Day 45 (of 184) sigh: media + school decisions

Day 45 (of 184) sigh: media + school decisions

Out of the blue my wife asked me about hugging at school. And tag.

This was on a day where I received some spontaneous ‘hallway hugs’ and was thinking about changing up some of the 4-square ‘rules’ (or more specifically having students return to the traditional rules and not use some recent ‘modifications’ to the game).

So I asked why (knowing full well that she knows that I have ‘cancelled tag’ in my past in the best interest of student safety)

Then I got the quick story about a school cancelling hugging. The quick version was explained to me that a school was banning their kindergarteners from hugging each other and the kids weren’t allowed any ‘hands on’ activities….

So I checked with the media and found:

http://www.vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/Warning+Please+stop+living+just+hurt+yourself/9129229/story.html

And

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Aldergrove+school+tells+kindergarten+kids+Hands+each+other/9124456/story.html

And then I got called back to the living room because on the news was:

http://globalnews.ca/news/947545/new-no-touch-policy-implemented-in-two-aldergrove-schools/

Wow.

It can be amazing and overwhelming to see how quickly stories can spread. In particular the adage taught to me “how would it look if your decision was put on the front page of a newspaper”.

In theory it’s a good activity, but when decisions actually enter media….there is no way to be fully prepared.

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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