April 17, 2010

Turn off the Screen Week!


Yesterday, my kids brought home this piece of paper from school:



In unrelated news, this morning our school district's teacher's union announced that they will be going on strike next week. School will be canceled for up to five days.

36 comments

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Oh, the cruel irony. It might be a good week for parents to go on strike, too.

Amy R. Nelson said...

Wow! That seems strategically timed, I bet they want to go on strike the day after Halloween and the week before Christmas vacation too.

CountessLaurie said...

I think I would go on strike from the turning off the screen week... seeing as they'll all be facebooking and whatnot!

Charlotte said...

Sounds like they need the screens for "educational" purposes to me. Nickelodeon counts as educational, right?

Laurie said...

If that happened to me, I think it would finally send me over the edge.
It did say "unless school related." I think if school is out, I'd pretend we were having school at home and make a way it was "school related."

Jennie said...

Sounds like revenge of some sort- did you do something to tick off your kids' teachers?

Darcey said...

Haha - "unrelated"

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

This is sad. I hope they can work things out. I am a teacher and we came very close to striking this year.
I think you should disregard the assignment for now.

Lynn said...

Well, it does say "unless school related". So I guess it's all okay if they watch only during school hours.

Adrian said...

OK, now this week would really put me over the edge... they have GOT to be kidding, right?

Kensi said...

Yikes! I would have to postpone the turn off the screen week.

CSIowa said...

Perfect! We are having a screen-free week, too, but so far we still have school tomorrow. I heard about a school in Utah that had their screen-free week during spring break. They had the audacity to suggest that students spend some of their new-found free time fundraising for the school. I don't think the parents could find the goodwill for it.

http://jayniemoon.blogspot.com/2010/04/unplug-it-in-hazels-backpack-i-got-this.html

Stef said...

Hahaha....that is so hilar...horrible! I think each teacher should spend 3 hours with each of their children at home WITHOUT the tv on. That would be awesome!

Amanda said...

Bwwwahhhh! I think not!

Vi said...

uh yeah no! I think I would go insane. LOL

Jen said...

Let's see - educational tv equals The Weather Channel, Animal Planet, Nick Jr., PBS, any news channel, etc. The kids will probably be considered genius children upon the return of their teachers in their classrooms.

Malea said...

HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! That is priceless irony.

Rocket Ma'am said...

I think they know exactly how to get what they want.
BTW- I wonder if they would stick to that in school, seeing as my kindergartener reports watching Disney Channel at school. Tax dollars at work.

Leca said...

That was a low blow...

Teri said...

I burst out laughing when I read the last part of your "unrelated" news! I say go for it! You can start a quilting project with your kids each making a square with their specific interests designed within. Then have each of them pick a recipe online to try and cook with you this week. Also, you can go on a walk and have a "find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet" while you snap photos of your happy children to mount in their individual scrapbooks. Oh the fun you'll have this week!!! (lol - or maybe you can see if you can break the "how long can we watch tv" in one day record!)

Jean said...

HAHAHAHA!!! What PERFECT timing.

Cindy in PA said...

It's a conspiracy I tell you! (Picture me anxiously looking over my shoulder!) lol Good luck!

Madeline said...

We'll turn off the TV when the teachers' union puts kids first. That would be ...never

Madeline said...

Rocket mama - - great point!!
My kids watch Disney movies in school, too.

Kathy said...

Surely you jest!

Emmy said...

Lol! Oh talk about horrific timing. Poor poor kids and poor poor mama!!

Christine said...

Ha, ha, ha! It's all a conspiracy!
And I love how bad the grammar is. Our notes from school are just as bad.

Love2seeclay said...

Hey...It says a prize will be given for completing the PLEDGE - not the actual turning off of the screens! I have found your loophole! You return the pledge and then let them do whatever keeps them quiet while they're stuck at home!

Mal said...

Those are some smart teachers.

Valerie S said...

Don't sign it. It's a trap.

Angela Noelle of Striking Keys said...

Hol...y. That is hilarious.

Maren T. said...

I'm a teacher and not all kids watch Disney Movies at school. We've watched two movies this year solely for a behavior celebration.

It surprises me how little parents know of what goes into educating their children.

I also think it's not asking that much to have the screens off. The problem with kids these days are they are too use to heading straight to t.v./video games/computer when they get home. And parents indulge this lazy creative free behavior.

I'm tired of the public assuming that they know how hard and how much work it really takes to be an educator.

Boo hoo a whole week with your kids at home. What a chore, maybe you'll stop taking their eduction for granted

Maren T. said...

*education

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