Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The Very Definition of Snowflake

For people to get this worked up over something so innocuous shows the state of our education system:
Two schoolyard supervisors were removed from Carroll Elementary School in Elk Grove after forcing eight students to sing and dance on stage last week as punishment for a recess infraction, district officials said Monday.

After a recess bell sounded Thursday, yard staff made sixth-grade students who were not standing still in line get on a stage to sing and play “Simon Says,” students said Monday after school.

“She made us sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and, like, the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ ” said Ava Mak, one of the sixth-grade students who was punished. “She also made us sing ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat.’ ”
Oh, the inhumanity.  Not group singing! (gasp!)

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article154519354.html#storylink=cpy
Principal Paul Hauder sent a letter to the school’s parents describing the incident and apologizing for it. He followed up with a letter to the parents of the eight students involved in the incident, which included an offer to provide counseling if needed.
This is how far schools have gone from the paddle of days gone by.  Are you happy with the results?

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article154519354.html#storylink=cpy


Anonymous said...

I don't think embarrassment/public humiliation is a good way to punish anyone, however, I agree they shouldn't have been straight up fired. Also the "counseling" offer is pathetic. I would have needed "counseling" on at least a monthly basis in elementary school if the bar for trauma was that low

Ellen K said...

It has gotten to the point that students, under guidance from parents at every socio-economic level, feel they are consistently an aggrieved class. As a result, no matter what action is taken, parents lawyer up and most administrations buckle. There is little or no support for the classroom teacher. Students post surreptitiously taken video of teachers with impunity, but if I take a photo of a student who is lying down in the hallway blocking traffic, I am considered at fault. We have parents who have simply abdicated their roles as leaders and let their bullying boorish offspring terrorize and misbehave at will. On a larger scale we see this with antifa and other such militant protests-but make no mistake, its roots are in high school where teachers are mere gatekeepers and rules are suggestions.

Darren said...

I'm not so sure, Ellen K. There are plenty of high school teachers who *encourage* this kind of behavior--as long as it's directed at someone else.