Indiana Charter Schools USA Asks Students to Spell Out Curse Words in Lesson

Perhaps this is what they mean by innovation. From CTVNews:

In a case of the devil you know, an Indiana high school is trying to teach students what not to say by having them write it down.

In a lesson on cursing, students at the Thomas Carr Howe High School in Indianapolis were asked to spell out the curse words they know.

“And everyone was nervous about it and uncomfortable about it, to write it in front of an adult, especially a teacher,” Grade 7 student Viazell Gaither told CNN.

The kids were then asked to say the words aloud and explain to their classmates they are offensive.

School officials say the unusual lesson is a means of allowing teachers to gain some measure of control over what comes out of their students’ mouths, and has had some effect when used in the past.

Students were given the option of excusing themselves if they were too uncomfortable with the exercise.

Formerly a part of the Indianapolis Public Schools system, T.C. Howe High school was taken over by the state-appointed turnaround company Charter Schools USA in July.

Students at T.C. Howe wear uniforms, but do not pay tuition.

According to the school’s website, the school adheres to the same code of conduct governing all public schools in the state, “and may incorporate additional codes as necessary for students to continue to achieve academically.”

That includes “Character Education programs.”

The state is struggling to turnaround a dropout rate that saw nearly 40,000 students quit school early between 2005 and 2011.

No word on whether or not any of Florida’s 36 Charter Schools USA uses the same lesson.








About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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