February 8, 2008

NOTE THE DEEPLY ODD ASSUMPTION...:

In Bronx School, Culture Shock, Then Revival (ELISSA GOOTMAN, 2/08/08, NY Times)

Junior High School 22, in the South Bronx, had run through six principals in just over two years when Shimon Waronker was named the seventh.

On his first visit, in October 2004, he found a police officer arresting a student and calling for backup to handle the swelling crowd. Students roamed the hallways with abandon; in one class of 30, only 5 students had bothered to show up. “It was chaos,” Mr. Waronker recalled. “I was like, this can’t be real.”

Teachers, parents and students at the school, which is mostly Hispanic and black, were equally taken aback by the sight of their new leader: A member of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Hasidic Judaism with a beard, a black hat and a velvet yarmulke. [...]

Despite warnings from some in the school system that Mr. Waronker was a cultural mismatch for a predominantly minority school, he has outlasted his predecessors, and test scores have risen enough to earn J.H.S. 22 an A on its new school report card. The school, once on the city’s list of the 12 most dangerous, has since been removed.


...that it is desirable to have someone who fits the failed culture? How can you fix the problem when you don't realize it is the culture?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 8, 2008 12:00 AM
Comments

She doesn't mean "culture", she means "race"; but she doesn't want to say "race", so she says "culture".

Posted by: Brandon at February 8, 2008 1:19 PM

Send Nuns in for a surge of discipline.

Posted by: Genecis at February 8, 2008 1:46 PM
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