What is your opinion of "behavior" charts in classrooms?

Reply Wed 29 Sep, 2010 11:21 am
boomerang wrote:

I think a lot of brats are really lovable.

individually they might be. in a group, less so.

they're definitely not much fun when they enter the workforce. they were given the lovable/cute feedback for 20+ years, and expect us to think the same thing when they're brats working in offices/factories/retail.
Reply Wed 29 Sep, 2010 11:25 am
Don't we have one of those so-called brats that wonders why she cannot be rude and abusive to others on here regularly? The one that has worked at Walmart, McDonalds or the like? And her boss is always to blame?
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Reply Wed 29 Sep, 2010 12:03 pm
I think that I was being held accountable for the actions of 200+ teens whose parents would sue if their precious babies got into trouble during lunch, I'd have them all locked up somewhere. There's no way I'd let them out independently. I don't trust the students much - I trust their parents less.

I think it's absurd that we don't trust high school students to leave school for lunch when, in some cases, they'll be out on their own if a few short months.

I think kids will live responsibly if you allow them to try and you don't freak out when they make mistakes.

Anyway, I blame lawyers. Schools are terrified of being sued.

Sometimes they need to be sued. Today's paper reported this from a neighboring district:

Attorneys representing a 13-year-old girl of African and Haitian descent filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Gladstone School District and seven of its employees, saying the girl suffered "incessant and cruel discrimination" that school officials allowed to continue throughout the school year.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, alleges that white students shoved the girl, told her she smelled, spit in her food, and repeatedly called her a racial epithet throughout the 2009-10 school year at Kraxberger Middle School.

Attorneys for the girl and her mother claim the district and its employees "tolerated or condoned" ongoing racial harassment. They said the harassment was so "severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive" that it denied the girl educational opportunities.

After one April incident in which another student told the girl African-Americans don't deserve to live, according to the suit, Kraxberger Principal Nancy Bailey responded by placing the other student in a time-out room.


For some students, school is a nightmare.
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