When the Hartford Board of Education meets in executive session tonight to discuss the bizarre behavior of Capital Prep Principal Steve Perry, let us hope that they have a copy of The Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for School Administrators which lays out the school administrator’s duties as mandated by Connecticut State Regulations 10-145d-400b.
Because the evidence proves beyond any reasonable doubt that Steve Perry delights in his “No Excuses” policy.
At Capital Prep, wearing the wrong colored belt could get you in big trouble.
The allegations of harsh disciplinary policies that may cross over to child abuse include forcing children to eat their lunch while sitting at the “Table of Shame,” making children eat their lunch standing up, making children stand during entire academic class periods and making children stand for long periods of time facing the wall in administrators offices.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are allegations of even more severe disciplinary policies.
Perry is so proud of his approach that he even takes to his Twitter account to brag about his approach to “educating” the children under his care.
For example, here is one of Perry’s Tweets from earlier this year.
Dr. Steve Perry @DrStevePerry Tweeted:
“Nobody has any use for ppl who can’t deal w adversity. Parents, coaches & teachers need to manufacture adversity to teach kids how to deal.”
As parents, teachers and a growing number of citizens know, Capital Prep’s leader scoffs at the notion that poverty is a form of adversity. For that matter, Perry has also made it extremely clear that learning to overcome special education challenges isn’t dealing with adversity either.
As Steve Perry put it, “Nobody has any use for ppl who can’t deal w adversity. Parents, coaches & teachers need to manufacture adversity to teach kids how to deal.”
And then there is Section (e) of the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for School Administrators which outlines administrator’s “Responsibility to the Students.”
The code reads:
“The professional school administrator, in full recognition of obligation to the student, shall:
(1) Make the well-being of students the fundamental value in all decision-making and actions;
(2) Recognize, respect and uphold the dignity and worth of students as individuals and deal justly and considerately with students;
(3) Promote in students pursuit of truth, knowledge and wisdom, and provide access to all points of view without deliberate distortion of subject matter;
(4) Nurture in students lifelong respect and compassion for themselves and other human beings regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, social class, disability, religion or sexual orientation;
(5) Foster in students the full understanding, application and preservation of democratic principles and processes;
(6) Guide students to acquire the required skills and understandings for participatory citizenship and to realize their obligation to be worthy and contributing members of society;
(7) Assist students in the formulation of positive goals;
(8) Promote the right and freedom of students to learn, explore ideas, develop learning skills and acquire the necessary knowledge to achieve their full potential;
(9) Develop within students fundamental critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques;
(10) Ensure quality education for all students;
(11) Maintain confidentiality of all information concerning students obtained in the proper course of the educational process and dispense the information when prescribed or directed by law, governing board policy or professional practice;
(12) Ensure that all students are provided educational opportunities in environments safe from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; and
(13) Promote ongoing development and evaluation of curriculum”