Friday, April 4, 2008

A school that cares!

School's New Rule for Pupils in Trouble: No Fun

One school district essentially grounds middle school students whose grade in any class falls below 65.

The principal of this school in NY is actually enforcing the idea that children should maintain decent grades in order to participate in after school activities such as clubs, school dances, and athletics. What I have difficulty understanding, is why some parents and teachers are AGAINST the idea. It makes no sense at all to me, to expect schools to cater to students who don't give a damn.

A quote:

Critics of the tough-love approach cite studies showing that students active in extracurricular activities tend to perform better in class, and they worry that without structured activities after school, troubled youngsters will be more apt to find trouble.

“A child who only has detention to look forward to at the end of the day is less likely to come to school,” said Laura Rogers, a school psychologist in Harvard, Mass. and the co-author of “Fires in the Middle School Bathroom.”

So... we have to entertain kids and cajole them into doing well at school, or else we have to put up with bad behavior? I'm sorry, does NO ONE seem to think that's wrong? What happened to the day when a child who had detention ended up getting more trouble at home? Some of these parents are actually defending their children's low scores and dismal behavior!

And people wonder why our schools are in such sad shape. When we refuse to back up the people who are working hard to teach our children, we create an atmosphere that lends itself to children running amok.

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