Photo credit: @julesdwit.
A not-for-profit media organization supported by people like you.
Tom Allon, president/CEO of Manhattan Media, discusses his bid for mayor and how he compares to Mayor Bloomberg, another head of a New York media empire.
Barbara, you speak the truth, but your observations are the elephant in the room. No one say the truth.
Stan, I began the day the same way, it works in binding the nation under one flag. No matter where you are from
Another "expert" who taught for two years at a specialty school - the reason why poor kids of color are not doing well is that education is not valued in their culture for the most part. The kids who succeed usually have working parents, routines and are kept away from running in the streets; most of the kids do not have parents who have positive educational experiences and as a consequence, that attitude is passed down. There is no literacy or cultural education at home; most of the kids don't have routines, don't do homework or study, come to school hungry and unwashed. I worked in a public school in Crown Heights for many years and was shocked that the parents had the money to rent tuxedos for a 2 hour dance in the gym but weren't able to buy their kids school supplies or teach them any manners or personal grooming. Until a candidate is able to deal with this, my vote stays with me.
Mr. Allon's suggestion that kids start their school day with a song sounds like a throw back to my childhood in Ohio in the late 50s. We began our kindergarten school day pledging allegiance to the flag followed by singing "My Country Tis of Thee" or "America The Beautiful." Patriotic brainwashing during the Cold War? Maybe. But given the contentious state of our multicultural society it might not be the worst idea to remind everyone that we are all Americans.
15 years ago your editors were earning around 27K annual salary. What is it today?
Does the "success" of small NY business count on paying workers poverty wages?
I'd really have liked to hear more about what he'd do in the schools besides starting the day out w/singing.
Poor kids need an education, not singing. Who will pick the songs. He needs a reality check.
His solution for education is to make it "joyful"? I wish politicians would actually study the science of learning before coming up with superfluous ideas. Hesitant on bike lanes?
Terrible idea about testing only for struggling kids, and no argument to explain and back it up.
Singing for a 1/2 hour ever morning, maybe 10% of the kids will be into that.
Do you know who else liked singing before school? The Hitler youth. True fact.
If 1.1 million kids have ~1.5 parents, does that imply half the kids in the public schools are in 1-parent families?
Regardless of his policies, this guy just sounds like an arrogant jerk: here's a tip, guy – people did humbleness, Bloomberg notwithstanding.
Boy he really certified his Jewishness. He hit all the right buttons.
Sounds like a flake
This guest will be eaten for lunch by the Charles Barrons of NYC. Wait till he deals with the inner city parents they will crush him. Another floor mat liberal.
Tom Allon is not a blank slate, as he mentioned. He was involved in an embarrassing rag, IMHO. Seehttp://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2011/07/new-mayoral-candidate-tom-allon-of.html
Hasn't DNAinfo made this guy's papers irrelevant?
nyc will have fun with this ... greg david for jr mayor!
Email addresses are required but never displayed.
Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.
Subscribe on iTunes
Brian Lehrer Weekend: Christmas Culture; (Male) Managers; Poet Claudia Rankine
WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio
stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR and PRI, as well as a wide range of award-winning local
programming. WNYC is a division of
New York Public Radio.