Category Archives: High School Controversy
In the Detroit Public Schools students with special needs are being included in the regular education setting. As many as 5000 special needs high school students are going main stream this year. Is it the right move? The district seems to feel they were left with no choice. If they did not comply the district would lose about 5 million dollars in federal funding.
Special Education Questions
In Mount Olive, New Jersey a new policy has been put in place: no student can have the grade of a D. Superintendent Larrie Reynolds proclaimed, “The number of failing grades for Mount Olive middle and high school students dropped 42.5 percent in the first quarter of the school year.” So is this new policy a success?
Who Are They Kidding?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the color pink was everywhere to remind of us this awful illness. You couldn’t miss seeing pink because it was everywhere. Even MLB players and NFL teams showed their support by wearing pink wristbands, pink edged hats and even pink cleats. Everywhere you looked there it was…pink was the “new” black.
So, tell me how could Chris Peterson, head football coach at Mendenhall (Mississippi) High School kick Coy Shepard, the teams 17 year old placekicker, off of the team for wearing a pair of pink cleats to practice? Is he heartless? Is he stupid?
When it comes to going to school in New York, I think I’d show up every day. If not, the court system is likely to get involved. However, the urban city school district has a high rate of chronic absenteeism, so they must not agree with me.
A City’s Crisis
Kim Nauer, who researched the city’s statistics, “found 124,000 chronically absent teenagers in 2008-09 and 140,000 the year before, about 40 percent both times. She also found 24 percent missed at least 40 days in one year, designated as severe cases.” In New York City, “chronic absenteeism” is defined as when a student misses at least 20 of the 180 days in a school year. As of now, educators refer these cases to social services for neglect.
Honestly, is this a sign that the world is coming to an end? The network that has given us Beavis and Butt-Head, Punk’d, Road Rules and Jackass has played an important role in the recent drop in teen pregnancy. How is that possible?
A new government study, according to the Christian Science Monitor, shows the US teen birthrate falling dramatically in 2009 after a five percent increase from 2005 to 2007. Experts say that this drop is partially due in part to MTV‘s “16 and Pregnant” documentary series, which many teens credit with opening their eyes to the consequences of unprotected sex and early parenthood.
Fair Lawn High School has a pep rally the last day of class before Thanksgiving Break each year, but this year it may not happen. Last year the event got out of hand as the results for all four grades’ fundraising activities were announced along with the introduction of the senior athletes for the fall season sports.
A Few Bad Apples
While intended as good fun, crowd control and student behavior may have the event coming to an end. The pep rally used to be held before the annual Thanksgiving Day football game, but the high school has not had the holiday game for a number of years now so the rally was moved to the last day of school before break.
An October 21st ruling by a federal appeals court proclaims teachers “have no First Amendment free-speech protection for curricular decisions they make in the classroom.” This comes after a teacher’s contract was not renewed in 2002 due to what the teacher said was a controversy over an assignment to read what some may view as controversial books including Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, and a unit on book censorship in which students could choose books from a list of frequently challenged works.
This one goes out to everyone who thinks one or two people can’t make a difference…
A Man You Should Know
Someone pretty important passed away on September 5, 2010. It was Jefferson Thomas. There probably are not many people who know that name, but without him and eight other persistent young people our high schools may be very different than they are today.
I have to admit that I was surprised by a recent Chicago Tribune study that said that eight of 10 public high school juniors in Illinois aren’t ready for college classes in all subjects. I don’t think that I’m naive, but I found that number to be mind boggling. What does this study say about public high schools in the State of Illinois?
The ACT Scores Are In
The newspaper calculated college readiness figures from student ACT scores that were released for the first time under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Well… It got your attention, didn’t it? I guess that’s what the schools thought too. Distracting, possibly, but TOO distracting to be worn to school on a bracelet? I don’t know.
I Love Boobies
What am I talking about? It’s the “I ♥ Boobies” bracelet being worn to support breast cancer awareness. According to CNN this issue cropped up in September, but it’s still being pursued in schools across the country as the bracelets are being worn by more and more students. Administrators claim the bracelet’s language is not appropriate for school, while students say it’s a term they use frequently and it gets an important conversation going. Some students are being suspended or having to attend Saturday school.