May 22, 201511:45 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Madison liberals are making the case for school choice
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Can you blame parents for wanting out of our public schools? Taxpayers for balking at more spending? Republican legislators for promoting alternatives to the public school monopoly?
Madison’s public schools have degenerated into a dystopia run by feral youth, as described in the novel Lord of the Flies. Pat Schneider recounts in The Capital Times why one veteran teacher is giving up:
“I’m seeing behaviors on a regular basis that I haven’t seen in 20 years of teaching,” Bush said. Some of this alarming conduct included students swearing at teachers, kicking trash cans, walking out of class, and kids wandering the hallways and in and out of classrooms, she said.
… The lack of consistent response and consequences for violating rules has taught students there are no real consequences, Bush adds.
“This is basically ‘Bad Parenting 101,’” she said.
The chaos is the result of the all-liberal Madison school board’s “Behavior Education Plan,” the euphemism for a school discipline policy that does not require discipline. Seems the problem, if such it was, was that too many children of color were being suspended and expelled. Sound familiar? Isn’t that what Young and Foolish are claiming about the population of jail inmates?
In neither example has the case been made that the school suspensions or the jail incarcerations are disproportionate to the offenses committed.
In the case of the schools, reporter Schneider tells us, “The new code has sharply reduced the number of out-of-school suspensions, although the racial disparity persists.” Now, there is a surprise!
Yes to the teacher’s call on bad parenting. Do you think Young and Foolish would be marching in downtown Madison in the wake of good parenting? That the southwest side of Madison would resemble a shooting gallery if parents actually parented? (And yes, that applies to the motorcycle gangs of Waco.)
It’s not about race; it’s about behavior
Bad enough parents don’t enforce boundaries on behavior. Now our schools must follow suit? How does such moral relativism help the young miscreant, never mind other students trying to learn? How is that not damnably racist?