|Jay McDowell, a teacher at Howell High School is shown in Brighton, Mich., Monday, Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)|
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
In Michigan school circles, we are now famous for knee-jerk administrative reactions. Considering all of the nationwide attention recently paid to bullying, the move to suspend Howell High School English teacher Jay McDowell certainly seems surprising, but the Howell Public School's proposed solution, a meeting, failed to net them the results they sought. Instead, news reports of the meeting seem to show Howell has gained infamous notoriety from Mr. McDowell's suspension. A solution: the Howell Schools would begin to change the direction of their own public relations issues, and the Howell community and Livingston County at large could change their conventional perceptions as well, by restoring Mr. McDowell's lost salary, and progressing forward with firm, anti-bullying policies.