A Catholic high school for boys in Little Rock, Arkansas knows how to create self-sufficient young men. A sign at the front entrance of the school reminds parents to encourage personal responsibility for their sons as well.
The sign that educators at the school posted for parents attempting to drop off any items that their son may have forgotten to take with him that morning reads, “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.”
Posted on Facebook on Wednesday of this week, and a day later it has taken the internet by storm with over 10,000 likes and 7,000 shares from parents who appreciated the educators’ impressive wisdom.
“This is all about teaching young men (high schoolers are not children) to become responsible adult men and spouses and fathers through allowing ‘soft failures,’” one parent, Margaret Barsocchi Willis, wrote.
Teaching these young men that we all make mistakes, but you need to take ownerships for our actions will help these students understand that if you leave your homework at home or forget your lunch, there are consequences. Hopefully a lesson is learned to never make the same mistake again.
While forgetting your lunch or homework has minor repercussions, if you grow up with the mentality that there are no consequences and that someone will always bail you out, it could result in more drastic mistakes later in life. As an adult, missing an important meeting or forgetting to pick up a child from school, on the other hand, could be catastrophic — which is why training young boys early to avoid mistakes by thinking ahead is worthy of praise.
Clearly these educators understand that you won’t always have mommy or daddy coming to save the day. The school should be applauded for instilling this mentality in today’s youth.