Last week, the cash-for-grades fundraising scheme at a North Carolina elementary school came to light. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that the principal will be retiring. Well, here's the second-worst fundraising idea I've ever heard:
Pittsburgh's Carrick High School is holding a series of fundraisers for a student service-learning club, the last of which is called "stall day". The fundraiser was approved by the school's administration and yesterday faculty were asked to approve a day on which to hold it (they voted to do it on the last day of school before Christmas). What's stall day? Here's how it was described in an e-mail to teachers:
"Stall day is a day where students can bring in money and stall your teaching. If the students yell stall, then the teacher must stop teaching at that moment and count the money that is given to you at that moment. However, each teacher can set their own precedent for their classroom. If there are no rules, then students can stall your classroom all period. Maybe you let students know that you will only accept money within the first five minutes of class, or accept the money as the students are walking in the door. Then when the bell rings, you will count the money before you begin teaching. It is up to you how you structure your classroom. I will have buckets to place in all of the teachers classroom. I will have students come and collect the buckets at the end of the day."
Yes, you read that correctly: students can pay to stop class. The school has apparently deemed it appropriate to encourage students to behave rudely (i.e. interrupting their teachers). And, maybe even worse, they've chosen to send students the message that learning is a punishment and should be avoided at all costs (literally).