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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 42
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2012-05-01 12:55:07 AM  
7 votes:
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  
6 votes:
So basically she went to school sick and got everyone else sick. Good job?
TWX
2012-05-01 12:58:43 AM  
5 votes:
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 12:57:40 AM  
4 votes:
She will be doing kegstands freshman year at college.
2012-05-01 12:58:31 AM  
3 votes:
My guess

Str 14
Int 18
Wis 17
Con 18
Dex 16
Chr 17
2012-05-01 12:27:08 AM  
3 votes:
Why is this an article?
2012-05-01 01:53:44 AM  
2 votes:
B*itch is gonna go to college, get some dick up in those guts, and then fail a few classes.
2012-05-01 01:18:10 AM  
2 votes:

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".



Wow. That mom is an a-hole. 15 minutes after you graduate no one will give a flying fark about perfect attendance, but thanks for getting other kids sick, endangering your own child and making him needlessly miserable mom.
2012-05-01 01:16:04 AM  
2 votes:
Escaping from high school was one of the happiest moments of my life. Haven't looked back since then.
2012-05-01 12:55:31 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:28:53 AM  
2 votes:
Hawaiian? Pfffttt.
Let me know when an American kid does this.
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-04-30 10:54:04 PM  
2 votes:
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 11:29:46 AM  
1 votes:
Yeah, sure. She looks like the kids that hung around music class. I'd hit it.

Also, perfect attendance is dumb. I missed school because CANADA HAS FARKING WINTER. Hell, even the teachers missed class every once and a while. I also didn't get valedictorian because I didn't do the school spirit shiat.
2012-05-01 11:12:55 AM  
1 votes:

randomjsa: Also if she's a cheerleader and in all those clubs did this not once require her to miss even a single class?


Came here with the exact same question - clubs/sports/band always end up missing school for some kind of competition.
2012-05-01 08:15:20 AM  
1 votes:
She's going to go to college, get a degree in a difficult discipline, a good job where she will work hard, become successful and make more money than you or your kid. And you will vilify her for it.
2012-05-01 07:46:50 AM  
1 votes:
www.cheerheaven.com

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img.ehowcdn.com


You haven't covered this already?


/I am disappoint
2012-05-01 07:37:43 AM  
1 votes:
I'm going to add to the group saying that perfect attendance should not be rewarded.

If you're never sick enough to miss class, then you're very lucky, but that's not your doing.

And if you are sick but go to class anyway, then not only are you probably not going to learn much in that state anyway, but you're needlessly exposing your teachers and classmates to your pathogens.
2012-05-01 07:22:15 AM  
1 votes:

BojanglesPaladin: 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?


B-b-but they said I wouldn't have to move again, and I... I really don't want to move my desk to anoth...

MmK Thanks, That'd be greaaat.
2012-05-01 05:56:03 AM  
1 votes:
People like this piss me off to no end. They come to school or work even when they have something terribly contagious like the flu, not because they are dedicated, but because they are selfish. They care more about their own record than they do about the health and safety of their classmates or co-workers. I can't count how many time I have had to send employees home because they came to work sick. These people think that it reflects well on them, but in my office it has the exact opposite effect. If you are sick, stay your plague-infested ass at home, don't spread your crud around the office. I would rather have one employee out for a week with the flu than have a dozen out over the span of a month all because one jackass spreading their contagion.
2012-05-01 05:32:04 AM  
1 votes:
images.wikia.com
2012-05-01 03:07:50 AM  
1 votes:
I see other people have already covered the germ-spreading angle.


FTFA: "Never let anyone sway you from anything. Always stay true to yourself," she said.

I'm sorry, that may sound heartwarming to many, but for a lot of people, that is really shiatty advice, and as a society, we really need to stop declaring it without qualifiers. It's not just an inspiring attitude that can do no harm. It often can become an encouragement of delusion, and it makes many people's lives significantly worse.

We naturally like to focus on the success stories, but people setting unrealistic goals for themselves far more often leads to miserable outcomes. This is why I feel that sports players, movie stars, music stars, and others who achieve one-in-a-million type career success are actually terrible role models for most kids. For every guy who makes it to the NFL, NBA, or whatever, there are thousands who would have had better lives had they spent more time studying so they could better prepare themselves for good (albeit not famous) career paths.

I'm not saying everyone should strive for mediocrity, but people should keep an eye on what things they really excel at, not simply what they would want to do if they could have a magic wish. If you're passionate about something, sure, go ahead and give it all you've got, for a trial period of time commensurate with the odds of success. But if hard work doesn't reveal a natural aptitude, and it's an unlikely path to success in the first place, people should, in fact, not only consider advice from others, but seek it out from trusted sources. Perseverance can be admirable in many circumstances, but the ability to change course smartly can be admirable, too -- and that includes knowing when to avail yourself of other people's wisdom.


/Also, if you want to get technical to a slightly silly degree, her statement is somewhat paradoxical. After all, if you allow the quote's advice to influence you, you're being swayed.
2012-05-01 02:17:42 AM  
1 votes:
so, I have had perfect attendance or close enough to it for 16 years at my job as a public worker in Wisconsin, I have like 140 sick days built up. soon enough I will lose them all, with nothing to show for it, some times kid you gotta stop and smell the roses............
2012-05-01 01:58:11 AM  
1 votes:
From what I've heard, the schools around here don't mess around, sick or not sick, if you miss too many days of school, they won't let you move onto the next grade. I've heard a lot of sob stories from people I know who find out the school isn't letting them graduate because they were out a few too many days. I'm not certain if doctors notes count or not, but I don't think they do. When I was in school, if you were sick you were sick, it was a free day off to lay in bed and watch daytime TV, back when it was Game Shows instead of crappy Talk Shows. Now they make the parents come to school and collect all the school work that the kid probably won't do anyways.
2012-05-01 01:55:57 AM  
1 votes:
My daughter is about to graduate 8th grade, and so far has perfect attendance K-8.

I know this right now because she was on a school trip this weekend and instead of getting back home around 8ish last night, there was a bus delay and it was closer to 10:30ish.

She is amazingly responsible for her age and was a little manic about getting up in time to be at school in time to maintain her perfect attendance.

She often times is the grown up in the house, especially during football season, or Friday and Saturday night. But I had to talk her down and remind her that she had an exhausting weekend and there is nothing wrong with getting the rest she needed. I told her that we would both sleep in and get to where we needed to be by 9:30; no crime committed. But she was so worried about her perfect attendance, which she still has by me bringing her there and signing her in.

It's one of those funny things that no one prepares you for; your child being stressed out for being too responsible.



/No, we're not Jewish
2012-05-01 01:54:05 AM  
1 votes:

hbk72777: I went 3 straight years of perfect attendance. All I got was a piece of paper for it for three straight years.

Then I started to take about 10 days off every year after that. I was never sick, I just used mental health days.

I remember what I did on my off days those years. It exceeds the value of an IBM printed page with my name in calligraphy.

/luckily I was in gifted and talented and always made the honor roll, so missing school was easy. Always felt bad for kids who had to study for tests

//Yes, I am bragging .


you have nothing to brag about. it is an accident of birth that gave you the ability to quickly and easily comprehend lessons and parrot the answers on tests. you did nothing to earn or deserve this. you could just as easily been born a moran who was thick as a brick. get over yourself.
2012-05-01 01:45:47 AM  
1 votes:
My family was pretty strict about two things. No missing school for vacations and no going to school sick. One time, it was agreed that I could take a week off to go to some big event (I don't even remember what it was anymore) if my grades were good and I worked ahead to get that week's assignments done in advance. Guess who was diagnosed with "walking pneumonia" the Friday before he was supposed to leave. This guy! So I got my week off. Oh, did I mention the medication the doctor prescribed gave me hives? Good times.
2012-05-01 01:40:55 AM  
1 votes:
I am at home with a sick kid right now, so I am not getting a kick.

You can add me to the list of people who don't understand why perfect attendance matters at all. In high school I used to take regular mental health days to go sit by the river or just to read a good book, yet still managed to graduate from Uni and join the workforce as a productive member of society.
Seriously, people might whine about teachers and all their holidays but having to put up with sick nerds hacking up a lung at you in pursuit of some stupid imaginary perfection means they deserve as many holidays as they like.
2012-05-01 01:15:49 AM  
1 votes:
Even when I was a straight A student through Elementary school and Junior High, my attendance was always crap. I usually had like 25 missed days a year. Any excuse I could make - sickness or whatever, I milked for all it was worth. I could never fathom the idea that some of these perfect attendance kids would want to go to school when they had an excuse not to. Did they actually enjoy the mind-numbing boredom of sitting in one place for 6 hours?

One of my brothers is a more extreme example of smart but non-conformist: He figured out early that if you pass the State tests at the end of the year, then you got to go on to the next grade no matter what. So, he skipped classes all year, then showed up for the test at the end and got a 90 or so without a problem, and didn't have to do summer school. Teachers thought he was cheating more than once, but to my knowledge never did.

untaken_name: 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.


Actually, I think she's got a good chance to do quite well for herself. Society rewards conformity. For every non-conformist who dropped out of school and became highly successful on their own terms, there are a dozen who are in crap jobs, in prison, or the like. She might never revolutionize the world, but a strong work ethic will climb you up the ranks inside the system.
2012-05-01 01:14:53 AM  
1 votes:
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 01:14:10 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:12:58 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:12:40 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:10:42 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:06:49 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:06:44 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:05:46 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:03:37 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:02:04 AM  
1 votes:
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 01:01:32 AM  
1 votes:

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


The Peter Principle.
TWX
2012-05-01 01:01:11 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:00:11 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:58:39 AM  
1 votes:
Big deal. All this means is she wasn't hot enough to get mono.

/Kids today are totally missing out
 
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