May 26th, 2019 10:34 PM
$100 grand to remove murals. $55 K to reprint Tabula. The schools are doing an admirable job in instructing the benefits of censorship. And the taxes keep on rising without restraint.
May 26th, 2019 3:00 PM
The May 15 article you are discussing described how only 15 students at Brooks and only 25 students at Julian were the discipline problems. The stat we should be looking at is that there are about 1000 kids at each school, so 40 kids out of a couple thousand is a tiny two percent of troublemakers. It seems extremely unfair to start labeling the teachers as being racists disciplining this two percent of the overall student population, when there are hundreds of Black and Latin students who apparently never ever have discipline issues in these schools. It sounds like the so called Social Justice Club wants to make the school better for the a handful of bad players, at the expense of all the other kids who are of all races. Focus on the 98 percent of kids trying to learn something, not the two percent making trouble. This is a safety issue.
May 26th, 2019 9:04 AM
Thank you Mr. Schwartz. I have never understood how such a "progressive" community could be so reluctant to embrace progressive and anti-bias curricula. About fifteen years ago I was involved with D97 strategic planning, most of the piece I worked on was never implemented. I don't have kids in the district anymore, but felt so disheartened to see the survey coming out just as the district finally passed an equity policy. And then to see the chorus of folks bemoaning "kids today" and "lax discipline". Teachers understand that behavior always has meaning, don't they? There's so much good anti-bias material out there from Teaching for Change, Teaching Tolerance, etc., what is Oak Park afraid of?
May 25th, 2019 7:56 PM
The school's miscue makes people feel hated when they weren't, makes teens feel misunderstood and tainted, and makes commentators jab students for not being "angels" or needing to "take responsibility". If the school had talked to students, they would have understood how innocent, rampant, and cool the circle game was, which is why it spanned all grade levels, genders, races and ethnicities as depicted in the yearbook. The Tabula student staff perfectly understood, which is why it was included and survived the editing process. Their job is to capture the memories of the school year. Now fearful grown-ups have tarnished the memories with vague suspicions due to recent developments bringing OK into question. But OK is not (yet) universally understood as a symbol of hate (like the Nazi salute), thus it is Constitutionally protected speech. The school has a burden of proof that publishing would cause disorder to justify censorship (but hundreds of minority students...
May 25th, 2019 6:06 PM
@Brian - to me, this issue (as far as the OK gesture) is more that the pictures were taken last fall, before the gesture was widely known to have this particular association (if it even is widely known, I have my doubts - I would say it's definitely not as widely known as the middle finger gesture) - Having now been through this, there should be in place a policy that says NO GESTURES of any sort will be included in photos published in the Tabula or Trapeze - whatever these gestures that were made in these photos, the bottom line is that they (at the time) were considered acceptable - so your claim that the young persons in those photos (as it has been stated included younger students, not just seniors) should "take responsibility" for their actions rings a bit false.
May 25th, 2019 2:54 PM
@ Kline Maureen: These aren't kids. They are seniors in high school. Mostly all over 18 years old. Just asking, when does responsibility kick in, and the lesson of the friend circle hand signal get told by the young adult, time and time again. Some people learn and some people learn that others will clean up their mistakes. Just asking.
May 25th, 2019 2:05 PM
$53,000 would have paid for how much individualized, extra one on one or small group teaching time for how many of the kids at the bottom of the so-called gap? It could have actually helped someone grasp a concept or move on with some confidence to the next level. But instead it gets blown on a book no one will even be looking at by July. Let's keep saying we are going to do something and then throw the resources to actually do it away. Big fail by the leadership. But it is only taxpayer money and they feel that can be wasted.
May 25th, 2019 11:28 AM
as I've thought and read more, I agree that reprinting was the proper way to go - - Given the inflammatory nature of everything these days, reprinting protects students who most likely made innocent gestures from being shamed or scapegoated in the future - - but I hope that this incident leads to NEW RULES and PROCESSES so future school publications don't encounter similar situations. Though what's troubling as well is that the photos themselves are likely stored on any number of drives/clouds/etc so I think it's really impossible to completely destroy all the "evidence" - and who knows what may surface at some point down the line... Let's hope none of these kids ever plan to run or are up for appointment to any public office - it would be sad to see something surface 20 years down the line.
May 24th, 2019 10:11 PM
We are at a cross roads. I would ask people to pause, to notice their emotions and to then reflect on what their higher self is telling them is the right thing to do. Data consistently shows that in our country, our region and our Village people experience unequal outcomes based on race. Let's normalize that and begin to discuss what the Village government can do to address those disparities without all the accusations of whose fault it is and the naturally resulting defensiveness.
May 24th, 2019 10:01 PM
Last year, when the Village was set to discuss the impact of plastic bags on the environment, Sally came to our Village Board meeting dressed head to toe in a plastic- bag -monster outfit. It was creative, funny and impactful. I will miss her activism and the work she did to advocate for the environment. Death sucks. Rest in peace Sally and thank you for being you.
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