Deep mindsets wanted!
Two years of intimidation worked when Madison city and school officials last year (2020) expelled police from its four main public high schools. A good, progressive F-bombing of school board president Gloria Reyes at her private residence did the trick (recounted here).
The Madison school board then did its own take on Lewis Carroll. Cops out of our schools first, develop a safety plan second.
Would you be surprised to learn that the committee charged with developing a safety plan comes to the board with no such thing? What is actually proposed is less a safety plan than a virtue-signaling exercise in cop traumatic syndrome.
Big on restorative justice
Proposed is a “Superintendent’s Advisory Committee” to include newly hired restorative justice coordinators, families, and students “to develop a plan for enhancing youth and community roles relating to safety.”
In other words, the safety plan is that MMSD will develop a safety plan. There’s one more category of membership: “community partners.” Can you say: “Freedom Inc.”? Restorative justice isn’t free. The restorators shall be “paid a stipend” of unspecified amount, course credit for the students, child care, and interpreters.
The plan for a plan is a hive of progressive buzz words:
The result of this process should be a holistic 3-5 year plan for holistic implementation of restorative justice in MMSD that draws on the input and knowledge shared in these ad hoc meetings (including the need for deep mindset and belief work).
People with “deep mindsets” drive us crazy! What is “belief work” unless it is faith-based progressive dogma? Means that school staff will need a good deprogramming so that (like Cool Hand Luke) they get their minds right.
We recommend that the Board go through an intensive restorative justice training together at some point in the next six months.
Unruly kid threatens safety?
“Empower” [ buzz, buzz, buzz ] “students to identify school staff who they trust who can support their dignity.” Lest teachers and staff be insufficiently cowed:
Include ways that students can hold adults accountable, as well as ways that adults within buildings can hold each other accountable at all levels of the power.
If this safety plan fails and some redneck calls in the gendarmes, impose:
A structured debriefing process … and examination of what could have been done proactively to avoid involving law enforcement. We recommend this include a meaningful framework for holding adults accountable.
And ask the mischievous young rascal what s/he thinks!
Running the asylum
Not good enough for Freedom Inc. They want total control, exercised through one over-all directorate composed of six youth “advocates:”
Who have been impacted by policing, criminalization, and/or school discipline practices. Include two parents “impacted by police violence, police harassment, and/or criminalization. Two more … trusted adults excluding … law enforcement. These trusted adults will be selected by the youth on the committee.
All under the direction of a seventh member: Freedom Inc. They would have:
Complete decision making power over school safety … including abolishing any existing disciplinary policies … [and to] determine [when] police are permitted on school grounds.
If Freedom Inc.’s Directorate of troubled kids so wishes, it could decide “that the teacher be placed on leave or fired.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It could be worse. Given there are only two candidates on the ballot tor the two seats on the board this Spring: it will be. The two are Progressive Dane.