One of my goals has been to promote a healthy lifestyle by getting people to participate in physical activities. I was shocked to hear this story from our former employer. A large group of seniors rode their bikes to school on their last day. The principal suspended them.
There’s no need to express my feelings. In this age of growing obesity and lack of exercise, especially among children, the absurdity of the decision speaks for itself.
This could have been handled in a way that could start an awesome tradition that would have turned out to be immensely positive. Instead, the decision-makers set a horrible precedent that casts them in a really bad light. The handling of this situation is indicative of the pervasive attitudes in the education world.
Quite frankly, it’s not a surprise. Schools don’t seem to understand a basic element of dealing with teens- create an authoritarian police state and kids rebel. Create an environment of mutual respect and shared learning and kids flourish. [sigh]
This is one of the reasons we decided to walk away from the teaching profession.
What are your thoughts? Feel free to share the link to the story.