youth protection (?)
James R. Holman (jrholman@MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Tue, 10 May 1994 14:00:06 -0500
This doesn't deal with BSA youth protection, that's just a 'teaser' to get
your interest. It does deal with the way some people are going completely
Today there is a rare annular eclipse of the sun. We here in Northern Ohio
are perfectly positioned to get a great view. My wife and I had worked out
with our son's teacher to do a project; they have been doing a long project
on the solar system, planets, etc, so it seemed natural to work in a solar
eclipse viewing. We went in last week and made pin-hole viewers for each
kid and planned on spending an hour or so today watching the progress of the
moon across the face of the sun in a perfectly safe manner.
A parent called the principal and told him that he had heard that even a
brief glimpse of the sun would be enough to cause permanent eye damage, so
to prevent anyone from accidentally being injured, and the school being
sued, the entire school is required to stay indoors during the entirety
of the eclipse with the shades drawn, missing recesses and everything else.
Reason did not work, but there was a concession made so that any parent who
wanted his child to see a once in a lifetime event could come and take the
child away to look at the eclipse. I realize and support the idea that
safety in the schools is of paramount importance, but when learning is
squelched because of bizarre and unfounded fears we have a problem.
In the past we have invited the principal along on campouts etc (since the
school is the CO for the pack), but never again. He'd have a stroke to see
what those kids do when loose in the woods. They make me nervous.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City