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(Some Guy)   Not news: Geek who never missed a day of school since kindergarten is graduating soon, valedictorian, and wants to study engineering. Fark: She's also captain of the cheerleading team, and yes, there's a photo   (westhawaiitoday.com) divider line 240
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2012-04-30 10:37:35 PM
Time to contact Sam Waterston about some Old Glory Robot Insurance.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-04-30 10:54:04 PM
I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".
 
2012-05-01 12:06:45 AM
RoadTrip McDiaperNaught: The Next Generation
 
2012-05-01 12:09:43 AM
She's a little too cute for geek, subby.
 
2012-05-01 12:27:08 AM
Why is this an article?
 
2012-05-01 12:27:08 AM
Hope she survives Kill Haole Day
 
2012-05-01 12:27:17 AM
www.westhawaiitoday.com

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KINTARO


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MOTARO
 
2012-05-01 12:28:53 AM
Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.
 
2012-05-01 12:38:16 AM
I sorta understand ... my kid was in 10th grade before the inevitable happened. We had a scare in 4th grade when he broke his leg badly enough to need surgery to repair it, but it was the first day of Spring break, and no school was missed. Yeah, it kinda got to be a thing after a while, but I was determined that, if he pulled this off, it was gonna be honest ... no going to school when you're really, actually sick. And that's what finally got him.

He turned out OK nonetheless, even having missed 2 days of school by the time he graduated.
 
2012-05-01 12:54:32 AM
I never missed a day of school from kindergarten through 12th grade. All I got at senior awards day was recognition.

/not valedictorian
//6th out of 360
///CSB
 
2012-05-01 12:54:49 AM
Don't even think about it. Your not worthy.
 
2012-05-01 12:55:07 AM
And how many other students missed school because she came in sick and got others sick? This is a stupid thing to encourage.
 
2012-05-01 12:55:10 AM
So basically she went to school sick and got everyone else sick. Good job?
 
2012-05-01 12:55:30 AM

CantConfirmOrDeny: I sorta understand ... my kid was in 10th grade before the inevitable happened. We had a scare in 4th grade when he broke his leg badly enough to need surgery to repair it, but it was the first day of Spring break, and no school was missed. Yeah, it kinda got to be a thing after a while, but I was determined that, if he pulled this off, it was gonna be honest ... no going to school when you're really, actually sick. And that's what finally got him.

He turned out OK nonetheless, even having missed 2 days of school by the time he graduated.


...that you know about.

/I keed
 
2012-05-01 12:55:31 AM
At least she's good at obeying nonsensical dictates from arbitrary authority figures. I'm sure that will help her office-chair-bound paper-shuffling career immensely. Who cares if you can do your job well? Just show up; that's what matters.
 
2012-05-01 12:56:26 AM
Ah, I see she's prospecting study in Engineering and Art History; probably to become an Art History Engineer, so she can engineer art, history.
 
2012-05-01 12:57:40 AM
She will be doing kegstands freshman year at college.
 
2012-05-01 12:58:31 AM
My guess

Str 14
Int 18
Wis 17
Con 18
Dex 16
Chr 17
 
2012-05-01 12:58:39 AM
Big deal. All this means is she wasn't hot enough to get mono.

/Kids today are totally missing out
 
TWX
2012-05-01 12:58:43 AM
I hope that she learns the easy way that what's celebrated in K12 education and possibly even in post-secondary education is usually a recipe for being underappreciated and unacknowledged with a mediocre career, regardless of achievement.

It's been my experience that when one is too attentive, too good, too consistent, one is also not appreciated in one's work, not acknowledged for one's achievements and generally ignored. As sad as it is, a certain amount of dysfunction seems necessary in order for others to acknowledge when one achieves, and those who do an imperfect job seem to advance faster than those who do such a perfect job.
 
2012-05-01 12:58:55 AM
As long as she does not aspire to be President I guess she has some options. Oh wait, she's white? You go girl!
 
2012-05-01 12:59:15 AM
Meh. It's a weekend for Canadians.
 
2012-05-01 01:00:11 AM
Never missed a day of school from injury? Never taken a sick day? I'm betting she's UnBreakable's daughter.

Or she's a Slayer. Slayer's don't get sick either.
 
2012-05-01 01:00:17 AM

catonacid: Ah, I see she's prospecting study in Engineering and Art History; probably to become an Art History Engineer, so she can engineer art, history.


Yes because it's horrible that a smart person should want to have a well rounded life...

/there's a reason there's a bus between MIT and Harvard
 
TWX
2012-05-01 01:01:11 AM

propasaurus: Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.


I'm actually more impressed by a Hawaiian doing this (accounting the dubiousness of the impression I get) because of the lackadaisical attitude that has historically hurt Hawaiian educational achievement.
 
2012-05-01 01:01:19 AM
When I was in some grade in elementary school (I forgot which) I ended up missing around 3 months because of a bad digestive illness.

In class, every student had a paper ice cream cone on the wall. With every 5 multiplication table solves you'd get a scoop of icecream, with 1-4 being cherries. Even after 3 months of absence I maintained a 5 scoop lead. 5 farking scoops.
You think you're better than me, perfect attendance girl?
 
2012-05-01 01:01:32 AM

TWX: those who do an imperfect job seem to advance faster than those who do such a perfect job.


The Peter Principle.
 
2012-05-01 01:02:04 AM
Yeah... but valedictorian in Kailua, Hawaii isn't that hard now, is it. Same for the cheerleading.

Perfect attendance is part of that zombie drone of the industrial era workforce. It's still the common theme, with many workplaces insisting you clock in, do something resembling work for 8 hours, clock out. It leads to things like everyone driving to work and to home and to lunch at the same time, overwhelming the systems.

/I try to do my driving towards town after 10am
//And I try to be back or otherwise out of it by 4pm
///Two days a week
 
2012-05-01 01:02:17 AM

TWX: I hope that she learns the easy way that what's celebrated in K12 education and possibly even in post-secondary education is usually a recipe for being underappreciated and unacknowledged with a mediocre career, regardless of achievement.

It's been my experience that when one is too attentive, too good, too consistent, one is also not appreciated in one's work, not acknowledged for one's achievements and generally ignored. As sad as it is, a certain amount of dysfunction seems necessary in order for others to acknowledge when one achieves, and those who do an imperfect job seem to advance faster than those who do such a perfect job.


Dude. I'm sorry your job sucks and you keep getting passed over for promotion. Bet we'll get that red swingline stapler for you, jus don't burn the place down, OK?
 
2012-05-01 01:02:27 AM

propasaurus: Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.


Heh. I was valedictorian but I didn't have perfect attendance, though I think it was close, like maybe less than 5 days missed K-12? Doesn't matter cuz my school records were spread across 5 school districts and 4 states anyway.
 
2012-05-01 01:02:30 AM

robodog: /there's a reason there's a bus between MIT and Harvard


Because the cleaning staff needs to get to work, too, right?
 
2012-05-01 01:02:52 AM

untaken_name: The Peter Principle.


that is not the peter principle
 
2012-05-01 01:03:37 AM

MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".



Bingo!

Ever since I was a kid, I never understood why perfect attendance was often celebrated with awards.....it's all based on luck. Hell, I had to take multiple sick days back in Kindergarten because I had chicken pox and pneumonia at the same time.

/Cool story bro.
 
2012-05-01 01:04:04 AM
Good thing snowflake didn't melt going to school and living in Hawaii.
 
2012-05-01 01:05:31 AM

wildcardjack: Kailua, Hawaii



One of the best beaches in the world, IMHO.
 
2012-05-01 01:05:46 AM

MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".


Mom just didn't want to have to deal with his whiny sick ass all day.

Seriously, though, perfect attendance is the dumbest thing to encourage. Kids get sick. They get other kids sick. Keep them home.
 
2012-05-01 01:05:58 AM

Britney Spear's Speculum: Why is this an article?


FTFA, Hawaii apparently has an "epidemic" of chronic absenteeism:

Approximately 12,000 of Hawaii's public school students accrued 15 or more absences during the first half of the school year, which had 112 days. That's 13 percent or more of days of learning missed, DeLima said.

So while a student like her might not particularly stand out at e.g. Gunn High School (the high school down the road from Stanford University), she would definitely stand out in a typical high school in Hawaii.
 
2012-05-01 01:06:44 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: She will be doing kegstands freshman year at college.


While giving a handie to a frat boy.
 
2012-05-01 01:06:49 AM

mr lawson: untaken_name: The Peter Principle.

that is not the peter principle


The idea that people rise to the level of their incompetence (thus leading ill-equipped people to be promoted) is the peter principle. Loose application, sure, but it's still the same principle.
 
2012-05-01 01:06:50 AM
Eh, I must've missed at least 2 days a month every year of high school. Still turned out pretty well (finishing up my engineering degree in two weeks, hopefully).

Glad to hear we're adding more women to the ranks though; the men are too afraid to go near the humanities section of campus.
 
2012-05-01 01:08:28 AM

robodog: catonacid: Ah, I see she's prospecting study in Engineering and Art History; probably to become an Art History Engineer, so she can engineer art, history.

Yes because it's horrible that a smart person should want to have a well rounded life...

/there's a reason there's a bus between MIT and Harvard


In this day and age, it may make her a well rounded person, but it'll also mean there's scarce chance she'll contribute anything meaningful to overall human knowledge and/or industry.

NTTAWWT.
 
2012-05-01 01:08:53 AM
So did she go to school sick, putting others to say nothing of herself at risk?

Also if she's a cheerleader and in all those clubs did this not once require her to miss even a single class?
 
2012-05-01 01:09:09 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: She will be doing kegstands freshman year at college.


And Kegels all through sophomore.
/wishful thinking.
 
2012-05-01 01:10:42 AM

untaken_name: mr lawson: untaken_name: The Peter Principle.

that is not the peter principle

The idea that people rise to the level of their incompetence (thus leading ill-equipped people to be promoted) is the peter principle. Loose application, sure, but it's still the same principle.


No, the idea is that eventually, everyone gets promoted to the point where they're ill-equipped to perform that job. Because when you're great at something, someone will always think you can handle more. Eventually, it means you are out of your league.

That isn't the same as what you're implying; even if a practical example would show the same thing.
 
2012-05-01 01:11:42 AM
What self respecting "Newspaper" uses drupal?

Uhmm, who else wants to hack it?

I didn't say I was going too, or even encouraging someone else too, but whenever I see a backend, I want to fiddle around with it.

/yes, you may take that as an innuendo.
//i only use my l33t skills for good. now.
 
2012-05-01 01:12:40 AM

imgod2u: That isn't the same as what you're implying; even if a practical example would show the same thing.


"A difference which makes no difference *is* no difference." - Spock
 
2012-05-01 01:12:58 AM

CantConfirmOrDeny: I sorta understand ... my kid was in 10th grade before the inevitable happened. We had a scare in 4th grade when he broke his leg badly enough to need surgery to repair it, but it was the first day of Spring break, and no school was missed. Yeah, it kinda got to be a thing after a while, but I was determined that, if he pulled this off, it was gonna be honest ... no going to school when you're really, actually sick. And that's what finally got him.

He turned out OK nonetheless, even having missed 2 days of school by the time he graduated.


Reminds me of the adage - no one ever has death bed regrets about those days of work they missed. The same goes for school, in spades.

In this era of teaching to the standardized test, there's absolutely no point in perfect attendance. It's self flagellation. Most students could miss a week or two of school each year without any impact on their grades or prospects. Yes, that's a lot of school to miss, but really, the schools are dedicated to standardized test preparation, not development of knowledge.

What will be more important to a child's growth? Never missing a "Groundhog Day" of school or taking a trip during the school year to a far flung region, expanding their experience? Some of the smartest parents I know take their kids out of school every year, sometimes for a few weeks. The kids do just fine. Most test well and are well adjusted. In my experience they're all the better for it.
 
2012-05-01 01:14:10 AM

The_Sponge: MBK: I had a kid come in sick the other day. He threw up twice. The next day, he was still in school, shivering, cold, and pale. His mom picked him up, who was home all day. I asked him why he came to school when his mom was home.

He said "Mom wants me to have perfect attendance".


Bingo!

Ever since I was a kid, I never understood why perfect attendance was often celebrated with awards.....it's all based on luck. Hell, I had to take multiple sick days back in Kindergarten because I had chicken pox and pneumonia at the same time.

/Cool story bro.


Likewise. I managed to get scarlet fever twice with strep throat between times. I think they kept me out of Kindergarten an extra week after that just to be sure I wouldn't die.

Nowadays, I stay home when I get sick, having learned that nobody really cares if you've got perfect attendance except yourself and the people who have private offices so they can't share whatever germs you bring in.
 
2012-05-01 01:14:53 AM
Perfect attendance should not be rewarded. How many other kids got sick because this girl came to school with a cold? There is no shame in being sick and staying home.
 
2012-05-01 01:15:25 AM
Graduating high school...?.. TOO OLD
 
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