Originally Posted by Evan&Anna's_Mom
No one is advocating denying a child the right to use the bathroom when they need to actually use the toilet. Some of us seem to realize that children sometimes use the restroom for other reasons and accept that teachers need to regulate that aspect of it.
I think it is also important for schools to teach children to plan/think ahead in lots of areas, be that taking the book you need for homework home or using the restroom during recess so you don't have to leave class to do it. Its not like schools expect children to sit at their desks for 7 hours and never need to urinate. There are times provided for using the restroom and I think its important for kids to learn to do things like visit the restroom before they run out to play. And I have no problem rewarding students for taking that initiative.
Well I taught in a school for three years, and the vast majority of kids were just fine using the bathroom responsibly.
The ODD time kids were starting to try to conference in there or getting obsessed, it just took a quiet word with them (asking if there was a problem) to sort it out, or a reminder to the class. It's really not like there are hoards of kids rushing there. (Even when the "paper towel balls on the ceiling" phase hits, usually during a recess.)
The problem with treating bathroom breaks like they can always be planned is that... they can't always be planned and it can be extremely humiliating. Kids' bladders develop at different times, they may be drinking more one day... it's not really all that planable for all kids.
The idea that not going to the bathroom is "currency" for treats and stuff is just a little crazy to me for reasons people have already expressed.
I'm glad it was just a substitute teacher, but I think I would probably mention it to the principal.