Remember The Motley Monk's post about the Utah uber-Dad, Scott Mackintosh who was willing to embarrass himself to teach his daughter a lesson about the virtue of modesty?
Well, it seems that there are more Dads in Utah who are doing very good work in instilling virtue in young people.
This time it's a Utah public high school football coach, Matt Labrum, who said:
We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going. We felt like we needed to make a stand.
According to the Deseret News, Coach Labrum's players were cutting class (disrespect to the teachers), failing courses, and engaging in cyberbullying (disrespect to fellow students).
So, following last Friday night's loss to a Catholic high school (!!), Coach Labrum expressed his displeasure, suspended the entire team, and collected its members' jerseys and equipment. "We don’t want that represented in our program," Labrum told the team's 80 members. Furthermore, the coach said none would play for the team again until each earned the privilege to play and, to that end, a meeting that would take place Saturday morning at 7 a.m. (!!) where each would offered the opportunity to re-earn a spot on the team.
What would that "opportunity" require?
At that Saturday meeting, Coach Labrum distributed "Union Football Character," a letter detailing what team's members had to do if they were to belong to the team. This included: performing community service; attending study hall; attending a class on character development; and, writing a report about their conduct.
The Motley Monk thinks not. School is a place for young people to develop character and, if necessary, to learn first-hand about that. The failure to do so requires administrators, faculty, and staff who are willing to reinforce the lessons that students should be learning at home, namely, to teach that character counts.
Of course, there were some naysayers who believe that Coach Labrum's type of character education usurps parental rights in the education of their children.
To put it mildly, The Motley Monk thinks that's nothing but balderdash. Many of those gripers and complainers probably believe that being "friends" with children is the best way to raise them.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Deseret News article, click on the following:
To read Coach Labrum's letter, click on the following link: