Friday, January 4, 2008

Current Curriculum Driving Kids to Drink?

Perhaps instead of forcing students to swallow a curriculum they have great difficulty mustering interest for, educators should look for one kids find relevant and motivating.

Here's the latest news in a trend that has cropped up over the past few years: sobriety tests for students. On the surface it might seem like a no-brainer to clamp down on kids who use alcohol during or just before school. But while they're at it, I suggest these educators ask themselves if there might not be something about the school experience they are affording students that induces them to swallow alternatives:
Q: Would students involved in a highly motivating and satisfying instructional program want to drink while that program is in progress?

Here's the article from Eye Witness News 3:
Southington School Gets Alcohol Sensor

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. -- A gift from a previous graduating class will be used to find alcohol drinkers at Southington High School.
A passive alcohol sensor, which looks like a wand, will be used by staff to determine if a student is in possession of or has consumed any alcohol in the past 10 to 12 hours.

Officials said the school received equipment from a previous graduating class and has two types of sensors: a blood-alcohol content sensor and a passive alcohol sensor.
The school will use only the passive system, which is designed to read alcohol simply by waving it in front of a suspected alcohol user.
"I think that the use of the tool in an appropriate manner is a truce win-win for students and administration," said Superintendent Joseph Erardi.
He said that it will give administrators proof of whether a student has been drinking and will give students a way to prove that they are sober.
Tests can be conducted at random during the school day and the sensor could be put into use as early as next week.
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