“I’d like to go to a normal school,” said Anthony Pachetti, 12, a seventh grader who has been barred from activities for failing math, science and social studies. “It’s not doing anything for me except taking everything away.”
Whew. The overemphasis and negativity of the disciplinary methods in the school profiled in this New York Times article sound miserable, sad, and desperate. Taking away after school clubs, shaming children, and other harsh measures aren’t, in my opinion, going to help these children take learning seriously. Not to mention associate learning and school with fun.