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Rainbow Stickers = Gang Affiliations? Right

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, Education | Posted on 01-02-2008

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Yeah, I hear there’s a real prob­lem with queer street gangs these days, tag­ging every­thing in sight with those damned rain­bows.

ACLU sues Flori­da school for bar­ring Pride gear

Admin­is­tra­tors at Ponce de Leon High School stat­ed that stu­dents’ wear­ing rain­bow stick­ers could mean that they are mem­bers of an ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.…
An uniden­ti­fied stu­dent was sus­pend­ed for five days for express­ing her sup­port for gay rights, the ACLU said. Stu­dents said a les­bian peer was harassed and tried to report the sit­u­a­tion to admin­is­tra­tors. She was instead greet­ed with cen­sor­ship of sup­port­ing stu­dents writ­ing “gay pride” on their arms and note­books.

This sto­ry def­i­nite­ly goes in the “glad to be home­school­ing” file, but it also gives me cause to won­der if the school admin­is­tra­tor train­ing process sur­gi­cal­ly removes all com­mon sense. Or do they just pre­fer to recruit those who don’t have much of it in the first place?

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Well, school admin­is­tra­tors are folks how have high­er lev­el man­age­ment skill, who’re either suf­fi­cient­ly com­mit­ted to work­ing in the schools that they’ll accept a salary low­er than they’d get in pri­vate indus­try, or who couldn’t get a bet­ter pay­ing job in pri­vate indus­try.

So yeah — lots of com­mon-sense-less school admin­is­tra­tors.

I’d file this under exact­ly why I’m glad my kids aren’t home­schooled. It is expo­sure to inci­dents such as this that forced me to edu­cate myself about a great many things. It also helped me expe­ri­ence sol­i­dar­i­ty with peo­ple first hand.

Those kids got a harsh les­son that none of them are like­ly to for­get and, with luck, with direct some to fight for what they per­ceive as right for the rest of their lives.

That’s fair, Chas.

Hope, I know there are some admin­is­tra­tors who are tru­ly com­mit­ted to edu­ca­tion. The best band direc­tor I ever had and one of the best Eng­lish teach­ers I’ve ever known even­tu­al­ly went into admin­is­tra­tion. I feel that they were excep­tions to all the rules. First, they were won­der­ful teach­ers who con­nect­ed well with their stu­dents. Sec­ond, they even­tu­al­ly gave up their first love (teach­ing) to try to improve the over­all sys­tem.

Most of the teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors I encoun­tered in my own school­ing and that of our kids were not good teach­ers, sel­dom had a good grasp of their sub­ject, and didn’t care much for the stu­dents. Too many were on pow­er trips. I know that my sis­ter didn’t go into teach­ing for the pro­fes­sion, but for the hours, ben­e­fits and sta­bil­i­ty. She doesn’t even like kids much!

The age of rea­son­ing is over. If you ban stick­ers the kids will just find some­thing else

[…] ago, I post­ed about Ponce de Leon High School in Flori­da ban­ning the wear or dis­play of any kind of gay pride sym­bols or words, claim­ing that they indi­cat­ed involve­ment in an “ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.” I lat­er found […]