The school district of Newington, Connecticut has come under fire for canceling in-school Halloween costume parades this year. Angry parent emails and calls have been incoming, of course, but that’s not all. People have been sending school officials death threats over their decision. Death threats? What the hell? Well, as it turns out, the thing that’s gotten everyone’s pumpkin-printed panties in a twist is the scariest specter of all: that of “political correctness”. The horrors! The horrors! More
Topic: school holidays
I didn’t complain for a single minute about the lengthy phase-in process at my kids’ school. I had three months prior notice and gave my job plenty of fair warning, and repeated reminders, that I would have to be there to help my two-year-old and four-year-old children adjust to the school year. But I have my limits. More
Who here remembers the last two weeks of school in December? I’m talking about before finals were an issue for anyone to worry about. I mean in elementary school. Who remembers their backsides falling asleep in their wooden chairs as the class watched movies and played corny games and generally acted like they were attending the most boring daycare on the planet, not an educational facility? More
It wasn’t until I had children that I realized I should have been a teacher. No matter that I don’t have the patience or the temperament for it; no matter that the pay often isn’t great, and that schools can be demanding, underfunded, frustrating places to work.
Quite simply, everything in the world of parents revolves around the school calendar. This is fantastic if you’re one of the relatively few who work in the school system. It’s terrible if you’re one of the vast majority who does not. More