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#16    preacherman76

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:37 PM

View PostMyles, on 08 April 2013 - 01:34 PM, said:

It's a tough one.   In the early grades K-4th, the teachers have to do as much as they can to have a disciplined class.   You cannot have each kid questioning everything.  There would be no time left to teach what needs taught.  It also fluctuates per class.   Kids like to push the limits and teachers have to keep control.   It's tougher and tougher each year because many parents are relying on the schools to teach their children how to behave.

Yep, things like this probably wouldnt be a problem, but there are so many of us who have kids, but dont want to be parents.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:46 PM

Pfft. I think this is ridiculous. If it were dyed some neon color then maybe, but it's just a tiny little mohawk ffs...
Disruptive? When are 5-year-olds NOT distracted by something else? If it's not a haircut, it's a fly buzzing around the room, or Spiderman on someone's back pack. Just tell them to sit down as you would with any other distraction. They would have lost interest in a day or two anyway. The teacher just didn't like it and made an excuse to have it cut. That's what I think...

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:48 PM

View Postpreacherman76, on 08 April 2013 - 01:37 PM, said:

Yep, things like this probably wouldnt be a problem, but there are so many of us who have kids, but dont want to be parents.
It's amazing what it's like at the elementary level nowdays.   So many kids with no discipline or manners.   Many children know that the teacher cannot really do anyting to them.   That leaves the parents.   Unfortunately too many parents choose to take their kids side no matter what.   Growing up, I knew that if my folks got a call from the school, it's be my dad's belt that would be dealing with me.

Edited by Myles, 08 April 2013 - 01:51 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:56 PM

Good lord, what will all these schools ever do if 80's hairdos ever make a comeback?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:00 PM

View PostMyles, on 08 April 2013 - 01:48 PM, said:

It's amazing what it's like at the elementary level nowdays.   So many kids with no discipline or manners.   Many children know that the teacher cannot really do anyting to them.   That leaves the parents.   Unfortunately too many parents choose to take their kids side no matter what.   Growing up, I knew that if my folks got a call from the school, it's be my dad's belt that would be dealing with me.

No doubt. Im so lucky my boy goes to one of the best elementary schools in the state. Well as far as public schools go. I had to actualy convince my son that its ok if he got in trouble when confronting a bully. They have those kids on lock. But in the next town over, the schools are crazy. looking at the difference though, it really isnt the schools, its the parents.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:12 PM

View PostMyles, on 08 April 2013 - 01:34 PM, said:

It's a tough one.   In the early grades K-4th, the teachers have to do as much as they can to have a disciplined class.   You cannot have each kid questioning everything.  There would be no time left to teach what needs taught.  It also fluctuates per class.   Kids like to push the limits and teachers have to keep control.   It's tougher and tougher each year because many parents are relying on the schools to teach their children how to behave.

Agree on all of that, it's got be balanced. If more parents taught their children a lot more and taught them how to be respectful and act around others it would be a lot easier to sort the schooling system.

My Grandad taught me about respect, manners and all that stuff on top of teaching me how to tie my shoelaces, tell the time, basic maths etc all before the school did. Those things (well not basic math as soem people sturggle with math, so ti wouldn't fair)) should be taught at home. I spent many bored days in school while the class was being taught about things I knew from being at home. My grandad also worked offshore on oil rigs so he was away every fortnight. No excuse to not spend some time with your child and teach them things really.

View PostHilander, on 08 April 2013 - 01:34 PM, said:

Schools have always had dress codes just like any company you work for would.  You have to follow them if you are going to attend class or get a job.

That's true to a degree, but a alot of jobs don't mind people having mowhawks. lol


View Postpreacherman76, on 08 April 2013 - 01:35 PM, said:

Oh man, you should listen to my seven year old. Im always showing him the true meaning behind alot of things, especialy on TV (which Im really close to throwing out, the TV)  and asking him to always try to think outside the box. So even when he see's things that arent there, I tell him he is wrong about it, but that I really like the way he is thinking. Its hard at that age, cause they want to please us as parents. I dont want to make a robotic version of myself, but I dont want them to make a robotic version of what they want either.

That's good, If I have children I will be raising them like that.

Me and my housemate don't watch programs on proper TV, we got rid of our TV licence (in the UK) and we just watch things on demand services online and take nothing seriously. lol You can watch certian films and TV programs if you only looka t them as entertainment and not education if you know what i mean. I wouldn't let my children watch ahlf the garbage on tv now though. It's horrible what they have on, especially these stupid reality TV programs etc. Brain rotting trash. I only really watch walking dead, game of thrones and comedy stuff like family guy etc.

View PostRockabyeBillie, on 08 April 2013 - 01:46 PM, said:

Pfft. I think this is ridiculous. If it were dyed some neon color then maybe, but it's just a tiny little mohawk ffs...
Disruptive? When are 5-year-olds NOT distracted by something else? If it's not a haircut, it's a fly buzzing around the room, or Spiderman on someone's back pack. Just tell them to sit down as you would with any other distraction. They would have lost interest in a day or two anyway. The teacher just didn't like it and made an excuse to have it cut. That's what I think...

That's true, I also think that a teachers ability to keep children intrested should be taken into account. Nobody learns when they are bored to death. lol

Edited by Coffey, 08 April 2013 - 02:14 PM.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:23 PM

Thankfully, the schools around where I live don't ban for mohawks. I see a number of kids walking to school every morning and there are a few with goofy haircuts. Of course, I don't think mohawks are goofy. They're just... hair.

All that teacher had to say to the class was "Everyone sit down now. You can check out Jr's hair at recess." DONE. If the teacher doesn't have the respect of the kids to make that stick, then there are MUCH bigger problems in that class that have nothing to do with a mohawk.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:25 PM

Wow, I was really expecting something a big more shocking then what the photo shows. There's probably at least 10 or more kids at my kid's school with a similar cut. Just this morning I saw a second grader with the "Avengers" symbol shaved into the back of his head.

Edited by sarah_444, 08 April 2013 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:30 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 08 April 2013 - 01:56 PM, said:

Good lord, what will all these schools ever do if 80's hairdos ever make a comeback?

I see Jr and High school aged kids walking back and forth to school every day since I live on the same street as the schools. I'm seeing some seriously long hair on the boys, but it hasn't reached the 80s Aqua Net stiffened heights yet, just the volume. LOL.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:34 PM

Its a dress code.
Is this really the issue one should be willing to fall on the sword for?
I get the whole "Conform or die" rebuttal but really?
Just send your kid to school following the simple rules, we have to obey rules everyday in society and they are not all designed to kill our individuallity.
I doubt the kid will be eternally damaged by conforming to a dress code.
I am a big fan of freedom but even i can realize that freedom doesnt mean do as you damn well please.
Even in this case freedom can be achieved, the parents could leave the mohawk and simply homeschool the child.
Freedom at its best.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:36 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 08 April 2013 - 01:56 PM, said:

Good lord, what will all these schools ever do if 80's hairdos ever make a comeback?

Comeback?  I've been wearing this gorgeous mullet since 1984.  The style never left us.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:37 PM

Well this just seems dumb.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

View PostBiffSplitkins, on 08 April 2013 - 01:56 PM, said:

Good lord, what will all these schools ever do if 80's hairdos ever make a comeback?

I was thinking the SAME thing! How about if you kid has a mullet? Would that be considered "disruptive"?  :w00t:

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View Postsupervike, on 08 April 2013 - 02:36 PM, said:

Comeback?  I've been wearing this gorgeous mullet since 1984.  The style never left us.

:tu:  Now, THAT is style...


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:43 PM

Teaching kids that being an individual is wrong seems legit.
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We must do as all the other sheep do.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:46 PM

View PostCoffey, on 08 April 2013 - 02:12 PM, said:

Agree on all of that, it's got be balanced. If more parents taught their children a lot more and taught them how to be respectful and act around others it would be a lot easier to sort the schooling system.

My Grandad taught me about respect, manners and all that stuff on top of teaching me how to tie my shoelaces, tell the time, basic maths etc all before the school did. Those things (well not basic math as soem people sturggle with math, so ti wouldn't fair)) should be taught at home. I spent many bored days in school while the class was being taught about things I knew from being at home. My grandad also worked offshore on oil rigs so he was away every fortnight. No excuse to not spend some time with your child and teach them things really.


I applaud your Grandad.   Your class also benifitted from his actions.   Every minute the teacher didn't have to work with you was another minute they could work with another child.






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