A Bit Harsh
By Kathleen Svenson
June 02, 2008
Eileen Small's harsh criticism of a Ketchikan student who went
on the Kanayama Student Exchange to Japan a few years ago was
way out of line. The student simply became separated from the
student's father-chaperone and the group of students in a Japanese
city because the child walked out the wrong door of a shop. According
to the child's father, the child was only "lost" for
about a half-hour. According to the Kanayama Board it was five
hours. Some people say the student was located by cell phone
GPS; others say our cell phones don't work there. Who knows?
This story has passed into legend as far as I'm concerned, and
to dredge it up now seems peculiar at best.
Worse, though, is Small's saying, "If you cannot manage
to follow rules for 3 weeks in order to be PRIVILEGED to do something
awesome that 99% of one's classmates will NOT be allowed to do,
then you really have NO future in life anyway -- so why waste
the cost of a trip to Japan in the first place?"
This sure is a real anti-asset building statement. A kid makes
the same mistake a lot of us have made in Disneyworld, and for
this the child should be condemned for the rest of his/her life
since the child has NO future anyway?
These remarks coming from a health professional who works with
teens is particularly disturbing. Everybody makes mistakes; it's
part of the human condition. Unfortunately, that's how we learn.
Mother of Teens
Received May 31, 2008 - Published
June 02, 2008
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