Monday, February 23, 2015

Of Interest

It seems that when the temperatures drop down into the teens, the children at John L. Edwards Primary School are not sent outdoors to play during recess. That seems reasonable enough, but the activity provided as a substitute for outdoor play--crowding into a room to watch television--is a cause for concern among parents. It was the topic of discussion at the last school board meeting, as reported by Jeanette Wolfberg in the Columbia Paper: "Hudson asks: What's playing at recess . . . and why?"

The HCSD Board of Education meets again tonight at 7 p.m. at Hudson High School, following a public hearing at 6 p.m. about school tax breaks for veterans.


  1. We are so doomed.

    Good for those parents though, for talking an interest in the welfare of everyone's children.

  2. Daytime television is pretty dismal...then again, perhaps "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" might be very educational.

  3. I was a teacher's aide many years ago and when it was too cold, the kids were brought into the "small gym" across from the office and cartoons were shown..Never daytime TV.

    1. To be fair, if you read the article, you will find that the kids are not watching soap operas or Oprah or whatever is on TV in the afternoon, they are watching "PBS educational videos."

    2. Ah, that's what they're saying! but two weeks ago the children watched "Toy Story 2," and the week before they watched "Frozen."

      What the article also fails to report is that there'd have been no change in programming (even the merely purported change) without the efforts of these same concerned parents.

      Thus, the Columbia Paper article is part white-wash.

  4. PS...Really! How many times in the course of the year are the children kept inside? If a child get 20 minutes recess it is a lot. How can you get legos or board games started/completed in that kind of time frame? Let's not strain out gnats and swallow camels...