I need an outside opinion on an issue that is brewing at my school and school hasn't even started yet. We are a PBS inner city school. We are being told by the behavior specialist that we will be carrying these behavior batons around with us to track student's behavior. If you know anything about Quamtum Learning is based off of their Above/Below the Line strategy. These batons will be yard sticks painted in various colors to represent different levels and we will use clothes pins to show the students which level they are on. Some teachers are upset because our parents tend to use rulers, yard sticks and sticks as a way to spank their child and are very upset that they are to intimidate students by carrying around these sticks. They have offered the solution of usng clipboards instead but that suggestion received a deaf ear. The teachers don't have objections to the method just the tool being used. We are a Title 1 school and 99% black, not really sure if that matters or not when weighing in about your opinions. Oh, we are a pre-k - 4 school. What do you think? As a teacher or parent would you want to or have your child's teacher carrying around a painted yard stick in the halls, caferteria and ect as a tool for behavior? The new P, to the school, is letting the behavior specialist and the committee take this over because he is very overwhelmed and has been at meetings most of the summer since we are only 1 level away from being taken over by the state for not meeting AYP. He has approved the plan but the behavioral specialist would not present the clipboard idea to him so he has only heard her suggestion. My opinion.......... * * * * * * I personally don't like the tool either. I know from experience that when I'm doing measurement with my students I have at least one student duck when I first pick up a ruler or yard stick. I alway have to have a converstation about how we use these tools in school and that they are not use for hitting or hurting anyone. Growing up many of my friends were spanked with these objects as well and they alway refered to them as sticks. I've had to call CPS twice in my 21 years because parents left marks from using yard sticks to hit their child, marks were on the legs and arms of these children.