A CBSE school with excessive disciplineThis is a true story. In a semi-urban location of Tamil Nadu, supported by the Management of a reputed auto ancillary company, is a CBSE school. The Principal is a level headed nice fellow, working so hard. His team of teachers are also very good. The school has a very good reputation.
The recent problem relates to standards of discipline, as perceived a old-timer, the headmistress of the primary school within the same complex. She somehow convinced the Correspondent of the school that she could tackle matters related to discipline of all students,standard one to the plus two level students. It worked for a while when individual children were advised or punished and parents were counseled too.
Recently, on the sports day, a few children of class ten, some eight or nine boys and girls, took a selfie and posted the same as "DP" in their whats up profiles. Nothing untoward happened, and even some parents appreciated this rather common thing.
The "discipline" lady saw read. She summoned the class teacher -- a superb teacher of Mathematics -- and reprimanded her. The teacher responded that she had far better things to do, like improving standards of performance of students in mathematics, a vital subject. Moreover, it was just a group photo and there was nothing wrong with that. The howling of the "discipline" head continued. The teacher walked back to her class, but was emotionally disturbed. On the way, she fell down and had some injuries on her face and nose. She received immediate medical attention. But the entire episode became the talk of the school.
Is this "excessive" discipline fine? Will such ridiculous control not lead to further problems? After all, it was just an innocent group photo, well known to parents too.