Jamie Reidy comments on a Northern California man’s lawsuit against the punishment given his son for cheating.
I am all for parents taking an active role in their children’s academic careers. But the way Jack Berghouse has done so makes me want to keep him after class and pelt him with chalky erasers.
Sharon Noguchi and Bonnie Eslinger of the San Mateo County Times reported on the dad who admits his son copied another student’s homework assignment, yet is suing because the punishment is too harmful to the cheater’s collegiate future:
Berghouse’s son and three other students were removed from a sophomore honors English class at Sequoia in Redwood City for copying and sharing homework. In response, Berghouse filed a suit last week in San Mateo County Superior Court, claiming his son’s due process rights were violated.
Way to set an example, Dad! You are a fucking jackass, and exactly what is wrong with the world today.
Berghouse’s son, who is not being named because he is a minor, had signed an “Academic Honesty Pledge” at the beginning of the school year that declares cheating is grounds for immediate removal from the advanced-level program; his mother also had signed it.
But Jack Berghouse, a lawyer, still wants his day in court.
By drafting a confusing and poorly written honesty pledge, Berghouse said, Sequoia teachers have cheated far more.
Hey, Pops, how about you focus on raising a kid who doesn’t cheat? Would you sue CVS if your son got caught shoplifting, too?
This could have been a perfect time for a father to teach his boy that actions have consequences.
What do you think about this father’s decision to sue the school?
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