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My Turn: Giving up livelihood based on principle

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"I truly believe that we are there to educate the whole child. We're not just there to educate him in math and reading," said Ahrens. (Source: Brunswick Co. Schools) "I truly believe that we are there to educate the whole child. We're not just there to educate him in math and reading," said Ahrens. (Source: Brunswick Co. Schools)

You never know when you'll face a life changing decision. Sometimes they sneak up on us.

That's what happened this past week with a high school principal in Brunswick County. The school's attendance policy was violated by more than a dozen seniors in his school. Those students had the grades, but didn't meet the attendance requirements and the principal said they couldn't graduate.

The principal's decision was overridden and that allowed those students to walk this past weekend. And the principal, Brock Ahrens, quit in protest.

Would you have it in you to do the same for something you felt strongly about? Would you give up your livelihood based on principle?

I applaud Principal Ahrens for his move. Think of the message that has just been delivered to Brunswick County students. Rising seniors in that county now know they don't necessarily have to go to class, yet they can still graduate. I don't think it's such a great idea to be teaching future adults you don't have to follow the rules.

As for Ahrens, he rescinded his resignation and has decided to stay. And I'm glad that a person with such well-placed passion can continue to work within the system to be a voice for common sense.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

 


 

Emailed comments from viewers:

Principal Ahrens' "protest" became meaningless the minute he rescinded his resignation.  Not much of a protest when you use the students' graduation as your own photo op.  Now students know that not only do they not have to follow the rules, they don't have to keep their promises either.  Nice work, Principal Ahrens and school board!

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