One of my students was sent home yesterday because he came to school out of dress code. We have very strict rules about uniforms and such, as we are a disciplinary school. He’d been warned several times in the two weeks he’s been with us, yet refuses to follow the rules. Sending him home was typical practice for our administration.
Now, Angry Mom has gone to the school board demanding that we are discriminating against her son.
I understand her need to advocate for her son, and if someone really was being discriminatory, I would be right there next her. But our school is designed in a way that provides safety and security, which many of our students only feel within the walls of our building. Many of our kids aren’t even safe at home. Kids crave structure, even if they rebel against it. Don’t we all?
I desperately wish Angry Mom would understand that we are not only teaching math, science, history and English… We’re teaching students to be responsible, well-mannered, contributing members of society. We are teaching them to get along with one another, and give and earn respect appropriately. We are there to help, not hurt.
Enabling her son this way is teaching him that a loud, angry voice is the way to try to get what you want…
Her anger isn’t directed at me. But I have the feeling that one misstep could put me in the firing line.
This is what education has become.