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Re: Re: classroom management or misunderstanding forms of resistance?

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Gary Bogus (gbogus)
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 22:52:51 -0800


It seems that PSU has a strong PC contingent. For the record, our schools
and my art program work diligently to be inclusive in an extremely diverse
community. But I think you are falling into a very dangerous trap to assume
that "community standards" should be something that would vary widely due
to (I assume you are referring to) ethnicity. Is it OK in any community for
"marginalized" youth to throw pencils or clay at classmates? To threaten
teachers and peers, or interrupt constantly? This type of logic, which
blames student behavior on teachers, schools, or society in general does
nothing to encourage children to act responsibly and take their place in a
wider society. Many, many disadvantaged children are victimized by the loss
of school as a safe, secure environment in which to learn by this type of
politically correct rhetoric.

Yes, we should be inclusive. Yes, we should love each student and treat
each one with respect and dignity. But we should also be very clear in
what is and is not OK to do in school. And I am certain that the parents of
each one of my students - advantaged or disadvantaged - expects me to
maintain these "community standards". We are not living in a community that
is that divided.


  • Maybe reply: Elizreese: "Re: Re: Re: classroom management or misunderstanding forms of resistance?"
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