Collective Responsibility, Not Collective Punishment

A Chemical Orthodoxy

There is a tradition called “muck-up day.” I don’t know when it started, but it seems to have taken root in many schools. At a school I used to work at there was no such tradition until one year a group of year 11 students decided that they would have themselves a muck up day.

It was a year group with a number of very difficult students. Generally the behaviour at the school was very good, but this group decided to buck the trend. On their last day, cheered on by the rest of the cohort, these students chose to run riot around the school; actively ignoring, disrespecting and taunting their class teachers and senior leaders.

To get to the school you have to walk from the main road through a public common and small park. When these students were finally ejected from the school, their rampage continued in this public…

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