'Principal on Wheels' gains a lot of ...

'Principal on Wheels' gains a lot of traction

There are 18 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 7, 2008, titled 'Principal on Wheels' gains a lot of traction. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

On a recent morning, the red pushcart sits outside Room 216 at Randallstown High School.

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Ben Collins

Washington, DC

#1 Jan 7, 2008
Keep up the good work. I know Randallstown kids can get it done !!!!

Rosedale, MD

#2 Jan 7, 2008
A principal does set the tone for the school. Here is one who is moving in the right direction. Maybe it's time to stop berating the teachers so much and take at closer look at the the principals at some of these troubled schools.

Woodbridge, VA

#3 Jan 7, 2008
Ms Pasteur is a class act all-around.
Kevin Abingdon MD

United States

#4 Jan 7, 2008
It is so refreshing to see a principal out of the office and into the halls. More administrators need to be out with the children and have them accountable for their behavior. The students may not like it at first, but ultimately many will see that she cares for them and has their best interest at heart.

United States

#5 Jan 7, 2008
I have been a guest speaker at Randallstown the last three years and I have notice improved behavior at the school. One of the things that I think the Randallstown Community need to work on is getting the students to study more at home. When i go to Towson, Dulaney High, Carver Tech and some other schools, all of the students are carrying full book bags to and from school. When I go to Randallstown, most students are carry one binder. If education starts at home, Randallstown students would perform much better. I doubt a principal or teacher can make that happen.
The Shocker

United States

#6 Jan 7, 2008
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larry g

Gwynn Oak, MD

#7 Jan 7, 2008
A good Principal makes all the difference

Gwynn Oak, MD

#9 Jan 7, 2008
Great News.......I am a retired teacher......retired in 1994..........I personally know that this operation by the Principal will certainly pay off.........I may just offer to assist her with whatever so she can operate as long as she can........God bless you!
Parent - Woodlawn

United States

#10 Jan 7, 2008
Excellent Excellent Excellent!!!! It actually starts at home then the principal. I would love to see the principal interact with the students instead of telling everyone that 30% of the students have probation officers!!! The previous writer was correct that Towson area school children are loaded down with books everyday and our area schools Woodlawn, Milford and Randallstown students are not provided the same teaching materials. It has been going on for years and BCPS Administration knows it but the parents in our area schools are not as active in their childs education. Most are working 2 jobs to support their families, some are single parents and the other percentage will give the support but just needs help. The teachers have applied for these top notch schools in the County and when they find out they do not get the jobs, then they come to our area schools as a last resort. We have a serious problem here and no one will help. Parent involvement is the key and once a school has strong support at home then the school can make progress. We need to have a sense of urgency when it comes to education. Have a principal that cares instead of letting the children walk around in Woodlawn with hoodies and hats on all day. Come on parents dont you know the principal sits back in his chair all day and just laughs at our children. We need to make a difference and it starts with us!

Auburn Hills, MI

#11 Jan 7, 2008
Let's give it some time. It only takes one or two incidents to discredit a principle. Does anyone know the average SAT for Randallstown HS. Last I saw, it was about 850.

Milton, DE

#13 Jan 7, 2008
As a 1985 RHS graduate, I am thrilled to see that Randallstown is coming back. It was a great school when I attended, in part because of a wonderful administration. It looks like this is happening again. Best of luck to everyone, and keep up the good work.

Go Rams!

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jan 7, 2008
As a graduate of RHS from its days of being a model school, I am glad to see some positive news.(By the way, the writer "truth" don't knock others when you cannot spell yourself-it is principal)

My years at RHS were marked by teachers and staff who we appreciated and cared for. Those who remember the likes of Cordero, Mund, Bauman, Fasnacht, Brogden, et al know what I speak of.

I even returned to the school after college as a subsitute and began seeing the decline of attitudes.

The problems continue to lie with parents who do not push education on their kids or challenge the schools to improve. I look at half million dollar homes in the neighborhood and yet for years saw students walking home from school sans books.

It is not an economic issue, but more of a racial and cultural problem. When black students who embrace education are ridiculed by their peers, all hope is lost.

Mrs. Pasteur can only do so much to bring order to a school. A couple of years ago, the Sun had a story on RHS where students who simply turned in their homework within a week were rewarded with passing. Now Mrs. Pasteur has a 10-minute limit on tardiness. These are discipline issues and not one of academic achievement.

Most of us know the root of the problems at RHS and Mrs. Pasteur cannot teach parents their roles.

Schools like RHS need parental support and mentors (maybe past graduates) to help change this flawed culture. Then once again, RHS will be defined not by shootings, tardiness and newspaper stories, but by a reputation of school respected for its role-molding our future leaders.

If Barak Obama can emerge from a family of farm peasants in Kenya, I am sure RHS can again have its positive reputation defined more than just a basketball score.

San Jose, CA

#15 Jan 7, 2008
As a BCPS teacher and Sun subscriber, I appreciate the media focusing on positive news.
I agree that Randallstown has challenges that can't be fixed by the principal alone, but at least she's making the effort. Now it's up to the students, their parents, and the teachers to respond positively and to support her efforts with positive efforts of their own.
It's so much easier to complain and point fingers of blame than to make a positive effort.
But everyone has the same goal--a noble one--to benefit the students--to provide them with a quality education that will prepare them for rich, satisfying, and rewarding futures. Pull together Randallstown and do great things!
Howard County Alum

Chevy Chase, MD

#16 Jan 7, 2008
Hats off to Ms. Pasteur- keep up the good work. What an inspiring article.
Chuckie in Lutherville

Washington, DC

#17 Jan 7, 2008
Why aren't the parents of every single student at Randallstown like this to begin with? Parents teach kids 90% of what they know s they have for thousands of generations. Teachers are icing on he cake. Mother's and fathers- the family unit - have been prepping their children forever. The family unit is what learning is all about. There is a necessity of a two parent family to reach the highest academic realms. So most of Randallstown's students have both their parent at hiome - right? if I am misinformed then why isn't "dad" or "pop" at home teaching htese kids- right. But what's this? You say there are many many father's who haven't shown up in how long?

Serious learning and education is the primary responsibility of parents. Both parents. The civilized world knows that. So you fathers out there who haven't shown up to be real men and teach their kids need to get with it! Like every other sub culture understands. Otherwise Ms. Paseur will be overwhelmed by indifference like so many (all) before her.

Auburn Hills, MI

#18 Jan 7, 2008

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#21 Jan 8, 2008
The SAT scores at RHS are disgusting. They range from half or one third of other county schools. It is not the fault of teachers who are forced to play babysitter instead of instructor.

When I went to RHS, 30 years ago, schools like Dulaney and Towson were equal in academics. Today, those schools are virtually the same while RHS is near the bottom.

Look at nearby OMHS, where it is virtually two schools-one white, one black and two dramatic range of test scores.

Though blacks made up less than 10% of RHS when I attended, many of them are huge successes today.

A few years later as a subsitute, lower acheiving students were in classes dominated by blacks and I was amazed how they demonstrated no interest in learning.

Randallstown is a high income area with thousands of successful black residents. The question remains why even these parents have apparently failed in educating their children.

All the years of trying to create equal education for all seems to have been in vain.

There was a book and documentary about a school in Shaker Heights, Ohio which saw its academics decline as the number of blacks increased.

They have attacked the problem by rallying black parents to "care" about school. They have eliminated the stigma for black students to be isolated by seeking an education. They have developed mentors and black high school students work with middle schoolers to prepare them.

It is a lot of work and requires changing a culture, but it is a good place to start.
Loni Davis

Vincentown, NJ

#22 Jan 24, 2008
As a former student of Ms. Pasteur, I am happy that she is in a position to have a larger impact on the student body. Yes we did fear her (because she definitely did not play around) but we also greatly respected her. I feel that she was an excellent role model for those of us in her GT English class at Milford Mill. And I know that Ms. Pasteur will continue do great things at Randallstown.

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