Am I the only one who thinks the media and the school district and the feds are
sensationalizing this story? "Diversity" used to be on a
banner above the front doors of Butler Middle School along with several values
like courage and honesty. Is diversity a value? No, it is a statistical
measurement. I hear more about stopping the bullies and racism than
getting schools to perform. Where is the money going? 30 students per
classroom and $5000 per student means we are spending $150,000 per classroom.
That's where the "beef" is that should be discussed.
skit. your right on ! this whole thing has been blown out of proportion directly
because of the media
To my knowledge, the school district has not made public any of the other
incidents they found at Alta other than the one with the kid wearing the pillow
case. I don't think any of us are in a position to pass judgement on the
district's motives without knowing all of the facts. I do know that Dr. Doty is
fair-minded, he has kids who go to Alta, and he would not undertake this action
lightly or to curry favor with the politically correct crowd.
It's a generational thing. Older adults see a boy with a pillow case over his
head and jump to the conclusion that he's about to lynch a classmate. But to the
kids, it's just a joke, a silly prank, and nothing more.A good
analogy is the way films such as The Blues Brothers and Indiana Jones portray
Nazis. In those films Nazis are like Keystone Cops. Those who enjoy such films
mean no disrespect; they simply don't see Nazis in the way older generations see
them.So school administrators are in a quandary. They think they
must do SOMETHING or risk being labeled racist, or at least insensitive.
Meanwhile, the kids are scratching their heads wondering what all the fuss is
about, knowing the prank had no bad motive. A good school
administrator - the principal or the superintendent - could handle the problem
with a firm but kind explanation to the kids about why the kids need to be more
circumspect in their behavior.
Skit... in an ever global world, one of the most powerful lessons kids can come
out of school with is how to understand and respect other peoples cultures.
Math, science, and all that are meaningless unless you know how to deal with
others, even those not like yourself.So I think this is a very
powerful opportunity for the schools to teach these kids that even though 9.5
people out of 10 look just like you, being able to understand and appreciate
people unlike you is a huge life skill. I see so many kids come
from Mormon Utah to school out here so unprepared to deal with life outside of
Utah and their monolithic lives back home. Many of these have served missions
around the world, but still fail to try to understand the other persons
perspective. That empathy for anothers condition, particularly those that come
out here for medical school really impacts their performance in many ways.
Great kids, but really viewing the world through tainted lenses.
Great for the U.S. Justice Department. They won't prosecute Black Panthers who
stood out in front of polling places in 2008 and intimidated voters from voting
which is a federal offense but now officials from that department think they
have something to offer the Canyons School District in terms of how to deal with
race relations? What a joke.
Fair minded? Ask Les Hamilton or the Principal if they think Doty is fair