Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Reflecting on the FAILURE of Reflection Papers...

With the start of the new calendar year comes a rash of discipline issues...Who could have seen this coming?  Obviously, not those at the Board of Education that set forth their new CODE OF CONDUCT this school year.  For about four months now the Chicago Public Schools have been under the "new and improved" rules of how not to discipline students while teaching them nothing about self-control, self-respect, consequences of actions, and a general lack of respect for peers and authority.  Goodness knows the Board of Education wants to see less Detentions and Suspensions, so let's all put our blindfolds on and pretend all is well.

The scariest part of having to write a Reflection Paper after misbehaving is the distinct possibility of getting a paper cut.   

The same students have been disciplined over and over again all year and the line in the sand keeps moving.  "Next time" is the most common phrase uttered while discussing the consequences of a child's behavior.  The bullies keep bullying. Those who are getting picked on feel they are picked on twice. Once by the kid doing the actual browbeating and then again by a system that doesn't do anything to try and stop it.  The trouble-makers are getting bolder, and it's only January.

Just today there were three fights at school...all of this after a motivational speaker spoke to the students today about thinking before acting, making good choices, and consequences of actions.  Oh yeah, since the students know the system well and realize now there aren't many consequences to their actions...why even make the effort to change one's behavior.  I can't wait to see how things will look once Spring Fever hits!


  1. Reflection Papers. That's really all I need to say. Have the Board say that word 10 times or better yet write it on the blackboard in large letters and just look at it. After these "exercises" any intelligent human being will realize (after they are done laughing of course) how incredibly STUPID and irresponsible this policy is. I've had many laughs about it, but the hard truth is its pathetic and so are the people in charge of such nonsense. They ought to all be fired if this is the best they can come up with.

    Paul R. Hewlett

    1. Amen to that Paul...I know you've read my rants about this before and though I see it every day, the stupidity of this whole process still amazes me. Where is the bottom?