Hey, it's not much, but it's where you live. Where you go to sleep, what you work hard for. You're raising your children in this little place and while the news reports might feature your neighbourhood on occasion, it's your home.
How would you like your child's teacher to roll past your place on a bus tour so that she could cluck about the deplorable conditions? And be "inspired" by local police officers yammering on about what happened on this or that street corner nearby? Or hear a narrative about what some guy on your street is likely up to today? What if your son were on the street corner minding his own business, but the cops just went ahead and made up a story about him dealing drugs to entertain the teachers?
I'd be furious if I saw a bus like that pass by! True, the schools have my address and teachers can figure out where I live easily enough with mapquest. But a guided bus tour complete with microphoned police officer guides? Despicable. And yet, that is the sort of "cluck-cluck those poor people" attitude families in Kansas City School District are facing.
Here's the article, complete with a picture of teachers gawking out the windows at the slums and commentary from cops and administrators about the yuckiness of the neighbourhood and the parents of the children they are serving. I just can't believe this.
Do you know what this article reminded me of? Those trolley tours you get at the zoo.