oh good grief people.
aussiemum: there is a HUGE HUGE difference between a child running out into the street and me stopping him because there is no one else around and a child about to run out into the street with his mom right there and his mom saying to her friend "oh don't worry...someone will stop him".
I've said before....it's not that I *personally* don't care about anyone elses kid....when will you hear that? I'd bend over BACKWARDS to accomodate a child in my home with those kind of allergies.
And you may want to ignore the statistics but they HAVE to be taken into consideration. I'm sorry, but they do. And you have to acknowledge that your child is a SMALL minority. It doesn't matter WHAT the inconvenience is, when one person with one really rare, odd thing requires that an ENTIRE institution change JUST FOR HIM...thats not ok. The precident it sets for our kids is that every stinkin little special need they have should be catered to at any expense, that our kids don't have to take responsibility for their own actions and health, and it sets a standard of litigiousness that we do NOT need raised in this country.
Again..I've asked...whats the modivation? Do you want to be able to sue your school when they mess up? No? Then why make the rule? Because there is no other reason to in a socially conscious, forward thinking area.
Someone brought up a good point...the schools POV. Having worked in an elementary school for years, I think of it the same way.
Making the rule, by default, makes it MANDITORY that the burden falls on other parents and the schools. You really want to FORCE people to care about your kid? When you try to force people into anything, it usually backfires.
I would never try to force someone to care about my kid and I would never force the responsibility of my child on anyone else.