Thursday, April 24, 2008

This is "Best Judgement?"

Expelling kids for buying decorative swords on a school trip to England? I have never been and will never be for "zero tolerance" policies, but that's not even what they're claiming! They're claiming they used their "best judgment!"

Here's a tip: if your best judgment finds you expelling kids completely for non-threatening behavior, you need to find a new judge. You don't just throw kids away like that. Suspend them, confiscate the swords, put them on probation for exhibiting poor judgment, but recognize that there's a difference between their behavior and an actual physical threat.

Because if the consequences are all going to be the same, what reason do then have not to use them?*

Aside from the fact that they'd probably break. Three swords for $60? Definitely decorative.


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