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    Filed at 4:36 am under by dcobranchi

    The fact that I read into the third sentence before realizing this was a parody speaks volumes. Whether it speaks volumes about the state of the schools or about the level of my mental acuity, I leave as an exercise for the reader:

    Twenty-eight Tacoma grade school students have been suspended indefinitely for violating the new mandatory recess policy.

    All were sent home after playground monitor/timers saw them reading books or doing homework during one of the officially designated breaks.

    “We take recess very seriously here,” said district spokeswoman Patty Cakepattycake. “How can they be ready to learn if they spend their playtime learning?”

    The rest of the piece is pretty good, too. (Hat tip: Dee Dee)

    3 Responses to “ALMOST GOT ME”

    Comment by
    December 14th, 2004
    at 7:47 am

    I could have fallen for it, too.

    When my dd was in kindergarten, she preferred to read during recess. That in itself disturbed her teacher (who thought it was “antisocial” behavior), but what made it worse was dd’s choice of books. Her favorite novel at that time was J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring. Complaints to me that the book was not “developmentally appropriate” got nowhere. So, her teacher announced a new rule for recess – No Reading!

    The rule applied to everyone, but my dd was the only one who wanted to read anyway, so it wasn’t hard to figure out who was being targeted.


    Comment by
    December 14th, 2004
    at 9:05 am

    Not realizing that something is a parody? There should be a special word in our lexicon for that. Not so long ago I came across a thread in which someone was discussing teaching Klingon as a foreign language. I responded in earnest.

    Comment by
    December 14th, 2004
    at 4:23 pm

    I know I’ve read this quote used seriously on your site or Chris’s, for sure!!

    “How can kids learn to deal with bullies and the trauma of being picked last for dodgeball unless they get out there and experience it?” he asked.”