School improves security by firing guards and focusing on the arts
2013 08 13

From: MotherNatureNetwork

When Andrew Bott became principal of Orchard Gardens Elementary School in Roxbury, Mass., he was the sixth principal to hold the job in seven years. Only about half of the teachers would return to the school each year. Students feared daily for their lives and safety in a school that was plagued by violence and chaos. And the school was ranked in the bottom five of all public schools in the state of Massachusetts.

When Bott took over the reins of this troubled school, he did something so unexpected that many called him crazy. He took the school’s entire security budget and reinvested it in the arts. He fired the security guards and hired more art teachers at a school where kids were previously not even allowed to have backpacks over fears that they would smuggle weapons into the school. Can you even imagine the skepticism that Bott was met with when he presented this idea at the school board meeting?

[...]


Read the full article at: mnn.com





Related Articles
High school to force students to undergo hair analysis to reveal alcohol consumption
Florida will exhume remains of 100 children who died at Dozier School for Boys
US Army Teaches Wrong Lesson in Nation’s High Schools
Home-schooling saga is the other asylum case making headlines
Surprise shooting drill shocks teachers at Oregon school
Education Is NOT The Same As Schooling
In Texas, Police in Schools Criminalize 300,000 Students Each Year
Expelling Fast Food, Junk Food and Soda Pushers from Our Schools
Learning Fear: School To Hold ‘Active Shooter Drills,’ Fire Blank Rounds In Hallways
Learning Fear: Discussion About Toy Nerf Gun Causes Lockdown at Elementary Schools
What is a ’flipped classroom?’


Latest News from our Front Page

US Silent on Psychologists Role in CIA’s Tortures: Doctors
2014-12-20 21:53
Physicians for Human Rights had not received any response from the US Federal Commission to their call to investigate the role of health professionals in CIA’s torture program, Deputy Director of the organization told Sputnik. December 19 (Sputnik) — US government has not responded to calls to prosecute doctors, who participated in CIA torture program, the Deputy Director of Communications for ...
Ziolebrities: Simon Cowell donates £100,000 to Israeli soldiers to please pregnant jewish girlfriend Lauren Silverman
2014-12-20 21:00
Cowell, 54, is also planning a secret trip to Israel soon as he embraces the Jewish faith of Silverman, 36 Gala: Billionaire Haim Saban with Cowell Simon Cowell has publicly donated nearly £100,000 in support of the Israeli army. The X Factor boss pledged the cash to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces at a US fund-raiser in Beverly Hills. The lavish gala ...
Former Chief Security Officer for NewsCorp: N. Koreans Not Behind Sony Hack, Interview Leak
2014-12-20 2:17
Hemanshu Nigam, a former federal prosecutor and former chief security officer for NewsCorp/Fox studios, says North Korea isn’t behind the Sony Hack. Nigam gave several bullet points for why the hack was likely an inside job. Attack code borrowed from a previous attack on Seoul, that’s why it’s in Korean. Private hackers typically borrow malicious code from other hackers.Nations state attacks follow ...
Sony Fires Back at Obama: Actually We Did Call the White House – Several Times
2014-12-20 2:13
Sony fired back at Obama after the press conference saying they had several conversations with the Obama White House before and after the movie was canceled. Via The Hollywood Reporter: After President Obama criticized Sony for its decision to cancel The Interview's release after theater chains decided not to show the film, the studio has issued a statement elaborating on the move. “The ...
The Bankster International
2014-12-20 1:55
Geopolitical analysis, the art of explaining power relationships through the prism of impersonal geography, can be a helpful tool for observers of the Great Game – but it also has its limitations. A case in point is the renewed US-Russia confrontation. Think tanks and policy insiders easily sell the narrative that from the dark days of the Cold War to ...
More News »