On the local scene.. Duval County.... It is Graduation
Time again. In the past three years, we've seen a growing
propensity by the Duval County School Board to go wacky over
discipline of the graduating students and incredibly, their
parents during the Graduation Ceremonies.
In this reporter's
opinion, the School Board ought to be disciplining itself
and I might add doing so with the very same Gestapo-like
gusto they mete out to the parents of the graduating
students. This school board never ceases to amaze me.
They have the very worst and possibly some good members on
the board... which has made for a "do nothing" of any
significance School Board for years. One member has been
repeatedly seen picking his nose during School Board Meetings..
That clown leaves the impression that a "Box of Rocks"
has more smarts than he does. Another "Gem" is nothing
more than a loudmouth shill for his buddies on the Westside and
he's a failure at that too! Then come the biggest disgrace of all;
Stan Jordan... why this guy was re-elected to the school board
repeatedly is beyond me... he's reminiscent of the old adage of
the fox guarding the henhouse! Stan Jordan is, thankfully,
gone this time around due to term limits. I was originally
opposed to Term Limits but because of goofs like him, Johnson and
Parker.. I supported and continue to support Term Limits
like it's my own proposal.
still are some good members on the board...ah.... maybe not!
But then... one can only wonder where they are when a ruling comes
down about the parents of graduating students not being allowed to
applaud their offspring during the announcing of each Graduate's
name. Else, they'll be ejected from the proceedings. Then,
in the same vein.... Formally introduced teachers, principals and
guest speakers should also NOT receive applause.
In these times we
live in... I firmly believe that each and every young adult
achieving the satisfactory completion of their high school studies
and graduating has truly reached a tremendous milestone in their
education. To have a bunch of maniacal control freaks mar such an
event with outrageous , heavy handed tactics is criminal in itself
and should be ceased immediately. Could this all be a result
of retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Fryer's "stiff backed"
disciplinary military background thrusting its way through into
our civilian lives? He should go too.. right along with Jordan.
through High School, persevering and succeeding to ultimately
Graduate is a tremendous achievement! BOTH the Graduates and
their parents should be heartedly applauded for having "made
the grade" - - having endured the vicious gauntlet comprised
of peer pressure, drugs, sex and just about every other
distracting temptation imaginable. Being successful in
their studies is not enough these days... They must also be
successful in life itself.
So, there you have
it... These young men and women met the challenge head on and
"Made the Grade" BIG TIME.
Yet.... our wacky
Duval County FL School Board has seen fit to adopt overly harsh
disciplinary measures that are utterly ridiculous and extremely