scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Suspension and educators brains
Chris Summers (ChrisinHouston@AOL.COM
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 07:58:05 CDT
> Perhaps we need to
> find board of education members and educators, as
> well as judges and
> legislators, who know how to use the potentially
> most dangerous weapon of
> all - their brains.
Reminds me of my fifth grade teacher back in the 60's. We had one heck of a
cut up in our class who caused her big headaches, like when she said "Young
man I've lost my patience!" and he proceeded to look under his desk calling
out for her patience. Anyway, fifth grade was along time ago but I also
remember her saying "If you had brains, you'd be dangerous!" Guess a teacher
can't say that now, it's too insensitive, might hurt their self esteem.
I do know that when my daughter was in 4th grade (5 years ago) their was one
very disruptive boy in class, who caused the entire class and teacher all
kinds of trouble. When I inquired from the Principal why they didn't put the
boy on probation so he'd see the error of his ways and either shape up or
ship out, the Principal informed me he was already on a growth plan.
"A growth plan?", I asked,
"Yes" he said, "We don't use the term 'probation' anymore, 'growth plan' is
a more positive term for probation, we don't want to upset the child."
And we wonder why we are where we are?
Chris in Houston