April 29, 2012

Civilization continues to crumble

This is what contemporary teachers have to deal with:

Caught copying another student’s homework, a California sophomore was kicked out of honors English. His parents admit he cheated, violating the Academic Honesty Pledge he’d signed at the start of the year. But the cheater’s parents are suing, claiming the teen’s due process rights were violated, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The boy’s father, Jack Berghouse, said the punishment is too severe and could make it harder for his son to get into a top college.

The school offered to let the boy enter the International Baccalaureate program in 11th and 12th grade with others in the honors track and to keep the cheating incident off his transcript. But that wasn’t enough for the parents.

Teachers who primarily teach low SES (socioeconomic status) students have to deal with constant unpreparedness, apathy, and disconnected parents. Teachers who teach high SES students have to deal with constant unpreparedness, apathy ... and parents like these. Both types of students have shocking degrees of sense of entitlement, for [obviously] different reasons.

And the public then often wonders about school discipline, values, and standards?

But, there is hope, to be sure. I recently caught two [very nice and smart] students copying off one another. School policy dictates a "zero" be given in such an instance. However, given that the students admitted to their error (without attitude, too), are historically excellent students, and were quite apologetic about it all, I merely gave them a sizable point deduction on the assignment. When the mom of one of the kids got my e-mail about the incident, she 1) thanked me for the note and for my generosity, 2) said she gave a stern reprimand to her son, and 3) told me she wouldn't have been as generous as I in that situation!

I still always try to live by a motto of the principal who first hired me, lo those many years ago: Have rules with a human face.


Posted by Hube at April 29, 2012 04:40 PM | TrackBack

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I can not believe the cheaters parents are sueing! What has the world come to?!

Posted by: Smart Student at April 30, 2012 07:59 AM

We live in a very lawsuit-happy society.

Posted by: Carl at April 30, 2012 02:55 PM

Good example Hube and kudos to that parent too for acknowledging your generous bending of the rules.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at April 30, 2012 04:50 PM