Thursday, April 06, 2006

Public School Stupidity in Massachusetts

How absolutely unhinged can some of these people be?

In one of the most ridiculous things I've heard of in about 30 years of hearing really dumb things, a public school in Maynard, Massachusetts has forced a kindergarten student to write an apology note for giving a hug to a classmate.

From WCVB-TV with a h/t to Right Nation.

At issue is a hug Savannah said she got on the playground from a friend named Sophie. Savannah hugged Sophie back. The hugs resulted in Savannah having to write a letter, complete with teacher corrections, that read, "I touch Sophie because she touch me and I didn't like it because she was hugging me. I didn't like when she hugged me."

"She said, 'I'm really sad that I got in trouble for hugging,'" Brier said.

"I can understand if boys are playing rough or kids are pulling each other around -- that's one thing. But when kids are being affectionate, I mean hugging, hey, they shouldn't be disciplined over it and they shouldn't be lying in letters making the kid say the opposite that they don't like to hug," Marino said.

School Superintendent Mark Masterson told NewsCenter 5 there was a "dispute of the facts between a hug and a lifting of a child off the floor." The superintendent said the school reported "one girl bear hugged another girl and lifted her off the ground. The aide who was monitoring told the teacher. The teacher asked several students to write a note to their parents and describe what happened."
Your tax dollars at work folks. You have to love the judgment of public schools.

How can people with no more common sense than this be put in charge of educating anyone's children? Stupid, stupid, stupid.


Anonymous said...

This story would be ridiculous isf it had in fact been accurate. But it is based entirely on the word of the parents...who got their version from their 5 year old daughter. The truth of the matter is, 5 children were playing roughly on the playground. The recess aid reported it to the teacher, who in turn asked each of the students to write a note about their behavior. Immediately before recess, this same teacher had spoken with the class about 'keeping their hands to themselves', so the note writing was by no means unwarranted. The parents would like to believe that their child was indeed 'hugging and comforting' a classmate, when in reality, she had bearhugged a much smaller child, and lifted her off the ground against her will. She is a child who has been spoken to many times about playing too roughly. Apparently it is hard to get that message across, when the parents not only believe she can do no wrong, but will alert the media if their child is spoken to about her behavior.

The question here is not "what are public schools coming to?" but "what are parents today coming to?" Remember back to when we were children. If you had been asked to write a note home about your behavior, what would have been the reaction of your parents? Mine would have taken a privledge away, maybe sent me to my room... certainly not have called NBC!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that comment to an absurd story. Reporters should research their stories thoroughly rather than running them to press for a sensationalized headline. These "parents" have much to learn. One would think they would have gone to the teacher first to find out what happened rather than run to a local paper and bring negative attention to their child.

Well, I am a mother of three young kids and I know that sometimes negative attention is better than none at all. Apparently, the parents are on par with my two year old. I think they need a "time out"!