Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Where is the PowerPoint presentation on student discipline?

At the last of the District's "Goal Setting" meetings, I asked APS Supt Winston Brooks why "student discipline" is never on the table for discussion.

I didn't get the impression, from his response, that Brooks thinks student discipline is much of a problem.

Classroom teachers, assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers, clerks and every other non-administrative adult on campus, I think, would disagree.

Where is the survey of those who work at the educational interface everyday, face to face with students? Where is the input their education, expertise and experience justify, quantified? Why aren't teachers and educational assistants being asked for their input? Where is the survey of APS campus aides and police officers?

Why is data not being gathered?

Why do we never talk about student discipline?

A recent audit of the leadership of the APS by the Council of the Great City Schools, found; APS administrators "routinely falsifying crime statistics" in order to protect the reputations of their schools.

The dots connect themselves.

The first step in solving a problem is telling the truth about it, candidly, forthrightly and honestly.

photo Mark Bralley

No comments: