Let us celebrate a tough decision by Madison High School principal Sharon Knowlton. No, not her decision to leave Madison.
Mrs. Knowlton and assistant principal Bud Postma had six student vehicles towed last week. According to Postma, some students had parked three-deep in the high school lot. Buses and trucks were having trouble navigating around this sloppy parking. More importantly, the bad parkers boxed in one student's car and prevented her from getting to a curricular mentorship program.
Some parents came to whine at Monday's school board meeting about their kids' cars getting towed. It's too drastic, they moaned, and sticking parents with a $100 towing bill isn't going to teach their kids how to park better.
Au contraire, whiners. Parking is a privilege. Instead of using every tax dollar to directly educate our children, we divert some of our tax dollars to cover decent buildable ground with asphalt (asphalt! not sloppy, muddy gravel, but clean, smooth asphalt!) just to spoil your kids and their precious cars. We let the kids park on school grounds so they don't cold walking an extra hundred meters to the door in their shorts and slippers and without hats and mittens and zipped-up coats.
And I guarantee you that if my daughter engages in some thoughtless, neglectful act that hinders another child's education and costs me $100, I won't have any difficulty conveying the lesson to her. Of course, my daughter won't have this specific problem, because she'll riding her bike to school.
Parents, learn to parent. Kids, learn to park. Good call, Knowlton and Postma.