Olympia, Washington ; Reeves middle school should have gotten a new education on human behaviours by their students on this passed Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. When some of their students were practicing doing the ” Heil Hitler” salutes during the pledge of allegiance, also they were calling each other “Nazis”. The school said ” The students behaviours appears to be tied to the video game called ” Call of duty / Black Ops!” Because of this happening the ” Zombie dress-up day” has been canceled for this Nov. 23, 2011. It took what ? Oh ya! Nazi gestures during the pledge of allegiance, had to happen to get the best educators money could buy, to see a problem with the ideas of a Zombie dress-up day celebrations? And just before the thanksgiving day holiday celebration. So what is wrong with this picture?
” There’s a lot of material in there that’s inappropriate for younger kids, who take things differently than adults!” Brian Morrill said.
Spokesman Ryan Betz said ” As you can imagine that behaviour is not appropriate or tolerated in our schools!”
Lets not go off the deep end with the video game just yet. Yes the game has zombies that are dead nazi’s zombies of yester years. Nor should we get upset with the kids for doing just what they did. They were copying the game with what they knew. Hay zombies did this in the game so that’s what zombies do I guess? To have a real problem with the kids actions because they may not have known about the history of these nazi zombies, is just premature, or looking for an excuse by the school officials.
The real problems is with the school administers, and the merchants of education ( Teachers )! First they did not know their students for what they liked and what they didn’t. Also they didn’t know what they do while away from school in free time. I don’t think that’s to unreasonable, to know your age groups of kids and what is popular with them away from school. You know the quote ” Know your enemy’s.” No! I don’t believe that kids should be looked at as enemy’s. But just how do these merchants of education expect to inspire learning if they are totally out of touch with their subjects? The students! After all they are in charge of teaching them! Not training parrots to mimic their teachers. But to inspire critical thinking at their level, as well helping them to learn new things along the way.
The people who came up with a zombie dress-up day just before Thanksgiving. Gives the wrong impression to young and impressionable minds within these kids. Zombies and Halloween go together, not Thanksgiving. Oh! If you-all didn’t know about the video zombies? You would have. If you knew just what kids liked to do.
Just what is it with celebrations in schools these days? We are just too political correct to do us more good, then harm! As well, giving the wrong education to our kids by our examples, actions or the lack there of. Just the facts people! Like it or not. It is what it is!
Just how can these administrators say” there are lots of inappropriate things”, implying that the game is at fault. Wrong! parents who buy their kids these types of games? Maybe! But it’s not up to the school to be the moral compass for everyone. They are educators first and last. To then target the behaviours of the kids? Well the blame should be shared with that point. Most of all with this situation, the most important thing is “Wrong planing for a zombie dress-up day!” This was planed by who? The kids? Just who has the most responsibility here?
I believe that we as a society, are obsess with political correctness. It is as if we are trying to erase the offensive behaviours of people in general. Yet all the while forgetting that we can only make some of the people happy some of the time. It is plain impossible to make all of the people happy all of the time. Thin skinned complainers, who only focus on the negative in life will always be offended by something. Those misguided political correct types who only would try to erase that which offends the thin-skinned, will only offend someone else in the posses. With these kind of examples that we give to our kids of whom we teach. These examples will only accomplish focussing on the wrong things in life.
Example: Zombie dress-up day for Thanksgiving. Plain wrong! Zombies and Halloween… better match.
Example: Marry Christmas used to be the official greeting between people after Thanksgiving. After all, it is the Christmas shopping season during this time of the year. But then political correctness came to town, this changed to happy holidays. With that change came no more christmas trees, now the holiday trees. It could go on, and on. But you get the picture I’m sure? How many kids know that the majority of this country is or has christian believes? Believe what you like, or don’t believe at all !!! To each their own. But when we apply political correctness to our celebrations that we have or share through out the year with each other. We just shouldn’t offend the majority for the purpose of removing the offence that the minority may have with it all. To remove all the offences for everyone just the same, is just to erase society as a whole.
celebrate our freedoms we all have by excepting our differences. Teach critical thinking on every level of learning. Most of all realize that every thing we do in our actions is teaching someone else by the examples we set.
Were the actions of these kids in this story wrong ,with their zombie behaviours? Make no doubt of it! Were the merchants of education wrong with promoting a celebration of zombies dress-up day without having the understandings and knowledge of the kids in general? You bet!
Sounds to me like everyone, the kids, and the merchants of education, needs some more learning brought into practice through critical thinking. That will benefit everyone in the long run. Besides teaching kids without critical thinking, creates the next generation of really good trained parrots, with the only knowledge that they will have on display is to mimic the past wizards of wisdom! For the good, or bad, or indifferent.
We should all have the quest of searching out truth where ever we can find it! Remembering all along the way that ” The truth has no agenda too it!”
Students’ Nazi gestures cause cancellation of zombie dress-up day http://shar.es/ouQqO
All the best!