Meet Aiden Steward. Nine-year-old Aiden still believes in magic. Last week that belief got him suspended from his elementary school for “terroristic threats.”
After Aiden and his family had recently watched the popular movie “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” Aiden to told “a classmate he could make him disappear with a ring forged in fictional Middle Earth’s Mount Doom.” Did Aiden’s teacher and principal use that as a teaching moment? Nope. Principal Roxanne Greer promptly suspended the imaginative boy stating “threats” whether magical or real to students “would not be tolerated” in her Texas school.
Instead of seeing this playful act of imagination as something to encourage by delving deeper into Aiden’s love of make-believe and folklore, this pitiable kid has been punished–and it’s not the first time.
Sadly, little Aiden has been suspended three times already this school year: once for referring to a classmate as ‘black’ and once for bringing his favorite book, “The Big Book of Knowledge,” to school to proudly show his teacher the section about the Solar System. The offending book also happened to have an illustration of a pregnant woman in it (oh, the horror!).
Clearly, this knowledge-hungry and creative little kid is the victim of a PC-intoxicated administration more concerned with imaginary “threats” than cultivating an atmosphere of learning. Good teachers recognize student’s interests and employ those interests to engage kids in learning. Poor teachers punish creativity and imaginative thinking outside of the PC box.
Let’s hope Aiden’s parents move him to a new school setting where his creativity and love of knowledge are encouraged and nurtured before they are squashed forever.
What do you think? Should Aiden have been punished? What would you do if this happened to your child?
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