Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Facebook Effect: Brenda


I contacted my son's school to make arrangements to pick him up 15 minutes early tomorrow for an orthodontist appointment. His last hour is a study hall so he would not be missing class, just the last 15 minutes of study hall. I was informed by the secretary that unless I brought a note from the orthodontist to prove my son was there, he would be counted absent and unexcused. Apparently my word isn't good enough and the school is assuming I will be helping my kid join a gang, spray graffiti and generally create havoc between 3:00 and 3:15 tomorrow afternoon.


If the schools do not respect parental authority, then why should children respect parental authority. If children do not respect parental authority then why should they respect the rule of law? If the law then becomes unsustainable, aren't we less than a generation from total tyranny, and chaos. The irony is that this law was written to keep youth away from lawless activities? I'm joining your "gang" Brenda. And I'm not going to lie. I will take the children out to play with our family for a birthday party. It is important enough for Dad to take off work. It is important enough to miss 2 hours of school. Emotional bonds and psychological well being weigh far more in making successful adults than academic instruction.

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