In spite of this being almost three year old, it really struck a cord with me and got me thinking.
In this video, Ali Carr-Chellman discusses an interesting point on losing boys because of our Zero Tolerance Policy.
I had to laugh out loud when she states that if a boy wants to write about guns, violence, video games, or destruction a teacher very seriously contemplates sending that child to the school social worker or psychologist. I’ve witness this. We’ve lived this. We’ve done this.
We lose our boys because we limit them. We tell them “this is what education is supposed to be and this is how you’re supposed to do it”. Who is to blame here? How do we change this? Is it possible to loosen up our death-grip on banning discussion about violence without allowing its presence in the classroom? Where do we draw the line to decide what is threatening and what is simply a cultural way of thinking?