A long-time Milwaukee teacher and administrator thinks the schools have gotten worse since he started his career. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel quotes Willie Jude:
–“Did my parents give me basic tools (for succeeding in school)? No, because they didn’t have them themselves. But what they did have was respect, discipline and courtesy.”
— Show up and show up on time. Both in his years in the MPS central office and in its high schools, Jude made a priority of fighting truancy and – something he considered just as serious – tardiness. He says parents and MPS don’t do enough in dealing with these.
“There are two major things that businesses are complaining about (related to the high school graduates). Tardiness and attendance. They go together into attitude and relationships. (Business executives say) if a kid comes in here punctually and they have a pleasant attitude, we can train them. But I can’t train them if they’re not on time or they’re arguing with every supervisor and co-worker they come into contact with. . . .
“Once a student is punctual and in school, a lot of other problems begin to disappear.” Jude said MPS policy since the late 1980s has barred principals from taking strong stands against tardiness.
As Eduwonk says, it’s a must read.