The flap over the assembly program at Plainfield High School last week that included local representatives of the Nation of Islam continues.
Courier reporter Mark Spivey has a story in today's print and online editions (see here), in which PHS principal Brian Bilal, BOE president Lisa Logan-Leach and BOE member Renata Hernandez defend the program.
Maria Pellum thinks that better communications by the District would have helped avoid misunderstanding (see her blog here). Olddoc is spurred by the incident and the reporting of it to ask plenty of questions (see his post here).
After reading the Courier story, I have even more questions.
Why are we just now being told that the program was put together by the guidance department? Both Ms. Belin-Pyles and Principal Bilal left us with the impression at the Board meeting Tuesday that the Assembly was in the principal's bailiwick and of the principal's doing. So now it's the guidance department? (NOTE: The commenter at 9:08 AM says Dr. Bilal did say the guidance department put the program together; I do not have that in my notes. I stand corrected on the commenter's say-so. -- Dan)
Spivey writes --
...several schools officials all described the assembly as a secular anti-violence program coordinated by members of multiple religions...This is not exactly what was conveyed at Tuesday night's board meeting, at which Minister Muhammad spoke as though he was the sole organizer of the project. It was only later mentioned in passing by Board member Rasheed Abdul-Haqq that Chamber of Commerce president Jeff Dunn was a presenter. If it was indeed broadly based, why wasn't that brought out clearly at the Board meeting?
Lastly, the matter of whether boys and girls were separated for the Assembly has not been addressed at all. As I said in my previous post (see here), that seems to have been the matter that set off the wave of rumors, confusion and misinformation in the first place.
It still needs to be addressed in a straightforward manner.
Were the boys and girls separated during the Assembly or were they not?
If they were not, why not just say so outright?
If they were, please explain the basis for doing so.
As I said in my previous post, better communications would have shortstopped the matter.
They are still lacking.
- Courier: "School officials denounce criticism of assembly involving 'Nation of Islam'"
- Maria's Blog: "More on ... the Assembly"
- Doc's Potpourri: "Sidetracked again"
- Plainfield Today: "Better communications by schools could have prevented kerfuffle"