Bill's new book "Kids are Americans Too" a book all parents should read especially one that attends Pleasant Valley Middle School. Book is only a 50 minute read so most should find time to read it. It reads "Back again with a dialogue on rights that will have everybody talking, O'Reilly and his co-author Charles Flowers dole out the kind of blunt, cogent, commonsense commentary you count on them for."
I visted with the Pleasant Valley School principal in her office yesterday; no one else who has written about this waste of time and lack of commonsense had visited her as of yesterday afternoon. I can best sum up our conversation by quoting the from an article in yesterday's JS titled, "Four low scorers still at the bottom". The article quotes Tyng's principal as telling his students that if they want to talk to him this year, it has to be about education. There's a fifth grade girl that like to chat about her hair and her sister, but he won't allow it.
"I want them, when they see my face, (to) think of learning, learning, learning " Tim Ryon said.
Some people don't understand that schools were intended to be temples of learning for kids, not show places for their hairdo's, bare midriffs, tight tops, short skirts and superior attitudes. School authorities set rules to stop as much distraction in the classroom as possible and to create an atmosphere in which kids, teachers, counselors, parents and administration can all dialogue and learn.
I suggest every school district have a copy of O'Reilly's book to discuss in the classrooms or office with a few disruptive or planning to be disruptive parents and kids. Maybe a with some dialogue and some common sense reasoning, differences of opionion can be settled in the school and not by a sensation seeking media.
I stand by the school's decision. From small acts of disrespect to juvenile court and for many, prison, a place most people wan't to avoid.
I was surprised, but then I shouldn't be, the the JSEB excusing the kid and mom because "they bet some teachers tint their hair." That in itself, is a (hair)-brained statment. What has, let's say, a dark haired teacher, getting a little gray and tinting his or her hair back to it's original color have to do with a 12 year old kid using distractive colored hair stresses? Totally irrelevant. Especially after she was told that other colors were acceptable, her mother choose a different color. Why? Probably because she wamted to show that for reasons one can only speculate on, she choose to cause a problem. To a point it was effective, the good looking girl got her picture in the paper several times and the publicity distracted a lot of other kids, teachers and administrators from doing their jobs and learning.
I recommend that all schools add at least more counselors. Schools today "ain't" what they used to be.