Tuesday, January 14, 2014

HANNA HIGH SCHOOL - HOW THE PRINCIPAL TOOK A GOOD DECISION AND FLIPPED IT INTO A DISASTER.

Be patient - more posts are coming.

On Friday a parent and I met with officials at Hanna.  He is taking custody of his daughter because she will be the fourth child the mother does not get to school or enforce rules on.  The father wanted to know all of the rules so he could insure his daughter did everything she was to do.  For example - the mother refused to buy the child a see through backpack - easy enough - the father took the child to Academy and got her the right back pack, and more school supplies.

At this meeting we were told starting Monday - meaning this past Monday - for 9th and 10th graders the campus would be closed.  I have seen this at every campus within BISD - the kids just come back when they feel like it after lunch.  It causes needless problems with learning for the child, disrupts the classroom, and creates endless paperwork which we the taxpayers pay for.

School is not a day at the fair grounds, it is a place where you go to learn.  Which brings me to part two of this post.

Learning includes civics - when students seek to start a petition drive any real educator encourages the petition drive as opposed to stopping it.  Yes there are First Amendment considerations - but for me the better argument is education.  After all, they are in school for an education - and unfortunately what started out as a move in the right direction, closed campus for the 9th and 10th graders, has now turned into a civics lesson is silencing speech.

For years I have called for a closed campus for all 9th and 10th graders.  They need discipline and structure. They are in school to learn - not to be out off campus socializing and returning to campus after lunch either late or when they feel like it.  Teaching the students to be on time, translates to how they conduct themselves once they enter the work force.

Also, the Hanna problem will not be solved until there are two principals - one for 9th and 10th grade and one for 11th and 12th grade.  Hanna needs to be two high schools.  The BISD Administration has known about the overcrowding for a very long time but has chosen to do nothing about it.  The overcrowding problem belongs squarely on the Board and Administration.

It is sad, the principal took what could have been a great civics lesson in participation and turned it into a civics lesson of - how to crush dissent.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Yes there are First Amendment considerations - but for me the better argument is education."

Please help us understand your statement. It's ok to deny a person it First Amendment rights because education is more important than those rights. This reminds me of the time that I attended a segregated school in the 50's. It was ok to have segregated schools because those that were segregated were being given an education.

Anonymous said...

When I was there in the 80's we had the largest freshman class in the state. Yes, it's been way too long.

BobbyWC said...

To the first comment you missed the point - I did not say the First Amendment was not important - I just said on an educational level civic participation is important and this alone should have been enough to allow for the petition. I have clear problems with the violation of the First Amendment - but in a school setting I would think a principal would have the commonsense to know how important petitions are in terms of teaching civic participation.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Civil participation especially in a school setting is an excellent method of teaching students about our system of laws in this country. All high schools have elected Student Councils but few know the purpose of it or of it's significant to our society. If students have a concern in their school they should address it to their Student Council via a presentation or a petition from the student body.

A knowledgeable school principal would have guided the students in approaching their Student Council with their concerns with or without a petition allowing their student representatives to address the concerns to administration. Teaching civil participation not only happens in the classroom but throughout all the activities of the school everyday.

Anonymous said...

I'd say they just got a real world lesson. I hope they were paying attention.

Anonymous said...

My freshman class was crazy huge! They had to make a new lunch period for us. But we always had open campus and it was never a problem. I'm guessing the kiddos these days are the ones that can't be trusted! Class of '09, woop!