But something is new: The fundamental lack of authority that allows some "students" to control the entire school.
An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer paints the stark reality: A massive brawl in the cafeteria; students punching and stomping one another and attacking school police; and, firecrackers set off in the building. Perhaps worst of all, two weeks after attacking and fracturing the skull of a conflict resolution specialist," the student perpetrating the attack is back in school and roaming the halls. A video of the melee provides graphic evidence:
So, how is the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) dealing with this culture in the aftermath of this violence?
Four additional Philadelphia and school police officers have been assigned to Bartram. A community meeting has been planned. And, SDP bureaucrats are seeking additional social services assistance from city bureaucrats for students who need it. SDP spokesman, Fernando Gallard, said:
We want to show students that this is a place where you come in,
you learn, and adults are here to help you, to take care of you.
To take care of you?
Who--other than the bureaucrats spouting such nonsense--could possibly believe that?
If those bureaucrats were honest, they’d call the culture at Bartram what it is: Failed. Period. End of discussion.
The kind of learning that schools exist to provide young people does not transpire within a school culture where faculty, staff, and students live at the mercy of not offending thugs and gangs of thugs. Weren’t those police and security personnel originally sent in to stem the tide of previous bouts of violence? Weren't those "conflict resolution specialists" hired specifically to identify and deal with students hopefully before violence occurred and teach them skills to avoid future conflict?
Additional police and security personnel as well as conflict resolution specialists will not change this failed school culture. What the heck? To date, they haven't evidenced the ability to contain it!
What those bureaucrats really want--evident in their typical response--is to throw more money at the symptoms rather than to deal directly with the disease.
If those bureaucrats were honest, they'd give vouchers to the young people who really wanted to learn so they could transfer out of that hellhole those SDP bureaucrats call a "school" that "cares" about students. To date, it seems they care more about those thugs and gangs of thugs!
Why should those students be held captive by a failed school culture that cannot teach them what they want to learn and need to learn, so like the generations of low-income students before them, they can transition out of the neighborhoods Bartram has served for many decades and into the kinds of neighborhoods where they want to live and be the good and productive citizens they really want to be?
This lack of authority in schools is the fecund breeding ground of lawlessness. Give those students who want to learn vouchers. Then, deal directly with what’s left behind when those thugs and gangs of thugs have only themselves to prey upon.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the Philadelphia Inquirer article, click on the following link: