One of the problems that middle schools have is elementary schools that are unable to adequately prepare their charges for the next level in the educational ladder that is American education.
Children come to the middle grades seemingly unaware of the Three R’s and frankly if we as educators could teach them those basic skills then we can say that we have done our jobs! Otherwise it’s just another failed experiment like Prohibition which only caused the Mafia and the politricksters of the day to fully integrate leading to the present crisis of leadership and rise in crimes.
The problem with education is that it is designed for factory workers and last time we checked the USA is not a manufacturer of much Red China is the leader and the rest of the world knows it.
We have to be realistic and start children on the roads of the next generations skilled and prepared for the challenges of tomorrow And more importantly we have to take the kids out of the hood for mental health care reasons so they can be a part of the larger world. Like bird feeders we must provide water and TLC for the children to grow and school is the best thing ever!