SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Navin Johnson Gets Excited About PS 154x Test Scores

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Navin Johnson Gets Excited About PS 154x Test Scores

Remember when Navin Johnson was so excited that the new phone books arrived? We here at SBSB are just as excited as he that the test scores have arrived.

Yes, with PS 154 sliding down its slippery slope, due to upper echelon (NOT AT ALL THE FAULT OF THE TEACHERS!!!!) incompetence, the test scores are out and like Navin Johnson PS 154 is going places. Down to be exact. (click below to enlarge)
If it wasn't for PS 154, there would be no need for summer school in District 7. But how did we get to this point, where are we going, and more importantly, how can we get out of this?

We got to this point because of the sheer neglect of former principal Marsha Elliott. As mentioned earlier only speculation has fueled the guessing as to why Marsha Elliott was replaced. However, it has come to the attention of The Crack Team here at SBSB that there were irregularities concerning school funds. The Crack Team has learned that in May of 2012 PS 154 had been running a deficit of $9K. Is this true, we don;t know, could it be criminal? Only Robert Johnson, Bronx District Attorney can answer. But this explains the lack of substitutes available to PS 154 the last 2 months of school.

It also explains why we had classes bursting at the seams, why there were no coverages for preps, why there was no writing program and/or curriculum in 2nd grade.

But with Marsha Elliott, what served her best was plausible delegation of responsibility. It is one thing to delegate, it is another to delegate and bury your head in the sand and ignore all going on about you. While Rome, er 154 was "burning," Marsha Elliott was busy praising God and praying he would make everything all right.

It was the same with the discipline. I mean, the lack of discipline. Students knew that they could get away with whatever they could and wanted to. Throw a chair? Have a piece of chocolate. Stab a kid with a pencil? You need a hug. Start a riot in the yard, your parents will never know.

And what to do about those kids in crisis, those that really needed intervention? Do what Oscar the Ostrich does when faced with stress. Find some dirt, bury the head, hope that the problem will go away. If that didn't work, you could just close your eyes really hard and wish the problem away.

I do not see things getting better and I am not the only one at 154 that feels this way. With more special ed. students now in general education, the new special ed. bowel movement that will be unleashed on the school, let alone the entire NYC DOE backfire like a '57 Chevy with a bad muffler.

Now students that would have been in a small class size structure will be exposed to classes of up to 30 kids, which will cause them not only to be over stimulated, but worse, get lost in the shuffle of the bigger class. Not only with these students not get the education they need, but will in all probability act out more, be disciplined more, and lose their knack for wanting to learn.

And what about the general ed. students? They will be hugged, cajoled, and not have any consequences in their behavior. If they get out of line, look for them to be sent to the overtaxed SBST. Sent, but not seen too. If memory serves, the SBST needs to first service the students it is assigned to, the students that have stack upon stacks of anecdotals and are in true crisis and need placement or evaluation, and then any other real crap that happens. Not this make believe liberal crap that will be thrust upon it.

But again, for all students, as long as there is no real curriculum, no true leadership, no true collaboration, and overcrowded classes there can be and won't be any learning at all in PS 154. `

How can we get those scores up and not be closed within 2 years? First, let's stop hiring first year, under 25, TFA teachers. The Open Market system is a great way to find good, veteran teachers. Use technology as it was intended, to increase students higher order thinking skills and to have students have the world virtually at their fingertips.

Have NYC DOE stop cutting the budget. It behooves logic that a school in crisis is having its budget cut year after year. But since this is a fact, get out there and get money! Solicit funds. Eva does it, why can't we? If a student is in educational crisis, deal with it immediately. Right then, right there. Discipline should be zero tolerance, not like in the charters, but the suburban schools. No putting students on computers for bad behavior, no more rewarding of students. Yes, I know, these students come from crisis, from fucked up homes, but these students need boundaries. They crave it. We need to give it to them. The liberal mindset must end.

I hope I am wrong. PS 154 is a great school, with great students, great families, and great teachers.

1 comment:

bookworm said...

I completely agree with you about the "liberal" discipline being the LAST thing these students need. (And I am a flaming lefty, btw.) I work with adolescents in similar situations and I see the results of this touchy-feely "don't make anyone feel bad" crap. It had led to a middle school out of control - one teacher was punched in the face and required stitches just because a kid was on the stairs and the teacher told him to go to class. Our hallways are full of hall walkers who run and wander into classrooms to be disruptive. Kids walk in and out of rooms and routinely throw things at and curse at teachers.

A zero - tolerance policy is needed and it needs to be enforced. My home district is in the 'burbs, and they have NO problem suspending a kid with home instruction for an entire YEAR of the situation warrants. Although this is NOT a common occurrence as the discipline starts with the first time a student says, "Shut up!" to a teacher.

It's true that kids crave discipline and will escalate their behaviors until they receive some. In my building, the kids saw that, in Spetember, no one did anything if they said, "Shut the f*** up" to a teacher, so they started ignoring the teachers. Then the walking in and out of classrooms started. Nothing happened except for "Please stay in the classroom or else we will ask you again". So then teachers began being bumped and jostled in the hallways, and things were thrown at teachers in the classroom. By the end of the year, it was open season - line of duty injuries, desks being hurled, one teacher had a used condom left on her desk, and another was thrown down and left in an ambulance, and students were still permitted to go on trips, attend dances, and MAYBE even serve a few days in ISS - aka the "Party Room" where they were punished for their behavior by playing on the computed and listening to their iPods all day.