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Locker Let Down
Posted Aug 21, 2012 in
My 11 year old has spent all summer clearing his head for school looking for more knowledge to fill it. In anticipation of a new school and a new school year, he has picked through all the Nickelodeon and Disney Channel-themed school supplies and is ready to fill a fresh new Phineas and Ferb backpack with all his supplies so he can stuff it in his locker. Then comes the letter. He will have to carry all those notebooks, erasers, glue, writing utensils, etc. with him all day long, but not in that backpack. Only mesh and see-through backpacks are allowed on campus. And no lockers. But, dear parents, don’t worry about the textbooks because the schools will be issuing two copies of each book (except math), one for home and one to remain in the classroom. Wow, I’m glad there’s so much money available for this brilliant idea, when just a year ago any teacher that had been with the district less than three years was “let go” because of budget cuts. You have to ask…what is the deal?
My children attend school in Katy, Texas where the locker ban has been enforced district-wide in junior high. Many parents are scratching their heads over the new policy. It’s not like the suburban school district is rampant with gang activity or crack sales. So, why the ban? The district is saying the policy is in place to add time to the academic schedule. I call that a load as big as King Kong’s backside.
I went to school in the same district. Though it was a few years back…alright decades…we all had the coveted lockers in the sixth grade. My daughter, who is 16 months older than my son, had her first locker last year in the same school my son is moving into. Oh yeah, she won’t have a locker this year either. No one gets a locker in the Katy middle schools. And why are they only allowed clear or mesh backpacks to carry around? Does the transparency of the sack add learning time too? Well, they will all be 12 minutes smarter, but sporting a curved spine from lugging their supplies everywhere.
Where has the common sense gone in schools? We must hope that the bright minds in the school district aren’t asked to help in other areas of government or we might end up with police that can’t carry guns. Someone, please step forward and explain the insanity to this humble writer.
© copyright 2012 Shain Knowles
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