Kaleem Caire gets mau-maued*

* From Tom Wolfe’s “Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers,” how race baiters play on white guilt to enact their social agenda. (More here)


“Disrespectful behavior towards adults is happening in our high schools every day. More than a handful of our students are engaged in this behavior, and it’s getting worse not better.” — Kaleem Caire


A previous installment of Your Favorite Blogge reported that Madison educator Kaleem Caire Has Had Enough!

“I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! This evening, I sat in a Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education meeting only to listen yet again to a number of young people in middle and high school curse out and demean Madison School Board members in front of an audience of 200 people, and do so to the applause of other adults in the audience. I thought I was in the twilight zone.

Mr. Caire naively thought that, since he possesses a fair quantity of God’s own melanin, that he might be exempt from being played the Race Card.

“No one can call me racist,” he said then. He now knows better.

Now, Kaleem is up on social media with a follow-up, from which we excerpt:

KaleemCaire

Kaleem Caire started his own charter school to address the racial achievement gap, no thanks to the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Kaleem Caire:

Over the last few days since I voiced my concerns about the poor language being used towards adults by our children and youth in our public schools (and at several school board meetings). I have received mostly positive feedback. However, I have also read comments by people who feel my concern about our children’s poor use of language is overstated, misguided and disrespectful.

Worse, I was referred to as a man who practices “respectability politics” and a “Black leader” who has “turned his back” on Black children and who “can no longer hear this voice [of Black youth], can no longer hear the concerns of the masses, can no longer concern [myself] with Black, often low-income, and poor people because [they] are not speaking the way [I] want them to speak?”

It was interesting reading this from people who clearly know very little if anything about me or my work, but whose children have directly benefited from years of my advocacy, and from specific programs I created or pushed to have established. ….

Student to teacher: ‘Fuck you bitch, don’t talk to me.’

A teacher asking a student to get to class on time shouldn’t be told, “Fuck you bitch, don’t talk to me. Leave me alone.” I heard that one myself at West High School.

I had to get up out of my chair to address these four young girls as I was talking with the ERO, Justin Creech, at West High School, about his job duties. When I walked into the hallway from Officer Creech’s office, I saw a group of four girls who look like my daughter directing their language at a white female teacher who was simply asking them to get to class. Class had started 10 minutes earlier.

I confronted these young women about it and they apologized to me by saying, “My bad, My bad, I’m sorry.” I asked them to apologize to the teacher and they did.

However, that teacher and Officer Creech told me that this happens all the time in the school because the children know they can get away with it.

My daughter Alana who attends the school said she sees it happening all the time, too. I heard the same thing from Black and Latino teachers, staff and Principal Mike Hernandez at East High School after I had spoken up about this issue at the school board meeting on Monday. They said this disrespectful behavior towards adults is happening in our high schools every day. More than a handful of our students are engaged in this behavior, and its getting worse not better.

So, those who say they are fighting for justice for Black children, including my own, I have a few questions…

What is a greater “injustice”, having police officers present in our public high schools OR allowing thousands of Black children to fail academically in our elementary schools every year and show up to high school ill-prepared to succeed there?

What is the greater injustice, the proliferation of undereducated Black children in our public schools and communities, OR a police officer with a badge walking through the hallways of our public high schools?

What is the greater injustice, asking our children and young adults to be passionate in their advocacy for their causes but to please avoid using language that injures others, disempowers their messages, and distracts from others seeing their agenda, OR giving our children absolute permission to curse and swear at adults and do what they want because they’ve been hurt and marginalized? ….

When I, as a Black father of five children — three adults and two adolescents — raise my concerns about the poor conduct of young men and women who look like me in our schools, and am called names because of it, I wonder with deep concern, why do the very people who profess to be about justice for Black people want Black men’s compliance and our silence on issues that matter to us, our children and our community?

People complain about there being too few Black fathers present in the homes and lives of Black children. However, when Black men who are present and deeply committed to our families and young people speak up to address our concerns with our youth, we get dirt thrown on us by people who think that it’s ok to condone, promote and apologize for our young people’s negative behaviors.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Instead of education reformer Kaleem Caire, Madison elected a teachers union toady who sings from the identity politics songbook.

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A Madison teacher: ‘If I wrote up students for swearing at me, that’s all I would do.’


What are we teaching our children?

A 57-year-old man bicycling in Warner Park falls off his bike. Teenagers are near by. Do they offer assistance? No, they laugh at the man’s misfortune. He asks them to show some respect, they brandish a gun, chase him down as he tries to escape, and knock him to the ground. He breaks several facial bones and loses consciousness, requiring hospitalization. More here.


No Cops School Oct 29-18 shotdown

If the school board cannot keep order at its own meetings, no wonder the classrooms are in chaos!

Dylan Brogan is the news reporter of the year so far. The reporter for Madison’s Isthmus publication ripped the bandage off the happy face Jennifer Cheatham puts on Madison’s public schools. He took some hair with it.

Brogan conducted 30 hours of interviews with dozens of Madison educators since, oh, about the April 2 school board election.

For all that, there is nothing new in his May 16 exposé for the weekly Isthmus,A Rotten Year; Madison teachers report from the classroom.”

  • The classrooms are in chaos, but we knew that.
  • Teacher morale is plummeting, but we knew that.
  • Central administration will throw any teacher under the bus if race is involved, but we knew that.
  • The densely bureaucratic Behavior Education Plan only greases the school-to-prison pipeline, but we knew that. 

We said that teachers are tired of being hit, ignored, taunted, and humiliated. We said that principals have lost control of their schools and teachers of their classrooms. We said a handful of misbehaving students can wreck the learning environment for everyone. We said central administration is interested only in making the numbers work.

Endorsed by Madison’s liberal establishment

The proprietor of Blaska Policy Werkes has been preaching a return to discipline at least since filing his papers in his quixotic quest for a seat on Madison’s Board of Education. (If you haven’t seen my campaign website, it’s still up.)

Instead, Madison voted for Ali Muldrow, who checks off at least three boxes in the great identity politics sweepstake. Endorsed by The Capital Times, Progressive Dane, Dane County Democratic Party, and by Madison Teachers Inc., AND (preposterously but the man does what he’s told) by Sheriff David Mahoney! (Would it surprise you, Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli want cops OUT of our troubled schools?) Part of the problem is that only 15% of Madison voters have kids in the public schools.

What Brogan does bring to the party are telling quotes and still more incidents from inside the public school gulag. 

“I had a kid who drew a picture of me with another boy doing it to me doggy style,” said one teacher. No punishment resulted.

Or this: “If I wrote up students for swearing at me, that’s all I would do. Today in a math class, I asked a kid to put her phone away and was told to ‘fuck off,’” says Leah. “I said, ‘Okay. But could you please put your phone away? Her response, ‘Don’t fuck with me now because I’m not in the mood. I’m going to call my mom.’ I thought, ‘wait, that’s supposed to be my line.’”

Feral kids roaming the hallways. (Blaska called it “truant in school.”)

Everyone is a racist except Ali Muldrow

For peering under the roofs of Madison schools, Brogan can expect to be played the race card. Merely discussing the problem — never mind suggesting a solution — is prima face evidence of implicit bias or what have you.

“The word ‘disruptive’ has become a racialized term in our district,” admonished school board member Ali Muldrow.

Central administration blames teachers for not “engaging” DISRUPTIVE (there, I said it) students. Brogan quotes a La Follette high school teacher: “How am I supposed to engage a student who barely shows up to class, when there are 28 other students in the room?”

Muldrow then mimics the supposedly racist, typical Madison teacher. 

“I’m just trying to teach my class and black kids are getting in my way. It would be really helpful when I want them sent out, they got sent out. When I want them suspended, they got suspended,” says Muldrow, playing the role of a white teacher. “I would like permission to discriminate against students of color so I can do my job.”

Not a misquote; Muldrow sincerely believes this. I know, I debated the young lady in six forums and once more, one-on-one, after the election over a nice meal at The Sardine. (She paid). But so do the other two newly elected school board members: Ananda Mirilli and Cris Carusi. In fact, the Madison Board of Education is 7-0 in favor of identity politics first, education second.

One thing missing from Brogan’s piece: some word from Doug Keillor, executive director of the teachers union. A mea culpa is in order.

After getting creamed 70 to 30% in the Spring Election, Blaska said things would have to get worse before they get better. They are. One encouraging sign: the commentary on “A Rotten Year” is a raging torrent — 82 as of this writing. Almost all of it appalled at the chaos on Madison’s classrooms.

Muldrow & Mirilli

They’re in charge of Madison schools now.

Much of it directed at Ali Muldrow and fairly so, for she is in a position to stop this train from running off the cliff. Instead, she is part of the problem. Here’s a sampling of those comments:

To those of you who are shocked by Ali Muldrow: This is exactly the platform she used to run on. She’s hellbent on racially dividing this community further and is attacking the very educators she’s supposed to be propping up in the process. This is how she was elected. This is exactly who she is, and it’s a shame. Her comments are vile and she will not rest until this district is destroyed to match her warped view on race, politics, and education. I’d love for her to roam the halls of some of these schools in the district and see first hand what it’s like. — Jim Delaney 

Seriously? If I were a teacher, I’d be furious at the comments made by Ali Muldrow. — SH

Apologize or Resign: Unless she was quoted badly out of context, Ali Muldrow owes this district’s teachers an apology for her idiotic statements in this article. — Fed Up 

This is EXACTLY what she ran on: She’s a joke. It’s a damn shame that the community allowed her to be elected to this school board. Cheatham finally got her school board and is now leaving for Harvard because her incompetencies have worn down the district educators. Muldrow and her supporters won’t stop until the school district is uniformly dumbed down enough for a student who attends 20% of their classes to pass with A’s. — Yuuup

Unacceptable comments by Ali Muldrow: I’m an educator. In the last several years I have been sworn out, spit at, kicked, punched, slapped, had my private parts touched for the purpose of humiliating me, and had my life threatened-all in front of other students and staff. Very often nothing meaningful happens to the student/s who engage in this behavior. No consequences or restorative justice. I guess it’s my ‘white fragility’ that makes me feel offended by this bottom line ‘disruptive’ behavior. Ali Muldrow needs to do her research before she makes unhelpful, uninformed comments. — Anonymous

Muldrow on school board is sad: Muldrow’s comments are entirely representative of what she brings to the School Board, and the direction it is headed. Everything is race driven in her world. Cheatham had been a disaster in her time here, and happy to see her go, but REALLY worried about who the new hire will be. I would say “it couldn’t get worse than Jen”, but I think Ali and company will try there best to find worse. — Steve Scheller 

Blaska’s favorite comment 

“Did you vote for Blaska? If your answer is no then I have no sympathy for you. You made your bed. — Karma.

We hear Karma is a bitch.

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Kaleem Caire has had enough!

Kaleem Caire charged out of the foxhole with both guns blazing. Finally!

“No one can call me racist,” indeed!

Kaleem Caire for Madison superintendent of schools!

Here is his social media post after Monday’s school board meeting:

“I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! This evening, I sat in a Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education meeting only to listen yet again to a number of young people in middle and high school curse out and demean Madison School Board members in front of an audience of 200 people, and do so to the applause of other adults in the audience. I thought I was in the twilight zone.

“While our young people are to be commended for exercising their voices and articulating their ideas and concerns with depth and precision, the power, value and meaning of their words consistently are lost and undermined by their foul, abrasive and derogatory language and demeanor towards Board members who are actually listening to them, even if some Board members might disagree with some of our young people’s points or proposed solutions. I have been vilified and dissed more than many in this community for taking unpopular positions on issues but I have never cursed someone out because of it.

“As a father of five, I would never let (or condone) my children, or any other young person (or adult), direct hurtful language like that at me or another person without speaking up and correcting them. To see adults clapping for that behavior tonight turned my stomach inside out. I had to get up and leave, and take the mic to say a few words before I left.

“People, what are we thinking and what are we doing? Too many children are cursing out teachers and staff every day in our public schools and we are letting it happen, and making excuses for many children who do it.

“And for those who don’t like what I am saying, you can be mad but you can’t call me racist, and you definitely can’t call me crazy. Many of our young people in our public schools are benefiting directly from my years of hard work, advocacy and programs that I personally fought for and led the creation of. To sit there and hear young people who represent a demographic that I have worked and fought very hard for, for more than 30 years, curse out other people who are trying to help them…it broke my heart and made my heart sink into my stomach.

“Mothers, fathers, educators and community members, we cannot allow this type of poor behavior to continue unabated. We need to tell our young people that attitudes and behaviors like this WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, PERIOD. It’s not good for our children and their future, and it’s not good for our community and our schools. WE CAN ADVOCATE WITH PASSION, RESPECTFULLY. Onward.”

 

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Ali Muldrow for school super

Your Squire is catching up with Madison today as he is researching other cultures. We are not surprised to learn of the latest lesson plan at ding dong school, Madison.
We we hear that Ali Muldrow is the front runner to replace our Miss Jen  
101 S. Gammon Rd. (Jefferson Middle School)

Arrested

Adrain L. Harris, age 35, Madison
Harris was arrested for disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass.

Details

The MPD arrested a 35-year-old woman attempting to enter Jefferson Middle School after she created a loud disruption and made several threats of violence this morning. The woman was unable to get into the school, as she was stopped by school staff at the main entrance for being present on the property without providing staff with advance notice due to past disturbances.

After being prevented from entering, staff members said the woman threatened to “shoot up the school,” or start it on fire, or drive her car into the front doors. The suspect denied making the statements. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass.
As this Blogge’s eyes and ears have discovered, Ms. Harris has supped at the government table many a day. 
To think, as Freedom Inc.’s cadres tell us, that the scholars at Jefferson M. S. felt safe during Ms. Harris’ tirade but we’re traumatized by the arrival of the gendarmes.

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Just say no to Gobbledygook

Turning the Policy Werkes over to visiting professor Paula Fitzsimmons. She is absolutely correct: the new mayor appointing “Dr. Gobbledygook” to the police policy and review committee is a slap in the face to Madison police.

Chief Koval ought to withdraw his department’s cooperation from this dog and pony show. The City of Madison should be studying out-of-control kids.

Here’s Paula. Be sure to follow her link to take action.

This is really something the Madison PD police union (MPPOA) should be addressing. They made their endorsements, including of Mayor Rhodes-Conway, who had given a number of indications she wouldn’t be a strong alley of law enforcement – including this, per the Wisconsin State Journal:

“Rhodes-Conway said the department doesn’t need more sworn personnel . . .”

Water under the bridge, yet her intentions become clear with her decision to recommend Greg Gelembiuk -one of this city’s most outspoken MPD critics- to the police “review” committee.

Yet where is MPPOA? Will they be available to pick up the pieces, or defend the Chief when he’s tied to the whipping post?

Because someone has to stand up and say something, I ask you to sign a simple letter.

Background

Aldar Bidar introduced a last-minute substitute resolution on Friday (four days before the next Council meeting) to create a position for Greg Gelembiuk to sit on the Madison Police Department Policy & Procedure Ad Hoc Committee (you know my feelings on this Committee, responsible for the pricey OIR Group report.) The Mayor had previously submitted his name to be appointed to the Committee. Seven alders voted in opposition.

 

Why the Alders Should Vote No to This Resolution

It’s no big secret that Greg Gelembiuk is one of the city’s most outspoken critics of the MPD. Every time I’ve seen him speak, it’s been in strident opposition to MPD.

Having him sit on this committee would be divisive and send a negative message to our cops, that yet again, the City does not have their backs.

The Mayor said this, per the Isthmus:

“The first thing they should do is form a “blue ribbon commission” whose members represent a true cross-section of community stakeholders. That commission should be charged with reviewing a whole range of city policies — use of force, yes . . .

How is recommending a staunch police critic to this committee, unless it’s balanced an MPD supporter (nobody asked me), serving a “true cross-section of community stakeholders?”

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13-year-old brags about punching police officer

Girls, girls, girls!

05/13/2019 – 9:44 PM

Address

Post Rd. (at Turbot Dr.)

Arrested

Female, age 15, Madison
Teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center after being arrested for possession of an oleoresin device, and resisting/obstructing.

Female, age 15, Madison
Teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center after being arrested for battery to a police officer, possession of an oleoresin device, and resisting/obstructing.

Female, age 13, Madison
Teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center after being arrested for battery to a police officer.

Details

One officer was punched in the neck by a 13-year-old girl, another was kicked multiple times by a 15-year-old girl, as multiple officers were sent to a loud disturbance and fight last night that was taking place near the intersection of Post Rd. and Turbot Dr.

When MPD arrived, a 15-year-old girl was in the process of using pepper spray on a boy who was trying to get away from her. A sergeant moved to take her into custody, and was surrounded by others who tried to interfere with the arrest, including the two girls who battered the police officers.
During the fracas many young people used phones to record the officers’ actions while screaming and yelling. After being arrested, a 15-year-old girl vowed to batter police officers upon her release from the Juvenile Reception Center, and the 13-year-old bragged about punching the officer in the throat, sayings she would do it again if given the opportunity.
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