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30 November 2010 @ 07:58 am
♏ fifth sting; voice - locked to staff & prefects  
[Her voice is calm, collected. It is clear she has put much thought into what she is about to say:]

I wonder if you will recall some of the discussions regarding the points system that were had by myself and the Headmaster several weeks past?

It is no particular matter if you do not, though something has been brought to my attention which does relate; namely, that the deduction of points is not an effective means of punishment for certain individuals. While many are invested in the pride of their House, and are appropriately contrite following the loss of points, endeavoring to keep the point total high so that they might not be seen as a... burden to their fellow Housemates, there are those to whom House pride means little, and the disappointment of others even less still.

I understand that the points system exists to promote House unity, and encourage teamwork, but for some, this simply does not work. One of whom I speak in particular, of course, is Kadaj Sorel, though there have been others, in other Houses. Mr. Sorel's actions, while appalling in many cases, have, I feel, not been adequately addressed by those in positions to do so, and so those in Slytherin who do take pride in the performance of their House have had to work doubly hard to make up for his... misbehavior.

What I propose, then, is that an alternative method is found for dealing with those for whom point loss is not an effective deterrent for bad or otherwise inflammatory behavior. Mr. Sorel, for example, has seemed amenable to an arrangement in which myself and my fellow Prefect, Miss Dupond, give him extra tutoring in subjects which capture his interest, in exchange for his cooperation. We have not as yet begun, due to a number of unfortunate incidents befalling the school, but we hope to to do soon, and hope for some measure of success.

I do not believe that such methods will work for all those with this issue who are or will be studying here at Hogwarts, so I wish to foster discussion on how to perhaps develop alternate means of ridding these individuals of their tendency toward disruption, and to reprimand them when these means fail.

I thank you for your time, and am eager to hear any suggestions you may have.
desert_bloomed on December 1st, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
While your initiative in this endeavor is indeed admirable, I should request a staff member be present for those tutorials with Sorel.
♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: Stars for the foot of morningserpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
Of course, Professor. Though, might I ask why you feel the supervision of two Prefects with exemplary disciplinary records is inadequate? Both Miss Dupond and myself are members of the Tutoring Club, and staff supervision is not required when we tutor any other students.
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♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: a swallow for a doveserpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
You will note, professor, that I did address the fact that this might not work to curb his behavior? I am looking for input as to how to handle this issue, should it prove to be the case.

A probationary period is what I had in mind, to see if he improves under this arrangement. If he does not, I would suggest we implement what methods are agreed upon here.
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voice; - serpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 11:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
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♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: I would my love could kill thee;serpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
I thank you, sir. I shall be sure to.
Serah Farron: ∞ NERVOUStruststhesky on December 1st, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
[Did someone ask for a teacher who doesn't really believe in punishment? Idealist to the core.] ... I'm not sure any kind of punishment would deter Mr. Sorel. In fact, he seems like the type that would only be spurred on by it. So... maybe this tutoring idea is a good one. On the other hand it could be seen as a reward, which might only make things worse, but... honestly, I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a solution in terms of punishing him. One that would work for the long term, anyway.
♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: Divide my flesh and spiritserpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
[:3 perfect!] Ah, yes, that has seemed the problem in dealing with him so far. Detentions and point loss to little to dissuade him, and in many instances achieve the opposite effect. I do hate to give the appearance of favoritism, especially given that Sorel belongs to my own House, but there is little else I can think of to curb his inclination toward impropriety.

Mmm, and congratulations on your promotion, professor.
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☄ oerba yun fang. 「au.」: pic#106173521tearsthesky on December 1st, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
[a little...quizzical.] And he agreed to this tutoring. Sorel, I mean. Didn't think he was much interested in learning anything, the way he acts.

[a pause. If it works...] But detention doesn't seem to work, and takin' points sure as hell doesn't. Light--Professor Farron's right. It's worth a shot.
♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: Clothed with deep eyelidsserpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
He did, yes. I must admit to some surprise, myself. Hence my desire to come up with alternate solutions, should these efforts prove fruitless.
♕ erza scarlet.: pic#103679622thetitania on December 1st, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
It's worth the effort, but I would agree with Professor B'nargin Dalmasca, if only for the safety of yourself and Dupond. Sorel has threatened staff members before, and attacked other students. He's dangerous. Perhaps the monitoring could be temporary, until it becomes evident he is adjusting well to this arrangement.
♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: Sweet soul sweet mouthserpentsilver on December 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
It is true, Sorel is unpredictable and dangerous. My concern is simply that, in the presence of staff, he seems inclined to... 'bait' them, as it were. Myself and Miss Dupond have had some success prior in curbing his inappropriate behavior, and I hope to build on what trust we have managed to create.

A staff supervisor for the first few meetings, however, is an acceptable compromise.
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Leoben Conoypatternprophet on December 1st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I missed what happened with Mr. Sorel.
♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: Vex thee with amorous agoniesserpentsilver on December 3rd, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Ah, it is simply that... he has a tendency toward disruptive and violent behavior, which so far has been difficult to keep under control.
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♏ → a m b r o s i a s t e r l i n g: Let life burn downserpentsilver on December 3rd, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
How unfortunate. I trust your head has recovered?

I have not asked that you restore those points, professor, and I do not wish to undermine your punishment. I simply wish to point out that punishing Sorel in such a way does nothing of the sort, and only serves to punish his Housemates instead.

If you have any suggestions, I would be glad to hear them.

I'm afraid 'princess' is not a title to which I am privileged. 'Miss Sterling' will do, surely.
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