Reports the Associated Press:
Noble Network of Charter Schools charges students at its 10 Chicago high schools $5 for detentions stemming from infractions that include chewing gum and having untied shoelaces.
As a result, they collected nearly $190,000 in discipline fees during the last school year.
Superintendent Michael Milkie said the policy teaches the kids — overwhelmingly poor, minority and often hoping to be the first in their families to attend college — to follow rules and produces in a structured learning environment.
But one mother, whose son has an attention disorder, told the AP that little things added up for her 16-year-old son, who had to pay fees for an unbuttoned shirt, untied shoes and not tracking the teacher with his eyes.
“It’s not normal to treat a young adult as a 2-year-old…kids internalize that,” she told the AP.
Amen. What if we were treated like that? Like many mothers, if I had to pay a fine for every little infraction, I’d rack up quite a bill. Here’s how:
- Leaving a mug of tea in the microwave for six hours: $5
- Losing (yet another) earring somewhere between my car and the store: $5
- Running out of printer ink before the Social Studies report is printed but after Staples is closed: $5
- Being visible — in slippers — outside when the middle school bus drives by: $5
- Not having enough mints for every kid in the car: $5
- Hiding the fact that one kid’s sandwich is made from sandwich ends by smothering the bread in peanut butter: $5
- Running late for soccer practice pick-up: $5
- Running out of small bills when the Tooth Fairy is scheduled to arrive: $5
And that’s just Tuesday.
How about you? What infractions would you have to pay for?