Monday, April 11, 2011

Thoughts Without Words: Why people hate education right now

Just a couple of "quick hit" stories that helps you understand why people are fed up with education.

First up, Chicago. Seems that the principal of an elementary school was tired of seeing kids bring "unhealthy" food into her school, so what does she do? Bans all lunches from home. The principal thinks she is being a savior to these kids;
Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.
"Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school," Carmona said. "It's about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It's milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception."
Can anyone say "nanny-state"? So now the school has to pay for everyone's lunch? Yeah that makes sense. You can't force someone to not bring a lunch unless you are going to pay for one.

Next up, Maine. Everyone talks about how education needs to bring more technology into the classroom. Sounds good right? Well why not give every kindergartner a brand new iPad2? Sure what's the big deal it's only going to set the district back $200,000.

Just a couple bone-head decisions that make everyday people hate us just a bit more.


Reindeeralyn said...

Why do kindergardeners even need technology? What kind of shapes and colors are they learning?

Mr. W said...

they say it's easier on an iPad. Yeah I got nothing there. My daughter is going in to kindergarten next year and I don't think she could handle an iPad.

Reindeeralyn said...

Yeah, I can barely figure out how to use technology. Also, I would think that it would be easier to learn shapes if you could physically touch them.