On Thursday, May 28, 2015, members of Metro Justice will be protesting outside the Rochester Board of Education to support the adoption of a new Code of Conduct.
The current “No Tolerance” policy has led to an unconscionable increase in the number of arrests of children in the district.
This summer, districts in the greater Rochester area will be sending teams of teachers and administrators to a Constructivist Conference in order to learn how to teach and evaluate an explorative way of teaching the common core curriculum that engages the student and promotes critical thinking skills. The Rochester City School district has no teams registered for this conference.
We continue to concentrate on the symptoms of the disease that plagues education while ignoring the malady itself.
When we change the entire system of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the individual gifts and talents of ALL of America’s children, their conduct will not require a code. Every child will have the opportunity to gain the self-confidence, self-respect, and self-reliance necessary to make intelligent, positive choices for their life.
Concentrating on every child’s gifts and talents while acknowledging and respecting the gift’s and talents of every member of the school community gives our children a sense of self worth that gives them the strength to resist and overcome the peer pressure and fears that lead to abhorrent behaviors in school children.
When our children understand that they are worth more than the money it takes to educate them then they will understand that they have more to offer society than their ability to join the workforce.
All of America’s children must know and understand that they were created to be great and to lend that greatness to the world, making it a better place for everyone.
It is extremely important to change the language of the RCSD code of conduct. It is more important to change the language of the Federal, State, and Local education agencies so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children.
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