I think it is fair to assume that Oprah is packing her bags, grabbing her dogs, and books, and heading to South Africa to live. She has made it clear that her school, in South Africa, is her baby, and we all know, babies need, care, devotion, and love, from their mommies. And from all I have read, thus far, Oprah seems to have given that, and more - except permanent residence.
And while the scandal at the Leadership Academy is sickening, so are the other stories out there about students who have been abused. Just click the news and see for yourselves. I know it is depressing, but as educators we owe it to our students to discuss ways to change the current trend. Now, I do not own a crystal ball, nor do I have a full proof way of ensuring the safety of our students. I can say, however, with great certainty, that something has to be done. Aren’t we all tired of hearing these horrible stories?
But getting back to Oprah, I culled the following list of resources for her. Hopefully, they will be consider these for her Book Club, and offer some insight as to the he’art of what it takes to run a school.
Feel free to add to the list.
School Crisis Survival Guide: Management Techniques and Materials for Counselors and Administrators
by Suni Petersen (Author), Ron L. Straub
Failing At Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls
by Myra Sadker and David Sadker