Hall Monitors: Separating Fact and Fiction
November 3, 2013 9:19 PM Subscribe
How did hall monitors in American schools actually work?
posted by Ndwright to society & culture (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I went to k-12 school in the US within the last 20 years and grew up with the hall monitor in pop culture (Simpsons, etc.), but never actually in practice in any of the schools I attended. Looking back as an adult, the idea of giving a child authority + free access to roam the halls of the school strikes me as utterly insane.
How did hall monitors work in real life? Did a student take a period off so he or she could wander around the halls? Who held them accountable? How did they enforce anything against other students without grownups present? Is the pop culture account totally wrong? If so, how did it work IRL as opposed to the Simpsons/South Park portrayals?