School Survival

Has school destroyed your creativity and self-confidence? I'm working on a book called Recovering From School, to help you heal the damage caused. Join the Patreon or Newsletter to be notified about updates. Paid Patreon members will get early draft previews, as well as a free digital copy when it's done.

Tired of school

J wrote: Listen. I'm not going to say my name. Call me J. Point is, school is the bane of my existence. Something you've heard before, I'm sure. High school is hell. I feel my life value is determined by a letter and a number. My parents are literally screaming at me to get my […]

Control Freak Society: Government Monitors School Lunches With Cameras

Billed as part of an effort to reduce obesity and improve eating habits, small cameras are programmed to take snapshots of lunch trays before and after each student eats. Each child is uniquely identifiable via a barcode attached to the tray. The amount of calories and nutrients that each child has consumed is then calculated […]

California Bill To Give Parents Access To Kids' Facebook Pages

California SB 242, proposed by Sen. Ellen Corbett, would force social networks like Facebook to allow parents access to their child’s account(s) and, more importantly, force all privacy settings to their maximum level by default. Parents can request that images or text be removed from any social network page “upon request … within 48 hours […]

Invading the privacy of young people makes them less safe

Point/counterpoint: Alex Koroknay-Palicz on parental surveillance Privacy is not a luxury. Nor is it a threat to safety. Ten years ago America was attacked in a shockingly brutal and violent way. Thousands of innocent people died and millions more feared for their safety. Pledging to protect us from terrorists, the government passed the Patriot Act, […]

Police officers detain teen without reason and conduct unreasonable search

Two Saskatoon police officers committed "serious" violations of a teenager's charter rights when they detained him without reason and then, because of "spidey sense," invaded his privacy with an unreasonable search, a judge said Tuesday.

The search revealed homemade brass knuckles but Judge...

San Antonio school district uses GPS devices to track students

And believe it or not, some students support that. Here is the article: At some districts the truancy problem is so bad, GPS technology is being used to handle the more serious offenders. Some students are being asked to keep a hand-held tracking device with them at all times. It may sound a little far […]

Student Suspended Over "One Word"

A North Posey student scribbled the mother of all swear words on a survey at school. He says it's free speech. Now he's going to have a couple of days to sit at home and think about it. Administrators say Richard Karns was treated just like any other who violated the school's rules. But Karns […]

Principal invades students' house to check up on them

When a mother in Orange County, NY, called her teenage sons’ school earlier this week to say that the boys were staying home sick, the skeptical principal decided to take a page from the Ed Rooney playbook. In a move that might remind some of the slimy villain from the '80s teen movie “Ferris Bueller’s […]

California Teens Given Right to Consent to Their Own Mental Health Treatment

California recently made it much easier for teens to seek mental health treatment on their own. In a landmark bill proposed by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 30, SB 543 gives adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 the ability to consent to […]

Pa. school settles laptop webcam spying suits for $610,000

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia-area school district has agreed to pay $610,000 to settle two lawsuits over secret photos taken on school-issued laptops. The Lower Merion School District admits it captured thousands of webcam photographs and screen shots from student laptops in a misguided effort to locate missing computers. Harriton High School student Blake Robbins, then […]

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