Monday, August 22, 2016

Yay or Nay?

One school's message to parents.  So what say you: Yay or Nay? 

I was trying to remember if I had done this much but not really.  If one of my sons had forgotten an important report, maybe, but I certainly wasn't going to bring their regular homework.  (Also, we didn't quite make it to the age of kids with cell phones so I'm not sure the office would have allowed them to call me.) 

7 comments:

NE mom said...

The forgotten lunch seems reasonable. What are they supposed to eat?
I wonder if this was k-5, middle or high school.

Melissa Westbrook said...

I think if a student forgets their lunch, there is something available like a cheese sandwich.

Anonymous said...

Here's the context, NE Mom: it's a private high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/08/19/your-son-will-learn-to-problem-solve-arkansas-school-puts-helicopter-parents-on-notice/

Roosevelt Dad

Mark Ahlness said...

Here's an answer from Chris Lehmann, an educator I've admired for a long time (he says nay) http://practicaltheory.org/blog/2016/08/22/they-dont-have-to-learn-it-from-us/

Anonymous said...

It's high school. I'd think they'd make an exception for medication.

Not sure what this says about school lunch, but the possibility of eating cafeteria food was enough motivation for my kids to remember their lunches. They kept some spare change in their backpacks in case they forget their lunch (or now that they're older, somehow misplace their Orca card). In grade school, where staff was probably a bit more understanding, they were given lunch and sent home with a payment slip if no money was on the lunch account.

-parent

Jan said...

Nay -- for all the reasons stated by Chris Lehman (in the link Mark Ahlness provided). I want my kids to learn lots of things -- responsibility is one, but so are compassion, kindness, ability/willingness to work together to solve problems, the art of compromise, and the importance of other people's time. I also want them to approach problems individually and creatively -- so, whether a parent drops off homework could depend on many many things -- is the parent running errands that go right by the school? How important is the homework (can it be turned in later, etc.).

Finally, when they grow up, I want them to have the ability to discern good employers from drecky ones -- and to empower themselves (with education and experience) to be able to avoid employers with absurd and ridiculous work rules -- and to go to work for employers who value employees' time and effort.

If a child has a chronic problem with remembering stuff, and the parents and the child come to an agreement that the parent will not bring late work to school -- then that is a "thing" between parent and child -- and addresses that particular child's issues in the way that people who love him think is the best way to help the kid move forward. But the policy posted on the door does NOT fit within that framework.

Blotter said...

The most sexist post of all time. Don't girls/women ever forget anything? My wife has never left house with her car keys the first time.