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Friday, March 14, 2008

Civil Disobedience, Middle School Style

A text apparently flew around the school on Thursday to not cheer at the pep assembly at my daughter's school , because, gasp , the assemblies were rigged.

So when it came turn for the entire 8th grade for cheer in order to get their crack at the spirit stick, a few that didn't receive the text called out, but most were mute. I guess, my daughter tells me, some teachers are ticked, and will be letting the 8th grade know what punishment they'll get on Monday. It might mean their 8th grade end-of-the year dance is toast.

Okay, in one way I see the administration's point. It takes down the entire school spirit of the school if the 8th graders decide not to play ball. And even they agree, yes it's rigged. The stick is passed around in a 6th, 7th, 8th grade rotation. But the kids, you got to give them credit for imagination.

This is the same group that decided that one math teacher was "processing" sending kids to a mini detention, too often. So they made a pact to all get "processed" in one day.

The most normal 8th grade prank I heard about was setting off a stink bomb in the cafeteria in January.

Trying not to laugh, I told J. that yes, your group has imagination, but if the adults are not amused, you're going to have to suck it up and take your punishment....and plan the next act of CD.

1 comment:

Barbara Clements said...

Well, they received their punishment-which is to have a pep rally they organize.

J. felt that this was wrong, that the teachers were controlling them.

"Welcome to bowing down to The Man," I grinned.

She didn't think it was funny.