No doubt if you’re a product of a parochial education (Catholic school), then this little story will surly bring a smile to your face, especially in knowing that today’s bubble wrapped generation hasn’t filtered into this all boys Catholic high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.

And although for the most part many of the educators in the parochial school system within many parishes are no longer priests or nuns, the strict discipline that is however synonymous with a Catholic education, at least at this particular high school seems intact.

As demonstrated by a sign posted at the main entrance of the school which alerts parents who bring items that their sons forgot, with this little greeting:

“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.”


However in all likelihood the majority of these students have already experienced the consequences of not being responsible and perhaps the sign is more in response to those over protective parents who attempt to run interference rather than allow junior to accept the fallout.

However one parent Margaret Barsocchi Willis was grateful writing;

“This is all about teaching young men (high schoolers are not children) to become responsible adult men and spouses and fathers through allowing ‘soft failures.”

Moreover a day or two without lunch or doubling up on a missing homework assignment is the quickest motivator of all, and a far cry from those days of corporeal punishment of a steel ruler smacked across your knuckles administered by an unsmiling and stern nun…”OUCH!”

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