Code of Conduct.

From a booklet my kids brought home from school:

A student may also be suspended for: conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school...

Maybe it's just me but I find the phrase "moral tone" to be alarmingly vague.

The introduction to this booklet says, "Included in this code are the standards of behaviour and mandatory consequences outlined in the Ontario Schools: Code of Conduct, legislated by the provincial government." So I went to the Ministry of Education site and I read the Code of Conduct. It doesn't use the phrase "moral tone". However, it does say, "Please see relevant legislation (Education Act) and related regulations (Expulsion of a Pupil, Suspension of a Pupil) for specific details and accurate wordings."

So I read the Education Act, or, as it is more formally known, Bill 81 - An Act to increase respect and responsibility, to set standards for safe learning and safe teaching in schools and to amend the Teaching Profession Act. And guess what? It doesn't use the phrase "moral tone" either.

It's not just my school board that has included this; many other boards have, too. Is it intended to be a catch-all phrase? Something to cover lying and having sex behind the swingset? If so, why not just say that? Why use a phrase that is so subjective and vague?

Oh, right. It's government. I forgot.

Posted by Ripley on October 16, 2002

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