NYC’s Most Dangerous Schools: ‘Kids Run Wild, Teachers Are Scared’ at Many Public Schools

Rachel Monahan and Ben Chapman, NY Daily News, August 8, 2011

A Brooklyn high school co-founded by Borough President Marty Markowitz is one of the most dangerous places to learn, a new Education Department survey shows.

Students at the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford-Stuyvesant face routine bullying, gang activity and a generally unsafe campus, according to the city’s 2011 School Survey.

“The kids run wild, and the teachers are scared,” said an administrator at the high school who asked to remain anonymous.

“It’s like there are no rules here at all,” she added.

At a glance: NYC’s most dangerous schools:

* At the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, 95% of pupils said, “students threaten or bully other students at school.”

* At the Globe School for Environmental Research in the Bronx, 46% of students said they stayed home because, “I don’t feel safe at school.”

* At Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, 92% of teachers said,” crime and violence are a problem in my school.”

* At Andries Hudde junior high in Brooklyn, only 38% of students feel “safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms.”

* At the Automative High School in Brooklyn, 80% of students said, “there is gang activity in my school.”

Only half of parents of students at the school feel their child is safe, and 41% said bullying happens “often,” the survey said.

Just 8% of teachers said they feel safe in the building, and 92% said that students are “frequently threatened or bullied.”

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Another Brooklyn school, Andries Hudde junior high in Midwood, earned some of the survey’s lowest marks for safety.

More than 90% of those students said they were bullied or threatened at least “some of the time”–and less than half said they feel safe in the hallways.

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[Editor’s Note: The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance is 74 percent black, 21 percent Hispanic, and 2 percent white. Andries Hudde School is 71 percent black, 14 percent Asian, 10 percent Hispanic, and 4 percent white.]

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  • Question Diversity

    There seems to be an inverse relationship between the fanciful titles of the name of a “school” (or an institution too cool to be named “school,”) and the actual academic excellence of said institution.

    Global finance is an academic discipline which requires its practitioners to be competent in some combination of economics, finance, accounting, business administration, high level mathematics, and a bit of foreign relations for good measure. John Nash (“A Beautiful Mind”) spent a good portion of his academic career on pure mathematical theory which impacted global finance. Yet, I would bet most of the students at the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance can’t even do simple algebra, nor identify two different foreign countries on a blank world map to save their lives.

    I looked up this “Academy” from the AR-provided links, and all it seems to be is basically a fancy course in Mandarin Chinese sprinkled in with the occasional assembly hall presentation from a business executive. It’s perfectly apparent where they think the future of global finance lies — I mean, yeah, global economic and military power will gradually shift to Beijing and Shanghai in the coming decades, but this school is in New York City, currently the world’s predominant banking and financial center. They can’t even give themselves the benefit of the doubt.

  • crystal

    I hate to say it but many of the disruptive element need to be put out of school. Let them get their GED’s in prison since they will never graduate from a conventional high school anyway.

  • Old White Jim

    Maybe they wouldn’t have quite so much energy if the taxpayers would quit giving them free breakfast and lunch.

  • Anonymous

    Why would a high school for students who shouldn’t be attending high school, be named “Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance”? Do liberals think that by giving a school an impressive name, the students will have impressive scholastic achievements? Also note the names “Globe School for Environmental Research” and “Bronx Charter School for the Arts”.

    Ayn Rand discussed this behavior of the liberals in Atlas Shrugged and elsewhere. The concept seemed silly to me in the 1960’s, but I must admit that Ayn made an accurate call.

  • Anonymous

    Our schools aren’t failing, our inability to allocate resources to those who deserve to be educated is failing. Same school, 75 years ago was successful. Today, failing. What’s the difference?

  • Anonymous

    And yet people blame “the teacher unions”, etc.

    Bill Gates throws money at the schools without any word about the reality painted by this article.

  • NBJ

    None of this is surprising. What I find disturbing is the 2 and 4 percent of whites who attend these schools. What in the world are their parents thinking? And the poor teachers! I swear I think I’d flip burgers before I tried to deal with this nonsense. At least I would have accomplished something at the end of the day.

  • Anonymous

    Students are coming back into the high school where I work on August 29. Most of them have cell phones. What is to say that they won’t coordinate a take-over of the school, room by room? There is no way to prevent that, and no way to protect the adults in the building once students show some organization to that end. I am seriously thinking about asking the custodian to put on some interior closet locks so I have a place to go…

  • rammstein

    And let me guess…most of the students are white, and /or Asian.

  • WR the elder

    NYC subways often have ads encouraging people to become public school teachers. What the ads never tell you is why starry eyed School of Education graduates have such short half lives in the NYC public schools.

  • thanks libs

    thanks libs for ruining your precious government schools. now, not even blacks can go and feel safe. thanks for taking discipline out of our schools, followed by God. what else have you got up your sleeves?

  • Anonymous

    The original article stated: “School officials said administrators are working to improve teacher training and increase student involvement to improve discipline.”

    — How can ANY teacher ‘training’ prevent the crips and the bloods from doin’ their thang? You’re talking about police supervision and the DOE is blaming the teachers. I taught for several years in the South Bronx.

    I was in the trenches with HARD CORE gangstas’. The only thing you can do is be EXTRA nice to them, pass them though they do no work, and refrain from reporting them too much for their criminal behavior. If you, as the teacher, try to take a stand with them, remembering that you will be stuck in a class with them day after day, you’re really putting your head in a wood chipper. Either they will get you or the admins will can you. You can’t win in an urban ‘skoo’.

  • rockman

    In the absence of authority anarchy rules. If it takes troops on each street corner then do it. People have forget how to fight crime and fear. Classic case just before WWII in Norfolk Va the locals were attacking and robbing sailors in town. So having enough crap the Navy sent in its men in civilian clothes and worked their way through town destroying the local bars and red light areas and beating the crap out of known criminals using axes and baseball bats. then they returned in uniform with machinguns on truck beds and established rule of law. That worked. This what is needed but it will never happen as our leadership is composed of cowards and fools who cringe on the world stage. learn self defense folks its legal.

  • Anon

    In the old days violent pupils were sent to military or reform schools. This separated them from the normal students who could then study without having to fear for their lives. Whatever happened to those options?

  • Sureesh

    I know I’m going to hear from a whole bunch of posters that ONLY white schools can be safe schools where actual learning takes place so I’m again going to post the link to the ONLY school district in ALL of the U.S. where “minorities” do better academically than whites- this school district is also more than 70 percent minority with NO discipline problems- guess how that is? http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05325/610279-298.stm

    The only solution to the “minority problem” is to import lots of well behaved Asians to score high on the tests.

  • Henry

    This would make a good documentary on the joys of DIVERSITY.

    Nothing says Peace, Love and a Hunger for Learning more than a school with a high black population.

  • voter

    NYC’s most dangerous schools:

    * the Bronx Charter School for the Arts,

    * the Globe School for Environmental Research

    * the Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance

    Wow! These look like the names of elite schools for very select students. How did such thugs ever get into schools like this? …. (guess: affirmative action?)

    If these special schools are nests of violence and thuggery, then what must the ordinary schools be like? I’d hate to think!

    One more reason why the USA is careening downhill, on its way to Third World status. Where you have Third World people, you have a Third World country. That’s inevitable.

  • Californian

    One thing I find interesting is the divergence between liberal beliefs and the way things shake down in the realworld. You’d think that all liberals would have to do is go into these schools and tell students that violence does not solve problems, or that such pathological behaviors as described in the article are “racist,” and that would end that. But liberals come from ivory tower academia where they can keep things under control by the threat of sanctions such as expulsion for malefactors (or at least, as long as the malefactors are White…).

    But when liberals have to deal with the kind of barbarism that one finds in such inner city schools, they have not a clue. The irony is that many of the pathologies described are the direct result of generations of liberal policies: welfare state, destruction of the family, mushiness on law and order, ideological justification for underclass pathologies, etc. Well, what goes around comes around, and words to that effect.

  • Retired Teacher?

    I refuse to believe this story. blacks are hungry for knowledge and always trying to do just a little more to be the very best.

    It is the white kids who hold them back since the whites were not the root of civilization and the source of all knowledge and power. These poor blacks try so hard but with the whites always in gangs terrorizing these brilliant black minds it is very hard for them to reach their full capability.

    I admire the close family ties with a loving mother and hard working black father at home always telling his children.

    ” Don’t be violent thugs like whites, and never forget knowledge is the key to power if you study hard enough and get the AA help you deserve you too could be President” ?

  • Conan

    “The only solution to the “minority problem” is to import lots of well behaved Asians to score high on the tests.”

    Come on – you aren’t even trying anymore.

  • GetBackJack

    As a product of the New York City school system myself, I can attest that this was happening in the 1970’s. Possibly even earlier!

  • PhillyGal

    Speaking as a recently laid-off teacher (one of about 1700) here in Philly, I can only say: Wait until September when all hell breaks loose here in the (ahem) City of Brotherly Love. We’ve laid off a plethora of teachers, hall monitors, classroom aides, and maintenance workers. We’ve chopped school police and school nurses and counselors. We’re shutting down alternative schools and sending the inmates back to regular classrooms – with precious little personnel to provide supervision. Meanwhile, the Nubian princess who serves as District Superintendent (and who mis-spent hundreds of million of Obama dollars) is pulling down over a half-mil per year and dickering for additional $100 G annual raises – which the decidedly “dark” School Reform Committee (helmed by a snide criminal named Archie)is only-too-eager to provide. Her legions of Afro supporters carry signs reading “Keep Your White Paws Off Our Black Queen” while Mayor Nutter dithers over which of her cheeks to kiss. It’s a horrific situation – a true catastrophe in the making – but I’m delighted to say that I’ll have a ringside seat when the you-know-what hits the fan in 3 1/2 weeks. Honestly, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving town!

  • WR the elder

    #15 Sureesh: The only solution to the “minority problem” is to import lots of well behaved Asians to score high on the tests.

    That would solve the problem only if we could send China or India one black or Mestizo emigrant for each college educated Asian immigrant we get. I strongly suspect that China and India would never agree to such a deal.

  • Anonymous

    You won’t believe how many young, liberal teachers I’ve seen crash and burn over the last few years. One of them openly complained in the teachers’ lounge that she felt herself becoming a racist, and she didn’t know what to do!

  • Sureesh

    I would agree to the deal- India and China KNOW how to handle Blacks and aren’t subject to the PC bull that white nations are subject to. Actually, the few Africans residing in India are treated far worse than the lowest caste; I actually feel sorry for them as they are literally considered subhuman there. I believe the Indian government won’t even take legal action of a Brahmin decided to kill a totally innocent African worker just for the fun of it. Sad but it’s true.

    I actually predict that China is going to recolonize Africa.

  • Pelayo

    14 — Anon wrote at 3:08 AM on August 10:

    “In the old days violent pupils were sent to military or reform schools. This separated them from the normal students who could then study without having to fear for their lives. Whatever happened to those options?”

    Most of those who would be in reform schools would be Black and we can’t do that. we can even admit what is in front of our noses. We can’t identify those who are causing the chaos, we can’t show pictures of them and we can’t even describe them.

    We are participating in our own slow suicide and no one in “authority” has the balls to speak out.

    There are no more Enoch Powells in this world today.

  • Anonymous

    Global finance???? What is that, teaching 17 year olds how to add 2+2=4?

  • Anonymous

    The ever changing administrators at Automotive High School do the bare minimal reporting of criminal gang activity in order to look great on paper. So many wonderful hard working teachers could be more successful if they were given some support from the school administration. Students are removed from the classrooms for excessively disruptive and at times violent behaviors; only to see the same students returned from the Dean’s office moments after without any reprimand. The percentage of gang activity at the Automotive High School will be drastically reduced when the administrators at the school properly support teachers by actually enforcing the DOE discipline code book.