Since the inception of this blog, I have written a handful of posts about different school incidents in which I think that the actions of the educators and/or the institutions were, let's say, questionable.
Yesterday there was the teachers who performed a lap dance for their students, then there was the school who had a student handcuffed and arrested for doodling on a desk, and then there was the nine-year old student who was raked over the coals for concealing a two-inch LEGO gun on his person.
Today, let's talk about this school:
A school in Central Falls, Rhode Island -- the poorest city in the state -- has fired all ninety-three of its employees. That includes all 74 teachers, plus classroom assistants, guidance counsellors, the school psychologist, the principal and all three assistant principals.
This was done after it was revealed that in 2009 only half of the students graduated and only seven percent of the school's Grade 11 students were proficient in math. Which, yes, is kind of problematic, but still: firing everybody? That's a really radical way to deal with the issue don't you think?
If I was a parent at this school my fear would be for the new year. Sure, it's great to have new blood that hopefully will infuse enthusiasm into the learning process, but what about the fact that this school will be run completely head-to-toe with newcomers who have never worked together as a team? Schools require administration and organization and these things do not fall out of the sky and sort themselves out on day one. They take time and experience.
I don't know. I hope this works for the student's sake but once again I think it's the students who are going to suffer. I guess it's better than hobbling along.
What do you think? Too radical an act? Is the clean slate approach the way to go? Should more 'broken' schools do the same thing? Would it be better to identify the weakness(es) and cut those out as opposed to throwing out the entire body? What would you want if it were your kids' school?