[PLUG-TALK] Web site case in paper today...
Michael C. Robinson
michael at goose.robinson-west.com
Mon Sep 8 12:49:00 PDT 2003
On Mon, 2003-09-08 at 09:36, Russ Johnson wrote:
> I disagree. He didn't like some of his teachers and some of the students
> at his school. He wrote about it. This is grounds for counseling? I
> don't like some of my co-workers... I've told other people this. Do I
> need counseling too? We're not required to like every other human being
> we come in contact with.
> $20,000 is a small settlement considering the kid has been out of public
> schools for two years.
What about tact? The student shouldn't have
been expelled, however, high school is an
impressionable time when hopefully people
learn that a little bit of tact can go a
I think there's a culture that says expulsion can
change people, I disagree and say it's total
failure. I've seen zero tolerance policies used
as a way to try and instill certain things in people,
however, it's the parent's responsibility to instill
values. Maybe the school's out of control behavior
is a reaction to poor parenting practices in some
cases and a culture that demands less and less of
people as individuals.
My one comment is that everything is NOT a right.
To say the student could use some counseling is
not meant as a punishment. I merely think those
telling him his rights have been violated may
be missing an important lesson he needs to learn
where the comments coming from the student don't
seem to offer anything that could be used to
overturn the expulsion. Arrogance here makes
it more dangerous for the next student a
Beaverton area principal considers expelling.
Nobody wants hardened officials.
Lack of respect for other people is arguably
a massive problem in our modern culture. As
much as this person deserves sympathy, just
how hard can we come down on the schools?
I will say the plastic gun-like button
incident is ridiculous, then again,
professional assassins use plastic weaponry
because it is mostly invisible to common
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