Students can’t learn if they don’t feel safe!
One conclusion from the first debate among candidates for Madison school board: Stop blaming COVID for our failing schools and own up to what we’ve done to our kids. Covid was the cover story school board president Ali Muldrow spun for the on-going chaos in Madison’s classrooms. (Another brawl at East high school Monday 02-21-22.) But that’s progressivism, isn’t it? Always an excuse, always someone else to blame, never taking responsibility. Our schools and the culture at large play identity politics. Making someone else — or history itself — the villain absolves the victim of responsibility for their own actions.
During the on-line debate Sunday night 02-20-22, Blaska the write-in candidate for Muldrow’s seat #4 said kids cannot learn if they do not feel safe. We excerpt from that debate, sponsored by Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools (GRUMPS) and the East Side Progressives. (Hope they’ve recovered from the shock!) Here, Blaska is on the clock for 2 minutes:
Our schools are roiled by gun slingers, bullying, beat-downs, rapists, and schoolyard brawls. The chaos in the classroom spills out into the streets of Madison where 14-, 15-, and 16-year old kids steal cars and crash them into our neighborhoods. This is a school system that expels school resource police officers in the name of racial equity. In this clip, Blaska declares Jennifer Cheatham’s Behavior Education Plan a failure:
You self-flagellants can pull the drawbar on the bottom of the screen back to the beginning of either of the clips to watch the entire one hour and 16 minutes. You can fast forward to the good parts, the Blaska parts! The Capital Times summarizes the carnage here.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Who’re the victim of our schools’ obsession with “Equity”? Who’s getting beaten in the school yard brawls? Bullied in the hallways? Excused from accountability? Never taught life’s first lesson: discipline? In most cases, the very disadvantaged students the seven progressives on Madison’s Board of Education purport to champion.