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Girl Faces Expulsion for Being a Victim of Bullying

November 28, 2013

 

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A perfect example of how a poor school culture encourages students to bully others. A girl’s mother complains to the school because her daughter is being mocked for her distinctive hairstyle. The school’s response: She should have a haircut or face expulsion.

You are supposed to be deterring bullies not validating them!

An African-American girl could be expelled unless she cuts her hair.

On Monday, WKMG reported that 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke was told she has a week to decide whether to cut her natural hair or leave Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, Fla.

“It says that I’m unique,” VanDyke said. “First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.”

VanDyke’s mom, Sabrina Kent, said her daughter has had the same hairstyle since the beginning of the school year, but school officials only became concerned after Kent complained to them about her daughter being teased.

“There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her,” Kent said.

Faith Christian Academy did not immediately return a call for comment from The Huffington Post nor did the school answer any questions from WKMG.

Kent said officials told her VanDyke’s hair is a “distraction.”

 

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Cancer Sufferer Claims she was Banned from Daughter’s School Because of her “Smell”

November 16, 2013

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If this is true it is absolutely shameful. Schools should help foster a greater respect for members of society, especially those going through traumatic challenges. How dare they discriminate against a woman because they find her cancer inflicted odor not to their liking:

A New Mexico mother battling breast cancer claims that she was banned from her daughter’s elementary school due to her smell.

Kerri Mascareno has stage 4 breast cancer and is taking chemotherapy pills to shrink the tumor before surgery, according to local outlet KOBR-TV. Strong body odors can be a symptom of breast cancer, and Mascareno claims the principal of Tierra Antigua Elementary School has an issue with that.

According to Mascareno, Principal Robert Abney told her she could no longer enter the Albuquerque elementary school because of her odor, reports KOBR-TV. She claims he also told her that she could participate in a school-wide Thanksgiving lunch only if she and her daughter sat in his office, instead of with the group.

“He just said he knows this is going to hurt my feelings and he understands where I’m coming from because his mother had breast cancer and she had the same exact smell and I can no longer be in the school and that with me being in the school that I made his employees ill,” she said, according to the outlet.

Monica Armenta, the executive director of communications for Albuquerque Public Schools, told The Huffington Post over the phone that while she could not speak to the details of the case, “never at any time was Ms. Mascareno banned from the school, at no time was she ever told she wouldn’t be welcome to join her daughter for [Thanksgiving] lunch.”

However, Armenta did admit that Abney initially wrote to the mother suggesting that if she’d like, “[the school] could make accommodations for her to have [Thanksgiving] lunch with her daughter in a location other than the cafeteria.”

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Top 10 Most Unusual School Bans

November 4, 2013

 

 

Schools should be working on making the school going experience more manageable not more stifling. Below are the top 10 most usual school bans courtesy of ozteacher.com.au:

 

  1. Hugging This rule has been rolled out all over the country with school authorities suggesting it was introduced to protect children who may be hurt by the physical contact. The rule has been highly criticised by parents who say it is excessive.
  2. Handstands and cartwheels One Sydney school has banned handstands and cartwheels in the playground because it is too dangerous as the school doesn’t have enough ‘soft surfaces’.
  3. Red ink One Queensland school has banned its teachers from marking in red ink in case it upsets the children. It is suggested they use a ‘calming’ green ink instead. Traditionalists have condemned the ban as ‘absolutely barmy’, ‘politically correct’ and ‘trendy’.
  4. Having a best friend In the UK, teachers have banned school kids from having best pals so they don’t get upset by fall-outs. Instead, the primary pupils are being encouraged to play in large groups.
  5. Santa One Gold coast school sent a letter home to parents outlining the Kris Kringle tradition would now be referred to as ‘Secret Friends’ not ‘Secret Santa’. Education Queensland defended the ban, saying the teacher acted in a sensitive and respectful manner and in the best interests of all students, in line with their inclusive policy.
  6. Bikes Parents are “outraged” after an eco-friendly school in the UK banned pupils from cycling to school because of health and safety. Parents argue given childhood obesity is on the rise, promoting healthy eating and exercise is a must.
  7. Bake sales Several schools in Massachusetts placed a ban on school bake sales because it promoted unhealthy eating habits, but the decision was later overturned – meaning cupcakes, brownies and other biscuits will be spared the chopping block.
  8. Winning A few schools have decided to forgo the term ‘win’ in exchange for ‘doing your best’ and ‘completing.’
  9. Party invitations, unless the whole class is invited. This rule is becoming increasingly common in schools, and is enforced to avoid bullying and children feeling left out.
  10. Sunscreen One school in Washington State banned sunscreen on a student field day because it has so many additives and chemicals in it, it can cause allergic reactions. ABC News reports that because sunscreen is considered a medication in all 50 states with the exception of California, children are not allowed to bring it to school or apply it to themselves.

I must say I don’t have a problem with number 9, but I have a major problem with most of the rest.

 

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Rules that Restrict the Teacher and Enslave the Student

October 1, 2013

 

 

A heartfelt and extremely well articulated rant against the current rules restricting ESL teachers in the classroom.

 

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This is What I Think of the No Hugging Rule at Schools

September 14, 2013

 

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It is becoming all the rage to ban children from hugging each other at recess. This is what I think of the rule:

 

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Children Suspended for a Week Because Parents Missed an Information Session

September 10, 2013

 

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Are schools not designed to serve the interests of its students? How on earth is it in a child’s best interests to be banned from school for a week just because his parents failed to turn up to a meeting?

Schools ought to stop being so inflexible and process driven and start to show a bit more concern for their major stakeholders – their students!

Children were left in ‘floods of tears’ after they were banned from starting primary school for a week because their parents missed compulsory meetings on health and safety and child protection.

As many as nine children, some aged just four or five, were banned for a week from Briscoe Primary School, in Pitsea, Basildon, Essex, after their parents missed the sessions.

The children will be allowed back to school next Tuesday if their parents attend specially-arranged sessions.

Headteacher Debbie Rogan said she was ‘mystified’ as to why the parents did not attend the sessions and she was ‘disappointed’ the children would not be able to start school with the other pupils.

Mother Kaily Barnard, 38, said her son was turned away from the gates after she took him to the school yesterday.

She said: ‘I got my son dressed and took him to the school, I didn’t think they would turn him away at the gate while he was in his uniform, but a teacher said his name was on a list of children who were not allowed in.

‘I missed one session but it’s not like I would have come away with a BSc in pre-school science.

‘My son is not traumastised but some of the children were.

‘There are decent parents at that school and the head is trying to make an example of us – she can do that if she wants to, but not at the expense of my four-year-old son.’

 

Would I have attended such a meeting at my daughter’s school? Of course I would. But don’t for a second believe that this meeting was worth suspending kids for. At best it was slightly useful. At worst, it was a snore-a-thon!

 

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School Bans Girls Leggings Because the Boys are Getting Too Distracted

April 10, 2013

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I have no problem with schools enforcing a standard dress code to ensure that its students look tidy and respectable. I do have a problem with banning female clothes because of the ‘distraction factor’.

The emphasis is all wrong. Instead of banning distractions, schools should be focusing on employing strategies of engaging boys in learning. If they are dejected at the lack of attention boys pay in class, surely it is incumbent on the school to target the heart of the problem (which is the dull delivery of the curriculum), instead of banning the distraction:

Last week a Petaluma, Calif., junior high school placed a ban on girls’ tight-fitting pants because the boys were reportedly getting too distracted. The school, however, has already adjusted its policy after a backlash from parents. Petaluma Patch reports that students are now being told they can wear yoga pants and skinny jeans, but leggings worn as pants are still not allowed.

“The concern is we don’t want undergarments showing,” Emily Dunnagan, the school’s principal, told Patch (which, like The Huffington Post, is owned by AOL). “The goal is to teach kids to respect themselves and dress appropriately.”

The new policy, according to Patch, lets girls sport leggings “with shorts or paired with a skirt or dress.”

As area news outlet KTVU.com previously reported, Kenilworth Junior High School gathered the girls together last week for an assembly to alert them of their new dress code, which required girls to be sent home to change if they arrived at school in tight pants.

Some of the students were upset about the new restriction because it ruled out a good chunk of their wardrobe. Parents, on the other hand, weren’t happy about the underlying implications of the ban.

“Boys need to be taught to respect women no matter what they’re wearing, and that’s a big deal,” Jerelyn Kruljac, a local parent, told KTVU.com.

 

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Student Suspended for Disarming Teen Who Had Gun On School Bus (Video)

March 6, 2013

If you can get suspended for averting a potential disaster on a school bus one wonders what punishment you would get for saving the entire school:

A Florida high school student was suspended after he disarmed another student who allegedly threatened to shoot someone while on a school bus.

An unnamed 16-year-old student from Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, Fla., was suspended for three days after he disarmed a 15-year-old peer who allegedly threatened to shoot another student with a loaded revolver during a Feb. 26 fight on a school bus, according WFTX.

“It’s dumb,” the suspended student told the station. “How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?”

The teen, who reportedly took away the .22 caliber RG-14 revolver away from his armed peer, was allowed to return to class on Monday, WFTX notes.

Officials later revealed the student was suspended because he didn’t cooperate with the investigation.

The boy’s mother said she believes her son wouldn’t reveal the details to police because he was “born and raised” not to “snitch.”

“I’m going to stand beside my son 100% no matter what,” the unnamed mother told WBBH. “He was very heroic; I think he did the right thing.”

However, according to a release by the school district, anyone involved in a school bus altercation is subject to discipline, per the code of student conduct and Florida law, WBBH reports.

The alleged gunman was later identified as Quadryle Davis. He was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, WZVN reports. He was taken to the Lee County Juvenile Assessment Center.

Remember when suspensions used to mean something?  Now it is a badge of honour in commemoration of heroism and personal integrity.

Now tell me that our education system isn’t in disarray!

 

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Should Non-Muslim Teachers Be Forced to Wear a Hijab?

February 12, 2013

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This story is making waves in Australia at the moment. I have no problem with a school making its teachers wear a hijab on condition of employment. However, if a teacher has been working without a hijab, I think it is unfair to suddenly demand that they do:

SOUTH Australia’s biggest Islamic school has warned teachers, including many non-Muslims, that they will lose their jobs if they do not wear a hijab to school functions and outings.

Up to 20 non-Muslim female teachers, who do not wish to be named, have been told they will be sacked from the Islamic College of South Australia’s West Croydon campus after three warnings if they do not wear a headscarf to cover their hair.

The order, from the school’s governing board and chairman Faruk Kahn, contradicts the policy of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

Mr Kahn yesterday referred The Advertiser to AFIC for comment on the matter. “I have no comment … I think you better go to AFIC, they are the only ones that are to make comment,” Mr Kahn said.

School principal Kadir Emniyet did not return calls.

AFIC assistant secretary Keysar Trad said the policy was at odds with the national federation, but it was powerless to intervene.

“I’m aware there’s a policy at that school with respect to the scarf,” Mr Trad said.

“The AFIC policy is not to require any teacher to observe the hijab. In SA, the board itself has decided they want to operate in their way and we are not allowed to interfere in the matter.

“We maintain that staff should dress modestly but not be required by the nature of policy to wear the hijab.”

Mr Trad said that matters of unfair dismissal resulting from teachers disobeying the school’s hijab policy should be referred to Fair Work Australia.

“It’s confusing for our children to see their teachers wearing the scarf in school and then they take it off when they are out shopping and the children see them there,” he said.

“It is also a respect thing for our staff. If they are not Muslim they should not be forced to dress as Muslim.”

One long-term teacher at the Islamic College of SA said a new school board was now “forcing teachers to put hijabs back on”.

“There’s no discussion … you wear it or you’re fired,” the teacher said. “The teachers have always adhered to the policies and we are respectful of that.

“We are respectful of their religion but they are not going to respect us.”

The college has about 800 students and 40 staff.

Guidelines from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils to other Islamic schools do not require teachers to wear hijabs.

Glen Seidel, state secretary of the Independent Education Union, said the union was monitoring the policy.

“Essentially it means female staff have to wear a scarf covering most of their hair, and not have legs and arms exposed,” he said.

“In 2012, the requirement was being managed moderately, but with a new principal in 2013 enacting the decisions of a very conservative school board, there is no room for compromise.”

Mr Seidel said the union’s view is staff should be free to decide whether to wear a scarf.

“The ultimate test would be in an unfair dismissal action to see if that requirement would be considered a `reasonable direction’ and the termination therefore being reasonable.

“This is not a matter (in which) religious organisations are exempted from equal opportunity legislation in order to not cause offence to the `adherents of the faith’,” Mr Seidel said.

“Non-Islamic staff are not being discriminated (against) in their employment as it is the same code for all.

“Non-Islamic staff can, however, feel rightly aggrieved that they are being coerced to adopt the dress code of a religion to which they do not belong.”

 

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The School Food Fight that Lead to 9 Arrests

February 8, 2013

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Food fights can be as destructive as any other forms of fighting. Still, this seems like a bit of an overreaction:

While food fights may be the hallmark of the quintessential cafeteria scene in many classic films, in reality, the messy brawls often result in arrests.

On Friday, at least nine Ola High School students were arrested following a colossal food fight that broke out in the Georgia school’s cafeteria. Now, parents of those involved are speaking out against the school’s strict choice of punishment, local TV station WXIA reports.

“I do not condone what Courtney did. I believe she should have been suspended for what happened, but to take her to jail and charge her with a crime, that’s just too much,” Mark Striplin, the father of one of the Ola students arrested, told WXIA.

The food fight, which ignited during the first lunch period Friday, was allegedly planned in advance. School officials got wise to the scheme and even made an announcement before the incident, warning students to abandon their plans or face the repercussions, the Henry Daily Herald reports.

“It should not come as a shock that they’re facing these consequences,” school communications specialist J.B. Hardin told the Herald. “They were warned.”

According to Hardin, the food fight caused damage to the cafeteria and resulted in the injury of one student, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Though the nine students involved were initially charged with inciting a riot, those complaints have been dropped and five of the students, aged 17 and 18, are being charged as adults with disruption of a public school. The four other students involved — all minors — were released into their parents’ custody.

School food fight arrests are nothing new. In fact, students as young as 11 have been taken into custody by police following the cafeteria rumbles, just as adults have been arrested for fights involving food.

However, some schools have opted to serve up their own creative punishments on school grounds. In November, a Detroit school stopped serving lunch to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students for one week as a penalty for a enormous food fight that involved 175 students.

 

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