Thursday, August 22, 2013

School Pressured to Stop Making Kids Kneel Before the Principal

Heather Callaghan
Photo credit: Tom Wait
Activist Post

In San Bernardino County, southern California, parents got a rude awakening in the form of a flyer from an outraged parent. Yes, for some time, Calimesa Elementary School had a policy unbeknownst to parents that involved making the children kneel down on one knee with arms at the their sides at various times throughout the day.

Principal Dana Carter admits to enacting the policy for children to get down on one knee to be dismissed or admitted (usually after recess) by himself or administration as a safety measure. That's not how some parents saw it. To them, it felt like an unnecessary subjugation for their kids to practically bow before the principal who would be king.

After some parents spoke up, Superintendent Cali Banks reported that the policy, which was actually described as "positive behavior intervention," won't be upheld anymore. Positive for whom? Positively great for conditioning little ones for a future of subordination and yield.