The educator author of “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform” said he called child protective services repeatedly in all of the school districts he worked in and they never dealt properly with children who were either facing violence in their lives or were potentially violent.
They didn’t have a clue how to deal with violence — no tactics, no strategies. no procedure. In Florida, reports from Parkland were the same. In fact, author Lonnie Palmer met with the guy who ran Albany County Social Services during his last stint as a schools superintendent in a rural district in Albany County because he knew there was a problem with violence in the community.
He never heard from them after that meeting so when he was leaving the district he wrote a letter to the Albany County Executive and told him someone was going to die if they didn’t do something to intervene and provide more support for families in that community. He met with them, he called them, he wrote to them. They never responded to his pleas. A few months later after he left that district a child was killed by his cousin/caretaker and thrown into a ditch.
“Everybody is worried about their tax bill. They aren’t worried about kids until something like this (Parkland, Florida) happens,” said Lonnie Palmer, former high school math and science teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent of urban, suburban and rural schools.
Read the section A Matter of Life and Death in the Special Ed: All Heart and No Head chapter of Lonnie Palmer’s solutions-based book “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform.” click here
Lonnie Palmer taught high school math and science and ultimately was an assistant superintendent and superintendent in suburban, urban and rural school districts in New York State. Read Palmer’s solutions for His solutions-based book “Why We Failed: 40 Years of Education Reform” is available on Amazon.