***I read an excellent article in this month’s Harper’s by John Taylor Gatto. Unfortunately the actual article is not available; you’ll have to go look in the magazine. He makes good points, as he often does, about how education is failing the progress of our culture.*** UPDATE For now it is available here. Thanks to Diane for the link and to the owner of the site (rahoorkhuit) for posting it.***
This past school week, I took my English classes to the auditorium for two presentations. One was Sophomore Orientation and the other was from the local police liaison officer about student rights. Overall, the two presentations were well done.
Sophomore Orientation had to do with the big no-no’s in the building. The one which surprised me was about the dress code. I had been under the impression that it was just fine whatever they wore: skirts up to their ass, tops down past their cleavage, jeans sagging to their knees, and shirts with inappropriate pictures or phrases. I have had students already breaking each item mentioned and thought I was unable to send them down for fixing. So I guess I’ll start. Now, I do have a curious thing: if a student is wearing some Christian promoting shirt, and it could be offensive to other religiously affiliated students, should I send them down?
The other presentation was a little more shocking. I did not entirely know all the details the officer went into about student rights. Basically, they have none. They can hardly breathe without asking for permission. Ok, I exaggerate, but regardless. They can have their person, their locker, their car, their bags, etc. all examined and gone through for less suspicion than an adult. They have no right to remain silent (take the Fifth) because that is an admission of guilt. It was put to them this way, “If the student had something good to say, s/he would say it.” So if they can’t say “I didn’t do it” then they are guilty. Surprised me.