I have nothing against the survey - just how the information was reported. The lead paragraph stated "A majority of Hamilton County high school students have used one or more addictive substances, but fewer than half say they are currently using, a recent survey shows." It does not say in this opening sentence or in the headline that this is according to a poll of only 3500 students. We don't get that until we read further or to the side. And no one says exactly how many students total. This is misleading. I did not say that drug use is not a problem, merely that it is not representative of all the students. Maybe I was misleading too. To be fair, let's ask elementary and middle school kids too. It starts before high school.
How can this be a majority of high school kids when there's approximately 8600 high school students(figures from hcde.org website) and this doesn't include private school numbers? I added up numbers from all the Hamilton County high schools and the total far exceeds the 3500 you used in the survey. I think saying a majority of these students have used drugs is doing them an injustice and it misrepresents them. You should do a survey of everyone to find that out or state clearly the actual facts.
I have found the school reporting very inaccurate lately.
And the term "bullying" should be clearly defined. Is it merely the pranks of children or the clearly criminal behvior of these boys? Also when adults are involved like in Pennsylvania, it muddies the waters. We are talking about children bullying children. There should be clear concise definitions of "bullying" terms and also clear concise punishments for the offenses. If not, then this term "bullying" could be applied to all things from minor infractions to more serious criminal behaviors and the punishments will not "fit the crimes." Bullying should not be tolerated but there are so many ways to be a bully in today's society, we need to be clear about accepatble behaviors. Expelling children is not the answer in all cases.
I am confused by these comments --- The vouchers are ONLY for free and reduced lunch kids-- not rich kids! The rich have to pay for schools themselves. And the middle class-- the ones not on free or reduced do not get help either--- so either way my kids and others do not get anything - as usual. Is there not a way to help everyone? Isn't that what the General Assembly is supposed to do? The vouchers actually help the ones without money to send their kids to these schools. But it's the ones in the middle who do not benefit. Right now I am discouraged by public and private education in our state. I would like to see changes all the way around- starting with their leadership!
Why does a dress code interfere with academics? You get dressed at home and should be ready to go. If you do that, then academics at school should be no problem. Only if you want to be out of dress code will your focus shift!