Madison teachers are NOT racists
“A school unable to discipline students
will be hard-pressed to teach them.”
Excerpted from Jason L. Riley in the Wall Street Journal:
[Washington] was demanding racial parity in school discipline, regardless of who was being disruptive, which is as silly as demanding racial parity in police arrests, regardless of who’s committing crimes. …
Like other liberal advocates of school-discipline reform, [then-U.S. Education Secretary] Arne Duncan … insisted that blacks are suspended at higher rates than other groups only because school officials are racially biased. “It’s not caused by differences in children,” he said. “It is adult behavior that needs to change.”
Yet many of the schools where these uneven discipline rates persist have minority principals and no shortage of minority teachers and administrators. What would be their motive for singling out black and brown kids for suspensions and expulsions, unless those students’ behavior warrants it? And why shouldn’t we expect to find varying rates of misbehavior among racial and ethnic groups in school, when that is exactly what we find outside school?
The bigger problem with these anti-suspension crusades is that they ultimately harm the groups they are supposed to help. After New York City made it more difficult to remove troublemakers from the classroom, schools with the highest percentages of minority students were more likely to experience an increase in fighting, gang activity and drug use.
A federal report on school crime and safety released last year by the National Center for Education Statistics found that 25% of black students nationwide reported being bullied, the highest proportion of any racial or ethnic group.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Blaska is running for Madison school board to return discipline, accountability, and performance to the head of the class. BTW: Looks like there might be a primary on February 19 as another status quo, business-as-usual candidate emerges.