Last weeks What Would You DO?
We had a great group of comments, all centering around the issue of making sure the parents were informed when the initial discussion with the student about the beads occurred. Had that happened, there probably would not be a problem at this point. Legally, this incident goes back to the landmark Tinker case about freedom of speech and expression in public schools. The Tinker cases ruling was that a school has a right and responsibility to control speech and expression when that speech and expression would cause a disruption in the safe and orderly operation of the school. Gang activity can certainly be expected to cause disruption in school and safety for kids in that school and community. In my opinion, it is the correct course of action for the school to pursue disciplinary action for the student, but make sure the parents are notified of every discussion and action with the student.
Gang signs and symbols change almost daily and we need to keep in contact with law enforcement and other agencies that deal with this problem so we may be informed. Then we can correctly inform our parents and students. Every law enforcement or local agency that I have had an opportunity to work with was glad to have the partnership and help from the school community.
Next Weeks What Would You Do?
NBC television network is having what they call “Education Nation” this week. The Today Show, Morning Joe, and others are interviewing politicians, personalities, journalists, education ‘experts’ and whomever else wishes to put in their two cents worth about how to fix the education system in the United States. If you were given the opportunity, what would you say in a minute or two that would speak to the issue of; the education system is “fine”, it just needs tweaking; the education system is “broken” and needs fixing; or the education system is “obsolete” and needs to be replaced. Please respond by this Friday I will send you the responses, verbatim, without using names.
This week’s Remarkable Principal conversation will be with Tom Albers, Assistant Principal at Hays High School and KASSPs Assistant Principal of the Year. I will get that out to you later this week.
This episode’s interview is with Mike Berblinger, Principal at Buhler (KS) High School and Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) Principal Of The Year