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October 02, 2006

Detention for Parents

This morning on NPR I heard that some upscale day school in Manhattan has started issuing detention slips to parents who bring their children to school late; parents and children then have to serve detention together! This made me smile. After all, parents have no incentive to get their kids to school on time, so this is a consequence for getting them there late. How I wish they had this when I was in high school! Halfway through eleventh grade, my mom divorced my evil stepfather and we moved out of district, so she started driving me to school in the morning. I had to be there at 7:20 for band rehearsal, which meant leaving the house at 7 and, let's just say, that was a bit earlier than my mom was used to getting out the door. I kept telling her that, if I was even a minute late, I would get an hour's worth of detention, but I don't think she quite understood. If she had to serve the detention, however, it may have been a different story...

And I will admit that I don't have much to complain about. After serving detention once, I realized that my school's record-keeping systems were pretty sub par, and that nobody would notice if I never showed up to detention!

Posted by eklanche at October 2, 2006 08:36 AM


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