Today’s lesson plan: obey your damn teachers!

Learning self-discipline
is key to mastering life itself

Thank you very much to Michael Cummins, the lone conservative contributor to Madison’s weekly Isthmus newspaper, for connecting the dots on behalf of Madison’s public school teachers, concerned parents and their children. 

In the current issue, Cummins makes the same point Blaska Policy Werkes has been making but in a new way:

If you teach children to disrespect teachers they will do so.

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Does that make sense, my liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances? Are you getting this or do we need to dumb it down even more? Mr. Cummins, you have the floor (you, in back there: report to the principal’s office. NOW!)

Maybe kids are disrespecting their teachers because adults have taught them to. … If, as [school board member Ali] Muldrow asserted during her campaign, the “theme” in Madison education is “how do we blame black children, how do we hurt black children, how do we get rid of black children, how do we not listen to black children,” then it makes perfect sense for black children to behave disrespectfully. 

As we have been saying, tell kids and their parents they are victims and you absolve them of all responsibility for their actions.  Cummins again: 

You don’t sit and politely listen to someone who wants to hurt you because of your race. … the style that many Madison equity activists have adopted is causing more injustice than it’s preventing. If we allow our teachers to be disempowered, and their classrooms thrown into chaos, then we have broken our promise to offer every child a sound basic education.

No consequences, no lesson

An academic study by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy found the same thing in its study of the public schools of Providence, Rhode Island. 

Our review teams encountered many teachers and students who do not feel safe in school. There is widespread agreement that bullying, demeaning, and even physical violence are occurring within the school walls at very high levels.

Johns Hopkins traced a direct correlation to student achievement, “which actually drops the longer students spend in Providence schools,” the Wall Street Journal reports today.

One student reported that “my best teacher’s desk was urinated on, and nothing happened.” Another noted a teacher “was choked by a student in front of the whole class. Everybody was traumatized, but nothing happened.” One district leader observed, “the students run the buildings.”

One culprit are policies that discourage student discipline. Rhode Island Democrats in 2016 passed legislation backed by the American Civil Liberties Union that limits school suspensions, which progressives claim discriminate against minorities. Teachers are reluctant to punish students, and violence and misconduct make it harder to retain good teachers.

Blaska’s bottom Line: Do you really think anti-social behavior stops at the schoolhouse door?

Today’s juvenile police blotter

2:47 p.m.  Sunday, July 7 —  Officers responded to a residence on the east side for a report of a residential burglary. The residents/victims reported that they saw someone in their bedroom with a flashlight but initially believed it was their son. Upon waking, they discovered a wallet, two pellet guns, and an iPad were stolen from the residence. The garage door was open as well. Video surveillance from multiple locations showed the suspects (2 AAMs and 2 AAFs, all in their teens) using the victims’ credit card. Investigation continuing.

8:08 p.m. Sunday, July 7 — Officers were dispatched with an alert tone for a report of a person with a gun. Several officers arrived in the area of School Rd and made contact with a 14-year-old AAM and 13-year-old AAM. They reported other juveniles in area wanted to fight them but denied that a gun was displayed. There were many conflicting narratives provided to officers on scene. Video surveillance will be reviewed.

11:32 p.m. Sunday, July 7 — Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of E Johnson St where the reporting party reported shouting, screaming, and slamming doors from an intoxicated and under aged crowd. Officers arrived on scene and were approached by a victim (18-year-old WF) who reported she was battered at a party in the area. Officers observed approximately 20 underage teens associated with the suspect’s (20-year-old AAM) apartment. Investigation continuing.


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25 Responses to Today’s lesson plan: obey your damn teachers!

  1. ”Do you really think anti-social behavior stops at the schoolhouse door?”

    Do you really think anti-social behavior DOESN’T start inside the home?

    Not a bad time to read (or reread) Mary Hudson’s eye-opening Public Education’s Dirty Secret, from the outstanding site.

    The Gotch

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  2. Bob Dane says:

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  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Yes, minority kids learn to play the victim from public idiots like those on the Madison school board, but they also learn it at home from their parents–along with all the bad attitudes and habits that cause them to disrupt classrooms and put teachers in danger. So how about passing a law that fines PARENTS for the consistent misbehavior of their kid(s) while in school? Or is that somehow inherently raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaycist?

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  4. Ana says:

    As Blaska has written many times, respect is a worldwide norm. Children who are taught not to respect their teachers and other respectful elders, because some adults believe that showing respect keeps systemic racism alive, are sacrificing children to a life of dysfunction. Repeated acts of violence, due to choice or mental illness, will stop, maybe through lawsuits.
    Special Ed teachers and their aides are leading the way back to safer schools by suing districts for enabling an unsafe workplace. They also are resigning, taking early retirement, and having a doctor record their physical and mental injuries. While it is true that school administrators have been between the rock, (a federal law known as IDEA), and a hard place, (false accusations of racism), it is time for them to be part of the solution.
    Revisit “The Individual Disabilities Education Act” (IDEA) with its naive language. “If it is determined that a student’s behavior is a manifestation of his or her disability, then he or she may not be suspended or expelled” Further, an act of violence must cause “serious bodily injury upon another person,” before the student can be removed. Really? Bodily injuries, that deliberately are not recorded by administrators, are being documented by doctors. Also documented is high blood pressure and persistent anxiety. Not to mention serious mental stresses experienced by ready to learn children who daily are exposed to the damage caused by the repeatedly violent child.
    Special Ed teachers are not blaming mentally ill or traumatized children for their violent behavior. Nor are they accepting blame that their “white privilege” or “black respectability” is the cause of violence. If their behavior charts and their referrals to psychologists, guidance counselors and social workers do not stop the violence, the child must get help outside the regular and Special Ed classrooms. Let’s use the term “alternative placement,” instead of “expulsion” if that helps move things forward.
    District leaders must use their power to foster alternative placements. Special Ed teachers and their aides are tired of being cursed, punched, kicked, and the target of verbal abuse and flying objects. They are fed up with being unprotected by their school district administrators, bogus research, and state and federal laws that lack all nuance. They have begun to be the ones who bring the law suits:

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      An eminently sensible proposal–which means it will never be adopted (certainly not by school boards like Madison’s awash in liberal white guilt and its attendant lunacy).


    • George's Son says:

      Ana, this excerpt from your link stands out especially:

      Rebecca Cambreleng, attorney, said the classroom helpers were worried about the students’ behavior, noting that the violence is not the students’ fault. “Nobody blames these children. They aren’t getting the support they need.”

      Yoiks, scarytimes ahead in that school district….


      • David Blaska says:

        Correct-a-mundo. When it’s someone else’s fault it is no one’s fault. That is why I object to apologists saying “the kid made a mistake.” Losing your car keys is a mistake. Stealling the car is a decision.

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  5. VJT says:

    I’m sorry Dave, but you’ve lost some credibility with me for refusing to consider being appointed to Mary Burke’s soon-to-be vacant seat. (From Wisconsin State Journal – “David Blaska, a former Dane County Board supervisor and conservative blogger, said he also has no interest in the spot after losing in the April election.”) Was your running for election just a publicity stunt? Doesn’t the school board need your voice? Please explain your rationale.


    • David Blaska says:

      Well, the school board DOES need my voice. Perhaps I should submit my name. My answer was based solely on the fact that there is no way in hell they would consider me. But you may have convinced me.

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    • VJT,
      Did you put your name in for the position or face the gauntlet of irrational social justice warriors when you ran for the board in this last election?

      Suggesting that David put his name in is a reasonable request, the rest of your innuendo is not completely unreasonable.


  6. Dominick says:

    Low IQs + high testosterone + lack of self and spacial awareness + low impulse control + broken families and glorified criminal behavior= social choas and high violent crime rates in western civilization.

    You can’t fix a majorly biological and cultural incompatibility with systematic changes. That’s why the school enviornment has only gotten worse for the last 30 years and will continue to get worse no matter what they do. Not to mention the absolute Marxist domination of education in the United States and the influence of the Frankfurt School’s so called “critical theory.”

    I don’t know if Blaska is completely ignorant to these facts or just dishonest and too weak to say it outloud.


    • Tom Paine says:

      Agree wid ya. Especially the obligatory references by libs to “critical thinking” and “critical theory.” References to ‘critical’ anything is simply tautological neo-Marxist BS…..if one thinks about that seriously.

      PS, why aren’t millions streaming to Cuba – Bernie’s model for JUSTICE? Why is Robert Mugabe the silent hero of the left?


  7. Tom Paine says:

    All these comments assume change is possible.

    It is not.

    Conditions will continue to devolve………….until gangsta culture is displaced by another culture that embodies discipline, principles, law, order, and respect.

    Seriously, how many who read/post here really believe any of this will improve? Don’t join those liberals who continue to be prisoners of their own myths.

    Madison is on the road to emulate Chicago and Milwaukee. Pleased that I left in 2015.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      The same bunch of local liberals who get all red-raced and sputtering when they hear the phrase “American exceptionalism” practice “Madisonian exceptionalism.” While it should be apparent to one and all that this city is swiftly becoming a version of Milwaukee and Chicago (increased crime, income disparity, racial tension, dysfunctional schools, out-of-touch government, demonized police force, plummeting quality of life) Madison liberals persist in their delusion that this is the best of all possible worlds. How could it be anything else since they’re in charge?


  8. George's Son says:

    RE, the Cummins article, a few take-aways:

    “In the age of Trump, insults based on generalization and hyperbole have become a regular feature of national political discourse.”

    “To believe that MMSD tolerates racism in its classrooms, let alone promotes it, requires a narrow set of blinders.”

    “……found that white teachers are sometimes reluctant to constructively criticize black students when academic or behavioral problems first emerge, for fear of being labeled racist.”

    A well organized opinion piece, and joins/confirms others in the same vein. Unfortunately, liberal Madison chooses to ignore the obvious in order to self-flagellate as ‘woke” and displace their “White Guilt”. As pointed out, respect, even self-respect, comes to those who are respectful to others.

    Ana, and others, make valid hard-to-argue-with points. Thanks!


  9. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    This morning’s Logan Wroge piece refers to Blaska as a conservative blogger.

    Wroge not aware ​he’d been elevated to Conservative Activist by the indefatigable Chris Rickert back on 06/27/2019?

    FAR more cachet with the latter, am I right?

    The Gotch


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      activist (n.) Neologism referring to a person whose inflated self-image fails to conform to his actual status or accomplishments. Often used by liberals as term of admiration.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Gary L. Kriewald;

        Ruh roh; point taken and I meant no disrespect!

        I have a FAR more visceral response when activist is paired with Lefty than I do when it’s combined with Righty, and Rickert’s reference is the first time I’d seen it tethered to Conservative.

        *Those who can, do.
        *Those who can’t, teach.
        *Can’t do either? Lefty activism.

        The Gotch


  10. Sheppy says:

    I agree with David, no way they seriously consider him and that’s a shame. Place your bets on the first name of the person they do select:
    (fill in blank)
    who else is out there that would be willing to take the never ending verbal abuse and intimidation tactics dished out by the community organizer crowd?


  11. madisonexpat says:

    Rats………. sinking ship.


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