The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey




     Early in 2023, the damage from the pandemic and ‘shutting down’ of public education for the last few years was exposed to the public for the very first time.  The under-education of Black youth in major, Democrat-controlled cities across America became apparent.  What is truly sad is that the funding of public school teachers—and their unions—reached astronomical levels because of two words: “Covid Money”.  Unfortunately, the watchdog mechanisms built to keep an eye on where the money was going failed.

     One published report had the head of one California-based Teacher’s Union caught—on camera—taking HIS child to a private school, while the public school system where his union ruled with an iron fist was closed.  In another published report, in another part of the country, off work schoolteachers decided to hold private, ‘joint’ in person education sessions for THEIR children (at undisclosed locations) while the children (and parents) from whom they received their paychecks were relegated to video learning…or no learning at all.

     We used to be a nation that had an education system that progressed ‘from strength to strength’.  Instead, we are stumbling ‘from weakness to weakness’.  Yes, we have heard of these problems in public schools for YEARS.  Yet the very ones who are the most likely to cause the problem—the teachers—have no skin in the game.  Because of the exclusion of God, the Bible, and common sense our classrooms have backslidden to third-world status.  Meanwhile, countries such as Japan, Africa, England, India and, yes, China, have not fallen victim to the ‘woke’ culture (weirdly obsessing kooks and evildoers) eagerly gobbled up by our public schools.

     The issue thus becomes do we want to solve the problem or continue throwing money at it and enable it to continue.  If one wants to solve the matter of mis-education of Black children, how about making teachers share the same ‘slave ship’ that American public education has become.  Pass a law mandating that IF you teach in a public school district, your children (if you have them) MUST attend the district where you are drawing a check.

     The dirty little secret (DLS) of American public schools is that teachers do NOT have to send their kids to the same failing schools where they draw their pay.  Teachers currently send their children to private, parochial or suburban districts (where the education opportunities were better for THEIR children) and they would continue to draw massive salaries to mis-teach urban kids (future competition for THEIR children).  Of course, such a ‘home district’ law would have to be passed state-by-state.  There would be hollering and screaming, but there would eventually be better public schools for the simple reason that teachers would have their kids in the same classrom as ours.

           Mike Ramey is a Retired Gospel Minister, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist living in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.

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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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