Tuesday, August 07, 2007

It's Not All Test Scores

In my first year, my first school, my first semester, one of my students presented me with the sort of decision they don't discuss in education classes. He took what appeared to be a switchblade out of his pocket and showed it to me.

"What do you think about this?" he asked.

I pondered two options: running away, or saying something.

"Please don't bring your toys to school," I told the kid.

He opened the object, a comb popped out, and he began to arrange his hair.

In retrospect, things could have worked out quite a bit worse than they did. Also, I don't think I even confiscated the object, which I'd certainly do nowadays.

What would you have done?
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