Ruminations of a Baby Boomer: Extreme Poverty & Extreme Wealth in America

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Opinion Column by Frosty Wooldridge
Part 3: Rich versus Poor, Smart versus Illiterate, Middle America versus Inner-city America

During my college years, I became a volunteer teacher at Franklin Street School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I read all the educational success stories of inner-city teachers. I ate it up. My high-energy enthusiasm walked into those classrooms "knowing" I would change the world for the better.

Two years later, I fled those classrooms because of the violence, sexual deviance, drugs, beatings, alcoholism and emotional abuse those inner-city kids faced on a daily basis.  Their parents suffered from illiteracy, joblessness and simply not being able to cope with American life or the jobs that required educational excellence.  In a word: hopeless!  I discovered nothing works in ghetto schools in Detroit, NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Denver, Dallas, LA and any big city with huge minority classrooms. At one point in Detroit, Michigan's
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