Class Warfare

Class Warfare

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With budget cuts looming every year, administrators and union leaders find themselves in a never-ending game of promoting how good their school is and why budget cuts will derail their ongoing success. The vehicle they choose for this ongoing self-promotion is what William Fibkins calls the a€œdazzlea€ approach, which focuses only on a€œgood news.a€ Overtime administrators and staff often come to believe the positive reviews of the good news process and overlook or abandon those students who dona€™t make good news but instead act out, fail, cause trouble and give the school a bad name. These are the a€œbad newsa€ kids, and their lives are not newsworthy. This book is about the unintended consequences that can occur when the qgood newsa€ process becomes heavily embedded in school life -- a process that creates two different worlds in a school community that often prides itself on fostering unity and belonging. The school media promotions may say a€œAll is well here, a€ but this positive spin belies the divisions that breed isolation and estrangement for both the a€œgood newsa€ and a€œbad newsa€ kids, which gives rise to class warfare in the school community. In a culture in which some students are valued as more worthy than others, being a more worthy student can have a serious downside that is as risky as being an unworthy student. This book explores these often hidden consequences and what school and community leaders need to do to right this sinking ship a€“ a ship that seems sturdy and well-built to onlookers but is abusing its crew to keep afloat. Some schools operate on a system which uses high achieving students as a commodity to pass school budgets and downplays the cries of troubled students to be included in a€œtheira€ school. Good news gets headlines while bad news is shifted to the back page or left out, resulting in an a€œall is well, problem-freea€ picture of the school.The parents of standard-bearers are also commodities that are valued by the school and community, but when that ... The following chapters will explore the role of school administrators, guidance counselors, and teachers who appear to beanbsp;...

Title:Class Warfare
Author:William L. Fibkins
Publisher:R&L Education - 2013-03-08


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