'Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence': school sign telling parents to keep their distance goes viral

22nd August 2016 at 21:24
School, teachers, helicopter parents, Facebook
Arkansas high school prompts debate about making children independent with Facebook post

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Some parents struggle to know when to let go and are always on hand to solve their children’s problems.

But one school has decided to put a stop to ‘helicopter’ parents dropping off forgotten homework, lunch, book and other equipment by banning them from school premises.

The decision by Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas was accompanied by a sign posted on its front door telling parents to ‘TURN AROUND” and leave their sons to work out things for themselves.

The sign – which was posted to the school’s Facebook page – has since gone viral, having been shared almost 120,000 times and attracting more than 3,800 comments from people strongly debating the move.

“Unless it’s medication, parents should not have to bring anything a high schooler forgot at home. Deal with the consequences,” said one. “All schools should have this,” said another.

But there were strong arguments against, including a number of people concerned that children would go hungry if they had forgotten their lunch. Another posted: “Shame on this school! The parent has FINAL say over THEIR child.”

Principal Steve Straessle said in an interview with The Washington Post that there weren’t many “helicopter parents” at the school, but that it was part of the school’s missions to encourage students to be independent.

“The policy is one of the many policies that we have, hoping to hep build self-reliance and self-advocacy in our kids,” he said.

“We just want a bou to figure out what comes next when Mom or Dad are not there to guide them … We’ve been amazed that a school teaching self-reliance and personal responsibility seems like a novel idea.”

Mr Straessle stressed that no student ever went hungry. If they forget their lunch, they can get still get food from the cafeteria or they can borrow money or food from a friend, he told the Washington Post.


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