by Max Brantley
We reported a couple of days ago on the official enrollment report on the Little Rock School District and the loss of students to charter schools. The item prompted a variety of comments, including one from an unnamed person about alleged bullying and ineffective discipline at a Little Rock middle school. The comment was a followup to one posted on this thread about students who'd left LRSD for charter schools.
School Board member Robert Daugherty sends along to me and others a response to comments that appeared there, particularly a comment in the charter school link. I predict it will spur further discussion.
It’s easier to tell a lie than the truth. Anyone who refers to the four black school board members as the “Gang of Four” shows considerable bias and cannot be considered truthful. Therefore, any statements he or she makes should not be considered valid. Also, people who post on blogs are usually nameless and faceless and therefore their rhetoric or challenges are impossible to validate or verify. For all accounts this post could be from someone as close as next door or as far away as Melbourne,
Australia . But the continued attacks on the four black board members continue to intrigue me in as much as it allows me to get a small sense of what the black senators and representatives appointed to office during Reconstruction had to endure. I’m sure they were blamed for all the problems of society and the deviant behavior of others as well. That all changed when they were no longer in office and with the coming of the Ku Klux Klan and others who, “Put them in their place.” History is a wonderful teacher provided we learn from it. I’m sure the four black board members could quickly gain favor with their white counterparts if they were willing to be led by them. But as long as they continue to think independently and ethically they will be disparaged and harassed by those who do not respect them because of their race.
The black members of this board do not parent the children of this district, they do not personally offer instruction or discipline in the classroom, nor do they personally work in the schools to provide an environment where children respect one another. The parents, teachers, and administration do that in all aspects.
I don’t think there is a school in existence where there is not a certain amount of bullying from the more aggressive students over the less aggressive ones. Unfortunately the age and size of the aggressor and the victim cannot be used as indicators. Nor can the race and gender be used. People who are aggressive have been shown to exhibit this innate behavior from early childhood to the end of life.
The LRSD board is the policymaking body of the district and it currently has policies in place to address the issues of bullying and the process to report it. If the LRSD investigated and found no wrongdoing on the part of the accused student the question should then be what did they find regarding the accuser?
Robert M. Daugherty
LRSD Board of Directors, Zone 2