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Monday, June 23, 2008

Watch Out, Milwaukee!

Peer review lets students resolve behavior issues

When Kevin Blackman joined the peer jury at James Madison Academic Campus this past school year, the 19-year-old senior worried his classmates would call him a snitch.

After all, he and the other dozen students in the inaugural group would rule on disputes involving classmates accused of disrupting class, bullying or truancy — traditionally the work of an assistant principal.
But being on the jury turned Blackman into a hero, not a snitch, in classmates’ eyes, he said.


1 comment:

West Bend Citizen Advocate said...

Hmmmmm...so when the Milwaukee schoolchildren are all sitting in their respective cozy circle, they are ALLOWED to speak freely? No punishments for harassing words? No discipline when given the opportunity (?)to answer the question "What are your PERSONAL feelings about what happened?"

According to the MPS Harassment Policy, harassment is determined by the person offended. The "Sexual Harassment Coordinator" and the principal at the school then determine if sexual harassment has, indeed, taken place.

Do they practice policy during "Circle Time"?