Be patient with yourself and remember that every failure has a lesson and every mistake is a teaching moment. We rely on others for many things, but relying on others to make you successful is a complete waste of time. The only person who can make you successful is you. Even when we benefit from the good will of others, the action--and the achievement--has to start with us.
Excuses change nothing. When you're good at making excuses, it's hard to excel at anything else. Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. No more excuses--it's time to change, so remember how capable you are. Fear can be good when it keeps you alert as you're walking past an alley at night or prompts you to check your locks before bed. But it can be destructive when it stands between you and your goals. Fear defeats more people than anything else.
Don't let it keep you from what you want or use it as an excuse to come to a standstill. Instead, make it an impetus to step up and strike. You're not in charge of what anyone else says or how they feel about your choices. Your success doesn't lie in what others think of you; it exists within you, in what you think about yourself. Find yourself, create your own life, and do everything you can to live it fully.
It's impossible to have a good day today if you're still thinking and worrying about yesterday. Whatever you've encountered or experienced in the past doesn't matter. Learn from it and move on--it's a new day. The choice between remaining stuck or moving forward will always be yours. Feeling stuck is a mindset that can prevent you from taking action and paralyze you from moving forward. You need to generalize this. People with any significant amount of control over others cannot be trusted.
Boost , 7 May am. It's not that people with any significant control over others can't be trusted This is why it isn't necessarily anti-government to not trust the government. That was one of the best lessons I learned in school. And remember, don't point out that the Emperor has no clothes, either, if you don't want to be punished for it. Now that this story has gone public the school will have no choice but to punish the thief.
The power of the internet is great my friend. I wonder if the school administrator was getting a good cut of the booty? It's the only way they can get past the teacher stealing from lockers thing. They often stick together, like cops do, and develop an "us against them" mentality concerning school staff versus the students. Dark Helmet profile , 7 May am. That was my thought too. Is this school system just absolutely terrified of technology in the hands of anyone other than spying administrators and criminals?
Mike, if you have any restaurant recommendations, now is the time Xanius , 7 May am. It's a different school. This one appears to be in Florida, the other is in Penn. Comboman , 7 May am. Hopefully you're not driving. The Groove Tiger profile , 7 May am. TW Burger profile , 7 May pm.
BearGriz72 profile , 8 May pm. Mark , 7 May am. Same thought I had, but no they are not the same. This is from Florida, judging by website that is doing the reporting. The other one is Lower Merion, on the main line right outside of Philadelphia. Digg this: "School officials said they are not allowed to record video in locker rooms because of privacy. ITrush , 7 May am. Named One , 7 May am. I think both parties are at fault. The students just as easily could have recorded a noncrime. From what planet are you from? You can't fault the student for a possibility of violating the law. There is a big different between a could have and a have not.
Alimas profile , 7 May am. The rule is no recording in the locker room. It's not "no recording in the locker room - sometimes" or "recording allowed so far as you don't think your spoiling anyone's privacy". It's no recording in the locker room, ever. What the kid's are learning is consistency and equal treatment of the rules and accepting the consequences of their actions.
They should be seeing it in two ways; they get punished and the teacher gets let go. They should also be learning that sometimes doing the right thing doesn't mean getting a reward. Chronno S. Trigger profile , 7 May am.
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You're right. There are laws preventing any recording devices in restrooms and changing rooms. The kid should get a slap on the wrist. Nothing major considering the situation he was in, but something. The school administrators should also get disciplined because they ignored a serious problem. How's that authority-figure cock taste? Remember, the rules set down by the powerful are more important than those silly notions of good and morality. Alimas profile , 7 May pm.
You mean the rules set down by the society this takes place in, right? Try as you might, AC, you cannot develop rules that will consistently line up with everyone's individual concepts of "good", or any other moral and entirely subjective constructs. If the rules aren't enforced consistently and equally they lose their value. As a potential example; if these kids were not punished, a potential and likely lesson to them would be that it's possible to avoid the consequences of the rules if they can merely come up with a good enough excuse when caught.
On the other hand, if the kids know the rules will be enforced even if they DID have a "moral reason" then they will be more likely to save such exploits for those occasions exclusively. And that gets to what the rules are really about, not morality, but order. They are, in their ever evolving and sometimes questionable state, the best middle-ground we have for a system to try to allow our infinite number of perspectives to attempt to live and cooperate together. The different levels of consequences that can be applied for breaking the rules is the design where we get to recognize and react to the difference between these kids looking for a thief and if someone set up a camera specifically to invade student's privacy.
I'm really starting to ramble, I could go on and on about this. Suffices to say you're an idiot. Anonymous Coward , 7 May pm. I absolutely despise attitudes like this.
Rules are a means to an end. That's it. Specific rules are created, set in place and enforced to achieve a goal. The purpose of the rules is to clear away ambiguity about what may or may not hinder that end goal, otherwise everything in the world would be as simple as "don't do bad things". In this instance, the rule about "no cameras or recording devices in locker rooms" is to maintain privacy.
Even though the rule was violated in this circumstance, the end result was the protection of personal privacy for the students, as well as the protection of their personal items. Punishing the students in any way, even if it's a simple "don't take pictures", does not further the goal, it only protects the rule.
Enforcing the rule predictably and continuously sets the standard that there's no wiggle room to avoid the rule. THAT protects privacy, by protecting the rule protecting privacy. When the ends justify the means and individual moral compasses outweigh the agreed upon rules, then you don't have "rules" anymore, you have "guidelines" and good luck with that. Except, in this situation, enforcing the rule is hurting privacy. It promotes a fear of punishment, even when an action is the right thing to do. Meanwhile, in exchange for a minor rule, your harming a much more severe one - the socially promoted expectation that you report wrongdoings to authorities.
The only thing you're arguing here is the "slippery slope" fallacy, that somehow one exception will lead to video tapes of naked children. In the Texas community I grew up in, reporting wrongdoings by certain people was a very good way to wind up in prison or worse yourself. The social expectation was that you would not do such reporting.
Now get in the back of the bus and shut up, eh? Yeah, I know your type. And I imagine you do all the time. It suffices to say that you're a fascist. But we could all see that. What are you, some kind of Obama socialist? America is based on capitalist values, and that means that "the right thing" is determined by one thing: profit.
Ask any Ferengi to explain it to you. Of course, the students should have loaded dye packs into their wallets instead. I can just imagine what might have happened if they had planted one of those exploding dye packs in a locker. The police would have classified it as a "terrorist bombing event" and closed down the whole school and the feds would have hauled off the students involved to some federal "facility".
A little water-boarding then could probably get them to confess to being "terrorists". And of course it would be the Internet that would then be blamed for turning what used to be "good kids" into bomb planting "terrorists". You should really read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. One day this may well be a reality.
A perfect opportunity for blackmail, wasted. What ARE they teaching kids these days? Just because there are a few nut-jobs out there, as well as some idiots at the admin level doesn't brand the whole profession as defunct! We have shifty co-workers and lousy bosses just like any other profession, and its a little unfair to pick out the few outrageous examples of how things can go wrong as representative of teaching as a whole.
I have been teaching for 7 years now and I can guarantee you in my normal district that guy would be fired ASAP, and the union would not touch him with a 10' pole! This has probably happened numerous times around the country, but rightfully-fired bad teacher is not nearly as interesting a headline Marcel de Jong profile , 7 May am. It's just these rotten apples that deserve to be picked out and thrown away. I just hope that that will happen. You incompetent union-loving, Kool-Aid drinking shills will get your hands on my children over my dead body.
Over my dead body. Hoeppner , 7 May am. Sure they caught the guy, but how many privacy laws did the students break to do it. It's not a good lesson to teach: The end justifies the means. You're probably right: the students should be slapped on the wrist because of the possibility that they might have 9though they didn't violate someone's privacy.
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The teacher should be fired and found guilty of criminal charges. Tell that to our government!!!!! They routinely break laws in order to 'catch' somebody at something. Here in NY and NJ, they routinely set up traffic stops to catch people drinking, speeding what ever. I always get pulled over and searched. I don't drink, I drive fairly normal, so you figure out why I get stopped.
I bet you if you think hard enough you'll get it. But that's OK it only goes against the constitution and bill of rights. Matt profile , 7 May pm. What about teaching the value of "context"? I think that is a VERY good lesson to teach kids. When I tell my kids, "Don't get out of bed. That may be the case for you, but some parents have been known to tell their kids "don't get out of bed" and then set the house on fire. Since this takes place in the USA maybe they should have simply rigged a handgun in the locker to shoot the thief in the face when the door was opened.
This would eliminate the problems of breaking school cell phone and recording rules and of violating the thief's privacy rights. Chargone profile , 7 May pm.drowyfspifcy.tk
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That will be useful for them to remember as they enter the real world. Pixelation , 7 May am. Which is weird, because home-schoolers are f'n weird. Rose M. Welch profile , 7 May am. Only the uber-religious homeschoolers are weird. They account for just over half of American homeschoolers, and are way more prominent in the media, so every one thinks of them when they hear the word 'homeschool'.
Which is sad for the perfectly normal families that choose to homeschool because of the appalling educational choices offered locally. Where are those kids supposed to learn about the important things in life, like football and jocks and cheerleaders and pecking orders? Welch profile , 7 May pm. In our local schools, we have guns, and gang beatings, and drugs, and pecking orders.
But, in case you were seriously asking about socialization, homeschoolers apparently have it better. The Big E , 7 May am.
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It seems to me that if these kids are punished, then they should file suit against the school board and all involved for not prosecuting the teacher for theft. I believe it would be dereliction of duty, malpractice, and malfeasance. This teacher should loose his teaching license, and never allowed in a school again. Any administrators involved should also loose there jobs for not acting on this matter. It seems we are after the teacher when sex is involved, what is the difference when they are stealing from the kids locker.
MRK , 7 May am. This teaches several excellent lesson to students: Power corrupts. Bureaucrats care more about protecting their own than administering justice. A healthy disrespect for authority figures. Kids who go through childhood sheltered from reality get a real shock when they enter their careers and find out how awful people are. The people who lie, cheat, and bribe get what they want, while the honest ones are left with nothing. That's why they call it "the rat race", because the "rats" keep winning. WammerJammer profile , 7 May am.
Sue them! The school board hates nothing more than a lawsuit. We did it because our son's math teacher, while being competent at math, could not speak English very well. My son's math grade plummeted because he couldn't understand her! When we talked to the school officials about it they would not move him or replace the teacher. So we sued and the school district settled out of court and the teacher moved to another school where people understood her language better.
The mighty United States justice system. People are so afraid of getting screwed in the United States Justice System that they rush to settle out of court. Problem solved. But that is another article isn't it? Aaaaawww, is the little corporate cocksucker going to cry? Keep sucking down that Kool-Aid they're funneling into you about those evil, evil lawsuits. Don't you dare do any research into how many lawsuits there REALLY are, nor how many of them are both logical and necessary.
No, you just keep doing what they want. And then, when they're gotten what they want - what you think you want because they tell you it's what you want - and something happens to you, you'll try to sue and you won't be able to. On that day, you can come to me, begging for me to help you. I'll laugh at you and slam the door. Philip profile , 7 May am. At first, I immediately jumped to the students' defense. However, the more I think about it, they broke a rule to catch a criminal. In essence, they are a small scale renegade. Letting the kids off would show it's okay to break the rules to catch a criminal.
Although, punishing them could make them less likely to blow the whistle so to speak. I keep thinking about the US wiretapping in all this: if the illegal wiretapping caught an actual criminal, would people still be against it? Or should that criminal go free cause the wiretapping was illegal?
Hard choices! Stupid gray areas. Alternate Reality , 7 May am. First, a rule is not a law. Second, this is like the LAW that says you can't video a police officer in public, doing his duty, like bating up an innocent person. There is an old adage that rules are meant to be broken. That said, sometimes laws need to be broken too as in civil disobedience. The kids went through the correct channels first and did not receive any support. RULES, set by the people who are supposed to deal with these situations the stop you from doing it when they don't are OK to break in my book.
Haapi , 7 May am. They might still have privacy problems, but, I'm sure the camera was supposed to be observing the time when nobody was supposed to be in the locker room. Suppose a teacher not the thief heard about the students complaints and decided to act on it. What would you say if it was that teacher setting up the video camera in the locker room.
Or how about this scenario: make it a male teacher and the female locker room. R , 7 May am. This is definitely a case where the school should be sued. School rules are arbitrary and often unfair because the school is effectively a dictatorship, though usually a benevolent one.