Adventures With Kids – Schooling

Ok, so the boys are back in school. In my mind, they’re learning about Caesar, the Pythagorean Theorem and how to make cars from coconuts, but no. No. The school had other ideas.

graffitiThey learned how to do graffiti lettering.

Not cursive writing – that seems to have dropped off the planet like critical thinking or Paulie Shore.

Not typing (it still amazes me that this is not taught to a generation that is on a keyboard at the age of 5).


They are being taught how to do letters like they were tagging a building. Who knows, maybe it’s a drive to make sure that if they’re graffiti-ing a brick wall , they’ll use correct grammar. Or at least it’ll look neat and tidy.

Now, it’s not a serious issue. Just kinda funny.

Then I heard that they had learned how to tattoo themselves.

Not something I expected to hear as an answer to ‘what did you do in school today?’

I have to say I’m a little afraid to ask now. What’s next, ‘we learned how to destroy evidence’ or ‘look mom, I now know how to defraud the government’? What is this, education by Charles Manson?



We live in interesting times. The Oldest has no idea who Winston Churchill is, but can apply a tattoo. Maybe next they’ll make a Churchill head out of lego. Or gummy bears. Or never be actually taught who he was and what he did.


I think I need a drink.


About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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4 Responses to Adventures With Kids – Schooling

  1. Lani says:

    I agreed. Interesting times. Just found out this week that the Gr.6 teacher this year, expected the kids to all know how to write in cursive (I AGREE!), but that my son didn’t do any last year and to top it off, forgot his times table thru out the year. We worked on his times tables thru the long summer (repetition, repetition) & now he’s practicing cursive at home. At least “the oldest” will know how to create like a thug!

  2. michaelscummings says:

    Good Lord. Yes, teach them to write like a vandal and tatoo themselves like criminals (a valid generalization, despite the fact that my first wife had a rather neat little tatoo she’d given herself with India ink and a sewing needle). Wait until the new mathites get to them: seven stages to add a two digit number to a three digit number and then a five sentence paragraph on how the numbers feel about it. I’ve taught an awful lot of future teachers–some were bright and keen, and others were thick as bricks with no real interest in learning. Alas, it seems that too many of the latter went on to specialize in curriculum development (love to any good teachers reading this!).

  3. Joe Cummings says:

    I put in the monte python reference just for you, Mike. 🙂

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