Let Them Eat Pie!


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When I was a child, we played Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and War. Now, I know things were different then. As war babies, we were proud of our fathers who served their country well by defeating the Nazi regime. We never thought war was good or guns were fun, we simply played games without any deep psychological effects.

I remember other games as well. When we read Ivanhoe in the 8th grade, my friends and I fashioned swords from tree branches and dueled after school. The makeshift blades played dual roles when we acted out scenes from Zorro. They are still great memories. I have kept in touch with my childhood friends all these years, and I am proud to say none of us ever shot anyone or wielded a sword since grammar school. In fact, most of us are quite pacifistic.

Today, I learned of the school suspension of a 7-year-old boy from Baltimore. He attended Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park. The boy was eating a pastry during snack time and trying to shape it into a mountain. The teacher, a flaming idiot, said it looked like a gun and took him to the principal's office. The principal, a flaming idiot, suspended the boy for two days.

I am having more and more difficulty being positive these days. I am living in a nation falling apart. We have a crime problem that is escalating. We are economically struggling. We have a national debt spiraling out of control. Our kids cannot read, write, or make change for a ten dollar bill without a computer.

Perhaps our teachers should stick to the plan. Half of them can’t read, write, add, or spell either. I am disgusted with our system. If the USA is going to turn around and be the country the world emulated for a century, we must change drastically. Maybe the principal and the teacher responsible for this recent moronic suspension should stay home and eat pie instead of destroying the psyche of a child in the name of political correctness.

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  1. You are right on! I think part of the problem is the fear of lawsuits. THe PC police are so powerful that teachers are afraid they will be blamed for student violence. Lawsuits have elliminated thinking. Any question? Play it safe. If kids are not allowed to play or even write about guns, then anything that might be perceived to be the image of a gun is prosecuted. Lawsuits have elliminated the ability for people to think and to make educated decisions!

    Yes. I played the same games as you did. I owned about 50 cap pistols. I have owned zero guns. One does not follow the other. People are stupid, but thinking people answer lawsuits.

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    1. joeh: I believe you are correct. The elimination of individual thinking really scares the heck out of me. Shakespeare was right as well. Too many lawyers!

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    2. When my life involved lawyers, I heard their banter when they told me most lawyers started out working for insurance companies! tis true, I do not lie JJ... think about it: insurance>lawyer>politician...... see a pattern??? it scares me..no wonder the medical insurance companies are so effed up..

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    3. KBF: You left out "rat" and a few other words.

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    4. LOL, thought those words were understood....:-)

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    5. As I said on my blog - the stupid teacher is the one who should be suspended.

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    6. And now we have a nurse who doesn't do CPR for a dying woman in her care because she doesn't want to lose her job...
      How in the world did we get to the point that a job was more important than a human life?!
      I still say that all of this crap started when we began teaching our kids that life is not to be ultimately respected. I know it's not politically correct in any way to say this, but I'm going to anyway. I think we show our kids how much we DON'T respect life when we tell them that there are actually reasons of any kind good enough to extinguish any human being before they are even born. I really can't buy it that killing a child that results even from rape is somehow going to make the hurt of the rape victim go away or 'getting rid of an imperfect human being' is somehow any more productive of an idea. And I don't see how having our kids sit in front of a screen killing everything in sight without actually showing them how to use a gun and the power that is there behind it is anything other than asinine. Or how about the fact that so many of us have grown up without ever having experienced what farm kids do, by seeing animals we have loved and cared for die or suffer? We're missing overall empathy, I think.
      I know. Don't get me started. I must be nuts.

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  2. We in Portugal played the same games when we were children. But now things have changed dramatically. Internet and the easy access to information make all the difference. And this is good, but our children and grand children need guidance (to avoid misuse and misinterpretation), which does not occur, at least in my country. And this can be problematic.

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    1. Fanático_Um: I absolutely agree! We all want progress. We want our children to be better off than us. However, they need to be shown the right direction.

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  3. As Ben Carson stated at the Prayer Breakfast, we have become a nation that is too politically correct. We are so politically correct that we are allowing atrocities to occur under our noses. We need to stop being so P.C. and start speaking the Inner Truth that we know to be true. It is only then that we can change things for the better. I think he is right.

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    1. Robin: That's it exactly. We are killing the healthy chickens to make soup for the sick chickens.

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  4. So well put, although I fear it's been happening in our schools longer then we'd care to admit. One of my main goals in life- is shaping my grandchildren with bits and pieces from my own childhood.

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    1. Karen: I am actually writing an autobiography for that very reason. Perhaps some day they will read it.

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  5. You better shape up because you are beginning to take on my tone. Ha

    I grew up in a small town and I remember the boys bringing rifles to school and putting them in the coat room so they could go shooting right after school. Perhaps they were loaded, perhaps not. No one cared or touched them because we respected other peoples property.

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    1. Manzie: I will save you a seat on the Mother Ship when I return to my home planet!

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    2. Please do because next time I'm headed for a different constellation.

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  6. Political correctness? That was just plain stupidity.
    We need to go back thirty-forty-fifty years when things were working and figure out where it all fell apart. I mean, at one point we were spending billions upon billions on the space program, and yet our country wasn't in debt. Makes you wonder...

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  7. This has been going on for a while. My son, now 48, was suspended for three days from elementary school, grade four I think, for throwing a snowball through the basketball hoop during playground period. I got his suspension lifted when I met with the principal. I told him that my son took after me. On my way to my car to come pick him up, I made a snowball and tossed it into the basketball net. The principal took back the suspension. I said no; I didn't want the authority figure to lose face in the eyes of my son. As we were driving home,I told my son that the rules were different at school and he had to obey them. Throwing snowballs into the basketball net was only fine at home. I took responsibility for my son and for the school principal.

    The world has gotten smaller since then. Violent acts are reported and seen as soon as they happen. Tele-News-Ace Zooms into your home all day, all night, week long, 24/7, scaring people to death. No one wants to take responsibility for anything.





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    1. Linda: Good for you! You made me think about when I threw a snowball at a bus and hit a cop car. That's another story. I told the cop to take me to jail or shoot me, but not to tell my father!

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  8. Oh, oh, oh!!!! My head is spinning! That teacher thought the pastry looked like a gun?? This is a perfect example of why taking art out of the schools is dangerous!! Thankfully, there are still educators who think that art and music are vital to the education of our children. Those educators live in Duval County Florida!!! If that teacher had been more versed in ART, she might have thought that the pastry looked like the Mona Lisa! No harm, no foul!!

    We played cowboys and Indians/cops and robbers in grammar school. We knew who the bad guys were. Today, it is hard to tell.

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    1. Judie: Art is always the first to go, in a system where our kids can't read or write. Maybe they should recognize the power of a well-rounded education, instead of standardized testing.

      You are so right. We knew who the bad guys were back then.

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    2. A Florida woman who was against art and music in school was woefully ignorant about just what a liberal arts education meant. She thought it was an art degree, and therefore useless in getting a job after graduation. This is just one example of the dumbing down of America.

      Scientific studies have shown that studying art and music in schools enhances the studies of math and reading, making students more likely to succeed in those courses.

      I know I have strayed off your original subject, but back in the day, before school shootings, etc., children were praised for their creativity, not expelled.

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    3. Judie: I could not agree more.

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  9. Hey,

    I loved playing cops and robbers and cowboys and indians - and we lived in the inner city of Dublin, Ireland (as opposed to Dublin, GA or Dublin, CA :)

    I haven't read the above comments, but I believe a lot of the blame is on the legal system... the newspapers use "if it bleeds, it leads" (and I'm a former journalist) and *many* attorneys look for a cheap way to make money - hence the worry of principals and business owners...

    America *is* changing though... I can see it clearly - and I've only lived here 17 years...

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    1. Mark: I could not agree more. By the way, some of my best memories bring me back to Dublin, Ireland.

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  10. Suspended?! That is just crazy and sad. Where has common sense gone? Obviously, it is no longer part of the school curriculum.

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    1. Elise: That's it in a nutshell. No common sense!

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  11. Very well said JJ. I can't believe that a seven-year-old was suspended for two days for playing with his food. It's just wrong on so many levels.

    Julie

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    1. Julie: I agree. I try to stay positive all the time, but this story just got me steamed.

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  12. I think that story says waaay more about the teacher than it does about the kid!! When did sitting down and having a proper conversation stop happening? Why didn't she ask him what it was AND if it had been a gun shouldn't that have sparked a conversation rather than a suspension? It is just madness!! I think questions should be asked about her judgement skills and her ability to teach because what kind of lesson is that!?

    Sheesh!!

    C x

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    1. Carol: I saw an interview with the kid. He has no clue what's happening. He's just a 7 year old. The teacher and the principal should be folding tee shirts in a retail store.

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  13. JJ,

    This is INSANE! I know things are bad, but this is RIDICULOUS. With each new generation, something so valuable is lost. Can they find it again in the future? I sincerely hope so.

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  14. That is horrible. I can't believe they would suspend that poor boy for that. It's crazy the things they are doing and not doing in schools these days.

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  15. Im sorry your finding it hard to stay positive at the moment but i cant say i blame you after reading your post. That poor boy the system is indeed a little crazy. Thank you so very much for your lovely comment on my last post your words really touched me your like an old dad and i mean that in the nicest sense of the word so thank you, Best wishes, dee ;-)

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  16. Oh my goodness JJ... don't get me started. This world, not just your nation, is going mad with political correctness, its insane.... No more 'manholes' they are called utility holes. The classic desert 'spotted dick' is no more it's now to be known as ' The spotted Richard'.... oh please!! I read that in Seattle, they can't call Easter Eggs.. Easter eggs anymore...they are now refereed to as 'spring spheres' because some people don't celebrate Easter.. come on, please!!! Here in a department store in Sydney, it was decided that Santa wasn't allowed to say "HO...HO...HO" and the reason why is because it is the same as the slang name given to prostitutes in America and it could (apparently) frighten a child... What the!!!
    No more blackboards... now they're chalkboards because it might offend people with black skin. And what about the classic nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep", nope can't sing that anymore...Now it has to be "Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep" now isn't that just ridiculous...where the hell do you see sheep the colours of the rainbow. Sheep are black and white! It's just so, so silly.
    The teacher and the principal at this school are ridiculous beyond belief to suspend a child for shaping his food... what's he gonna do, shoot someone with his jam pastry?? What a pair of nincompoops they are... oops, is that politically incorrect?

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