Today, I’m deviating from my usual nature/quote selection to climb on my soapbox and rant about the death of common sense and general stupidity among some people and organizations. Oh wait, I do have a left-over “universe” quote from yesterday….
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the the universe.
A Florida high school senior is denied his asthma inhaler while having an asthma attack. Yes, it’s true. It seems that mom didn’t fill out the proper paperwork at the nurse’s office that would allow the school nurse to give the boy his inhaler because of zero-tolerance in bending the rules when it comes to prescription meds. An inhaler that’s in the nurse’s office and labeled with his name. Furthermore, the nurse refused to call 911 at mom’s request as she was racing to the school. Can you believe the felony stupidity of this? If my child’s life depended on an inhaler you can bet I’d have those permission forms in triplicate. But above all, I fault the nurse for total lack of common sense when a child is passing out from an asthma attack and she smiles and says sorry, but her hands are tied. And refusing to call 911 when the mom told her to do so? Seriously? Fire her ass.
A New York elementary public school requires students to learn Arabic. Learning this language ...”will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing. …Arabic has been identified as a critical-need language,” Principal Nicky Kram Rosen said, citing students’ future “career trajectories. WTH? I would agree there’s a critical need for the military to know Arabic. People doing business in the Mideast should know it. It would be beneficial for foreign diplomats to know the language. But teaching it twice a week to elementary school children? Probably not a good use of the state’s taxpayer dollars. This is a case of school administration wanting to tout their prestigious standing. If they really wanted to help prepare children for future careers, teach them Chinese. After all, China owns most of our country anyway. And a significant number of people speak Spanish in the world, so how about requiring that language? How about picking one that’s used in international business, financial and technology fields since that’s where our future lies…and that’s not Arabic. I have no problem offering it as an extra-curricular class for those interested in learning it. But mandatory in a public school? That’s ludicrous. How about concentrating on teaching students to read and write English…proficiently? What a novel concept.
Twelve-year-old girl sues Minnewaska School District over Facebook. There’s stuff in this story that’s wrong on so many levels I just don’t know where to begin. In this day and age, social media is used for a lot of things. Venting one’s thoughts is one of them. “RS” was called on the carpet for comments she made on FB about a hall monitor. The principal forced her to give up Facebook and email passwords so they could review her accounts. The hoopla surrounds the child’s first and fourth amendment rights, and that the school violated those rights by demanding the passwords and disciplining her for those FB comments.
RS “hates” the hall monitor. So what? That’s normal behavior for a tween. I’m sure there’s lots of people she hates. The hall monitor was “mean.” Again, normal thoughts for a 12-year-old. Get over it. She could have just as easily written her thoughts down in a diary. But is venting on Facebook the same as writing in a diary? I think not. I’m sorry, but there’s no expectation of privacy on the Internet anymore. Nothing is completely private…and nothing is every deleted. The sooner we learn that, the better. Did she have the right to express her opinion? Yes. Did what she said cause irreparable emotional damage to the hall monitor? Probably not. Did the schools have a right to review all her “private” thoughts. No. With social media, we have the right to be mean and angry…and let the whole world know about it. But just because it’s perceived as a right, doesn’t make it the right thing to do. And therein lies the next question. Did the parents know what their daughter was writing on her FB page? If so, some discussion about what’s proper for a 12-year-old to say and not say might have been helpful. Expletives are seldom viewed as positive communication coming from children, regardless of the first amendment. Parental involvement in a child’s social media life at this age is necessary for everyone’s safety.
Just a few of the many examples of proof that common sense is dead. I believe ol’ Albert was spot on correct.