A teacher at Rochester Hills Christian Academy has been accused of firing a pellet gun at his students in an attempt to restore order to his classroom.
And from what I remember of the way these Christian schools are run, the parents will probably get a good tongue-lashing about not submitting to the superior God-given authority of the teacher for complaining about the incident.
Nothing like this ever occurred where I attended, but on one occasion I remember my parents coming home from a Parent/Teacher Fellowship meeting shocked the pastor uncategorically announced that the teachers were always right and that all students were to think, look, and act alike.
Often whereas discipline is too lax in contemporary state educational institutions, it goes to the other extreme many times in these private alternatives.
For example, often where I attended if graffiti or some other infraction of the rules occurred in the boys restroom, usage of the facilities would be restricted to certain times of the day with the principal positioned in the room keeping his eye on those using the urinal. Needless to say, if you didn't happen to jostle your way into the stall with a bit more privacy there was a number of days you'd go home with a bladder about ready to burst.
Nor can I forget how you were made to feel like a second class believer for failing to sell the proscribed number of candy bars in those Ponziesque fundraisers schools are always getting duped into participating in. Often the hucksters promoting these drives would work the students into a frenzy with the inducements of prizes. Administrators lamented how they wished the high schoolers would get as worked up as the elementary kids; frankly, if young people are still that naive by their teenage years, you have failed as an educator.
Sure, it beat public school, but it was hardly the peachy experience you hear from the propaganda on Christian radio. Such schools are merely the benign reflection of the stifling monopoly plaguing American education today.
Copyright 2005 by Frederick Meekins
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