Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Isn't this ironic?

Remember when Oprah, opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa? I remember thinking, Wow! Oprah's opening a school...In South Africa? Isn't she from Mississippi? What about opening an American school? Oprah's response to that very question was:

"Say what you will about the American educational system — it does work. ... If you are a child in the United States, you can get an education. ... I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn't there. ... If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod, sneakers, or some money. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school."

I hate general comments like this. Not ALL kids only want iPods, sneakers or money. Some do want an education. And how does Oprah know that those kids don't need sneakers? I mean, maybe they outgrew the pair they had. Maybe they needed money to keep the lights on at home. *Sigh*

Anyway, that was not where I was trying to go with this. I found a soapbox to preach on and I seem to have gotten off track. There has been another incident at the Leadership Academy. Seven girls were suspended for sexual harassment and their parents received a letter that included the following:

"You have been found guilty of physical contact of a sexual nature with another pupil on campus, harassment, bullying other girls on campus and of being dishonest by not telling investigators the whole truth."

See? See? Okay, I am in no way happy about this or condoning this sort of behavior, but this proves that there's always something going on. You can travel to South Africa, Antarctica, France, Bed-Stuy, or the West Side and you will find something that "kids" do that will make you shake your head in disgust. Now what, Oprah?

1 comment:

  1. I think her opening a school in South Africa was a great thing to do. The people over there want an education-she/and others are helping to give it to them. Now-back to your statement-yes kids these days are horrible! Not horrible, but impressionable-and there is no clue as to who is teaching those girls at that school to act a fool. At any school for that matter. I think its the easy access to the internet. (If its not filtered, there is no telling what theyre watching...) I know I'm gonna have all types of blockers on my computer when my girls get older!