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Principal Writes: Your Children Must be Supervised at All Times
April 12, 2015
From the: “Don’t confuse me with the facts” dept. comes this note about a note:
Dear Free-Range Kids: Our weekly school newsletter contained a paragraph about supervising children at school events with the gem“Unfortunately, the world is not as it was many years ago.”
I responded with some objections, citing the various statistics about crime being a decline and such and this is what I got back.
“I do not believe the statement to be inaccurate. The world is not the same as it was many years ago. Parents in times gone by often turned their children loose expecting that they would be safe. One reason crimes against children is declining is because parents and others are now more vigilant in watching their children and not letting them roam without supervision. However, it is too easy these days for some kids to get hold of marijuana, alcohol, etc. and share it with their friends. Young people, for a variety of reasons, are more likely to believe that sexual behavior outside of marriage is appropriate. Parents sometimes appear to believe their children to be safe from such influences just because they are at a parish event. Unfortunately that is not true. It falls to all of us to keep our children close and safe by providing appropriate supervision.”
I don’t even know how to respond to this.
Thank you for your blog. It’s been a great resource and source of support and inspiration.
Okay, folks. Time to come up with some responses. Since this principal is talking about an event AT THE SCHOOL, it seems a little weird about all the drinking and drugs going on right there, on a night when parents AND kids are on premises. Beyond that, here are the facts about teen pregnancy of late: “TEEN PREGNANCY, BIRTH & ABORTION RATES AT HISTORIC LOWS.” Drugs? Alcohol? Cigarettes? Check out this from the National Institute of Health:
2014’s Monitoring the Future survey of drug use and attitudes among American 8th, 10th, and 12th graders continued to show encouraging news about youth drug use, including decreasing use of alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription pain relievers; no increase in use of marijuana; decreasing use of inhalants and synthetic drugs, including K2/Spice and bath salts; and a general decline over the last two decades in the use of illicit drugs.
So if the principal wants to fantasize about facts and enact school policy based on them, I guess that’s a prerogative of the job. But my new catchphrase for this is FANTASY AS POLICY.
Once you start looking for that phenom, by the way, it’s everywhere. – L
Okay, selling THESE at the school plant sale would be a little much.