By: Krystle Crossman
Knowing how to problem-solve is one of the most important skills that your child can learn. One high school has implemented a policy that forces students to figure out how to solve their problems without the help of their parents through the school day. New students feel that it is a strict rule however as they progress through high school they realize that the rules are there for a reason. They grow and learn from them and are able to have skills that will help them to function in the real world.
Catholic High School for Boys in Arkansas puts up a sign on the entrance doors for all new parents and students so that they know what the biggest rule is. The 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.” Many parents have taken to social media to say that the rules are too harsh and that they are just kids. Other parents say that it is a rule every school should have and kids learn by taking personal responsibility.
Kids need to realize that they are not always going to be able to call their parents to cover for their mistakes. If they forget to bring their lunch to work with them, are they going to call Mom or Dad to bring it? Not if they have learned how to solve their problems on their own. Catholic High School for Boys principal Steve Straessle states that the goal of the school is to have their students graduate with a sense of how to solve an issue when it comes up without having to call their parents every time for a quick fix. Some of the students are shocked by the rule when they enter as freshmen, but by the time they are seniors they are grateful for it.
This initiative not only helps the students figure out what to do when a problem arises, but it helps them to be aware so they don’t make a mistake in the first place. After forgetting their lunch a few times they will learn that they need to make sure they have it when they leave the house in the morning. If their grades dip because they have left their homework at home they will learn to make sure it is in their backpack in the morning. These skills will be of great use when they are out in the workforce as adults.