March 31, 2014

"I had a better chance in Vietnam"

That's what Philly HS teacher Stephen Pfeiffer said about teaching at Bartram High School.

Let that sink in for a minute. A Vietnam veteran says he had a better chance in a war situation than in a high school. And based on what solutions are being planned out, it looks like Pfeiffer's chances ain't gonna get a whole lot better:

[Superintendent William R.] Hite also said he, the assistant superintendent responsible for the school, and its principal, Kimberly Collins, would work together on Bartram's discipline plan and to emphasize restorative practices, a program that stresses building relationships to prevent conflict.

Yeah, that'll work alright. Read the whole [frightening] article and tell me how "restorative practices" (edu-jargon at its finest) is going to turn Bartram around. Someone like Joe Clark is needed, and needed desperately.

Posted by Hube at March 31, 2014 06:52 PM | TrackBack

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Yep, guess what the admin at my screwed up school plan on rolling out next year? Restorative Justice. My fellow teachers and I are just shaking our heads in disbelief. Two have decided to retire.

Posted by: W.R. Chandler at March 31, 2014 11:43 PM

Have fun, my friend. We're dealing with something like that, too. :-P

Posted by: Hube at April 1, 2014 07:48 AM

Yeah -- if we can just get the victims to hold hands with their victimizers and sing a few verses of Kumbayah, everything will be restored to its proper balance in the world.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at April 2, 2014 08:34 PM

The Colossus of Rhodey: "I had a better chance in Vietnam"
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