Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Joplin R-8 discipline and the Joplin Globe's alternate version of reality
During Tuesday night's meeting, following a presentation by Executive Director of Secondary Education Jason Cravens and Safety Director Jim Hounschell on the recently conducted safety audit of district facilities, Ridder talked about the importance of improving behavior, including disciplinary issues and bullying in improving safety.
I waited to write this because I wanted to see how it was handled in the Joplin Globe. As I expected, just like the other times Ridder has mentioned the behavior problems in the district, not one word was printed, despite numerous details being offered about other parts of the safety audit.
This is not a case of simply leaving out one part of the story because there is not room for everything. Ridder made it clear how important the discipline issue is.
Discipline in the school district has been a factor in many of the problems the district has faced the past few years. I have talked with teachers, good teachers, who left Joplin R-8 because their administrators did not back them when it came to disciplinary issues.
Ridder says solving the discipline problem will take care of a lot of the safety problems in the school district. It has played a major role in the departure of more than half of the district's teachers.
And yet it is not mentioned in the Joplin Globe.
Is the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce making the editorial decisions for Joplin's newspaper of record? Is there a fear that businesses won't locate here if they know the Joplin Schools have problems when it comes to student behavior?
Or has it reached the point where the Globe no longer reports news and prefers to create its own version of reality?