Woof to the wise

21 Apr

Mr. T brought home his school newspaper on Monday, and frankly, I’m frightened.

Here’s a sampling (I’m retyping these exactly as they were printed):

Let’s Go GREEN!!!

Ways we can help-you, me and everyone at school can help with this issue of Going Green!  Here is how:  buy pencils that are made from recycled newspapers.  You can also get bags that are recycled.  Hey, you can recycle.  In your classes, throw it in the recycle container.  We recycle paper around here, you know.  Why would we?  The answer is simple, we need to protect our Earth from trash, pollutants and global warming.  The animals, as well as mankind needs us all to pitch in.  Think about it next time you have trash….

Favorite color?

Did you know that most people’s favorite color is blue?  I am surprised that white did not get votes.  Wait a minute…duh..it is totally plain.  I think that most kids chose blue because blue is an awesome color.  Blue is so great because of all our natural resources that are blue.  You know, water, sky, turquoise…all blue.  I am suprised that not many people like green.  Green is an earthy color, but not too popular.  Yellow received many votes, you know the color of bees is something kids like.  Orange was not well liked.  Now me, I love orange.  Orange is a cool color, and the fruit is good for you too!

“Woofs of Wisdom”

Every morning, Dr. G gives us her “Words of Wisdom”.  These words are helpful, but since we are Timberwolves, we had another idea.  The Yearbook class is looking for some “Woofs of Wisdom” What exactly is that??  Well, you know those sayings that teachers say to you…”Do it right the first time”. Or, “make good choices”  “Use your time wisely”, and “Pick up after yourself”.  How about sayings that older students tell younger kids?  Such as, “Make way for the eighth graders” and “We will stuff you in the locker if you don’t listen to us”.  Write an appropriate “Woof of Wisdom” on a piece of paper, include your name as well as the person’s name that always says the phrase, and you could have your wisdom in the 2010 yearbook.  “Use your heart as well as your mind”  Be wise, save your words for those far younger and less wiser.  Also, you will become a published author.


Does the Journalism Club have a faculty advisor?  Does anyone over the age of 13 read these issues before they are published?  Is this an accurate sampling of the writing skills of middle school students across America?  Are our kids learning anything in school?  Does this all come down to a funding issue?  If so, here’s my “Woof of Wisdom”: “Spend school funds teaching kids to write instead of wasting our precious dollars publishing ridiculous newspapers.”

And to think I actually tried to get Mr. T to join the Journalism Club.  Sigh.

13 Responses to “Woof to the wise”

  1. Susan M at 2:44 pm #

    Haha. Wow I figured it was elementary school!

  2. madhousewife at 3:06 pm #

    That newspaper made my heart hurt.

  3. Amanda D at 4:43 pm #

    I know that here (in our K-5 school) they put so much emphasis on the subjects that are regularly tested (writing is only tested once for fourth graders) that they don’t spend much time on writing, therefore the writing stinks. Now, they are trying to figure out how to fix that.

  4. Alison Wonderland at 8:10 pm #

    I feel a little less wiser for having read that.

  5. Migillicutty at 9:12 pm #

    Hee hee… I don’t write like that, but text talk has sunk so deeply into their brains that most teenagers do. 🙂

  6. foo4luv at 6:56 am #

    I think I lost a few brain cells reading that. Yikes. I have to agree with you — Where the heck is the adult advisor?

  7. Julie at 7:20 am #

    You have to admit, though, it was entertaining.

  8. Flipflopmama at 8:38 am #

    Wow. Just wow.

  9. tawnya at 9:04 am #

    That just…hurts.

  10. kamilli vanilli at 2:40 pm #

    I think the best thing they could’ve done to Go Green is not print that pathetic excuse for a school newspaper in the first place. Save a tree and a parent’s broken heart….abolish the school newspaper!!

  11. Boquinha at 1:07 pm #

    LOL @ kamillii vanilli’s comment. Spot on.

    Yikes. Just yikes.

  12. Patience at 1:48 pm #

    Maybe you should share some Woofs of Wisdom with someone at the school about the abysmal quality of their students’ writing. I always thought the kids on the newspaper were the ones with the best writing skills.

  13. Boquinha at 1:58 pm #

    That reminds me. Are they seriously encouraging kids to use their own names as well as those of older jerk students who are rude to them? In the yearbook? For all to see? What?????

    Can you imagine?

    John Jones says, “We will shove your head in a toilet if you don’t do what I say.” Sincerely, Molly Smith

    Brilliant, right? Um, hello?

    Or maybe I misunderstood what the author was trying to say in that section. That’s entirely possible. But hey, he or she is a published author!

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