scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Sr. Dorithy's Zero Tolerance
Jack H. Ablon (jablon@FLASH.NET
Sat Jun 03 2000 - 13:02:10 CDT
Thanks for sharing this. I couldn't agree more. The teachers, vice
principals and principals I grew up dealing with were like this and if
one proved not to be that way, they were weeded out - THEY got fired!
I had an eighth grade math teacher who suddenly became a tool salesman
at Sears after a second physical incident with a student.
I believe taht in this day and time the vast majority of teachers are
teachers because they care and the education of the child is still
foremost in their minds as it was in most teacher's mind s when we were
kids. I think it is at the administrative level where the system breaks
down. Many times it is a result of the fickle nature of the public and
the perception that zero tolerance is the only way to not open the
school district to more litigation for not being consistant in the
administering of punishment.
Seems the district might avoid some of this by having those issues come
before a panel of mostly parents and maybe school board members. Most
states have laws that would protect these people for such service when
rendered in "Good Faith".
Jack Ablon, SM T-256