USA Today today reports that Benson HS Principal Lisa Dale was reinstated after a brief suspension - she was put on administrative leave for letting the student newspaper run with what sounds like a pretty responsible article on student use of "The N-Word." When schools retreat from responsible conversation about controversy and, even worse, try to stop students from having those conversations themselves, they are gutting one of the best institutions we have for building a more civil society. Students at Benson HS certainly hear Imus - and much worse - outside school without any critical conversation about it. In school, they MIGHT get a chance to reflect on whether what's going on in our popular culture is good or not. Kudos to Principal Dale for apparently supporting that and shame on her superiors for needing to suspend her while they figured that out.
Purpose of Schools - Preface
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