Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nice Algebra Class You Got Here. Be A Shame If Something Happened To It

Frequent readers of this blog should know better by mean should know that we earn (or at least collect) our daily bread toiling (at least when the boss is watching) in the vineyards of the national educorporate training complex.

An aspect of this so called toil occasions situations in which our professional leadership style results in noticeable levels of annoyance amongst our young charges. "Yes, you have to come to class if you want to pass," for example is a phrase that appears to be a natural irritant to adolescent ears.

Now, since students can often be very creative in the ways they chose to register their disapproval of policies academic, and since we live in a state where certain legislators are convinced that the professional and social environment of schools could be improved if only students were allowed to pack heat, we have to say that the recent decision by the Christina School Board may be the first slips down a slippery slope that leads to profession educational technicians having to consider that their assigned units are actually, you know, people or something.
A Delaware first-grader who was facing 45 days in an alternative school as punishment for taking his favorite camping utensil to school can return to class after the school board made a hasty change granting him a reprieve. Zachary Christie, 6, had faced 45 days in an alternative school for troublemakers after he took the utensil — a combination folding knife, fork and spoon — to school to eat lunch last month.
He brought his own eating utensils? What? Is this kid too good for sporks or something?

Zachary Christie, 6, had faced 45 days in an alternative school for troublemakers after he took the utensil — a combination folding knife, fork and spoon — to school to eat lunch last month. "In his defense, it was lasagna day," said Debbie Christie, Zachary's mother. "You can't even make a mark on that stuff with a spork."

The punishment given to Zachary was one of several in recent years that have prompted national debate on whether schools have gone too far with zero-intelligence policies. "Our policies could be applied effectively if it weren't for the kids," said School board member John Mackenzie.

"When that common sense is missing, it sends a message of inconsistency to students, which actually creates a less safe environment," said Kenneth S. Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services.

Well, actually it just confirms a suspicion all kids have about adults: They're stupid and not to be trusted.

Not everyone believed the school district was out of line. Jill Kneisley, who runs the work programs at Josef Goebbels Elementary in Newark, said schools need to be vigilant about controlling students. "There's more to the school's side than just us being mean and not taking this child's interests into account, although that's the fun part of it," Kneisley said. "Policies are there to give us an excuse to bounce kids out rather than deal with them. It's right there in the mission statement. You can read it yourself."

The Young Miscreant


wulfmankarl said...

Joe Pesci irreverently weighs in on the Zachary Christie farce on the Joey Panto Show

Anonymous said...

I dunno about the average "Joe" but I don't like anything sharper than a toothpick in class.
You start with the" unfolding knives", competition being what it is , next is the "concealed ax".
You upgrade that to guns, there will be no profs in class.
Six year olds have killed two year olds playing Cowboys and Indians.
How about parents being a little more "careful" and schools being a little more "able".

Seeing Eye Chick said...

I took pocket knives and lighters to school all the time. But that was back when public schools had smoking areas for students. Ah the good ole days!

That being said, I have friends who teach, who have to deal with really seriously mentally ill children. Big ones! And the thought of one of those kids throwing a fit with a sharp object is kinda scary. Because then the teacher has to subdue that child, hopefully without hurting them, and then wait for the accusations to fly from parents, regarding their precious little angel.

So its a two way clusterfuck honestly.

Anonymous said...

Clusterfucks are notorious for all catastrophes.
How about the parents coming to school with a pen-knife off a key ring when they are yanked out of the office to pick up their "bad boy".
It is endless.
No guns.
No weapons.
No nonsense.
School is school ; not target practice or a four-star restaurant.

Seeing Eye Chick said...

Things are different now. At least in some ways. I think that America is witnessing first hand the behavioral problems that inner city schools have been dealing with for a very very long time.

There is no respect for authority at all. And I don't mean kowtowing to a tin god here, I mean respect for the function that a chain of command performs.

And they have to learn that from somewhere.

Like I said, two way clusterfuck. I have dealt with teachers that were just as bad as the bad students.

Idiocy abounds.

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