Milwaukee’s version of Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves on Wednesday to blast a Greendale High School teacher for what he said was injecting a liberal bias into the classroom.
It can’t be denied that Belling has thousands of listeners daily in southeastern Wisconsin. His views are often polarizing and teachers are one of his favorite targets. The Greendale Schools has been in Belling’s crosshairs three times in recent months.
I can’t speak to the teacher in question. I do know that Greendale has many dedicated and outstanding teachers and staff. I myself work in public education.
Belling blasted the school board, superintendent, high school principal and the teacher for failing to respond to his inquiries. To be fair, Greendale teachers and staff are typically instructed to avoid to such media inquiries. They are best handled by the superintendent and the district’s communications specialists.
However, the superintendent and school board members could choose to speak up and defend this teacher if they disagree with Belling’s assessment. They could decide to put out a statement to the students, parents and community about what our schools stand for.
Controversy and conflict has become the new norm in the Greendale Schools. I don’t see that going away any time soon.
The district might benefit from a more nimble and open communications plan that is designed to address the changing landscape in how people get their news and information. Burying their heads in the sand every time a controversy erupts hasn’t proven to be an effective communications strategy for the district.
This morning, Everything Greendale reached out to the five school board members, John Tharp and the school board candidates to get their reactions to Belling’s comments.
Here’s hoping at least one them can provide some leadership and a good dose of Pepto.