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中山大学中文系(珠海)教授、博导兼系主任。本博客已经停止更新。 本人新博客为http://blog.sina.com.cn/sysuzck。

正确的惩戒是成长的代价  

2010-02-11 20:37:04|  分类: KSDD记 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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昨天收到了巴德校长Leon Botstein的Email,读后浮想联翩。Leon是个很有魄力的校长,他的言辞相当文雅,修养极佳,哪怕是讲公文。此封信主要讲述巴德校园内发现毒品的处理问题,而且谆谆告诫巴德人必须明白的事理。我们知道,巴德是一所很有个性的学校,在1960年代,“革命”如火如荼的时候,未必像UC Berkeley等高校如此革命,影响深远,但却是很另类,也值得尊敬。但Leon仍然重申规范的不可或缺与权威性。
 
读罢这篇文章,我总是会想起你——我的儿子。我想,如果你犯了错,我会怎样?尤其是你固执的坚守错误,我又会如何?
 
我说过,我会做一个很民主的父亲(尽管我有时脾气不好),很多东西会教给你,不会强迫你。我相信你是聪明的,可以逐步理解。我希望自己采取某种方式补充这个社会某些残缺的教育,比如,性科学,我会在适当的时候跟你沟通;比如,利他和自信等等,不希望你走说不定是主流实际认可的弯路。但是,如果你犯了错,屡教不改,我也会使用强硬手段。
 
我总觉得,爱,正确的爱,不是溺爱,而是同时帮你除草、施肥合二为一的实践。如果有一天,你因为自己的犯了大错挨打,请原谅我的不得不强硬。
 
当然,我相信你会是个好孩子,可以快乐健康的成长。
 
附上Leon的信函,或许我离开巴德后,就没有机会保留了,此处留痕,说不定可以存留长远。
 
To the Bard College Community:

It is my unfortunate obligation to inform you of an event that occurred over the weekend
at the beginning of the fall break. Bard security officers noticed suspicious activity
that led to their uncovering illicit drugs, paraphernalia, and materials that they could
not identify. This led to a police search of the dormitory rooms of three students since
the nature of these materials was unknown and there was concern for the health and safety
of all the dormitory residents. It has now been determined that the dormitory is safe and
that no residual harm was created for its residents. Three students have been apprehended
by the police and face severe criminal charges. The College has suspended these three
students pending expulsion.

This incident provides the College with an unwelcome but necessary opportunity to
reiterate the obvious. First, from the very start of its students' first academic year,
the College makes clear that it tolerates no drug use or alcohol abuse on this campus.
Furthermore, the College will cooperate with state and local authorities in an effort to
insure that its students adhere to the laws of the State of New York. Bard is in the
unfortunate position of being heir to an inaccurate but widespread mythology that, unlike
other colleges, it is somehow more tolerant or forgiving of drug use. This is not true
and represents a distortion of the history of the College. The College's adherence to a
progressive philosophy of education that centers on the well-being of individual
students, its embrace of the arts as an integral part of the liberal arts, and indeed its
informal and tolerant atmosphere have repeatedly led to the misconception that it looks
the other way when it comes to substance abuse or illicit activity.

The fact is that precisely because of the College's commitment to learning and the
development of students' abilities and ambitions, the kind of irresponsible and
destructive activity associated with drug use is anathema and unacceptable. Any romance
that might have been associated in some past countercultural fashion with drug use is
long gone, if it ever flourished. The College must rely on the trust it places in its
students and on the presumption of adulthood that trust suggests. It has no wish or
capacity to divert scarce resources to more stringent systems of control and oversight.
The disregard by a few students of the rules and expectations of the College so clearly
articulated in the student handbook should not lead to an effort to regulate student life
in a manner that could easily damage the sense of freedom, idealism, and trust that we
wish to nurture on this campus. Therefore, the College will continue to be harsh in its
treatment of those individuals who violate its trust. There is no excuse or justification
for this kind of behavior.

There is something to be learned from this incident. The lesson, however, is a sad one.
It is well known that deans of students and counseling professionals spend a
disproportionate amount of their time helping students whose behavior is not entirely
acceptable. In the past the College has been both strict and forgiving. It has suspended
students, asked them to engage in community service and counseling, and permitted them to
apply for readmission. The College's view has been that young people, like all adults,
are entitled to second chances if they commit errors or misjudgments. Bard is an
institution that is interested in learning, not in punishment. However, this incident
indicates that too often our generosity and habit of forgiveness may have been, in some
cases, too lenient. We cannot afford to put the entire student body at risk when a few
individuals engage in destructive activity and break the law. Therefore, the Dean of
Students and I are now reconsidering the way we handle initial offenses.

Last, I would like to appeal to all students to conduct their lives in a manner that
accords with the regulations and expectations of the College and the laws of the State of
New York. The well-being of the entire community, as well as the well-being of
individuals, is enhanced when the regulations and expectations of the College are
voluntarily enforced by students themselves without the intervention of the
administration. There should be no remnant of prestige or admiration associated with the
culture of drugs or substance abuse. The student body has within its power the capacity
to control and deter such activity. Bard needs the help and assistance of its students in
fostering a campus climate centered on learning and on extracurricular activities that
benefit both the College and the wider community. I want to take this opportunity to
thank Director of Safety and Security Ken Cooper, staff members of the Safety and
Security Department, Dean of Students Office administrators Erin Cannan, David Shein,
Geneva Foster, and Anthony Chefalo, and Vice President of Administration Jim Brudvig for
their swift and effective response to this incident.

Leon Botstein
President
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