St. Paul, MN: Policies based on ‘white privilege’ consultancy turning schools nightmarish, chaotic

St. Paul, MN: Policies based on ‘white privilege’ consultancy turning schools nightmarish, chaotic
Ground zero: John A. Johnson Elementary in St. Paul. (Image: Google Street View)

Have the taxpayers of St. Paul spent nearly $3 million over the past five years to bring chaos and danger to their schools and students?

Apparently so.

In 2010, the St. Paul school district began a contractual relationship with the Pacific Educational Group, a San Francisco-based organization that tries to help public schools deal with achievement and disciplinary issues involving black students.

PEG …claims that the American education system is built around white culture, tradition and social norms – aka “white privilege” – to the unfair detriment of black students. …

Not long after PEG started working with St. Paul school officials, crucial policy changes were made, according to various news reports. …

Student suspensions were replaced by “time outs,” and school officials starting forgiving or ignoring violence and other unacceptable behavior, according to various sources. …

There are…horror stories from many…school[s]…in the district, according to CityPages:

At John A. Johnson Elementary on the East Side, several teachers, who asked to remain anonymous, describe anything but a learning environment. Students run up and down the hallways, slamming lockers and tearing posters off the walls. They hit and swear at each other, upend garbage cans under teachers’ noses.

Nine teachers at Ramsey Middle School have quit since the beginning of this school year. Some left for other districts. Others couldn’t withstand the escalating anarchy. …

 

One despondent teacher told CityPages, “We have students who will spend an hour in the hallway just running and hiding from people, like it’s a game for them. A lot of them know no one is going to stop them, so they just continue.”

The families of the district have clearly had enough.

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