Last week, I followed the story of a teacher and principal of an Anne Arundel County charter school being investigated for asking misbehaving students to do push-ups and sit-ups. The county's Child Protective Services is investigating the complaints. The principal and teacher have been temporarily reassigned to central office desk jobs, pending results of the investigation and their absence has parents and students reeling. The teacher was in-charge of a number of afterschool programs and the school's International Baccalaureate effort, both of which have stalled. And the principal was to have been the key spokesman for the school at a Jan. 23 school board meeting where the school will learn whether it will stay on probation for past problems with finances and poor student recordkeeping. Now, parents say they don't know who will lobby on their behalf at that critical meeting.
I want to know how rare it is for such unconventional methods of discipline to be used. Have your children attended a school where the teachers/principal use physical exercise as discipline as opposed to the more traditional in-school detention or suspension? I'm just trying to see how on the fringe this school was for employing such techniques and whether these techniques warrant the kind of investigation and temporary reassignments by the Anne Arundel school district. Please write and let me know what you've seen at schools around the region.