Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Student discipline at AHS

I am writing this merely for illustration. I have no reason to
believe that I could not have seen what I saw, at any APS
high school.

I have in fact argued a number of times that it could be seen
at every APS high school.

Mark Bralley and I were being escorted off campus by two
unarmed members of the Praetorian Guard. Both seemed
like decent people caught in the middle. No complaints.

As we walked through the front patio, I noticed two students
dry humping on some nearby concrete architecture.

I looked to see what the guard would do.

She told them to stop.
They didn't;
until they felt like it.

Next we passed an AHS staff member, apparently on duty
in the parking lot. He was facing down a half dozen youngsters
with a big water balloon. They appeared to be enjoying teasing
the gentleman over his impotency.

Our truck was parked near by so the guards had the opportunity
to engage the would be drenchers while still completing their
more important assignment, escorting us off of public property.

The guards told the youngsters to get rid of their water balloon.

They didn't;
until they felt like it.

Who is in charge here? Whose will is being done?

All of this has a profound effect on nearly every issue;
truancy, dropping out, low test scores, you name it.

Student discipline, and in particular chronically disruptive
students, will never be talked about openly and honestly.

Because it is the single greatest failure of the leadership of the
APS; allowing children to take charge of schools.

And because
they don't want to be held accountable for that failure.

Character counts in the leadership of the
Albuquerque Public Schools.

and a pint of Haagen-Dazs link serves four. unk

photo Mark Bralley


Anonymous said...

TRUANCY in APS-more often than not students are absent because they "didn't want" to come to school.
Every school day you can see them from K to 12th in the mall, walking the ditches, in the movie theater, out at lunch with friends or family.
A lot of them just come to school to "see their friends".
Some students refuse mandatory or routine tests and quizzes. Why? "I don't want to."
In many schools, students walk freely through the school, w/o permission, w/o passes. Why? "I don't want to go to that class".
IT'S A DAMN COMMON DISEASE NOW to have this sentiment.

Anonymous said...

And their parents will back their "I don't have to, you can't make me" attitude up with their lawyers.

Anonymous said...

and the ACLU will come with guns blazing, even if it's horrid longterm behavior on the the students end. I saw that happen at an APS High school about 2 years ago.