29. A teacher tried to Ban Pens and Pencils in school

 Why not crayons too?

My first thought upon seeing this article’s heading was that perhaps the teacher is trying to implement teaching through technology, i.e. to provide iPads or laptops. After reading and discovering that it was because she wanted the students to use HER pencils, it seem really ridiculous. And even if a school uses electronic mediums for teaching, pens and pencils should always be allowed at hand. The teachers cannot deny students there writes. If the student wanted to make it a threatening weapon they could use anything.

28. Hyper Parents & Coddled Kids

As the personal assistant to a hyper-parent couple who over-nuture, over-indulge and over-protect their three pre-pubescent girls, I can’t tell you how much this recent trend frightens and enrages me. These girls are growing up to believe they are academically gifted princesses who can do whatever they want, whenever they want, facing no adversity, no true life-challenges. They are in for a very rude awakening!

As the title suggests, it’s a look at the relatively recent trend in “helicopter parenting”, although I prefer the Swedish term discussed on the show: curling parents (they sweep all obstacles out of the way). The general thrust of the show was that this over-attentive parenting style is  Bad Thing as it leaves children anxious and ill-prepared for adult life.It’s also fairly one-sided in that the viewer is presented with extreme examples of this trend, such as a mother spending $4000 on her daughter’s first birthday. “It’s a major achievement,” she argues. Or the parents who try to get their children into exclusive $1200 per month pre-schools from the moment they’re conceived, just to give them that advantage. Or the overly-scheduled children who’ve never just played freely. Or the tales of employers having parents negotiate their child’s salary. Finally, we are presented with the tale of a young woman who was raised in this style and despite being fired from several jobs for her attitude, launching a failed business that offered women massages and daily affirmations, declaring bankruptcy, all before she hits thirty,  still manages to keep her sense of entitlement and lack of personal accountability.

What you don’t hear is any sense of justification from these parents as to why they’ve chosen this path. Is this worse than the detached parenting styles of previous generations? Not that it should be an either/or question but there’s usually some kind of motivation for this sort of thing and perhaps when they reflect on their own childhood, there’s much they want to do differently.

I do agree with the points the documentary was making, in a general way. Kids’ lives do seem over-scheduled these days. Nobody seems to just send their kids out to play anymore. Playdates must be arranged. If a child kicks a ball for fun, she’s put on the soccer team.

I’m a big fan of Free Range Kids, a blog where the writer often asks why we’ve become obsessed with this perceived constant danger to our kids. I sometimes wonder if we’re so protective of children because we simply don’t trust ourselves to take the leash off once in a while. While our parents were content to send us out of the house until supper time, we think if we did the same thing, we’d do it wrong somehow and something bad would happen.

Of course, there will always be a balance between being involved in your child’s life and allowing them to fail on their own so that they can learn. I don’t think that’s unique to any generation.

The documentary also pointed out that the hyper-parenting trend is something that goes on among the middle t0 upper-classes. Many of the things parents are shown doing in this documentary simply aren’t options for us because we couldn’t afford it. In other words, spending half my take-home pay for daycare just isn’t going to happen. But I wonder if money weren’t an object, would I be much different?

27. Are we digital dumbies?

I don’t think I’ve met a single person who says they’re happy managing the technology pace,” says Tod Maffin, a Canadian expert on technology use.  “One of the problems with living in an ‘always on’ society is we perceive the need to always be on.”

I found this a really one-sided documentary. Not one positive thing to say about the internet and smart phones.  Full of questionable “evidence”, borders on fear-mongering. Some people react with fear in the face of new technologies–this is a good example of that.. Listen to Jesse Brown at TVO for a far more balanced view of the internet world.

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Mean Girls 2 Official Trailer

Im sorry but you can’t have Mean Girls without Regina George. She’s the only one who can make people feel victimized.  Mean Girls was such a classic movie, this sequel is going to suck. And although Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried are now very well known names, I guarantee that Megan Martin and Maiara Walsh are not going to get anywhere near those two. Ugh, why can’t people just leave great movies ALONE?!?! Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried are well known names because they are good actors not some Disney actors.

Group A Complete

 HT WEEK IN REVIEW

 

TRADITIONAL VIDEO Project Rotations (group B)

Video: Action Adventure Group
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For the Pep Rally on Dec 6. 2010.

Winter Sports:

Boys Basketball :
Girls Volleyball : Hilary
Varsity Hockey:
Wrestling:
Curling:
Swim Team: Shelby

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Yesterday Sunday November 21 2010 I had the chance to go see the play wicked in Toronto at the canon theater

Jeeze I’d like to say how Toronto people take the Christmas parade very serious!!

To do with com tech the play wicked was amazing lighting and the performers were amazing

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