Random Monday

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Snow. May 23, 2012.

• One of the things about traveling that is very trying for yours truly is the bathroom situation. Specifically, taking my 5 year old daughter into a public bathroom. For one thing, public bathrooms are revolting. For another, she has Performance Anxiety, and has a very hard time going in a big room with other strangers doing the same thing.

Which is completely understandable when you think about it…

Apparently it helps if I sing the Pee-Pee song to her. So if you are ever in a public bathroom and you hear some poor woman in a neighboring stall singing “pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee-pee” to the tune of the Alphabet song, have pity – it’s me.

• The other day I uttered the words, “Oh, there better not be a pterodactyl in my kitchen!”

Snow. May 25, 2012.

• Every morning my husband slobs sugar all over the counter when he is making his coffee. So when I come make my coffee, I set my cup down in a sticky, crunchy mess. And then I get annoyed and spend 3 minutes chiseling sugar off the counter.

Every morning.

It makes me feel kind of stabby, truthfully.

• Here is another excellent article by Peter Gray at Psychology Today – Doing More Time in School: A Cruel Non-Solution to Our Educational Problems. Apparently there is an initiative in the Boston Public Schools to increase the school day from 6 1/2 hours to NINE AND A HALF HOURS a day.

NINE AND A HALF HOURS. Is that insanity or what?

A snippet:

“Why are we so unimaginative in our thinking about our children’s needs and how to solve them? We try to solve every problem through the school system, and that system always fails. It fails primarily because children don’t like school. People don’t thrive and learn well in settings that make them unhappy. This point is so obvious, yet is almost completely ignored by educational policy makers.”

Snow. May 26, 2012.

• Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

6 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Helena Says:

    Woah, Deb, that article is amazing. I have been so passionate for so long about the child’s right to be heard, about the value of hearing a child’s opinion, the beauty of listening to kids and the learning that comes (for adults) when you follow a child’s lead, that this initiative blows my mind and kinda breaks my heart both. I’m so glad you and Peter Gray, and I’m sure thousands more, are speaking out about it. Thanks SO much for the link.

    On to the pee pee song. I actually sang the alphabet song first, to warm up (and kind of to remember it in my head), and then put in the words “pee pee pee pee” etc. It’s a BEAUTIFUL song!! And then I imagined you in the stall singing it, and I grinned THIS big. Yeah, that’s a pretty awesome image.

    And the snow. The snow in May! Double plus amazement. There’s snow happening here too, in Australia, in winter, when it’s SUPPOSED to be snowing. I need to go find some, and photograph it so we can be Season Twins! (Sort of).

    Wish you could see me smiling here, Deb, for you and your life and your excellent randomness. 🙂
    Helena´s last blog post ..What sort of school IS this?

  2. MNKristy Says:

    Wow…that’s not just a dusting of snow. You got a measurable snow fall. On May 26th!! Darn, that’s worse than MN.

    I think you should stab the husband. That would teach him.

    Happy Memorial Day to you. Grill something.
    MNKristy´s last blog post ..More Nothingness

  3. Kevin Says:

    In lieu of your husband cleaning up after himself, which sounds unlikely, perhaps you or he can put the right amount of sugar in his cup the night before? There just has to be a solution to this scandalously sticky dilemma. 🙂

    Good article on school. Sadly, people can’t see other options because they won’t accept less control and less centralization, and because they treat it as a black box, blindly conflating education and value. I see glimmers that a cultural sea change is growing where education will be redefined as a side-effect. It’s an exciting time to be alive!

  4. Eddie Says:

    I’m with you on the counter-sugar stabbiness. There’s a mystery culprit here who makes tea and leaves me the same kind of gift. The Evil Shrieking Woman has been known to emerge when this happens. Sometimes she stays a while.

    Inquiring minds want to know: WAS there a pterodactyl in your kitchen?
    Eddie´s last blog post ..10 Easy Ways to Incorporate Science Into Your Homeschooling

  5. The Fairly Odd Mother Says:

    Ouch on the snow. My kids were swimming today and I was complaining it was too hot. In New England. Yikes.

    Going to read that article now—I’d heard of this on the local news and there is NO WAY they could ever afford it. They can’t afford glue sticks for the kids (parents have to buy them), how can they afford to make the school days longer? Asinine solution.
    The Fairly Odd Mother´s last blog post ..Can you tell we are related?

  6. Rose Says:

    We had a blazing 90 degrees yesterday for which except for being unable to sleep I loved….today it is much cooler at 80*

    That is why we homeschool, but i feel horrid about the children forced to go to school

    Husbands? they all have attributes that drive a sane normal person crazy.
    Rose´s last blog post ..New Orleans Bound