RTM Expensive New Slot Designed For Ruining Lives? — Norman Ralph Harrison of the Rose Tree Media School District in Delaware County, Pa. — for those outside Pennsylvania, RTM is the school district in which Wawa has its headquarters — is leaving his $161,392 job as Penncrest High principal to become the district’s “Administrator for Safe and Inclusive Schools,” a new position that takes effect July 1.
It’s a safe assumption he’s getting a raise.
So what exactly does this new job entail?
Groups pushing “Safe and Inclusive Schools” usually begin describing it as the prominent ADL does: Name-calling, bullying, harassment and bias often get in the way and leave students feeling marginalized in school.
Great. Who is for bullying? Well, okay, there are some, but most of us think bullying is very bad.
The big concern, though, is that “Safe and Inclusive Schools” appears now to have become part of a movement to refrain from discouraging — if not out-and-out encouraging — young, often prepubescent, people to make life-changing, often destructive, decisions regarding their sexuality; and to give a nod of approval to objectively destructive sexual behavior.
One is not a bully if one tells someone out of love: “Don’t do that. It will hurt you. Fight the urge.”
And we are not just considering student behavior here, or restricting it to homosexuality.
There is great evil in the world even, maybe especially, in RTM. The goal must be to teach the young to stand up to it, even if it means standing up to it in themselves.
If we learned anything in the past year it’s that we should never assume the consensus of the credentialed have our interests at heart.
And we really don’t believe that stopping bullying is the real goal of this new job. We are pretty sure it’s a money and power grab by the district.
Parents, please understand that it is education that is important. Schools are merely the means to get it. If there are better means to this end, demand it, especially if it you find yourself with happier children and more disposable income.
Public funds should follow students, not systems.
We do not need a dozen (plus?) people making six-figures in any public school district.