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Just desserts?

October 3, 2012
Morning Journal News


Is anyone else as bothered as I am at seeing a photograph in the newspaper (Morning Journal, Sept. 26, 2012) of an elementary school principal in a "class-voted activity" being taped to a wall and reading an accompanying statement that the students also threw pies "at five teachers of their choice."

The students having been awarded medals for passing state-mandated reading and math tests should have been reward enough for their efforts. Promise of a traditional pizza party or a similar type of celebration would have been an acceptable motivational tool.

But the activities as pictured and described strike me as bizarre and as disrespectful toward the principal and teachers, despite the educators' apparent agreement to the shenanigans. And what does throwing pies at someone's face teach children about bullying?

These events are not unique to this school - similar activities in other districts have been reported in the past.

Cathie DeFazio




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