I received the EP Schools Report in the mail last week....
Here were a few of the activities they highlighted around the district:
Anti-bullying programs and Kindness Retreats-- it's a good thing Obama's lengthening the school-day, I mean, this is important stuff.
And a choir program "My planet, your planet"....Do you remember the songs you sang in Elementary School music classes? We learned American classics like "My Darling Clementine" and "Oh Susannah" and learned a little history along the way. We had fun singing "Witches Brew"-- does anybody remember that one? There were songs about bunnies at Easter time (I still remember all the words to one) and songs about Santa at Christmas. Now they sing about turning off the lights. I'd love to see the lyrics to these tunes, maybe they go like this:
(To the tune of "Clementine")
Oh, my mommy, oh, my mommy,
My mommy drives an SUV
She's a dirty, rotten fascist
Cuz she's killing all the trees
Didn't your parents handle all of these subjects? My dad used to bellow "turn off the lights!" and my mom "turn off that water". We rode our bikes because we liked to ride them, not to "save the planet".
These are the same kids who will be soon be writing the desperate letters to the editor about the planet being in peril that I see in the local papers. Is there anything more obnoxious than a kid telling you what you should and shouldn't be doing?
Shouldn't parents be able to handle the subjects of being kind and not picking on people? Why is there a standardized curriculum for this? My parenting style is to teach my kids to- "be kind to people who are kind to you" and "if somebody is bullying somebody else, you have my permission to call them stupid". My 8-year-old nephew has it down- if someone picks on him, he just says "yeah, whatever"-- he hasn't had "bullying programming"-- shouldn't that be enough?
I remember asking my mom once (a softie social worker) why she didn't intervene more when there was teasing when we were little- she said matter-of-factly, "because it's life, you're going to get picked on constantly in life, you had better get used to it".
Not anymore. Kids now expect a bed of roses (non-greenhouse-gas-producing-roses I mean).
The schools are out-of-control with political correctness.