Let's say your 10th-grader forgets his lunch. So you receive a telephone call at work.
“Mom, I left my baloney sandwich on the kitchen counter,” he tells you. “Can you bring it to me, pretty please?”
So, what would you do? I’d be willing to bet a Moonpie that many parents would drop everything and rush to the school to personally deliver their little snowflake’s brown bag lunch.
But that sort of coddling is not allowed at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a matter of fact -- it’s outright banned.
Catholic High School prides itself on teaching reading, writing, arithmetic and problem-solving.
“Come, boys, so that you can become men,” is their challenge -- engraved in a monument attached to the school’s bricks.
There’s also a big sign plastered on the front door -- a message to moms and dads.
“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.”
Those Catholic school educators don’t mess around.
The school also posted the message on Facebook and, as they say, it’s gone viral. Television station KARK reports the posting has been shared tens of thousands of times.
And parents from coast to coast are giving the Catholics a thumbs-up for teaching boys about self-reliance and personal responsibility.
- “This is beyond awesome! I find it hilarious that anyone’s bellyaching about a Catholic school encouraging parents to cut the umbilical cord and force their kids to develop self-reliance.”
- “Treating your high schooler son like a baby will make him soft and weak.”
- “It’s called learning through natural consequences. A child doesn’t learn responsibility when mommy or daddy comes running to the rescue.”
- “Those Catholics are one tough bunch.”
- “You can’t learn responsibility always depending on someone else.”
But not everyone was thrilled with the school’s methods.
- “This is disgusting.”
- “Surely this is just a suggestion and not a rule. No way, no how would any school person tell me what I could or could not bring to my child.”
- “If a school refused me being able to bring a forgotten lunch or a book he left because he was in a rush, I would find a more understanding school.”
Personal responsibility and self-reliance are lessons that seem to be lost in public schools -- where children are coddled.
Catholic High School teaches young boys how to become men -- instead of mama’s boys.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values." Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.