Location: Texas, United States

I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Friday, January 14, 2005

And the beat goes on

This is an interesting article. Here is a short quotation from the article found at

Students at North Dallas High School walked out of class on Thursday morning in a show of dissatisfaction with the school's principal.

More than 200 students from the school, among DISD's lowest-performing campuses, left the building and marched peacefully several blocks to DISD headquarters to complain about their principal Dina Townsend.

Even if the principal in question is not guilty of the things these kids say, there seems to be something badly wrong on this particular campus. The question I have is what caused these students to walk out. The point I would like to make is that this kind of behavior on the part of students is symptomatic of some underlying problem. Another thought I would like to offer is that I doubt that much learning will take place at this location until the underlying problem is resolved. It will be interesting to see if the students are punished and how the district reacts.


Blogger Brad Warbiany said...

I didn't want to take the time this morning to register for that website, so I didn't read the whole story.

I wonder at this point, though, if this was really pushed by the students. It can't be very easy to convince 200 students to take part in this sort of activism. Who was really driving this action?

7:50 AM  
Blogger J said...

Brad you make an interesting point. I have found that kids are naturally cooperative if they are approached with at least a small amount of respect. I have found that kids don't react in this fashion unless they are severely pushed in a corner. Certainly, they will speak out, show some disrespect, or act silly; but I have rarely observed anything like a walkout that was not the result of something severe. The high school that took our middle school kids had a walk-out only after a new principal fired an entire math department including people who had received excellent evaluations for many, many years and included the district teacher of the year. But, your point is interesting. I would like to be a fly on the wall in that high school.

12:31 PM  

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