Heinous or Harmless

Sixth grader is to be sent home from school due to an act of perceived disobedience. The principal makes the child call home to tell his / her mother / father that s/he is being sent home and why. The principal makes no effort whatsoever to communicate with the parents.

Is the principal wrong in not being the one to call the parents? Or is the principal right in making the child make the call and “fess up” to what happened?

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5 responses to “Heinous or Harmless

  1. Lady Lock and Load

    I have no problem with that as long as principal is available to discuss any questions you might have.

  2. I think it’s a good idea to have the kid call the parent. Then there’s no case of “he/she said.” I DO, of course, believe the principal should be a few steps away in case the parent wants to talk to him or her directly.

  3. Who says there is no possibility of he said/he said? It just waits until the kid gets home and then it will be “he made me say that.”

  4. Disgraceful.
    Humiliating to the kid and disrespectful to the child and parents. Newsflash: kids are people too. The sooner the chinuch “experts” acknowledge that, the rate of kids who are simply fed up and miserable with their schools might shrink *a little.*

  5. I don’t like it. If the principal followed up with a phone call to explain the situation then I’d feel better. I don’t like that he or she “makes no effort whatsoever to communicate with the parent”.

    (And go bloggers who happen to be moms!)

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