Bring Back Shame and Judgement: It’s a good thing.


Have you seen it?

The video of foul mouthed-middle schoolers speaking foul things not to each other, but to an elderly bus monitor?

Cursing at her? Calling her fat? Touching *touching* her stomach and calling her fat — while she sat helpless, perhaps terrified? This painful video was ten minutes long. This went on for ten minutes.

All the anti-bullying talk. All the anti-bullying this and that. And NO ONE stood up and stopped the bullies!!

And how could the bus driver allow this to go on?

I interviewed a teacher here who is a historian, the keeper and cuurator of a one-roomed school house in Penfield.

Back in those days, kids who were bad, got the switch. At the very least, they were sent to the corner with a dunce cap. There really wasn’t much wiggle room or putting up with bullshit from students.

I’m really fed up with the assinine actions of some of the “minors” in my town:

A year ago, a kid named Luke Buckett and a few of his friends burned a swastika in my town, and they got off because “they didn’t know what it was and didn’t know it was hurtful to people. They were 17.

In Rochester, about four high schools have been severely vandalized by seniors as a “prank.”

Enough!

Now, we can no longer harshly punish kids. We can’t shame them publicly or make them feel badly about their actions. It might damage their psyche.

It’s hard-working teachers who get disciplined for trying to dicipline kids. But what do you do when kids act so abhorrently, knowing they would be filmed, like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9n8JQJy2c

So, what should be the proper punishment for these kids? Here are some of my recommendations:

Riding the bus is a privelege. Make these kids walk to school from now on. And it gets cold in Rochester.

Give this poor woman and all expenses paid vacation to wherever she wants. And make the parents of these entitled brats pay for it.

I just can’t hold back on this one. Call me judgemental and harsh. Go ahead.

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About stacylynngittleman

I have been a public relations professional and reporter -- and always thought I would live in the New York Metro area - before my husband took a job in Rochester, New York. Most in Metro New York can't find Rochester on a map,and neither could I before we moved. I am now a columnist and a freelance writer for Rochester's only daily newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle. I also am passionate about gardening, fitness and most of all, Jewish education and Israel Advocacy. Here's my perspective on Western New York living - the good, the bad, and the snowy.

3 responses to “Bring Back Shame and Judgement: It’s a good thing.”

  1. Russel Ray Photos says :

    As the world continues to overpopulate, it’s going to get worse before it gets better, and I don’t think it’s going to get better.

  2. cafecasey says :

    It’s accountability… a basic human skill that students need. When you mess up XX you get fired. When you hurt people, society suffers. “I’m sorry you didn’t know what that symbol was… I think a 100 hour course educating you to that symbol–from its origins in Buddhism through it’s theft by the Third Reich, would do it… and oh, along the way, let’s learn about every other genocide in the world–I want you to feel educated, so this unfortunate thing won’t happen again.” That’s how I handle these type things in my classroom. Not a hundred hours, but extra time with me and a proper research assignment. “Punishment?” No…nosirrrr… enlightenment. 🙂 BTW, I used to live behind Strong and then on East Henrietta. Nice to think of Rochester this morning. Loved living there.

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