If we're looking for a moneymaker here.... why not a hefty assessment on teachers for student seduction? You can't avoid such seemingly daily stories... so why not profit from it, a 'sin tax' of sorts?
Then we could have school uniform infringement fines.... and a late homework fee.... and....
Heck, detention worked for me. We were sent out to a temporary classroom behind the high school and highly encouraged to bring our homework. If we didn't bring any homework, it was 60-90 minutes or so of staring at an empty wall. We couldn't talk, couldn't read, couldn't do anything that involved putting a pencil to paper...unless it was homework.
I don't see how that kind of extra structure can be detrimental to a student.
From what Ive been seeing in the schools Im teaching at, and from my own childrens adventures, everything a child does in school in influenced by his or her own parents. If these kids are acting up at school, you can damn well bet they are doing similar, If not worse at home.
Children are at school for about 10% of the total hours in a given year, and at home for 90% of the hours. Who do you think is going to have the most influence on a child? The parents or the teacher?
I wish there was some way to drill into parents that the primary teacher of their children is them, and to not shuffle off and blame the schools and the teachers for their children being little *****.
Think about this....there're fines for speeding, but people still speed. There're fines (at least in CT) for driving while texting and using your cell phone, but people still do it. There're fines for DUI, yet people still do it. Will this fine, $103, really stop kids from swearing? Not likely. I'm sure some parents will actually be pissed and make their kids pay the fine, and I'm sure there're others, who'll bail their kids out.
A detention/suspension...yes, had those punishments in place when I was in school too, and while it may be viewed as punishment by some, I'm sure there were many who viewed it as a vac. from school, for a day or 2. I'm talking about the suspensions, not the detentions. The detentions were viewed by some, as a mere speedbump in the day. So you stay a hour after school....yeah, ok.
The classroom setting is one thing....its pretty easy to monitor. In the halls, during change of class, where you have large numbers of kids in the halls...yeah, good luck with that.
I hope that more is written about it in the paper, as I'm interested in seeing how the program is going.
This seems pretty simple to me....if you can't afford it, DON'T SWEAR. I have little sympathy for students who say that they can't afford it and it is too much. You're in school, you need to follow the rules. I'm all for fining them if that works (which it probably won't).