1949 Advice to the Principal


The school principal received a note from the mother of a small and smirking boy. The note read, ” My son is a sensitive child. He has never been reprimanded nor punished in any way. I pray you to not impinge crassly upon the delicate harmonies of his lovingly fostered emotional balance. If he does something wrong just punish the boys sitting next to him – that will frighten him into better behavior.            …………George F. Taubeneck

Written in 1949 it seem almost prescient of the change from the old hovering OH series Raven observation “helicopter parents” that were limited in range and were usually found primarily flying around elementary schools  to the new fast-moving heavily armed Apache attack “helicopter parents” that now have extended their range all the way  from elementary school to graduate school

How quaint the quote and yet how modern.

©2011  Richard Safris

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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