March 10, 2007

Violence still plagues Philly schools

From the Philly Inquirer:

Around 11 a.m., a trash fire was set in an unoccupied classroom, one in a series of small blazes set by students in protest of the removal of the principal this week. Students were evacuated onto 48th Street, and when one teacher tried to tell students to get off a car, a ninth-grade girl punched him in the jaw, police said.

Another girl and a boy also tried to hit the teacher, Hubert Morton, 53, a long-term substitute.

Morton was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where tests were being performed last night.

Sorry situations like these, and the ridiculous hurdles that need to jumped over to get rid of continually disruptive students, sadly lead to quotes like these:

"It's terrible - you've got people that are scared to come to school," [Sophomore Shantel] Powell said. "You're not getting an education, and education is so desperately needed in this community. We come to school to do nothing."

"They should send the troublemakers out, and let the rest of us learn."

"We can't learn," Aisha Matthews, a sophomore, said. "Even if we try to learn, someone sets something on fire. It's been hell - riots, everything."

What Philly schools need is a Joe Clark, of "Lean On Me" fame who uttered these classic lines in his biopic (my emphasis):

I want all of you to take a good look at these people on the risers behind me. These people have been here up to five years and done absolutely nothing. These people are drug dealers and drug users. They have taken up space. They have disrupted this school. They have harassed your teachers. And they have intimidated you. Well, times are about to change. You will not be bothered in Joe Clark's school. These people are incorrigible. And since none of them could graduate anyway ...

... you are all expurgated. You are dismissed! You are out of here, forever. I wish you well!

Here's a perfect cartoon from the Philly Daily News today which exemplifies the current Philly school situation.

Posted by Hube at March 10, 2007 07:59 AM | TrackBack

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"What Philly schools need is a Joe Clark, of "Lean On Me".

Wouldn't be great to kick all the disruptive students out of school however it’s not going to happen.

Hube, a few years back I worked in at NET Treatment Foster Care Program placing delinquent adolescent in specialized foster care. Some kids went to our own school and others to community schools. One kids in my care I’ll refer to as Fred re: confidentially.

Fred when to Dickinson and would cut class daily and when he was there he was a handful. During a conference with the school staff, I asked the principle, “may I come to school with Fred wearing a T-Shirt with the saying on it “Fred’s Babysitter and go to every class and sit in the back of the room?” The Principal agreed and Fred about wet himself knowing I would. Fred straighten up know I would.

These kids are a result of bad parenting and I feel once we inconvenience the shit out of parents support by family court parents will discipline these kids and maybe with a few good old fashion ass whipping. When a student is disruptive down to the office they go and a parent must come “now” for them. Family Court needs to force these families into counseling. We can reach the kids until we reach the parents.

The advantages charter schools have is they can kick the bad students back to the traditional public schools. However none of these bad kids never make into charter schools and are left behind.

I think it’s time for video camera in the classroom looking over the teachers shoulder and let the moms and dads see their little angels hard are work. Time to turn those camera back on the kids.

Posted by: Kilroy Was Here at March 10, 2007 10:09 AM

Wow even the ultra-liberal Daily News cartoonist gets it.

I agree with Kilroy - schools must expel all the disruptive incorrigible bastards permanently- they have no right to steal the good kid's right to a safe school.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 10, 2007 11:56 AM