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LA School 'Justice' Rule Provides None

By Monday, 16 November 2015 08:29 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The left’s refusal to recognize man’s innate capacity for wrong and the resulting individual responsibility is creating chaos in Los Angeles schools. It all began with a small number — 8 percent to be exact.

That is the percentage of students that had been suspended from Los Angeles schools for the offense of “defiance.” This year the number is 0.55 percent and that lower figure is being hailed as a great success. What happened? Did “peace, love, and understanding” return after a long absence from the ’60s?

No, on the contrary, it’s an educrat concept known as “restorative justice” that is given credit. Conservatives are right to be suspicious anytime a modifier is added to the word “justice,” which really needs no explanation. And “restorative justice” is no different.

The Los Angeles Times defines the concept as, “Psychologists and educational researchers support restorative justice as a means to build community, bolster students' problem-solving and accountability, and resolve conflicts, often through intense discussions that emphasize mutual respect between students, staff, and parents as they reflect on what caused problems in the first place and how kids can avoid them in the future.”

So if I understand correctly, a student that is minding his own business and has his lunch money stolen by a bully will be sentenced to innumerable face–to–face meetings with the thug in an effort to help the aggressor work on his problems. Where, exactly, is the “justice” in that?

The program’s rollout in LA has been a disaster on the order of HealthCare.gov. “On the ground, though, some teachers allege that it's been a change for the worse: they claim that disciplinary issues are getting out-of-hand, and leaving teachers at a 'breaking point,'" in the words of school union rep Art Lopez.

“Where is the justice for students who want to learn?" math teacher Michael Lam asked at a district forum, citing pressure to keep disruptive student in class.” Which is my first and most important question.

The only humorous part of the entire story is the superintendent’s response as he aggressively dodged responsibility.

Ramon Cortines agreed the “implementation had not been well thought out. ‘You cannot piecemeal this kind of thing.’” Bringing to mind the question of who approved the program in the first place, if not the superintendent.

In  Los Angeles the entire disciplinary program was revamped after only one–third of the teachers had received training in the new concept and there are only 45 “justice” counselors for a school system with more than 650,000 students.

Even with the new, lower number of suspensions for defiance that is still 794 defiant students per “justice” counselor. And even if there were enough counselors, what is the education atmosphere like in the classroom where the disruptive student is allowed to stay while the wheels of “justice” grind slowly onward?

It only goes to prove yet again the only way for a rule–following student to gain individual attention in the modern classroom is to break the rules rather than abide by them.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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The left’s refusal to recognize man’s innate capacity for wrong and the resulting individual responsibility is creating chaos in Los Angeles schools.
school, bully, justice
Monday, 16 November 2015 08:29 AM
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