I have once again made the mistake of engaging in discussions on Facebook about school calendars. I will try to be more coherent than normal by ranting in a numerical, topical order.
1. “You can’t make X change to the school calendar because I can’t/don’t want to find child care” – It is not the school system’s responsibility to worry about your child care issues. It is the school system’s responsibility to educate your children and to adjust the calendar in the way they feel best accomplishes this. It is YOUR responsibility to deal with YOUR child care issues. Be prepared. Have arrangements in place at the beginning of the school year so you know what you will do if there is a 2 hour delay or 2 hour early dismissal. If these are built into the calendar, it is even easier. Talk to your friends and neighbors. I’m sure you can find someone who will help you. Don’t tell the school system it’s not fair that you have to do this.
2. “I’m mad that you are extending the school year due to bad weather even though the calendar clearly stated that is what would happen. I ignored this and planned a vacation for the day after school was supposed to end” – You are not very smart. Read the calendar. Make your plans accordingly. If school will be extended because of winter closings, don’t make plans too close to the last day of school. You are asking for trouble. It’s not the school systems fault that you can’t/won’t read or just don’t care.
3. “If the school year is extended I will just not send my kids the last week. Nothing happens anyway” – Maybe nothing happens in elementary school, but that all changes toward the end of middle school and especially in high school. You should prepare your children now to expect to stay in school until school is actually over. Also, what kind of lesson are you teaching them if you pull them out of school early because you weren’t smart enough to plan your vacation properly?
4. “We should not even consider school start times because they will have to get up early when they are adults” – Adult and teen sleep needs are totally different. When they are adults, their sleep cycle will change and they will be better able to deal with this. Why don’t you be honest and admit that you don’t want to mess with school schedules because of #1 above? Many people who argue against late arrival for high schoolers are just afraid they will lose their free babysitting.
I’m sure there were more, but this is all I can remember right now. Now I need to stop reading comments.
I really hope the new NBA commissioner is successful in his attempt to change the one and done rule. I have to say that I am done with watching the one and dones. I get the philosophy that you should recruit the best players available. Purposely recruiting lesser talent seems to go against the idea of trying to be the best. I can see why coaches wouldn’t change. I understand why the players will go pro after one year. If I had been offered millions to quit school and work in my chosen profession, I would have done it in a heartbeat. As a fan, though, I hate it.
I hate that you don’t really know the players anymore. I hate that the players don’t get the time to really improve while in college. It’s much easier to deal with inconsistent freshmen when you know that in a couple of years they will be very good players on your team. It’s hard to deal with that when you know that they will leave and in a couple of years be good players for a random NBA team. It’s hard to cheer for them because they are at your school when there’s a very good chance they don’t really care about your school. College sports should be sports played by college students. If you want a minor league system, develop the D League. Don’t use college sports as a substitute semi-pro team.
I like the baseball rule. Let players go pro right after high school but if they choose to go to college they have to stay for three years or until they are 21. Use the D league to develop the players that don’t want to go to college, but aren’t quite NBA ready. Let college basketball be played by college students.
The title of this post pertains to you if you have spent time this week criticizing the woman who won The Biggest Loser. I don’t watch the show. I actually discovered this discussion from the new “trending topics” on Facebook. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a synopsis. A woman went on The Biggest Loser. At the start she weighed 280 pounds. She lost 155 pounds, nearly 60% of her body weight and won $250,000. After the finale, people took to the Internet to criticize her and the show. I’m not saying she didn’t lose too much weight and I’m not saying she did. I’m saying that unless you are a doctor and have examined her, you are not qualified nor entitled to have an opinion.
People have called the show and her weight loss irresponsible. You want to talk irresponsible? Irresponsible is a doctor looking for 15 minutes of fame and going on record to “diagnose” someone they have only seen on TV. Is it possible that her weight loss is dangerous and is affecting her health? Yes, it is. Do I think you can say that from watching her on TV? No, I do not. I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure there are some actual medical tests you have to run to make that decision.
I also have major issues with the general public voicing an opinion. Especially the ones who used the words disgusting to describe the way she looks. You can’t win. You are overweight, people are going to call you disgusting and tell you you need to lose weight. You are what people consider too thin and they call you disgusting and say “she should eat a sandwich.” How about you just shut up and worry about yourself. You know who I think is disgusting? People spending time online criticizing the way people look.
The Game: Since I had decided before the game to cheer for the Seahawks, I was pleased with the final results. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a competitive game, but I got to the point that I enjoyed laughing at how bad the Broncos played. How do you play that bad, your worst game as a team in the Super Bowl. I just don’t get it.
Half time show: I am a big fan of Bruno Mars. I’m a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I thought the combination sounded odd. I wasn’t sure how that would work. I thought both did a very good job. I really enjoyed the show. I’m glad the Chili Peppers wore pants.
Commercials: Over all, I thought the commercials were mediocre. I did enjoy some, but too many of them were once that I saw before the game. I wish they would stop previewing them before the game I like the anticipation of the commercials. It is a big part of the Super Bowl experience. The ones that stood out for me were the Doritios time machine, the Radio Shack 80′s one, the Doberhuahua and the VW engineers sprout wings.
Time to turn my complete attention over the college basketball.