Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Peer mediation & deputy program at Union Street School

Do you remember running excitedly out onto the playground, then feeling unsure of where you’d be welcome to play? The 5th graders have been through skill training on how to “Listen” to their classmates.


  1. Actually, I remember being taught meaningful curriculum to prepare me for a successful trajectory through college and into the real world. There were no issues on playgrounds in my day because they were properly supervised by the faculty and staff. And when there were any "differences" encountered on the playground, resolution was usually swift and lasting. There was no need for child "deputies" serving as the contemporary Brown Shirts and informing on their peers. To think that Springfield Schools have devoted 15 years to such nonsense, typically at the expense of imparting real knowledge in core curriculum such as math, science, English, and history. Our students' test scores continue to fall, but by gosh we've managed to "deputize" a fraction of them in order to fulfill the misguided social engineering objectives of the illuminati.

  2. I think the program is just wonderful! Peer pressure is the key. These kids can learn diplomacy and leadership.

    1. Unfortunately they aren't learning core academics and their NECAP scores prove it. One more reason successful, young families wisely chose not to make their home in Springfield.


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