Why Not Paddle Naughty Parents?

2 10 2006

If School controls both kids and parents, and if School methods of control and punishment include a large wooden paddle, then what’s to stop schools from just bending the parents over the desk for a few swats, to get it over with and be on their way to work, to make more money for teacher salaries and school buses?

For that matter, parents could face double jeopardy — if they’re late to work, the boss could punctuate the lesson, applying the staff to his staff bent over HIS “office desk” for worse than they got at school.

There’s no protection from it I can see, once parents accept the authority of School over their family lives. It extends the meaning of getting “sent to the office” to the whole clan, in a way that seems quite logical and legal once you accept the original premise that School controls society rather than the other way around, and it’s for our own good. So all you parents out there, do what you’re told and then sit down and shut up, unless you want me to fix it so you can’t sit down for a week . . .

Under the new rule at the Manhattan School for Children, parents who don’t drop off their children by 8:25 a.m. have to pick up late slips from the principal’s office and go to the auditorium to serve 20 minutes of detention with them.“The parents need to make the breakfast, get the children dressed and get them to school on time,” principal Susan Rappaport told the New York Post for Sunday’s editions.

Some tardy parents at the school, which has 660 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade, complained the detention made them late for work. But others approved, saying they felt humiliated and won’t show up late again.



3 responses

9 07 2007

Alasandra and her comments have a thread going on paddling here.

5 09 2007
Blame the Parents, Part Two « Cocking A Snook!

[…] We must be living in the End Times of Compulsory Schooling, there’s no other explanation . . .see also “Why Not Paddle Naughty Parents?” […]

18 04 2014

Professor Suspended After College Deems His Daughter’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ T-Shirt A Threat By Ian Millhiser, April 18, 2014:

Francis Schmidt is an art and animation professor at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. He likes cats, fantasy stories and social media. And he likes to post pictures relating to cats and fantasy stories to his Google+ page. One of these pictures shows his young daughter doing yoga in a Game of Thrones T-shirt. The shirt includes a quote from the popular HBO show: “I will take what is mine with fire & blood.”

Not long after he posted this picture, he received an email from Jim Miller, the school’s human resources director, instructing Schmidt to meet with him immediately due to a “threatening email.”

When Schmidt arrived for the meeting, they were joined by two other administrators and a security official — and the threatening email turned out to be an automatic notification one of the school’s deans received shortly after Schmidt posted the picture. This security official claimed that the word “fire” in the shirt’s tagline could actually be a reference to an “AK-47.”

Although Schmidt Googled the phrase “I will take what is mine with fire & blood” during this meeting to prove that it was a line from a television show and not a reference to an assault rifle, he received an email later that week informing him that he would be placed on leave without pay until he could be cleared by a psychiatrist to return to campus. He’s since been cleared to return to work.

Schmidt, for his part, claims that this suspension was retaliation against him because he filed a grievance against the college the previous week after he was denied a sabbatical. Bergen Community College’s faculty union recently held a “no confidence” vote against the college president’s leadership, citing Schmidt’s suspension as one of their objections to her job performance.

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