Maryland School System Going too Far?

Featured, News — March 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm by

Nbc A county in Maryland is putting limits on some of the trappings of elementary school: Hugs from grown-ups are restricted, birthday-party invitations are banned, and no more bringing cupcakes for the whole class. Parents who visit the 17 elementary schools in St. Mary’s County are still allowed to hug their own children, just not other kids. Only parents registered as volunteers are allowed on the playground, and even then they can’t push other people’s kids on the swings. Among the new rules: It’s fine to send a homemade cupcake to school for your own child, but not for the rest of the class. District officials are concerned about food allergies and want parents to send only store-bought treats that have the ingredients listed.As for party invitations, the district suggests that PTA groups develop phone and email lists for parents.“If there are 20 individuals in the class and someone brings in seven birthday invitations, it was creating an academic disruption,” Hall said. “People were getting their feelings hurt.”

Some of these new rules are just plain crazy. First off, most parents will have no intention of pushing someone elses kid on the swing, besides that, as a kid the last thing I wanted was my mom helping me in front of my posse.  Next is the cupcakes, I love them and will not hold back from eating them at all costs. I feel that this will only enrage our youth, and likely irritate the parents who now can’t depend on the reliable one’s to feed their kid snacks.

I have mixed feelings on the ban of party invitations. On one hand I understand it could be shitty for a kid to be left out of a party, but this could be an easy fix. All the left out kid needs to do is throw their own bigger better party on the same date of course, and leave out the invitation for the ass clown who forgot them. Problem solved. Is it just me, or does it seem that more nonsense rules just bring on more problems?


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