I had every intention of posting several times this week, but each time I sat down to the computer something else demanded my attention.  Even now I am writing at a feverish pace out of fear that at any minute someone is going to walk in a tell me that Caroline crammed another roll of toilet paper down the bathroom sink or that someone scribbled all over the dining room walls again.

So, in the brief amount of time I have let me point your attention to two articles I came across this week that I find utterly ridiculous in a very disturbing sort of way.  Oddly enough, I don’t think that they are unrelated.  You may have already read them.  The first is about the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Colorado Springs, CO being cancelled due to what is commonly known as “helicopter parents”.  You can read about it here.  Bonnie Rochman of Time wrote a nice response to this situation called, Why an Easter Egg Hunt Brought Out the Worst in Helicopter Parents.

The next article deals with the NYC Board of Education’s “war on words” in their attempt to ban 50 forbidden words from standardized testing.  You can read about it here.  Like I said, it is all disturbingly ridiculous. 

But lest you go into the weekend filled with angst and gloom over the state of our society let me remind you that Sunday is April Fool’s Day!  This happens to be one of my favorite holidays of the whole year (aside from Christmas and Easter, of course) because it is an entire day devoted to getting back at my children for cramming toilet paper down the bathroom sink and scribbling all over the dining room walls.  Can’t think of a good prank to play on the kids?  Never fear! Here (thanks to my friend, Patty) is a list of the 10 best pranks to play on kids. If those don’t work, let me know.  I can think of about 100 things you can do with super glue.  Good luck and, as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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One thought on “It’s a Mad, Mad World

  1. Kathy says:

    I don’t guess I fully understand the logic behind banning some of the words. If its simply that we don’t want to have kids thinking about these things, it doesn’t really make that much sense. I mean, standardized tests much up such a small part of child or teen’s input, it doesn’t seem likely that this is going to even put a dent on the problem. And even if there were standardized tests every month, they still wouldn’t compete with the major sources of input (i.e. media, popular culture) in which almost all of these words and the issues they reflect are rampant. So, its not like we’re really effectively protecting kids.

    The only other logic behind it that I can see, is perhaps they are afraid that having such words and/or topics might serve as emotional or psychological stimuli that would potentially impair or even paralyze a student’s cognitive abilities, and therefore affect their performance on the test. Is that the logic behind this?

    I’d love to hear other people’s insights on this, because I’m thoroughly confused.

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