Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Baraboo can make sure its students can learn something

The Baraboo school system must deal with its pupils. 

Never has a group of Wisconsin educators been faced with a more immediate and compelling task - - and one, if handled intelligently, could have beneficial effects that might spread to other school districts and improve attitudes and tolerance statewide.

Baraboo school officials should require every boy in that horrifying photo of all those smiling teens giving the Heil Hitler salute to be sent on a chaperoned trip, and fast, to the Holocaust Museum and World War II Memorial In Washington, DC. 

No fun and games there, no side trips. 

And no trip, no diploma. Then each boy has 24 hours upon his return to write a paper about what he learned and read it aloud to his parents who then must sign it and attest that they heard it before the paper is turned in to the school principal. 

No paper, no sharing with the parents, no re-admission to school until the assignment is complete. 

For the students, it can be teachable moment that comes with some hope that expanded horizons can produce some learning that could stick with them for the rest of their lives. 

A photo showing a group of Baraboo High School boys from the class of 2019 giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute prior to this past spring's prom is generating outrage online


Anonymous said...

I like the idea of making this a teachable moment.

Peter Felknor said...

I'd send them all to prison for a year, but they'd just meet some real Nazis.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

I like this too. And even though most of those kids were likely more ignorant than malicious, they need to be taught the horrible consequences of what happens when people blow off the approval of hatred and denigration of others.

It's not "funny', and it's not "nothing." And the sooner those kids get it, the better chance they'll have in not falling victim to further evil.

MJS said...

They don't have to go to DC.
Bus ride.