As the start of a new school year kicks off, one school reminded parents that it may be time to let their children take responsibility for being prepared for their day.
Parents, however, were a bit shocked and surprised by the school’s stern communication, which basically told caregivers if they were there to bring anything a student forgot, to turn around and leave.
The message was perhaps a bit off-putting, though the spirit of it is important. Kids should absolutely take responsibility for remembering their homework, lunch, books, etc., without relying on their parents to swoop in and bring their forgotten item to school.
Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas swiftly prevented any parents from showing up with said forgotten items, with a sign that said, basically – leave.
The note posted at the school had a Stop sign followed by this note: “If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”
The school posted the picture on Facebook, with the message “Welcome to Catholic High. We teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and problem-solving.” It was shared over 120,000 times, but they probably weren’t expecting some of the outrage it garnered.
One person commented: “I don’t care what this says, if my son or daughter forgot something because they simply forgot, I’m going to bring it to them. Nobody is going to keep me from seeing my child.”
Another person agreed, noting that we all forget stuff from time-to-time, even adults, writing: “Trust me, bringing your kids things that they have forgotten does not mean they are not problem-solvers…they got YOU to bring it to them, didn’t they? They solved the problem! Plenty of grown ups forget things and have their wives or husbands deliver to them, I don’t see the problem. There are WAY more urgent things to worry about when raising a high schooler.”
While a lot of people were unhappy with the school’s message, some agreed with the sentiment, as one person noted: “I totally agree with this! They are in high school, so they have to be responsible of themselves and find the way to solve their problems because we as parents are not going to be with them all the time, and the best thing that we can teach them is to be self-reliant.”
Another person noted: “Doesn’t this simply fall in the category of being penalized if you do something wrong? This is starting them out on taking responsibility for their actions. It is not anything drastic! I think the school is trying to help the parents with discipline. For those kids whose working parents cannot leave their jobs, this posting is already in effect.”
One of the parents of students who attended this school weighed in with a comment as well, and is a fan of this message, writing: “As a father of two boys who attended this fine school I cannot put into words how much I support this school and its teaching methods. It truly takes in freshmen boys and graduates young responsible men.”