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One Woman’s Opinion: American Schools Are Keeping Boys From Growing Into Real Men

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This year’s school supply list has been posted at the local Walmart. Among the items on the list for third grade boys is a hip-pouch. Seems odd, but then not much on the list is really needed. Who would have thought an iPad was a necessity for grade school? Or 4 boxes of tissues when there are 30 children in the class? For the mathematically challenged, that’s 120 boxes of tissues. What the heck are they doing with the tissues? Mopping the dang floor? Or 10 red grading pens and 250 individually wrapped “healthy” snacks? Oh, I see. My tax dollars no longer pay for general teacher supplies and I am paying out-of-pocket for snack time even though the school is paid federal funding for free breakfasts and lunches. But no worries. If you buy these items on tax-free weekend, you should be good and the snacks have the shelf life of a Twinkie.

Pardon me. I get a little carried away when discussing school supplies. Back to the hip-pouch. What is it for, you ask? Pencils? Pens? No, nothing so trivial. The pouch is for your son’s testicles. The least the public education system can do after castrating your son is allow for him to carry his boys around like a medieval eunuch guarding the kingdom’s fair, virgin treasure. But make sure the pouch is clear or else there could be…gasp…a bomb inside.

Before you call me on my overactive imagination or my snark, please hear me out.

Throughout history, when civilizations were faced by outside or inside harm, they literally manned up. They trained warriors from an early age to beat back the threats with swords, bows, pitchforks or even fists. This very country went to war against the Crown, breaking away from the tyranny that would have taken manhood and womanhood alike and placed it into perpetual servitude. You’d think humanity would have learned its lessons from history.

Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! I wish that were the case. But the fact of the matter is, common sense is dead and we are on the brink of ruin. If we do not act swiftly and with extreme prejudice, we may end up in a reality of supreme idiocracy.

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Still think I’m overreacting? Let’s look at a few recent headlines to see if I am off.

In February of this year, seven-year-old Alex Evans from Colorado was suspended from 2nd grade for violating his school’s zero tolerance policy. What did little Alex do?  Did he bring a gun in his backpack? A blade in his boot? A bomb in his Lunchable? No. Alex played “Rescue the World” at recess. Alex used his boy’s imagination to pretend he had a box full of evil forces and he threw an imaginary grenade into the imaginary box.  Can’t you see the threat to public safety? I mean, shouldn’t Alex be thrown into Guantanamo post haste?

And again, tiny minion threats abound when in March of this year seven-year-old Josh Welch, of Baltimore was suspended for violating his school’s zero tolerance policy. What did the violent little terrorist do? Did he punch another child in the nose? Did he curse his teacher to a lifetime of the pox? No. Josh ate his strawberry flavored pop tart into a shape. Josh is chomper-art-challenged and the mountain he was trying to create looked nothing like a mountain. Instead, one eagle-eyed teacher knew exactly what Josh’s toxic pastry resembled. A gun! Shackle him now and throw away the key. My daughters are not safe. Click the link I provided and look at the picture of this boy. He has the eyes of a suicide bomber if I’ve ever seen any. Anyone with the name Josh must be trouble.

Think those two were bad? Just last May another seven-year-old, Christopher Marshall of Suffolk, VA, was suspended for violating his school’s zero tolerance policy. What did this violent criminal do? Did he burn down the cafeteria for serving meatloaf two times in a week? Did he slash the tires of the school bus for making him sit next to a girl? No. Christopher pointed…do you hear me?…pointed his pencil at another child and made gun noises. Lock the doors and hide your children. We have a madman running amok, disguised as a seven-year-old. This one may require the stiffest penalty imaginable. He pointed a pencil, for goodness sake. Sharpened or blunt-ended makes no difference.

You may not appreciate my sarcasm. I can respect that. Not everyone deals with these things in the same manner. You rarely see stories like this with a seven-year-old girl. Why? Is this an all-out war against boys? The fact remains that our public education system has a zero tolerance policy all right. Zero tolerance of boys playing like boys have for time eternal. Play is one of a child’s most fundamental ways to learn. Play creates an environment for a child to test the waters of reality with no harm done. If we take away that outlet for the sake of idiocracy, what have we accomplished?

With headlines blaring violence in our faces 24/7, I can understand the average American’s heightened concern. The media using catch phrases and sensationalism to further heighten that concern to code-red fear doesn’t help. But I ask you, how can we combat a would-be threat if we have hobbled the strongest among us? How can we beat back the “terrorists” with touchy-feely, skinny jeans-wearing eunuchs?

Unless we stop this trend, go ahead and purchase that clear hip-pouch, because your boys will eventually be carrying their “boys” around.

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  1. I have long wondered why I have to send my daughters to school, each with 144 pencils each year. I got through a year at school with no more than 3 pencils. One year, I sent my girls to school with only 72 pencils each, and half way through the year there was a general call out for someone to donate more pencils. I thought, what are the teachers doing with all those pencils, standing on a street corner selling them?

    The absurdity of it all! I went to school to interrogate the staff on the matter, and I discovered that all those school supplies, including scissors and rulers (that should last from Kindergarten through 6th grade) are shared by all the students. I said I preferred to provide my kids their own supplies, and I was told that some kids are too poor to buy their own, so everyone had to share.

    Really? That’s the problem right there! Turns out, a lot of the supplies got carried home by some kids (they must have thousands of pencils in a bottom dresser drawer). Others chewed their pencils or chewed off the erasers, and took new, unchewed ones — several new ones — daily. Of course, no one else wanted to use someone’s chewed pencil, so they got culled from the pencil cups on the shared desks. So, it isn’t bad enough that schools are incubators for all sorts of communicable diseases; no, they have to make them share pencils, crayons, markers, etc., all of which have been in another student’s mouth, or ear, or nostril.

    What really ticked me off was that I had shopped for the best American-made pencils I could find (a task that is becoming increasingly more difficult, as American pencil companies ship production overseas). The reason I did that was because I wanted my kids to have pencils with centered leads, so when they sharpened them, they’d have a lead point instead of a wooden point, like so many Chinese-made pencils produced. I wanted them to have leads that didn’t keep breaking off and that left a clean line, not a line that was half scratch from impurities in the graphite core.

    I also bought good Fiskars, that would hold a sharp edge and not get loose at the joint and end up crimping instead of cutting paper, like the Chinese versions of “scissors” do. And I got them good rulers that were clearly marked, with inches and centimeters, made of metal not plastic, and sturdy. I found out later that none of these were to be my daughters’ personal property, but were to be shared with all, and as it turned out, my daughters never once got to use the tools I provided for them, because the aggressive students took “ownership” and wouldn’t allow anyone else to use them.

    This is the problem: community sharing, teaching my kids to be good little communists right out of the gate. There was no pride in ownership, no taking care of one’s own possessions, no making them last for a season. It was all just waste, and that’s just a microcosm of what is in store for us under Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America.” Under his dream, we will all be a sharing community, with good little communists taking what they want, especially if they’re the stronger communists, the better connected communists, who will take all the best that society has to offer and leave the crumbs for everyone else.

    • Isn’t our public indoctrination so great, and the tough chore they give parents in correcting their taught errors?
      144 pencils should be enough for half the class. My 4 siblings and I were each given a dozen at the beginning of the school year along with a couple add on (slip on) erasers and always had left overs.

    • I just retired from teaching after almost 20 years from middle school. And yes the requirements of supplies that schools ask for seems sometimes silly to parents. However, the schools do not supply teachers with the necessary items that parents think that teachers receive and my ex-husband used to work at the county schoolboard warehouse and we were only given certain items for the classroom. So, items like tissues were needed to last for the whole year. And, it might seem like a lot, but when you think about how many students go through, I had classes that varied in sizes from 15-30 throughout my career and from 6-7 classes per day I taught as a middle school teacher. So, middle school and high school teachers teach more than 30 students per day sometimes up to 150-160 per day. (elementary normally 15-22). At first the beginning of the year students tend to be careful with the supplies. Last year for example, I bought new markers, crayons, glue, glue sticks, pencils, pens, constructions paper, and I even purchased a folder with prongs for every student in my class. So, many of them would come to class unprepared without a folder or notebook for weeks. I just gave up after several years and decided to buy them myself and give them to them at the beginning of the year. Bookbags I believe were a total waste of money for any parent to buy since we didn’t require books at our school. Student’s had on-line books and the books we used were in the classroom. All they needed were a zipup binder. But, parents still bought bookbags. And, I would have students come to class with a big book bag without paper or pencil so many times. The book bag was full of something but not what they needed! We had a brand new school built a few years ago with lockers. But, our principal decided against using lockers. So, students were allowed to carry the bookbags. Which like I say, were useless!! And, also made a tripping hazard in the classroom and too much unnecessary weight on students backs and tempted students to put things in there they didn’t need! By the way, there is no such thing as a free or reduced lunch. Someone pays for that. And, students have to qualify to get those meals by their parents income. And the parents that work, students that work, and teachers and faculty that work pay for those meals. So, they are not free. I also teach that to my students in Social Studies – It’s called economics.

      • I do understand that not everything is provided to students, but my girls (now in the 5th and 6th grades) were each bringing 144 pencils to class, and so were every one of their 22-24 classmates. That’s a ridiculous amount of pencils (something like 20,000 pencils from K thru 6th grade for just my daughters’ classmates!), which tells me that no one is teaching that “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”

        I think that we are failing our children by failing to impress upon them expectations for readiness for class. Failing to bring required supplies to class, failing to complete homework on time, failure to read assignments, failure after failure, and they’re allowed to go on like that without correction. That never happened when i went to school through the ’50s and ’60s — neither my parents nor my teachers would allow it.

  2. If today’s BS was in effect when I was in elementary school, 90% of the boys and many of the girls would have been in eternal suspension for playing COMBAT and COWBOYS. I’ve lost track of most of my schoolmates but as far as I know NONE grew up as criminal shooters.

  3. I grew up in the 70s and 80s. We could use what ever kind of notebooks we wanted for our high school classes. Binder with loose leaf paper and subject tabs or individual notebooks. As long as we got our work done the teachers didn’t care what we used. Not one of my teachers, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, asked for extra supplies.

    I now have 5 kids from grades 1 through 10. I don’t do the tissue thing and I absolutely refuse to send extra supplies to school. We are out and out broke. I tell my kids teachers at the beginning of each year not to expect extra supplies because we can’t afford it. They seem to be ok with it. This year, my son in the 7th grade needs 6 pocket folders for his ELA class. The teacher couldn’t tell me why.

    I do feel bad about not giving extra, but when you’re broke . . . you’re broke. I try to make up for it by helping out in the classrooms as much as I can.

    So much has changed since I went to school. 30 years ago, if you didn’t pass you got left back or you wen to summer school. Now they’re afraid of hurting the so-called fragile egos of our children. Personally, I think it’s crap. I treat all my kids the same. They’re all actually pretty smart, they’re just lazy.

    I’ve told them right off the bat that I already did my time in school and I don’t do homework anymore. If they have a report due, they need to tell me so I can make sure they get to the library. If they have a project due, they need to tell me so I can get the supplies. I don’t have a problem helping, in a supervisory capacity, but I won’t do it for them. I don’t even have a problem helping with homework if they don’t understand something, but it isn’t MY job to teach them. If my older kids need extra help, THEY need to ask the teacher for it.

    If my kids fail a test because they didn’t study, that is on them. If my kids fail a test because they didn’t study that shouldn’t be a “blow to their fragile egos”. I don’t have a problem helping them study, they just never take me up on it ever after I’ve offered. I’ve tried taking away their computer time, their Xbox, phone time and friend time. Most of the time it doesn’t work. They don’t care.

    I really wonder what is going to happen once the internet implodes in on itself. Our children won’t know what to do with themselves. It’s getting to the point where our children will be so stifled because of all the perceived dangers of this world, that they won’t know how beautiful their imaginations can be.

    When I was a kid we actually played WITH our friends, face to face. We talked on the phone from our houses. Imagine that!! We got up off our asses to change the TV channel and we actually took the time to cook REAL food. I read actual books, I REFUSE to buy an e-reader. It just isn’t the same. Life was much easier “way back when” when all that was expected of me was to become a productive adult. We still expect our kids to become productive adults but they don’t have to actually work for it any more. It’s very very sad to think that children change so much from one generation to the next, that their egos are so fragile that the slightest criticism is considered evil. I know my kids aren’t perfect and I know every single one of their faults. I also know that if they don’t become productive adults it will not be for my lack of encouragement.

    I will always encourage my kids to be what ever they want to be. My oldest son wants to be an engineer in the Air Force. My oldest and youngest daughters want to go to culinary school and open a restaurant together. My last 3 don’t have any idea yet, and that’s ok. Once they decide what they want to be I will back them all the way. As long as they don’t want to be any kind of famous, I’m with them 100% percent.

    I do not suffer fools lightly and if my kids are one of those fools, then so be it. Once they are adults, I don’t have to constantly make sure they’re getting up for work or that their clothes are clean or that they’ve taken a shower. Once my kids are adults, I’ve done my job. “They” . . . whoever “they” are . . . say a mother’s job is never done, but that’s not true. While it is true that I will always worry about them and I will always be available to give advice if it’s wanted, I refuse to be so far up in my kids’ business. It’s not good for them and it’s not good for me.

    • “…but it isn’t MY job to teach them…” Actually you are wrong there. It is YOUR job to teach your kids. Those that turn over all responsibility to the schools get what they deserve.

      As a suggestion, instead of “helping” you kids with homework (for a lot of parents that means giving them the answers…I am not assuming you do that), make your kids teach you. During the teaching process they will figure it out for themselves, which is the best gift you could give them.

      • I have to ask what the point of the school system is if it’s the parents’ job to teach. We don’t exactly pour billions of dollars into schools and pay teachers for parents to do the teaching. What’s the point of this outsourcing? If the parents should do the teaching, we should stop funding the schools immediately.

      • There is a lot of teaching that goes on at home … that must go on at home. It is necessary to undo the indoctrination that kids get in school. Besides the usual environmental alarmism, militant feminism, overdriven diversity themes, and other social engineering schemes, there are deeper matters that parents must concern themselves with. I’m not even talking about the drugs and sex that runs rampant on some school campuses. I’m talking about political indoctrination of our children by liberal, socialistic teachers.

        When I was working toward an M.Ed. at Hamiline University, I was sent to an inner-city school in Minneapolis for my practicum. It was my first day in a classroom and it was an election year: Bush v. Gore. The 2nd-graders had their special edition of the scholastic newspaper, in which were short bios on Bush and Gore (no other candidates) and a sample ballot.

        The students read about the candidates and cut out their ballots for their mock election. One little girl came up to the teacher and whined, “Teacher! I can’t remember who to vote for!” The teacher cooed, “Now, now. Don’t be upset. Just remember: who did we say was ‘good for the children?'” The little girl gleefully scurried back to her seat and marked the box for Gore.

        After the ballots were counted, it was Gore 14, Bush 8. The students put all their stuff away for “desk work,” a quiet time when they all sat to work independently. The teacher told me “desk work” was their homework, which would never get done “at home” due to crappy home-life situations. The teacher took the opportunity to sidle up to my ear and harshly whisper, “I can’t believe so many of them still voted for Bush! They must be getting that at home!”

        I was shocked by her political machinations, all the more so because she didn’t know me from Adam but assumed I must be a liberal just like her, since, after all, I was a teacher. Those who deny that teachers are liberals with an agenda to indoctrinate our children into leftist politics are stupid liars. All you have to do is walk through the teachers’ parking lots to see the plethora of “I vote for the children” bumper stickers, all of which are accompanied by stickers for whichever Democrat is running for office.

      • Sorry about that . . . I didn’t mean to imply that I don’t teach my kids anything. What I meant is that it’s not my job to teach school subjects. My kids (the bigger ones) know how to do laundry without turning their underwear pink. They know how to cook their favorite foods. They know how to empty and fill the dishwasher. They clean their rooms . . . kinda sorta . . . They clean their bathroom. I had to show them how to do it all . . . teaching . . . just as my Mom showed me. My kids learn how to treat everyone as an equal. I drum into their heads that I will not tolerate prejudice or bigotry. I’ve taught them that not everyone will like them and I’ve also shown them how to make and keep friends. My sons know that if they ever hit a woman they are dead meat . . . no matter how old they are. I’ve also shown them how to make a campfire and make a proper S’more. There is probably a whole bunch of other wonderful things that will make them (hopefully) well rounded humans.

  4. Yes, the problem with todays schools, is that is is over-protecting the kids.
    And they don’t learn any real life skills!

    In the 70-80’s when I was in school (I grow up in Sweden).
    We had classes for how to bake and cook food.
    We had classes for Home-Economics, to stick with your own budget, and see what stuff cost to make a living.
    I don’t see any of that here in the USA.

    During the brakes, between classes, we had to go outdoors.
    We played ball, marbles, tossed frisbee’s , and played hide and seek, played super-hero’s, and built snow-fortresses..

    Kids nowadays doesn’t play in the dirt. So they doesn’t get germs. And if they doesn’t get the earth germs, they doesn’t get the anti-bodies they need. So the result is Allergies!

    Just let kids be kids.
    And let them learn real stuff, for the real world.
    And of course, this is offthegridnews, let them learn manual labor skills, they will need it!

  5. Our schools are doing a good job of indoctrination.. very little education is going on.
    Making an example of so many young people will change their very thoughts about guns, and open the door to a “safe/gun free” future. BS!
    Did we learn nothing from Hitler’s techniques with the younger generations??

  6. We homeschool, so I have no experience with the local public schools. A few weeks ago I was at the local Wal-Mart, and saw the school lists for the area schools. I wondered why they needed so many items, now it makes sense. My kids don’t go through a third of what the public school kids are supposed to bring in.

    Rather sad they are teaching them all about community property so early.

    Heck, I remember back in the day being proud of having my own school box, and having to hold onto it all year!

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