by Max Brantley
"It's simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don't go right to bail them out," Principal Steve Straessle told NBC affiliate KARK.
Would it be a good idea for all schools to have a sign like this? Yes, some say, arguing that it encourages students to be independent and to cope with the consequences of their own poor planning. Others disagree, arguing that discouraging an occasional parental rescue mission may lead to some students going hungry. Everyone slips up and needs help sometimes, they say.
The conversation demonstrates the complexities of managing a thoughtful school climate. For school leaders, decisions that affect student learning and development go well beyond what curriculum they adopt and which teachers they hire.