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Keep your damn “Participant” ribbon.

June 13, 2011

It was another challenging educational day at my daughter’s elementary school.  A bit of catch-up time was followed by recess and then they all watched a “fine arts” performance by a younger class.*  The afternoon was spent outside taking part in “Play Day”.  Seriously.  This included two bouncy castles.

Yes.  A very educational day.

Anyhoo … the Play Day also included races.  Races to see who was fastest.  The children all know exactly who was first, second, third, and last.  They do.  They notice these things because it is a RACE and they are not stupid.

The children were not allowed to have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons!  They all received “Participant” ribbons.  I used to get those ribbons in school because I was horrible at sports.

Are you surprised to hear that the children were not happy?  Especially the children who placed first, second or third.

This is so ridiculous.

People win.  People lose.  Children know this and no one does them any favors by pretending otherwise.

* Apparently, the music teacher has been replace by a “fine arts teacher” who may or may not teach music.  She might just focus on drama or dance or something else.  I’m really not sure.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bob permalink
    August 1, 2011 4:52 pm

    Re: the *very* educational day your child had at school (play day, bouncy castles).

    Why don’t you let the school know that you don’t want play/fun days at your child’s school. Last I checked, schools are suppose do what parents want.

    Stop complaining and start contributing your ideas to your child’s school – Why not join the school community council.

    • Michele permalink*
      August 1, 2011 5:52 pm

      And schools do not do what parents want. Schools do what school districts tell them to do and what the province tells them to do. School Community Councils are supposed to be a means for parents and the community to have a role in the schools but the actual influence of the SCC is very, very minor. It’s all for appearances.

  2. Michele permalink*
    August 1, 2011 5:45 pm

    Done. Unfortunately, one voice can’t do much. I’ve had some influence but not as much as I like.

    In my experience, most parents don’t care what is happening at school. So, if most parents aren’t complaining, the staff assume that everything is good.

  3. October 5, 2011 7:42 am

    Parents, most likely depend their children on school. They knew that once their children is in school, their kids will learn and gain knowledge. Parents who cares to their kid’s knowledge should even monitor if the school is really giving the appropriate lesson for them to learn.

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