Stupidest online poll of the week


From the Indianapolis Star online

It’s apropos of this story about how a court ruled that a teacher who allegedly slapped a student while trying to restore order in a gym class was protected from battery charges under the state’s corporal punishment laws. Saying that what the teacher did — and it’s not obvious that anybody got actually slapped in this incident — under duress is protected under law, and saying that teachers “should” slap students — as if it were a first line of defense — are, of course, very different things. But I guess the interns writing the poll don’t really grasp that.  (The headline at the link Sun-Times article is almost as badly off.) 

The scary thing is that the voting is currently 51%/49% in favor of slapping as a classroom management technique.  

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  1. Maybe Indiana would prefer for discipline to be handled like it is in Texas.

    In Texas it seems to be not an uncommon practice to have the campus police treat infractions of middle school students as criminal matters and write tickets for “disorderly conduct” (AKA saying a four letter word) and trespass warnings to parents who disagree with the principal (See “Ron’s Insanity” blog) as well as felony charges against sixth graders for typical very minor kiddie graffiti as in the case of Shelby Sendelbach, a 12-year-old sentenced to four months of alternative school. Much to the disappointment of the school administration the DA declined to press charges as requested. School principals are shocked to learn that the DA has bigger things to worry about than Suzie writing I love Alex with a sharpie and Little Johnnie won’t come to school today, but such is their mentality.

    Another option is to do nothing because you fear litigation on the part of the parent and let the students run amok, plenty of blogs up about that as well. I worked in a school (not in Texas!) in which a drunk 17 yo, one of my students actually, physically assaulted the principal, the principal called the cops and the mother got an attorney to say that the principal violated due process because he hadn’t notified the parents first.

    You can’t run a society in which sixth graders are treated as criminals for saying a four letter words and you can’t run a school in which no action is taken because of fear of litigation (no one sues for failure to educate so that isn’t a risk you take when allow drunk 17 yo to stay in class and disrupt it)

    I’d have voted “yes” on that poll not because I really believe a child should be assualted, but out of frustration for the current ways of dealing with discipline. I imagine there are a lot of parents and teachers that feel the same.