A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
what a radical idea yo
Bam. Kids “misbehave” for actual, real, valid reasons. And have feelings.
For fuck’s sake, it takes the people in charge so long to figure shit like this out! Good for Lincoln High!
This needs to be the policy EVERYWHERE…
Retail therapy solves all. Watch out, next time I have angry feelings I might go all Hawkeye/Merida/Katniss on you.
All this graduation stuff sucks. I’m tired of gushy Facebook statuses and fake cheerful cards and shit. I thought I graduated college with some of the best friends I’d ever had but they turned out to be grade A douchebags. For the most part I’ve adjusted to my sister being a teen mom, but there’s something about her being one of many teenage girls holding a year plus baby in high graduation robes that sucks. White for girls, blue for boys, red for honors. Yes, let’s code gender and achievement in ‘Merica’s colors, like that will hide all your drop outs and teenage parents who will be forever trapped in a dying town. Coal mines and drilling will make you some money, if the cost is worth what college wasn’t. Even if college isn’t worth as much as we were told, I wish they thought it was an option.
and when people say shit like “lol feminists aren’t fat ugly lesbian man haters”
some feminists are. no, that’s not what feminism is about, but if you’re a feminist you should also know that women are not put on this earth to be pretty, skinny, or to love men in any way. you should not shit on other women to make your social movement more appealing to other people (particularly men)