Only in Madison!
If The Squire’s forehead is reddened, it is because I have been smacking it all morning.
The object of Blaska’s pique: a Capital Times editorial headlined “Madison schools need to get serious about school safety.”
Of the six candidates on the ballot this Spring election, only one candidate talked about school safety. (You get one guess.) The Capital Times endorsed his opponent, who wrote Progressive Dane’s “cops out of school” manifesto.
The CT is riffing off the rape reported at Madison East high school allegedly committed by two 15-year-old boys.
School board members and administrators need to recommit to a basic premise that underpins public education. The premise is that students, teachers, and staffers in public schools have a right to expect that every school will be safe for every student at every time.
Wait a minute! Is this the same Capital Times that sides with the Freedom Inc. F-bombers to demand Cops OUT of Schools? It is, indeed.
The CT attempts to cover its tracks with this bit of rhetorical gymnastics:
This goes far beyond debates about school resource officers. Though we respect the views of those who say that the officers should remain in the schools, we do not presume for a moment that they can or should be expected to provide the level of security that is required.
No, it STARTS with school resource officers. You want MORE security in the schools so you start by kicking uniformed police officers OUT of the schools because — SMACK! — they cannot be expected “to provide the level of security that is required”???
What, pray, tell, would provide the level of security that is required? The Capital Times never says.
Classic Face Palm!
How does removing police officers increase security? SMACK! (Is this the new math?) Some of us might suggest if one police officer in each of the four main high schools aren’t enough, a second should be added. Blaska advocated police also patrol the middle schools. The school district already employs a small army of security people who are not sworn police officers. They will tell you they can’t lay a finger on the kids.
The CT pontificates that “What is needed now is a top-to-bottom commitment … to ensure that public schools will be safe spaces … Because it is absurd to imagine that children will get the education they need in an insecure of unsafe environment.”
No Schick, Sherlock.
Welcome to the party
February 6 — David Blaska: “Return discipline for safer schools
and a safer community.”
Some of us have been saying that for over a year now. Might we suggest that the alleged rape at East High is the predictable result of the general chaos in the classroom. Haven’t we been saying that a school board that cannot maintain order at its own meetings — to the point that they have to flee their own meeting chambers (detailed here) — invites chaos in the classroom?!
It is the broken windows theory of law enforcement: F-bombing, kids wilding in the hallways, popping in and out of class, cafeteria brawls — even gunfire. What did you expect?
When anything goes, nothing is prohibited.
A Behavior Education Plan based on improving identity politics numbers not on securing a safe learning environment. A positive behavior coach (that there is such a job title is Smack-worthy in itself) is forced out by the district superintendent and the school board president for trying to enforce positive behavior.
It is a school district that race-shamed award-winning teacher Karen Vieth when she quit the profession (after 16 years) after complaining that Sherman middle school was out of control.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Liberals, progressives and socialists run this school district, Capital Times. You endorsed them. You own this mess. Now go smack your own foreheads.