Hoodies up; smartphones on!
Nearly two years after Madison expelled school resource police officers from its public high schools and during a school year roiled by student brawls and beatdowns, the school board is exploring how to keep students safe. Except that they are not.
The Ad Hoc Student Safety and Wellness Committee will keep students neither safe nor well. It is all about virtue signaling that the school district remains true to critical race theory, which holds that America is institutionally racist and that police target brown and black students because of their race.
It will not abandon Jennifer Cheatham’s Behavior Education Plan. It will not examine “restorative justice” to determine if it is working. It will not restore culturally sensitive law enforcement. Hell, this is a school district that won’t ban smart phones in the classroom. Did you catch the substitute teacher’s lament in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal?
The 14-year-old middle school student walks into class with his hood up and is looking at his cellphone watching a video of how to be better at the video game “Call of Duty.” …
When I ask that all cellphones be put away, most students comply with the exception of this one student. … By Madison School District policy, I am not allowed to ask him to take his hood down. … He finally begrudgingly complies. All good right?
After the lesson … I walk to his seat I notice AirPods in his ear. He had completely ignored the entire lesson and was listening to his cellphone.
When fights break out, teachers call central office, as they are instructed, rather than break up the fight. If they make the wrong move against the wrong kid, they are forced to resign, as was Mr. Rob at Whitehorse middle school.
Tell the Safety and Wellness committee (via this on-lline form) you want:
- School resource police officers returned.
- Abolish the Behavior Education Plan.
- Put teachers back in control of their classrooms and principals back in control of their schools.
- A report on what exactly is “restorative justice” and is it working or not?
The next meeting of the Safety and Wellness committee is 5:15 p.m. Thursday 05-12-22. Should be live-streamed here.
After reading the committee’s meeting summary, a liberal acquaintance tells the Werkes the committee does not intend to address student disruption. “Instead they are only embarking on one extended gab fest, seeking comments from a very carefully curated list of like-minded stakeholders in order ‘to collectively create a shared vision and shared values for students’ safety.’”
Examine the “safety and wellness” committee roster: Six of the 13 members are kids! Two more are or were school board members (Ananda Mirilli, who promotes CRT in her day job at WI DPI, and Maia Pearson), 2 are MMSD staff. One is Deputy Mayor Ruben Sanon. Another is the county “youth justice” manager. (“Disproportionate minority contact has been an issue that our society has been struggling with for many decades,” his website bleats.) The 13th is the president of the incredibly Woke teachers union.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Where is the expert in public safety? A police officer? (You’re kidding, right?!) An emergency government manager? A safety coordinator? A parent?
What kind of fools do they take us for?
(Don’t answer that!)