Ann of Althouse riffs on the death of a no-nonsense, inner-city high school principal, the kind that has gone the way of rotary-dial telephones — to the republic’s great loss. Morgan Freeman played principal Joe Clark in the movie Lean on me, as reported in the New York Times.
When Mr. Clark, a former Army drill sergeant, arrived at Eastside High School in Paterson NJ in 1982, he declared it a “cauldron of violence.” He expelled 300 students for disciplinary problems in his first week. When he tossed out — “expurgated,” as he put it — about 60 more students five years later, he called them “leeches, miscreants and hoodlums.”…
Mr. Clark, who oversaw a poor, largely Black and Hispanic student body, denounced affirmative action and welfare policies and “hocus-pocus liberals.” When “60 Minutes” profiled him in 1988, he told the correspondent Harry Reasoner:
“Because we were slaves does not mean that you’ve got to be hoodlums and thugs and knock people in the head and rob people and rape people. No, I cannot accept that. And I make no more alibis for Blacks. I simply say work hard for what you want.”
As long as we’re on schools, is anyone surprised that the Madison teachers union is opposed to returning to school? Still? After SCIENCE shows that kids are not susceptible to Covid-19? That kids are suffering? A vaccine being administered?
We will soon see what new superintendent, Carlton Jenkins, is made of. BTW: only two candidates for the two seats up for election on April 6. Maia Pearson for the Gloria Reyes seat and young Savion Castro for a full term. These people are Progressive Dane, Cops Out of Schools, play the race card. In other words, the people running Madison today. Filing deadline for school board and Common Council is 5 p.m. Tuesday 01-05-2021.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: For that matter, Madison public schools will no longer tolerate a Milton McPike, who suffered no fools at East High. Let’s face it: Using fear and intimidation, Freedom Inc. runs Madison’s schools these days.