Thursday, June 20, 2013
How safe are Duval’s schools? Perception versus reality.
From the Times Union, The (school) board said… Vitti also needs to strengthen school safety and change the perception that the public thinks schools are unsafe.
We just have perception problem friends; things are fine in our schools. Gosh, I really hope nobody on the board actually said that and instead it was the Times Union taking literary license. If not then that serial bully who later got to go to Universal Studios and the SED kids who are roaming our halls beating up other students are just figments of our collective imaginations.
Ask a teacher if they know a student who acts as if they own the place, running the halls, talking back and disrupting classes without consequences. Ask a student the same question too. Ask them what their perceptions are.
We don’t have a perception problem and maybe the board would know that if they got out and talked to teachers and students. We have a discipline problem. Maybe the new dean positions will help mitigate some of what’s going on but unless we commit to giving students who act up real consequences instead of barely slaps on the wrist I doubt it. The problem is not our perception; the problem is the inaction of the school board and it is a problem that has been going on for years.