First APPLE meeting of year Feb. 7

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Parent group APPLE hosts its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday Feb. 7, coinciding with start of Black History Month. APPLE President Wyanetta Johnson encourages all parents to attend. Invited guests and speakers include educators and elected officials, as well as health, legal and business professionals. Johnson said community members who attend can also speak on issues of concern or share personal reflections. Food will be served at the meeting, taking place at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville, starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Posted: February 13th, 2012 2:47 PM

woah, speaking of Godwin's Law. Must all roads lead to national politics? Yawn.

Reagan Democrat  

Posted: February 7th, 2012 4:17 PM

Like I said he is White and Black.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: February 7th, 2012 3:55 PM

Reagan Democrat, He's Hawaiian and African.

Reagan Democrat  

Posted: February 7th, 2012 3:36 PM

Obama is white and black. No more no less.....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: February 7th, 2012 12:43 PM

You are missing the point again.... from OP, don't have any idea if you are White or Black, but you are correct, and even our President said when he spoke to a group of Blacks, "Take off your bedroom slippers and get to work." I don't think he was being racist. He was saying stop the complaining about why things are the way they are, and start working to fix your problems because it's not the White's problems to fix them for you. You have everything available. No one accepts the race card anymor

You are missing the point again.... from OP  

Posted: February 7th, 2012 5:56 AM

@Ih8idiots: There was a time when I would have been truly offended at being called a racist. But in today's world, all it means is that someone like me disagrees with the prevailing liberal clap-trap that people like you spew. And then the name calling begins. It's like Godwin's Theory now...if I disagree with something that an African American, or our President, or you say, then I must be a racist. So who's the real coward when you're just hiding from what used to be called "discussion"


Posted: February 6th, 2012 9:02 PM

Don't worry, "Missing", I never really expected a racist such as yourself to admit to being a racist. You're way too cowardly and PC for that.


Posted: February 6th, 2012 2:29 PM

My guess is that parents who are involved with APPLE most likely do not have children with a large deficiency in learning.


Posted: February 5th, 2012 4:00 PM

You could be right, You're Still Missing the Point. I just know about the organization through news reports and school board minutes that seem to mention a home/school/tutoring trifecta. How that works out in reality, I have no idea.

You're STILL Missing the Point from OP  

Posted: February 5th, 2012 10:55 AM

@me: I have no problem, a priori, with a group of parents forming to help ensure their child's success. However, the mission of this group seems to be to grab public resources to fix a problem ('the achievement gap") that research shows starts with the home environment. Now, if they were discussing strategies and approaches for creating a home environment that encourages learning and development, it would be a different story. But that's NOT what this group is about...

Darnell from Oak Park  

Posted: February 5th, 2012 8:33 AM

Organizations that are formed with the misson of serving one particular ethnic group are bad for society. Apple is more about politics and getting power than it is about education. I view APPLE as a bunch of clueless people advocating for nonsense. Just ignore them and maybe they will eventually go away.


Posted: February 5th, 2012 7:14 AM

"started asking African American parents what THEY are doing to ensure their own children's success?" I thought by being part of APPLE it was a given that AA parents are trying to help their children succeed?

Missing the Point: Who's a racist? from OP  

Posted: February 5th, 2012 7:10 AM

So, I'm a racist because I believe that education starts at home? APPLE is a group that's formed to get additional services and attention for African American students...if someone formed the same group for caucasian students, they'd be called racist and worse. Why the double standard? Or are you just another racial apologist, Ih8idiots?


Posted: February 5th, 2012 1:47 AM

Hey, WJ, why do you allow racists free run of the comments section?

Missing the Point from OP  

Posted: February 4th, 2012 10:54 PM

Have they stopped blaming the school and started asking African American parents what THEY are doing to ensure their own children's success? If not, they are STILL missing the point.

Darnell from OP  

Posted: February 4th, 2012 10:42 AM

What a horrible organization for OPRF.

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