Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two Current Issues with the Public Schools

First, Xcel Energy has designed the curriculum for Scarlett's sixth grade classroom. Scarlett came home with a huge package of Xcel Energy guidance for changing your showerhead and for worshipping all things huge corporation. Her homework? Understanding all things Xcel energy. This fusion of corporate America and public education bothers the Matron as much as Coke in the lunchroom.

Scarlett is required to basically become an Xcel Board Member in order to complete this week's school assignments. Truly -- home work is a box with XCEL ENERGY on it. Maybe the children will be defending a tremendous oil spill next.

The teacher seems relieved that there's no work involved for her.

The second?

Lice!

Ten out of twenty in Merrick's room. Guess who is under the bed in a panic with mayonaisse on her head?

10 comments:

kmkat said...

Argh! If we refuse to fund schools properly through our taxes, this is what happens. I repeat, argh!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

A 1st grade lice infestation is an experience I never wish to replicate. Good luck.

MJ said...

EEEEEK! (From the mom who bans commercialized tv for her children at home and in response to the lice outbreak!)

Ulrike said...

What happens if Scarlett refuses to do the homework?
I don't like lice one little bit, but I find homework being dictated by a big corporation with vested interests way, way more scary.

*m* said...

Oh no. I am itching already.

Minnesota Matron said...

We are indeed refusing the homework and curriculum. I wrote a little letter with my objections.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Poor Merrick! Lice!
AT least the corporation is investing in the school...albeit in a self-serving way...

Keetha said...

Sounds like your hands are full!

I'm here visiting from The Women's Colony.

I would have emailed you this but didn't see contact information --

I love your posts and have been meaning to write you about this one - http://minnesotamatron.blogspot.com/2009/08/because-its-really-always-about-her.html

I have it bookmarked and ever so often go back and read it.

I'm a writer (do you know how hard it is not to put "aspring" in front of the word "writer"?) and find the post inspiring, helpful, and a terrific read. Thanks.

Daisy said...

Gah! A child in my class had lice last week; and she's the type who trades hoodie sweaters with everyone. Yikes!!

Tracy said...

We have been fighting lice all year as our first entry into SPPS. I am angry and tired..and have blogged about it too many times this year. ugh. I hope you dodge it.