“If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”
I can’t answer whether it makes kids less forgetful or not, however, it does help teach kids to problem-solve when things go wrong. Every issue mentioned in the sign can be fixed right here on campus if a boy is willing to look a little deeper than the default switch of calling mom or dad.
For boys who forget their lunches (which seems to be the most controversial part of the sign) they may get credit in the cafeteria or borrow money or food from a friend. No one goes hungry. The only issue is that our boys are to take care of it themselves without hitting the default switch.
Catholic High School, selective in admissions, offers only college-preparatory courses. None of these courses, no matter how advanced or difficult, is labeled “Honors” or “Advanced” because of our conviction that such labels promote an intellectual elitism, and because those students in courses not so labeled are disposed to believe they are inferior and that less is expected of them.