(By Dave Bossert) For our younger Beacon readers, here is a real advantage of having children down the road. With children, you get INVITATIONS to attend “back to school night” twice a year at whatever school your children attend. It is a chance for the school that your child attends to pull out all the stops to show that the education machine there is alive and dwell.

Teacher will pull on their best clothes. Their classrooms will be more bounteously adorned than they have been seen for months with displays of daily work and artistic posters.  Nearly everyone will be smiling, which will make it seem that we must all be in some other place other than a school room.

But the one place where there will be no guided tour will be the discipline room.  That is, the room they put disruptive students so that the regular class lessons may continue without further interruption.

But, indeed, the discipline room is the OCD room, which in the parlance of the public schools of California does not mean obsessive compulsive disorder.  It actually stands for “On Campus Detention,” and alternates as a discipline room with other schools that call it the “OCS” Room (On Campus Suspension.)  The important thing is to put in a word that the whole operation is “on campus,” so that the supervising county board of education doesn’t deduct financial support for the student not being on campus.

The interesting thing about including the OCD or the OCS Room in the “Back to School” tour is that it would provoke some good questions about the invisibility of teaching aids in the room – that is, books and visual aids. The typical discipline room is indeed silent in educational atmosphere.  There is nothing on the walls and nothing on any table or shelves, and in fact typically no tables or shelves.

I thought I’d write about this because since there is no public exposure of the discipline rooms in school, least of all on Back to School nights, and there is no accountability for working them into some kind of usefulness.

So sure, the students who are sent to discipline need more work than the honor students that the machinery of the schools uses as their clockwork instruments.  The honor students are top scholars because they are self-starters.  If these top students were to grow into a total self-educating regimen with the adults in their days becoming supportive coaches rather than dictating teachers, their skills would undoubtedly further blossom as do school athletes under their supportive coaches – and we would certainly harvest in this way more precocious young scholars in the spirit of the child-genius John Stuart Mill and an Isaac Newton.

Read more here: A Sharp View: Classical music for the discipline room students