The constant balancing act.
Another part of the constant balancing act that administrators must handle is the growing trend of districts and whole states imposing themselves on students' health issues. One school in Portland, Maine, distributes birth control, and across the nation parents are receiving notifications of their children's body mass index scores. "Districts Weigh Obesity Screening" offers the ins and outs of a program that has not yet proven its effectiveness. Managing cafeteria food may be an innocuous way to introduce students to healthier eating habits, but might notifications of a student's body fat be the latest sign that schools are part of the "nanny state"?
Of the other home/school issues that administrators are grappling with, cyberbullying seems to currently top the list of student expression that occurs off campus but has a huge impact upon the everyday school environment. In "We Hate Ashley," written by Nancy Willard, the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, a hateful online profile is created about Ashley, a generic student, by her schoolmates, including crude sexual innuendoes and remarks about her weight. Her grades plummet, she stops attending school, and she ultimately comes under suicide watch. Can off-campus expression that disrupts school activities be subject to in-school discipline? Nancy tells us the state of things today.
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Judy Faust Hartnett, Editor
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