Originally created 09/25/98

Doesn't understand the problem 092598 - The Augusta Chronicle



I have been following the disagreement between the Richmond County School Board and the students of A.R. Johnson High School. This is a dilemma in which I see no probable argument.

In schools, as well as life, there are going to be decisions made that not everyone will favor. ...

...(F)or one not to understand the rationale (behind the transfer) a person would have to be dishonest or not have the mental capability for the task, which is why I wonder if there is an ulterior reason behind the protest. ...

T.W. Josey High School is a predominantly black school. I would guess over 90 percent with a large black male environment. While I am sure Dr. Vivian Pennamon was doing a terrific job, those students need a positive black, male figure in their lives. What better male than a principal: someone who has been educated, someone who has been through the same things in life the students are about to experience and someone who is a responsible black male figure in a time when there seems like there is no hope for black males. ...

Dr. Horace Lamback has the potential to make a difference in the lives of many children who have never had a positive and upstanding male figure in their lives.

A.R. Johnson, on the other hand, is a school of accelerated learning. It is a school with students who are more socially, academically and mentally prepared for the future. ... Since A.R. Johnson is a more stable and more mature environment, the students (and parents) should be able to understand and accept change as a part of life.

As an African-American male and college graduate I can say with absolute belief that this decision was a notable one. ...

Al B. Young, North Augusta