Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The power of shame

The six-year-old who was sentenced to 45 days in reform school for bringing his cub scout eating utensil to school has been given a reprieve of sorts. The school district, which had been shamed in newspapers all over the country, changed their silly zero tolerance rule to reduce the punishment for kindergarteners and first graders from 45 days in reform school to a suspension of 3 to 5 days. They didn't eliminate the silliness, but they took it down a notch.

If they were smarter, they would just tell the kid not to bring his camping stuff to school anymore and let it go at that. But you can't let child-like behavior go unpunished. I guess. I mean what would it tell our kids if our grown-ups in charge looked at the circumstances before making up their minds?

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