On November 4, the JS reported Annual school report cards. Pleasant Valley was graded a 72.1 on their 2007 SAT scores.
Manual High School was graded a 17.8.
Average expenditure per pupil for Pleasant Valley was $7,438.00
Average expenditure per pupil for Manual was approximately $11,000.00
Both schools serve communities with an approximately 71% poverty level.
On 11/08/07, JS Columnist Pam Adams wrote “Monday morning one Manual student walked down the hallway sporting candy apple red and bright yellow kinky twists, like micro braids, a popular hair style among young black women. The unconventional educator might take time out to help students explore the mathematical concepts beneath some of the most popular hairstyles worn by black women.”
Perhaps Pleasant Valley got 3 1/2 times better SAT scores than these “women” at Manual because the administration had convinced them that learning to read, write and compute was more important than studying hairstyles. Also, Shawnterrya is 12 years old, not even a teen let alone being called a “woman”.
Congratulations to Pleasant Valley School District Administration and Board in quickly reaching an agreement with the ACLU, Don Jackson and the mother. I suspect the dress code will spell out more clearly what appropriate hair styles, clothes and conduct allows all to concentrate on why all kids are in school. That is to learn enough to stay out of trouble and get enough education so that they can get a job and at least support themselves .Future employers are not hiring kids with the most outstanding hairdo, male or female.
Like O’Reilly or not, his book I described, “Kids have rights too” is well worth it’s 30 minute read.