Published On: Sun, Aug 21st, 2016

US school asks parents not to deliver forgotten lunches, books!

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US school asks parents not to deliver forgotten lunches, books!

School’s principal Steve Straessle defended the idea, saying that it was an attempt to teach the students the importance of ‘soft failures’.

Chicago: In a novel bid to keep over-protective parents at bay, a US school has banned them from delivering forgotten lunches or books as part of efforts to inculcate a “problem solving” attitude among the students.

The Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas, has instructed parents to “turn around and exit the building” and let the child learn how to deal with forgotten lunch, homework et al in their “absence”.

The instruction put on the front door of the school with the red ‘stop’ sign reads, “If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please turn around and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”

The instruction has gone viral after it was posted on the school’s official Facebook page.

School’s principal Steve Straessle defended the idea, saying that it was an attempt to teach the students the importance of “soft failures”.

“We put a sign up on the front door to not only alert new parents to the policy, but to remind people why we do it,” Straessle was quoted as saying by KARK.

“It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to bail them out,” he said.

The school’s Facebook post received over 1,20,000 shares and over 3,700 comments, igniting a debate if the instruction was to be appreciated or it accounted for unnecessary pressure on the students.

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

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