Monday, January 25, 2010

Cultural Differences-Saudi Arabian and Bflo Schools

A student in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 90 lashes after assaulting a teacher. The teacher had confiscated her camera phone...

Caught with a camera phone at school: student sentenced to 90-lash flogging
January 25, 2010
Associated Press

A female student has been sentenced to a 90-lash flogging and two months in prison as punishment for assaulting a teacher, a Saudi judge says.
Human rights group Amnesty International said the assault happened after the student was caught with a camera phone at school.
The student, whose name was not released, was sentenced on Tuesday.
She could be spared by a pardon from King Abdullah, said Judge Riyadh al-Meihdib in an interview published on Sunday.

This policy, which is obviously extreme and ridiculous, contrasts sharply with Dr. William's policy of taking kids who assault teachers to the Buffalo Chophouse for a free dinner. That's what happened a few years ago when some students at Performing Arts High School assaulted a teacher. And people wonder urban schools are in the shape they are.

In a related story, Anne O'Connor of Buffalo wrote to The Buffalo News wondering when the Buffalo School Board was going to start holding the principals accountable. I hope she's not holding her breath...

Why won’t board hold principals accountable?
January 25, 2010, 6:44 am /

Oh honestly, we’ve been reading about this kind of nonsense for so long! Whether it’s Crystal Barton or Fatima Morrell, the bottom line is that it’s an injustice to our kids and an outright disgrace that these principals are continuing in their positions. Where is the accountability for these supposed leaders of our children?
Is it any wonder families choose to send their children to charter schools? I’m so ashamed of our public school system and our School Board.

Anne O’Connor

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