I’m not a teacher. I don’t run a classroom or a school or claim to even know how. I’m just a parent and former less than perfect kid who now has children of my own. Society has handcuffed teachers and administrators in the name of making it better for school kids, but in the process they’ve screwed the whole thing up in many areas. Perhaps the one that distracts the learning process more than anything is the subject of discipline. Or in this case, the lack thereof.

When I was growing up, if you acted up in school, you prayed no one at home found out, because no matter what kind of grief you went through from the principal and whatever punishment was meted out – it didn’t compare with the havoc you would encounter from mom or god forbid if she told dad about it. Because you were guilty until proven innocent when it came to getting in trouble at school and rightly so. Why on earth would a teacher go out of their way to give you a hard time if you weren’t causing trouble? It didn’t matter what happened – what mattered is that you didn’t follow the rules and not done what you were told and the result was that you weren’t going to get the proper education and it wasn’t acceptable.

It wasn’t at my house anyway.

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