In another story that just depresses me: A Tampa mom made her son wear a sign announcing his 1.22 GPA. (With this story and the judge story, I feel like going back to bed and repeating “Find a happy place. Find a happy place!”.)
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa mother is defending her decision to stick her teenage son on a street corner with a sign that says, among other things, “GPA 1.22 … honk if I need education.”
Ronda Holder says she and the boy’s father have tried everything to get their 15-year-old to shape up academically. They’ve offered help, asked to see homework, grounded, lectured him and confiscated his cell phone. James Mond III’s indifference at a school meeting last week was the final straw. The next day, Holder made the sign and made her son wear it for nearly four hours.
Experts criticized the move as humiliating and ineffective, and someone reported Holder to the Department of Children and Families.
Holder insists she’s fighting for her child’s education.
I totally appreciate her frustration, and I’m not sure how you make a teenager do well in school if they don’t want to. I am very interested to hear from our parents with older teens about how much control you can have and what you do if they are failing school?
A lot of books talk about natural consequences – do you just let them fail and when they don’t graduate and are working fast food will they then figure it out? Or do you let them fail at smaller things so they’ll want to achieve the bigger stuff?
How do you make a 16-year-old, 17-year-old study? (Take away the car?) Or was that battle lost long before that age? Did this mom do anything that the state should step in on?