The international language of business, English acumen is not only the ticket to local academic and professional advancement but a ticket to success in the global culture and economy. An examination of Baltimoreans who have completed their secondary public school education or have been marginalized by Social Promotion, will show:
*Less than 55 percent of Baltimore residents have a high school diploma
*Roughly 30 percent have a college degree
*Officially, 15.9 percent or one in six are functionally illiterate
*Median household income is $46,600 (U.S. median income $61,400)
*Overall unemployment 5.6 percent (African American unemployment 14 percent)
*Underemployment (regionally) 34.3 percent
*Nearly one in four live in poverty
While people on the losing end of Social Promotion might argue that the glass is less than half empty, there is an argument to be made— albeit ominous— that the 'victims' of Social Promotion make the glass more than half full for the rest of society, relative to how slavery functioned.
Not only will the undereducated not compete for limited classroom space and financial resources for college and advanced job training, and by extension prime employment opportunities, they will likely never compete for the chance to live in better housing or achieve home ownership.
Most recipients of Social Promotion, based on current statistics, will likely
become members of the perpetual underclass, the permanent class of consumers whose role in society is to routinely recycle money into the economy on subsistence wages and government assistance, profiting the merchant class and powering the urban economic treadmill.
For Baltimore students, and the city at-large, Social Promotion is a societal demotion spelled— f-a-i-l-u-r-e.
West Baltimore native, Regi Taylor is a married father of four. He is an artist, writer and media professional specializing in political history.