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School Makes Children Pay to Use the Toilet

January 19, 2014

 

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What is it with obsessing over the learning time lost due to toilet breaks? Either these breaks are legitimate in which case it is our duty to ensure that our students have access to the toilet, or it is an excuse the child makes in order to get out of the classroom. If it is the latter, the teacher should see it not as an abuse of trust, but rather as constructive feedback. The child is clearly telling the teacher that the lesson is boring. Teachers that successfully engage their students don’t have an issue with needless toilet interruptions.

For those schools considering toilet policies such as making students forfeit class money or privileges in order to get a toilet break, I wish to remind them of the following:

1. Teachers should not play games about something as serious as a child needing to go to the toilet.

2. Children should never be made to feel guilty for frequent trips to the bathroom.

3. Surely there are bigger fish to fry than time wasted on toilet breaks.

4. How would teachers like it if they were charged for toilet breaks during staff meetings?

5. Schools share too many similarities to prisons as it is, yet you don’t hear of prisoners having to give up privileges in order to go to the toilet.

 

I am glad that a class rule obligating students to part with their fake class money in order to claim a toilet break was scrapped. What disappoints me is how that crazy rule was allowed to be enacted in the first place:

An Oregon elementary school came under fire this week after one parent objected to a policy requiring students in some classrooms to “pay” to use the bathroom during class. (The policy has since been revoked.)

Melissa Dalebout, the mother of first-grader Lily, told local news outlet KATU that her daughter had an accident recently at Cascades Elementary School because she didn’t want to use her “Super Pro” bucks to go the bathroom.

The bucks were a form of fake money that children at the Lebanon, Ore., school earned for good behavior. Bucks that weren’t spent on bathroom breaks were redeemable for toys at the school store.

“I just feel my children should not be punished for having to use the bathroom,” Dalebout told KATU.

Mommyish blogger Maria Guido wondered if this type of policy might send the wrong message to kids.

“I don’t want my child to develop strange bathroom habits because teachers have him on a bathroom rewards program,” Guido wrote. “Not okay. I understand rewarding good behavior, but this bathroom break policy does not sit well with me. If my child wet his pants because of this, I would be pissed.”

Cascades Principal Tami Volz told KATU that the Super Pro payment plan, as well as strategies where excessive bathroom users lost part of their recess time, were imperative for classroom management.

 

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When Standing Up for Your Students Gets You Fired

January 11, 2014

 

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If this Principal got fired for doing nothing more than trying to end a humiliating policy, the decision makers involved should be banned from ever being involved with school policy again:

A former Colorado charter school principal is claiming she was terminated from her job after attempting to halt a practice that embarrassed students.

Noelle Roni was the principal of Peak to Peak Elementary School for more than eight years before being abruptly fired last November. Roni says that higher-ups at the school became angry with her when she demanded that cafeteria workers stop stamping the hands of children who did not have enough money in their account to pay for lunch, according to CBS Denver.

Although the charter school is allowed to set its own policies, other schools in the Denver area notify parents when students do not have money for lunch, rather than stamping their hands, according to Colorado outlet the Daily Camera. Roni reportedly was told that some children were too embarrassed to go through the lunch line because of the practice.

“The kids are humiliated. They’re branded. It’s disrespectful. Where’s the human compassion? And these are little children,” Roni said to CBS Denver.

An attorney for the school, Barry Arrington, told CBS Denver that Roni’s claims were “baseless.” However, he would not go into more detail about the matter.

Some parents at the school were upset over Roni’s firing. Following her dismissal, the parents organized a group, Concerned Parents of Peak to Peak, which says it works to “restore trust of our teachers and staff after [Roni’s] abrupt termination.” The group also hopes to recall two school board members for their handling of the firing.

“Regardless of whether Ms. Roni can be reinstated or not, members of this group want Peak to Peak to take steps to restore her reputation in the educational community, a reputation that has been unfairly tarnished by the events of this fall,” says the group’s website.

While these school officials bicker, kids in need still go without. If this story angered you, check out Feeding America’s Backpack Program to help provide meals for families who can’t afford enough food.

 

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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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