What gives a right for a student to assault a teacher in today’s society … taking away their cell phone of course.
Darri Stephens, director of Digital Learning, Common Sense and a former member of Teach for America, appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the recent attack by a 16 year old punk at JFK High School in Paterson, NJ. What might be as bad as the attack on the innocent teacher, was the fact that the 62 year old educator did not fight back, in fear of losing his job if he did and that no one came to the teachers aide. They all moved away and instead of breaking up the fight, they recorded it on their cell phone to post on YouTube. After Darri Stephens discussed how we change the dynamic of “school culture” in our schools, F&F’s host Steve Doocy added, “but we are leaving something out and that is the parents.” Steve opined, “the parents in students lives are a big part of the back ground and the character of the students we put in the schools.”
“I think is what is more worrisome is the fact that the other students stood back and what we call ‘bystanders’. How can we build empathy in kids to stand up and have the confidence to get involved or at least get help. How do we build that positive school culture nowadays in our classrooms?”