked aside all the excuses as to why black children were not succeeding in school – the blame usually placed on the parents and the black children – and created a school that took the same economically and socially disadvantaged children and turned them out as college-bound graduates.

Mr. Preston is correct in pointing to the “policies” of the school board – which are the policies of the folks on the fifth and second floors of City Hall – the Office of the Mayor and the City Council Chamber, respectively.

Mr. Preston’s specific example may seem narrow, but it is symptomatic of much larger – and much longer – policies that have been, and are, “destroying the futures” of so many young children.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Joseph S. Bruder

    You’re right about one thing – it’s an anecdote, published on someone’s facebook page, and could be completely bogus or it could be school policy or it could be the policy of the entire city of Chicago, but it’s definitely only one side of the story. Not to bother yourself with finding the facts, you assure your readers it’s “happening more and more” and it’s all Democrats’ fault (or something)… No matter how many times you repeat “it’s just an anectdote”, all your loyal readers will hear “bad Democrats, COVID something-something, must be true, outrage required”.

    Just another one of your daily scare pieces.

    • Florida Phil

      If it is as you state, then it’s something he learned over the years of dealing with Democrats.

      • Joseph S. Bruder

        No, I think Larry has picked that up from people more like Trump – tireless self promotion (just read Larry’s bio! The “new Krauthammer”, like anybody really gives a shit), setting up straw-man (or scarecrow) arguments to defend his own viewpoints, playing both sides of the issues… that’s definitely Republican territory.`

  2. Feank stetson

    Larry’s got an anecdote and feelings, nothing more than feelings, feelings of loath. And so a single example in Chicago represents all Democratic COVID and Education policies.

    Give it a break, you can do better.

  3. Dan Tyree

    On the ground , it looks like bullshit