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Happy Homecoming (?)

We've been discussing the third of the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) in class. Last night we revisited some of the vandalism and pranks that come with homecoming in a lot of places. After looking at some news video of last year's events in Knoxville, Iowa, I asked the group to envision themselves as a principal and me as a school board member who thought it best to pull the plug on the whole thing. Devil's Advocate, sort of...

I told them I felt it was a distraction to the learning environment. I told them it was ridiculous to spend time and money cleaning up the buildings and grounds after students were specifically told not to cross the line. Wearing my hypothetical board member's hat, I told them that with all of the focus on student achievement, many outdated traditions like this reinforce a nasty high school caste system and popularity contest on their best day and open the door to destruction of property and vandalism on their worst. I told them that, …