He just couldn’t get elected to the school board!
A political adversary once described the Head Groundskeeper hereabouts as the only survivor of a heart donor operation. Even so, the prothesis replacing the original equipment does bleed for the kids stealing cars in Madison. They are victims, alright. Victims of critical race theory.
This past Monday 06-20-22, four kids under age 15 hot wired an SUV and crashed it into a parked vehicle. (They can’t drive worth a lick, their morals are deplorable, but credit their ingenuity!) The previous week, four more kids crash a stolen car on the Beltline and fled into a movie theater, hoping to blend in. (Didn’t Lee Harvey Oswald try the same gambit?)
Which is why losing Wayne Strong hurts. Still have his yard sign when he campaigned for Madison school board. We recall his victory party when it seemed he would win until very late returns came in. (Where is Rudy Giuliani when you really need him?)
Wayne passed away Monday, too young at age 62. May explain why he originally heeded my exhortations to run for city council in Spring 2021 but backed out days later, saying the time was not right. Did not appreciate his health issues.
Wayne Strong was the very definition of a strong male role model. For decades he coached young men and women in the South Side Raiders football and cheerleader teams. In his day job at the Madison Police Department he rose to the rank of lieutenant. He was one of the original school resource police officers. The WI State Journal said of Wayne Strong:
He loved being called “coach” and was a fixture at Penn Park, promoting community pride, self-esteem, team-building, discipline, and physical fitness.
The Woke war on discipline
Imagine a school board that would expel the likes of Wayne Strong as school resource police officer at the insistence of BLM’s racial profilers! Imagine an electorate that would deny Wayne Strong a seat on that school board not once but three times (and Kaleem Caire, for that matter) in favor of a school board that teaches grievance and victimhood instead of achievement and self-reliance.
For eight years, Madison’s public schools have been practicing “a restorative and progressive approach to school discipline.” Using critical race theory code words, administrators told the school board in January 2022:
Restorative justice in education is aligned with beliefs and values articulated in the strategic framework: inter-connectedness, belonging, racial, and social justice.
Might one suspect that Madison’s endless roster of young car thieves is the result of our school system’s war on personal responsibility?
Is it working?
It is fair to ask: Is the Behavior Education Plan working? At the risk of provoking Madison liberals, isn’t it time Madison schools issued a report card?
- Exactly what is restorative justice?
- How many hours is it conducted?
- Do participants miss their regular classwork?
- Who qualifies? What offenses are too serious for restorative justice?
- Have any students failed the program? What happens to them?
- How many students have undergone restorative justice?
- How many have been a) re-admitted; b) suspended for new infractions; and c) referred to the criminal justice system?
We posed these questions to the school district on February 3. Still waiting for answers these five months later. Tried the WI State Journal; they refuse to print them.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Wayne Strong made men of boys; can we say the same of our schools?
Could our schools do worse than adopt
Wayne Strong’s life as its lesson plan?