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Chicago Prom Slogan: This Is Are Story [Pic]

Its hard to deny just how poorly Chicagos public schools are performing when it hits you in the face. Such is the case with Paul Robeson High Schools 2014 prom theme: This is Are Story.


Some people might enjoy mocking the irony of the gross misuse of vocabulary.

But unless the organizers of the prom festivities planned the wording this way as a joke, theres nothing funny about the situation.

Paul Robeson High School is located in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicagos South Side, one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. The high school also is part of the failing Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, system.

Four out of 10 CPS freshmen do not graduate.

If they do graduate, 91 percent have to take remediation courses in college because they do not know how to do basic math and school work. Just 26 percent of CPS high school students are college-ready, according to the ACT subject matter tests.

Students in these schools whose families cant afford an alternative are trapped in classrooms that, for the most part, aren”t equipping them to succeed in the future.

But while CPS students get left behind, their teachers receive generous compensation.

The average CPS teacher salary is $76,000. The last contract negotiations in 2012 gave CPS teachers 17 percent raises over three years.

The median household income in Chicago is just $47,408. The disparity is worse in Englewood, a neighborhood where 23.6 percent of residents are unemployed and the average per capita income is $12,255.

Somethings not adding up.

Students cant spell. They cant do math. They aren”t graduating. And theyre not being set up to succeed in the real world.

So why should CPS teachers be rewarded with raises?

The Paul Robeson prom theme is a glaring example of just how bad things have gotten in Chicago Public Schools. The tragic irony is that Paul Robeson students picked a theme that evokes hope for the future; something every child deserves.

But until CPS changes its ways, the system will continue failing students at schools like Paul Robeson.

Its time all Chicago students have a reason to believe in a brighter tomorrow.
If only my grammar was alive to see me graduate

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Date: 06/11/15 07:50 AM

24 Responses to Chicago Prom Slogan: This Is Are Story [Pic]

  1. Profile photo of nettech98
    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    June 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    Link: Chicago Prom Slogan: This Is Are Story - If only my grammar was alive to see me graduate
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    jbwhite Male 18-29
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:12 am
    Have they just given up?
  3. Profile photo of furrything
    furrything Male 50-59
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:22 am
    ....`there`s` `can`t` `something`s` `can`t` (again!) `can`t` (AGAIN!!!) `they`re`...and, last of all...`it`s`.
    Your `Grammar` OH, I SEE! It`s a JOKE!

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    slut_etta Female 50-59
    3882 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:26 am
    can`t = cannot.
    cant = leaning to one side.

    although the criticism of CPS is deserved, the author should at least proofread his own text before submitting it, anywhere. i thought that perhaps the apostrophe was not being recognized, but the author uses the word `cant` and then almost immediately uses `aren`t`. so that`s not the problem....

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    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
    1517 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:30 am
    South Cicero Ave? Good God. That is probably the biggest trashpit in the whole city of Chicago. As much as I love my hometown... I`d rather take my chances walking a tightrope over the Grand Canyon rather than walk down certain streets.

    Its a shame that even the schools in the area reflect the terrible state of the neighborhood.
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
    2018 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:33 am
    76K for 9 months is over 100k for a normal, 12 month job.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
    2374 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:33 am
    Soon, humans will communicate with grunts, howls, and of course twerking.

  8. Profile photo of Draculya
    Draculya Male 40-49
    14654 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:40 am
    OP is angry
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7751 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:44 am
    They should have it cancelled.
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    normalfreak2 Male 18-29
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:48 am
    Blaming the teachers "salary" is stupid. Could the CPS actually get rid of bad teachers better? Sure. Teachers SHOULD be getting paid a good wage. They should also be good teachers.
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    MelCervini Female 50-59
    2252 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 8:54 am
    sounds like they need a good community planner
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    broizfam Male 60-69
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:59 am
    "So why should CPS teachers be rewarded with raises?"

    Hazard pay. Maybe it`s the only way to get teachers into the school.

    The fact that kids won`t learn is often NOT the fault of the teacher. My wife is a Speech-Language specialist. Part of her work is in a school like this one. Often the kids will come in, sit down, and simply refuse to do, or even look at, any work at all. These are 18 year old ghetto kids. If they don`t want to do the work there`s nothing you can do to make them.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    June 11, 2014 at 9:32 am
    Perhaps it was meant to say: `This Is Arse Story`.
  14. Profile photo of Torq
    Torq Male 40-49
    358 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 10:03 am
    No child left behind. Even if he can`t read or write we`re gonna graduate the bastard.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    June 11, 2014 at 11:39 am
    I`d ask for great pay too if I had to work at a sh*tty school like that one.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm
    Inner city school?
  17. Profile photo of BostonKaiser
    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
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    June 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm
    Before you blame the teachers, I suggest you spend a day in one of these classrooms. The behavior of the "students" is appalling.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33134 posts
    June 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    "This Are Our Story" = Fixed it!

    @BostonKaiser: Good point. They probably have a terrible time getting teachers to GO to that school, ANY teachers, nevermind good ones.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    June 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    I got $100 that says the teachers are unionized. Any takers?
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    kiltguy Male 18-29
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    June 12, 2014 at 12:09 am
    "Its time all Chicago students have a reason to believe in a brighter tomorrow."

    lol.... irony!
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    June 12, 2014 at 7:55 am
    Dat be how my moms spell it.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
    1950 posts
    June 12, 2014 at 11:28 am
    Chicago still has schools?

    Hey wanna know why the Bears suck so bad?

    Do ya?


    Well, it`s because.....

    they start off as Cubs.
  23. Profile photo of SavageChef
    SavageChef Female 50-59
    2692 posts
    June 16, 2014 at 5:39 am
    Yes, yes, nettech98.You have a point. (Wear a hat, and no one will notice it.) Now, go and proofread your post.
  24. Profile photo of Doiknowyou
    Doiknowyou Male 30-39
    999 posts
    June 11, 2015 at 9:09 am
    Dis is yare future America!

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