The “Pacific Education Group,” out of California, is a consultant to K-12 schools and they specialize in making sure white privilege doesn’t interfere with the education of minority students. Their method is to make sure that minority students aren’t expelled or suspended from school at higher rates than White/Asian students. The fact that minority students happen to cause more discipline problems in school doesn’t count.
The Peoples’ Republic of Minnesota is the prime example of their work.
Part of PEG’s solution is to recommend non-punitive disciplinary policies for black students, with an emphasis on limiting the number of suspensions.
In St. Paul, suspensions and other forms of punishment for black students have largely been replaced by short “time outs” other types of non-punitive reactions to bad behavior, according to various reports.
Time outs. That’ll sure work.
The result has been widespread chaos in many schools, according to numerous teachers and media reports. The issue came to a boil last month when a high school teacher was seriously injured by a 16-year-old student when trying to break up a fight.
I’m guessing it took the “kids” about a nanosecond to figure out that no punishment was going to be meted out no matter what they did. The kids now run the schools in St. Paul. And I’ve found a place to actually agree with a teachers union.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers reacted by threatening to strike if the school board does not do something to get student behavior under control.
The PEG program was such a success in St. Paul that they adopted it in Minneapolis.
In the fall of 2014, former Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson announced that she would be reviewing all suspensions of black students, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her goal was obviously to decrease the high rate of black student suspensions, and her edict was a clear signal to school administrators to keep black students in school, regardless of their behavior.
She also banned suspensions for K-5 students for non-violent behavior.
Johnson resigned a few months later, but the impact of her initiative may just be unfolding.
One hint came in November, when more than 100 people, including 19 teachers, attended a school board meeting to complain about increasingly violent student behavior, according to KARE11.com. Ten of those teachers – who all work at the same elementary school – said they had been assaulted by students.
Nice. Exactly what you’d expect to come out of California. And the St. Paul and Minneapolis school districts are protecting their turf by refusing to comment because of “privacy” concerns.
Are the school districts in your area talking to the Pacific Education Group? It would probably be good to find out.
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