Teachers have it so easy. They get the whole summer off, and all they have to do is survive an entire school year. For some though, this is harder than for others. Check out this 325 pound 16 year old from Aldine Nimitz High School in Houston, TX, and what he does to his 66 year old teacher:
Knocked the fuck out. I saw the Blind Side, and Michael Oher was nothing like this ogre. Unfortunately for the school district their hands are kind of tied. See it would be a lot easier if the kid was white. There’s an elephant in the room, and it wasn’t the ogre who pushed the old lady. It’s this:
The Department of Education has launched investigations of at least five school systems because of their disparate black-white discipline rates. The Department of Justice has already put the Barnwell, South Carolina, school district under a costly consent decree, complete with a pricey outside consultant, and is seeking similar control of other districts. The theory behind this school discipline push is what Obama officials and civil rights advocates call the “school-to-prison pipeline.” According to this conceit, harsh discipline practices—above all, suspensions—strip minority students of classroom time, causing them to learn less, drop out of school, and eventually land in prison.
So yea, the federal government simply won’t allow schools to suspend black students because that’s racist. This lovely young scholar just wants to learn, so we can’t send him down the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Obviously the old lady should’ve just minded her own business and got the fuck out of his way.
The President, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that young lads like this aren’t the problem. It’s racist teachers and administrators that are the REAL problem. So he issued an executive order in 2012 that made schools think twice before discipline a poor kid like this:
(vi) reducing the dropout rate of African American students and helping African American students graduate from high school prepared for college and a career, in part by promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools, and by supporting successful and innovative dropout prevention and recovery strategies that better engage African American youths in their learning, help them catch up academically, and provide those who have left the educational system with pathways to reentry;
Yea, schools need to rely on other methods that don’t result in a disparate use of discipline. So you can’t punish a kid like this, but you CAN have him lie down on the couch, eat some jello, and talk about his feelings. Anything else and you’re basically turning him into a dropout. And if you do that, then it’s all your fault, not his. After all he was just expressing himself by throwing the old lady around like a rag doll.
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