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Where’s responsibility?

March 2, 2013

To the Editor: “ID policy for students modified” ... Sentinel newspaper, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013....

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Mar-06-13 7:27 AM

Should the school say a student is ready for a job when they can’t pull a name badge out of their locker, put it on and then take it off at the end of the day? Don’t ask for a teacher to have student/teacher relationship only if they have the same ethics of you. Every teacher is going to ask for and expect the best out their students, including wearing a name badge.

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Mar-06-13 7:26 AM

Vain, Oh but they are mini-adults. The term used for Jr/Sr Students is young adults. This lets people know they are not of the age of majority. This time of maturing usually comes in during the teenage years. In your last post, it sounds like you support students defying the schools, that this is a parent-supported defiance. With that in mind, I wonder why these parents send their students to school? Is it to hone their defiance skills? Is it help lower the standards of all students so some parents feel better about there own? Once again, many people and business have put a lot of money, time and effort to help Fairmont. They brought in a group that spoke to these students with a simple message, “you can do better.” They didn’t say, go against your parents wishes, they asked them to think about what they do and see if they can do it better. The name badges have nothing to do with relationships or academics, but a lot about safety and life lessons.

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Mar-05-13 12:20 PM

Kids are not mini-adults. When you think they are you set them up to unattainable standards, undermine parental authority and significance, and cause disconnect between policymakers and those under the policies. Maybe the unpaid fines are a wake up call that responsible parents are making about policy. Set rules that are appropriate for the age of the child and don't let it interfere with the reason we send our kids to school- to be learning academics and for them to have a teacher/student relationship. Isn't that what is paramount?

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Mar-04-13 4:39 PM

Thinking has and Mr. Krause have it correct. Rules are meant to live by, and the rules set forth for school ID requirements are not that onerous. School safety is paramount, and school ID helps school officials monitor who is at school and school extracurricular events.

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Mar-04-13 12:09 PM

I agree with Mr. Krause. When we ask students and parents to step up to the plate to help make our school a safer place, they come back with complaints like save it for a real job. Unfortunately, the same students who don’t were the name badges now would not be able to be wear one at their real job, because they will not get one. No employer will put up with defiance, and the school just said it was ok to defy a simple rule. I feel the school should step and say this is the way it is going to be, we will have a safe school with rules and if you don’t like them, you can go somewhere different. We need to stop bending over for the 10% of the rule breakers. Hold them and their parents accountable so they can receive the education they deserve. So the school can turn out students who will get jobs or even a career and live the American Dream. We need to change; we need to have accountable parents to support their students, the school, and the future of Fairmont

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Mar-03-13 7:25 PM

I agree with Mr. Krause on this one, responsibility must be learned. In my school district, students are required to show their school ID for all school functions. If not, they need to pay admission to extracurricular events. As for the absences, students in my district get seven per semester before they are placed on probation and may be dropped from a class after their tenth. Twelve in Fairmont is too many.

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Mar-03-13 7:07 PM

What an adult thinks is a simple requirement does not equate to what the child thinks. I guess kids ARE learning lessons of the real world- adults are pushing for extra requirements than kids can handle(in all areas of life). Kids main concern should be learning academics. Save the badges for work where they get a paycheck as a reminder to comply with their job rules.

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