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(Opposing Views)   School sends home a permission slip asking parents if it's ok that their kids will "touch mud" or "come in contact with the ground" while playing outside   (opposingviews.com) divider line 42
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2013-07-12 09:51:23 AM  
It doesn't say anything about playing doctor in the woods!
 
2013-07-12 09:51:25 AM  
Oh, my mom would have had a field day answering this one.  She had a pretty wicked sense of humor about those things when I was a kid.  I remember she and my grandmother filling out a particularly stupid PTA questionnaire.  They never intended to actually turn it in, but I was too young to know better and I did.  Good thing this was back in the 80s - if it were today I would have been taken into protective custody by Child Services.

For example, under suggestions for PTA meeting refreshments they listed a number of cocktail ideas.
 
2013-07-12 10:02:03 AM  
I got mud on my helmet after school.
 
2013-07-12 10:02:47 AM  

darth_badger: I got mud on my helmet after school.


Anal?
 
2013-07-12 10:03:32 AM  
So when you have kids, you lose half your brain.  Some more, some less apparently, though I guess it depends on how much you had beforehand.
 
2013-07-12 10:06:06 AM  
I don't blame the school. It just takes one lawsuit over something stupid to ruin it for everyone.
 
2013-07-12 10:09:33 AM  
Harry Mudd is amused. He only lets female robots touch him

t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-07-12 10:09:36 AM  
The day is fast approaching where "The Way to Eden" isn't considered the one with the space hippies, but the prophetic one with Dr. Severn.
 
2013-07-12 10:12:50 AM  

Diogenes: Oh, my mom would have had a field day answering this one.  She had a pretty wicked sense of humor about those things when I was a kid.  I remember she and my grandmother filling out a particularly stupid PTA questionnaire.  They never intended to actually turn it in, but I was too young to know better and I did.  Good thing this was back in the 80s - if it were today I would have been taken into protective custody by Child Services.

For example, under suggestions for PTA meeting refreshments they listed a number of cocktail ideas.


If it was the 70's the teachers would have agreed. At our school we had one teacher whose surname was Martini. Can you guess what her signature was?

That's right, an icon of a martini glass.
 
2013-07-12 10:14:11 AM  
*scans headline*


mlkshk.com
 
2013-07-12 10:16:56 AM  
So... if I don't give permission for my kid to touch the ground, that lets him fly?
 
2013-07-12 10:19:04 AM  
Oh FFS.

But unfortunately it was probably a good move.

OH MY GOD AND ALL THINGS HOLY! LITTLE AIDEN LEAF CHROMSWELL GOT MUD ON HIS $1000 DECK SHOES AND TOMMY BAHAMA SHORTS!
 
2013-07-12 10:22:19 AM  

DubtodaIll: So when you have kids, you lose half your brain.  Some more, some less apparently, though I guess it depends on how much you had beforehand.


It's the half that remembers what it was like to be a kid, as far as I can tell.
 
2013-07-12 10:22:29 AM  

skinink: I don't blame the school. It just takes one lawsuit over something stupid to ruin it for everyone.


This. People think schools are farking up our kids, but as an administrator, I'm forced to deal with responses from stupid parents all the time, and often those responses are signed by lawyers and then I have to do stupid things or risk putting people in legal jeopardy.
 
2013-07-12 10:23:42 AM  
You wonder if it is factual since there is no mention of the school or where it is located.
 
2013-07-12 10:24:53 AM  
"touch mud"

POOP THREAD
 
2013-07-12 10:31:00 AM  
Dylan has a life-threatening mud allergy.
 
2013-07-12 10:32:21 AM  

darth_badger: I got mud on my helmet after school.


Stares in your general direction...

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-12 10:34:22 AM  
Do people seriously not remember what childhood was like? Or is it that there are already adults who were raised in hermetically-sealed environments their entire lives?

Pathetic either way
 
2013-07-12 10:35:46 AM  

PirateKing: So... if I don't give permission for my kid to touch the ground, that lets him fly?


It lets you publicly shame him as they will probably just not let him go outside with the other kids.
 
2013-07-12 10:38:27 AM  

megalynn44: Do people seriously not remember what childhood was like? Or is it that there are already adults who were raised in hermetically-sealed environments their entire lives?

Pathetic either way


It's so weird to me. Our parents were thrilled if we managed not to bring mud in to the house or get it too far in to our ears. Now I hardly ever see kids playing outside and getting dirty like the good old days.
 
2013-07-12 10:47:26 AM  
A boy once shoved a big glob of mud in my daughter's ear at school. I did not sue anyone.

He loved her : )

She did not return his love. She did, however, return the mud when no one was looking. ;)

Good girl.
 
2013-07-12 10:55:40 AM  

INeedAName: skinink: I don't blame the school. It just takes one lawsuit over something stupid to ruin it for everyone.

This. People think schools are farking up our kids, but as an administrator, I'm forced to deal with responses from stupid parents all the time, and often those responses are signed by lawyers and then I have to do stupid things or risk putting people in legal jeopardy.


This and That. Don't blame the schools. Blame Insurance companies and lawyers. Oh, and parents.
 
2013-07-12 11:00:23 AM  

Apos: *scans headline*


[mlkshk.com image 400x271]


I know both your feels, bros...

*facepalm*
 
2013-07-12 12:04:50 PM  
How long until Fark is just a bunch of opposingviews articles about stuff people posted on reddit?
 
2013-07-12 12:37:01 PM  
Several years ago, I went with my brother and my niece to the playground. My niece was about 5 or 6 or so, and ran off to play in the sandpit with some other kids.

We're sitting there for a while, chatting, with the other adults, and one little boy gets off the swing and comes over to try to play in the sand. By this time, the kids had made little piles of sand and were playing with trucks or ponies or something, I don't know. Little kids.

Well, little boy heads over to the sandpit and Mommy swoops in and says, "Oh no (name). You can't play with those children. Look how DIRTY they are!?" while glaring in our direction.

I actually started to laugh before one of the parent shushed me. They didn't want to get on this lady's bad side because she was some big wig on the school board or something, but I still chuckle when I think of a parent preventing her 6 year old boy from getting dirty. At a playground.
 
2013-07-12 12:59:27 PM  
I have to think this is in response to a complaint from a parent whose kid came home dirty, talking about playing with a caterpillar.

I once read a comment from a mom who would not let her 3 year-old run because the child was "clumsy" and might fall down. The child also wore only tennis shoes, never sandals or dress shoes for the same reason. The mom watched her like a hawk at all times, especially if she was playing with other kids since one of them might start running and then her daughter might try to run.
 
2013-07-12 01:00:53 PM  

what_now: Several years ago, I went with my brother and my niece to the playground. My niece was about 5 or 6 or so, and ran off to play in the sandpit with some other kids.

We're sitting there for a while, chatting, with the other adults, and one little boy gets off the swing and comes over to try to play in the sand. By this time, the kids had made little piles of sand and were playing with trucks or ponies or something, I don't know. Little kids.

Well, little boy heads over to the sandpit and Mommy swoops in and says, "Oh no (name). You can't play with those children. Look how DIRTY they are!?" while glaring in our direction.

I actually started to laugh before one of the parent shushed me. They didn't want to get on this lady's bad side because she was some big wig on the school board or something, but I still chuckle when I think of a parent preventing her 6 year old boy from getting dirty. At a playground.


I used to work at a retail store that sold toys. Had a few mothers ask me for something their boys could not pretend was a gun. I didn't have the heart to tell them that such an object does not exist.
 
2013-07-12 01:47:46 PM  

ChipNASA: darth_badger: I got mud on my helmet after school.

Anal?


You'll buy dinner first, right?
 
2013-07-12 01:49:02 PM  
This is bound to happen when you live in a country infested with lawyers.
 
2013-07-12 03:02:05 PM  
Hubby and I are raising his 3-year-old granddaughter, and I get depressed when I talk to the moms and dads of her preschool classmates...Those kids aren't going to get to do ANYTHING fun.
At our house, we gauge how good a day it was by how dirty her feet are at bathtime. She's going to grow up to be the weirdo, but I'm ok with that.
 
2013-07-12 03:19:40 PM  
My mother's only complaint was how difficult it was to wash grass stains out of clothes. Otherwise, she didn't care what I did during recess.

My SO and I are expecting a child in November. We've already discussed how we're going to raise our son. He will not be wrapped in a protective little bubble his entire life. He'll be allowed to play video games but only after playing outside (or doing a similar physical activity indoors if the weather is poor). He'll be taught how to be resourceful and how to read a situation and act appropriately. And we'll be supplementing his school education with our own mini-lessons (like going to Boston's Museum of Science butterfly garden after a unit on insects).

In other words ... we'll be raising a kid to be a kid, not a porcelain doll who can't do anything because of 'allergies and sensitivities'.

/If I received that permission slip, I would give an equally tongue-in-cheek response. "Oh yes, please give little James a mud bath at every recess! He'll have the skin of a Greek god by the time he's a teenager!"
 
2013-07-12 04:37:49 PM  
But the reddit user is an MST3K fan so she's obviously cool.
 
2013-07-12 05:02:03 PM  
I have friends who insisted that their kids got a Silkwood-esque bath every day, even if they were never exposed to any sort of dirt or dust. Those kids grew up with so many more allergies, ear infections and colds than did mine, of similar age and background. My kids got baths when they were dirty, but were encouraged to play outside, eat dirt, fall down and get sweaty.

/eat a bug once in awhile
//get a little dirt in your skinned knee
 
2013-07-12 05:10:38 PM  

aevorea: My mother's only complaint was how difficult it was to wash grass stains out of clothes. Otherwise, she didn't care what I did during recess.

My SO and I are expecting a child in November. We've already discussed how we're going to raise our son. He will not be wrapped in a protective little bubble his entire life. He'll be allowed to play video games but only after playing outside (or doing a similar physical activity indoors if the weather is poor). He'll be taught how to be resourceful and how to read a situation and act appropriately. And we'll be supplementing his school education with our own mini-lessons (like going to Boston's Museum of Science butterfly garden after a unit on insects).

In other words ... we'll be raising a kid to be a kid, not a porcelain doll who can't do anything because of 'allergies and sensitivities'.

/If I received that permission slip, I would give an equally tongue-in-cheek response. "Oh yes, please give little James a mud bath at every recess! He'll have the skin of a Greek god by the time he's a teenager!"


Good. I like to think we're finally seeing some push-back against bubble-wrap parenting. My wife and I are much the same way. We got a late start with kids compared to our peers, and pretty much spent the last decade looking on with horror at how sterile and sanitized childhood had become under our generations' (misadventure in) parenting. We decided we'd be going a different route.

/Heh. Typing this, I'm watching my daughter splashing around in our backyard birdbath.
//...eh...just going to pretend I didn't see that.
 
2013-07-12 05:46:43 PM  

Bumblefark: aevorea: My mother's only complaint was how difficult it was to wash grass stains out of clothes. Otherwise, she didn't care what I did during recess.

My SO and I are expecting a child in November. We've already discussed how we're going to raise our son. He will not be wrapped in a protective little bubble his entire life. He'll be allowed to play video games but only after playing outside (or doing a similar physical activity indoors if the weather is poor). He'll be taught how to be resourceful and how to read a situation and act appropriately. And we'll be supplementing his school education with our own mini-lessons (like going to Boston's Museum of Science butterfly garden after a unit on insects).

In other words ... we'll be raising a kid to be a kid, not a porcelain doll who can't do anything because of 'allergies and sensitivities'.

/If I received that permission slip, I would give an equally tongue-in-cheek response. "Oh yes, please give little James a mud bath at every recess! He'll have the skin of a Greek god by the time he's a teenager!"

Good. I like to think we're finally seeing some push-back against bubble-wrap parenting. My wife and I are much the same way. We got a late start with kids compared to our peers, and pretty much spent the last decade looking on with horror at how sterile and sanitized childhood had become under our generations' (misadventure in) parenting. We decided we'd be going a different route.

/Heh. Typing this, I'm watching my daughter splashing around in our backyard birdbath.
//...eh...just going to pretend I didn't see that.


That is good and normal kid activity. Wife was dismayed that the first thing I looked for when we were shopping for a house was the backyard. I wanted something big enough they could play baseball, football, whatever they wanted, with a good fence and a dog to keep any bad guys away. Our girls have always loved playing in the dirt, rolling in the grass, catching bugs, digging holes, etc. They can play softball and soccer, camp out, roast hot dogs, you name it. Dirt washes off, and kids need the outdoors.
 
2013-07-12 10:13:29 PM  

PirateKing: So... if I don't give permission for my kid to touch the ground, that lets him fly?


The laws of Physics are not God's Laws!

/Applies only to, you know, those types of schools.
 
2013-07-12 10:15:47 PM  
To teach my college-level freshman the rhetorical structure of definition, I had them choose words out of a hat. The word they chose they had to define in a brief oral report. First, they gave the dictionary/socially accepted definition. Then, they defined the word as they understood it. A girl chose the word "obscene" out of the hat. She came to me and told me her mother told her to get a new word from me because part of the dictionary definition included sex. When this student said "sex" to me, she leaned across my desk and whispered it like just saying it would send her straight to hell. I told her no, and that getting the word was random chance. Her mother called and asked me to give her another word. I told her no, and that did not go well.
 
2013-07-12 10:53:36 PM  
My dad always said when we got hurt to, "Walk it off" unless, of course it was a foot injury which was then, "Brush it off and walk it off." Nothing is better as a little kid than making it to the top of a big dirt pile. I'm sad for the kids with the kind of parents that need such a note.
 
2013-07-12 11:13:09 PM  

happydude45: Wife was dismayed that the first thing I looked for when we were shopping for a house was the backyard. I wanted something big enough they could play baseball, football, whatever they wanted, with a good fence and a dog to keep any bad guys away. Our girls have always loved playing in the dirt, rolling in the grass, catching bugs, digging holes, etc. ...


Yup -- had the same approach to house buying. With our setup, I can sit at the kitchen table and watch the kids (a couple of 2 year olds) in the backyard. Lets them explore outside without me intruding on their play. The other thing I've noticed about parents today is that they generally don't seem able to let their kids play without the adults being around or involved in their activities -- whether inside or outside. When or why that became a thing, I have no clue. Certainly wasn't the case when I was growing up.

Shakespeare's Sister: I told her no, and that getting the word was random chance. Her mother called and asked me to give her another word. I told her no, and that did not go well.


...and, holy hell -- points for graciousness to you for actually taking the mother's call. I would have laughed at the lady, hung up, and then called the student into my office for an animated explanation of the difference between a high school teacher and a professor.

/oh, wait. I've actually done that. Sadly, on more than one occasion...
 
2013-07-13 01:13:06 AM  
Well, in fairness, the mother did agree it was probably at least partially supposed to be humorous. But really--that anyone would think of having to write a funny "permission slip" about letting kids get dirty at school shows how far we've fallen as a society.
 
2013-07-13 01:11:10 PM  
I don't see any problem, as long as the ground has been properly sterilized first
 
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