Essential Madison school district supplies:
tasers and lawyers
Crime causes poverty
That’s what we shall call Madison public schools: the Schools of Unmet Needs.
More details emerged from the fight at East high school (we reported before anyone else) on Tuesday: two girls insisted on fighting each other, tumbling into the bushes of a neighborhood residence, whaling away on top of each other — despite the presence and admonitions of a police officer, who had to use a stun gun to stop them!
So the WI State Journal this morning reports the East high school principal saying: “It’s not as if it’s never occurred in the past, but there’s been a lot of activity in the past couple of weeks,” he said.
“We are doing everything we can right now to identify what the needs of our students are and make meeting those needs a priority so that it doesn’t continue moving forward.”
Poor people have poor ways
May this failed school board candidate suggest that what those students need is some discipline? Yes, self-discipline must be taught, like reading and figuring.
Well we remember the black caucus delegate from Kansas City telling us, at the 1992 Republican national convention in New Orleans, “Poor people have poor ways.”
These fighting girls of East high are moving nicely through a pipeline to prison of their own making. Because, Blaska Policy Werkes repeats for the umpteenth time: Crime Causes Poverty!
Which is what two academics writing for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal under the headline, “Behavior Matters; Why some people spend their lives in poverty and social dysfunction.”
If you allowed your Readers Digest subscription to lapse, here is what journalists call The Nut Graph:
“The ingredients to living a meaningful life involve self-restraint,
tenacity, and personal responsibility.”
If Madison schools did nothing but teach that, the achievement gap would evaporate like spit on a griddle.
If you’re a victim you’re not to blame
“Activists on the left,” the authors of “Behavior Matters” note, “prefer to disconnect an individual’s behavior from his lot in life — whether it’s by obscuring the violence committed by criminals or blaming it on external forces, downplaying the aggression of problem students in public schools when they’re minorities and talking instead about the “school-to-prison pipeline,” or suggesting that the vagaries of chance explain individual success and failure.”
In this way of thinking, implicit bias is invariably to blame … bad behavior, at least by certain favored groups, should be ignored, or, if not ignored, then explained away by diabolical social forces — poverty, in particular — that cause the bad behavior. This harms society and does nothing to help the people whom the Left claims to want to help, especially since its explanation is backward: poverty is far more often the outcome of bad behavior, not the cause of it.
Attention Muldrow and Mirilli:
The authors of “Behavior Matters” continue:
The contention that behavior matters … is what got law professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander in trouble with left-leaning colleagues. In a 2017 op-ed defending “bourgeois culture,” Wax and Alexander argued that traditional social norms provided people with the values and ways of acting that ultimately improved their lives. What were these recommended behaviors?
- Get married before having children and to stay married,
- Get an education,
- Be a good employee,
- Serve one’s country,
- Be neighborly and charitable,
- Avoid lewd public language,
- Respect authority, and
- Stay away from crime and drug abuse.
Isn’t this what you tell YOUR children? Why can’t our teachers do the same? But for progressives, police are the problem?
“Behavior Matters” gives the last word to economist Thomas Sowell: “The vision of the Left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom — whether black or white — who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counter-productive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior.”
Tasing at the Schools of Unmet Needs
The State Journal: ”the officer reported that she believed physically intervening between the students would not stop them as they were not listening to verbal commands to stop, and there was a significant size difference between the officer and girls.” (bolds mine)
Thankfully, they aren’t going hungry…
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Are the tort sluts lining up to take the case and make bank on the l’il darling’s having been traumatized my the big, bad MPD?
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Please don’t publish that hideous rainbow picture again…
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The unmet need was to whoop that bitch.
Yepper, the Muldrow-Mirilli is hideous but the ACT chart is horrifying ….
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During this month’s debate, Joe Biden tried to suggest that some poor parents could benefit from instruction regarding optimal child-rearing practices: “We [should] bring social workers into homes of parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It’s not that they don’t want to help, they don’t want — they don’t know quite what to do,” he said. Biden was invoking one of the Obama administration’s key anti-poverty initiatives. Home-visiting programs pair nurses and other social service workers with pregnant women and new mothers to teach them parenting skills. Progressive activists have demanded and won hundreds of millions of federal dollars for such programs, yet pundits have denounced Biden’s “HORRIFYINGLY RACIST ANSWER,” in the words of The Intercept, and called for him to pull out of the presidential primary because of it. Buttigieg sniffed that Biden’s statement was “well-intentioned” but “bad,” since it ignored the fact that “racial inequity” in this country was “put into place on purpose.” (caps mine)
In today’s political climate, Barack Obama’s 2008 Father’s Day speech in Chicago would be deemed an unforgivable outburst of white supremacy. “If we are honest with ourselves,” Obama told his audience in a South Side church, Americans will admit that too many fathers are “missing—missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.” In the current frenzy of intersectional rhetoric, any such reference to personal responsibility brands the speaker as irredeemably bigoted.
In 2008, Barack Obama was able to connect such lawlessness to family breakdown. “CHILDREN WHO GROW UP WITHOUT A FATHER ARE FIVE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LIVE IN POVERTY AND COMMIT CRIME; NINE TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOLS AND TWENTY TIMES MORE LIKELY TO END UP IN PRISON,” he pointed out in his Chicago speech.