PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, before we go any further. That’s why this Virginia teacher caused such a stir when they posted a TikTok video claiming that PBIS was a form of white supremacy. It’s the model that these schools use when it comes to encouraging good classroom behavior.
If children are asked to sit in their seats and do what they are told, they are actually emulating “white culture”. We are not sure how that is even possible but we’ll let this teacher tell the story. Fox News has the full quote:
“So if PBIS concerns itself with positive behaviors, we have to ask ourselves, ‘Okay well what are those positive behaviors?’ And it’s things like making sure that you’re following directions, and making sure that you’re sitting quietly, and you are in your seat and all these things that come from White culture.”
“The idea of just sitting quiet and being told stuff and taking things in in a passive stance is not a thing that’s in many cultures. So if we’re positively enforcing these behaviors, we are by extension positively enforcing elements of White culture. Which therefore keeps Whiteness at the center, which is the definition of White supremacy.”
The clip is up on the Libs of Tik Tok Twitter feed if you need a good laugh today. Apparently, we no longer want kids to sit at their desks quietly and listen to their teacher. That is too much to be asking of them, even though we have been doing it for some time now.
The worst part of these stories is that the teachers who are mega woke never seem to be able to offer up any sort of alternatives. They run their mouths about this and that, never providing any solutions to the problems that they seem to be so concerned with. This is what The Virginia Department of Education has to say about PBIS:
“PBIS helps teachers and administrators learn about and implement new techniques that reduce disruptive student behavior, which typically leads to office referrals, in-school suspensions, and out-of-school suspensions that decrease instructional time for students. Based on extensive research, PBIS utilizes a positive approach to discipline. PBIS ultimately impacts the very culture of the school to shift attention to positive behavior and successful learning systems for children, teachers, and administrators.
PBIS is not a specific intervention or curriculum. Through focused attention on data collection and analyses, PBIS provides a framework of proactive, evidence-based prevention and intervention behavioral strategies that aid schools in defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in a positive school culture.”
So if the school district is all for this, you would think that they would have a pretty big problem with what is being said here. For their part, the school district is trying its best not to make this into a full-blown issue. Fox News was offered the following statement:
“The Montgomery County School District told Fox News of the video that, “A teacher is entitled to their personal belief regarding any division program. The statements made by this teacher do not reflect our PBIS program or the behavioral expectations that we have of students in our schools.”
The school district also noted “MCPS has used PBIS in our schools for eight years. We are proud of our PBIS work. This work helps create a standard for social-emotional learning and behavior expectations in the school building.”
The school district is caught between a rock and a hard place here. If they come out against this teacher, they will only provide his insane statement with more publicity. They are going to play the “every man has a right to their own opinion” card and hope that this goes away. That’s probably not the best plan but it is the only card that they have to play at the moment. Let’s see how this strategy works out for them.