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May 06, 2005

More Stupid Bureacrats - Student suspended over call from mom in Iraq -

I don't care what the kid said to the teacher. I think the teacher and officials involved should be reprimanded for bieng so incredibly rigid and thoughtless. I hope the community raises holy-hell over this.

Posted by Kehaar at May 6, 2005 04:28 PM | TrackBack
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Too true. One could do an entire blog on the rigid stupidity of public school over-regulation and "judgement" that lacks any tinge of intelligence.

Posted by: Scorpio at May 7, 2005 03:02 PM

It sucks for the kid, but I think the school was right. There are a million hard stories and you can't expect every single phone call to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. It's not even as if the kid asked permission first - he just went ahead and broke the rules for what he thought was a good reason.

Let's say that the rule was amended to something like "No phone use during school hours unless your mom is in Iraq or something equally pressing." How could that rule be enforced? Should every teacher be required to ask the kid the reason for the phone call and make a decision on the spot? What if the kid disagrees? Should there be a right of appeal, and can the kid keep using the phone until then? Can phones always be answered "just in case" it's an emergency?

This story is a stupid beat-up. Yes, it sucks having your mom being away for so long, but the kid is seventeen. Kids used to actually be in the army themselves at that age. And his mom ought to know and value the discipline that comes from following the rules.

Posted by: Joe in Australia at May 7, 2005 10:10 PM

I must say that I agree with Joe in Australia on this one. School discipline requires clear rules and consistent enforcement. Either its no cell phone calls or the boundaries will constantly be challenged. Call from mother in Iraq okay, then how about uncle in Iraq? Cousin in Iraq? Friend in Iraq? Some guy I met once who's now in Iraq? If you don't want to be arguing 100 case by case exceptions with high school kids who are always more than eager to test the boundaries, you better be sure that you enforce the rule as written. Besides, according to the principal, the suspension was for being abusive and using profanity to teachers and administrators, not for the call itself.

Posted by: vanveen at May 8, 2005 11:36 AM

The kid was probably wrong in the way he reacted. I have to believe a calm explaination that it was his mother in Iraq would have won him a reprieve to use the phone during lunch.

The teacher was probably overly assertive in enforcing the rules, which got under the student's skin. Still the rules are necessary and correct. It's a sad state of affairs when the teachers cannot be trusted to use their personal judgement... a reasonable response might have been turning a blind eye to the phone use, but they could not ignore the student's abusive behavior.

Posted by: Oceanguy at May 9, 2005 08:02 AM

Scorpio, there is one, here.

Posted by: Stephen at May 9, 2005 07:29 PM

Not to be a complete dickus, but when you are calling bureaucrats stupid, it's probably better to not call them "Bureacrats" in the title to your post.

Just a thought.

Yore Freidn,


Posted by: Blackavar at May 10, 2005 04:49 PM
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