I have written before of my concern about the “IB World Programme,” a United Nations sponsored curriculum, now being taught to “the crème of the crop” in four of the HSSD schools. Information sent to me yesterday makes it clear that the I.B. curriculum isn’t the only problem in the Hot Springs Schools.
HSSD middle school employees are receiving training on gang violence. Evidently, the situation is getting bad. A former honor student is now locked in a psych facility because of panic attacks and flashbacks. Certain thugs told this young man that “they’d get him” and they did. Many of them laughed on March 12th as he was being strapped to an ambulance gurney shouting “leave me alone, please, please, just leave me alone.”
The young man has been diagnosed with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder.
One citizen has stated that the bullies at the school have no respect for those in authority. It seems that many kids who want to learn are being threatened and beaten by those who have been sent back into the school by the local courts.
My question is, “What is the Hot Springs School Board doing about this problem?”
I have taught at the Jr. High level and have taken knives from kids (IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL!). When schools look the other way at fear and bullying going on in their hallways, the results usually spell disaster.
These reports, sadly, don’t surprise me. How can a school that lacks the wisdom to see the intent of the I.B. “programme” deal with other issues properly?
I have seen in action the leadership of HSSD when they met with the citizens of Park Avenue regarding changes in the school located in their neighborhood. The HSSD told concerned citizens in the Park Avenue area that they had no say when it came to the kind of school that would be put in their vicinity.
I have also heard recent reports of problems in the Park Avenue area where the HSSD told the residents there would be no ill effects resulting from moving kids who’ve had poor previous records into their neighborhood.
All of these problems have little to do with bad kids. These problems are the result of poor adult leadership.
Local residents are asking concerned citizens who wish to find out more to attend the next HSSD school board meeting.
The meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 P.M. That puts this month’s on the 18th. If you plan on attending a meeting, call 624-3372 to verify time and date. The meeting is held at the Jones Administrative building.
For more on the I.B. Programme, here’s a website published by a concerned American: