You are correct, no child that age should have a facebook page!
I find it interesting that the news anchors seem to find this is such a joke, and make light of it.
Actually Facebook rules say that a person has to be 13 to have an account, and they will enforce it and delete an account if they find out.
I completely agree. I have not even let my 16 year old have one.
February 21, 2014 at 10:23am
Thanks Free! Although I believe immigrants should learn English and I’m opposed to illegal immigration, we have to realize that this is a diverse country. Not everyone can speak English, yet. We cannot allow people to be treated this way. Are we not better than that as Americans? I’m ashamed by what some people have posted. I know some claim to be Christians. Katie, good for you for helping others! I liked reading your story.
February 20, 2014 at 4:08pm
With all do respect, you don’t know anything about her or why she was here or how long! Maybe she was trying to learn English. It takes time, you know. I lived in Germany for a while and could not speak the language well enough to have been able to file a police report either. She very well may have been an illegal, or someone living off the government refusing to learn English. I don’t know. The point is she was murdered along with her precious children and she shouldn’t have been! Don’t prejudge until you know the facts.
Google Translate. Type in Spanish, comes out in English. She obviously didn't try hard enough to protect her kids. That I do know.
I agree with GetRight. I was a missionary in Queens and most Spanish speakers knew some English or were learning it. We even taught English classes, which were always well-attended. While I was in Queens, my missionary partner and I helped a woman and her daughter file a domestic abuse report with the police because while her English was fine, her accent was heavy. The officers were rude and condescending and nearly refused to help her until I argued with them that if I could understand her, they could too. Except in this case, she was Chinese, not Hispanic. Queens is the most diverse area in the US and the police force must deal with that, whether we all agree with it or not.
GetRight and katiefrankie,
You two and a few others in the comments section still have humanity in you. Thw numbers are dwindling. Good to see, though.
FreeUsAll - thanks. I'm a firm believer in learning the language of my host country. I'm ALSO a firm believer in helping others, and that the NYPD experiences I've had were unsatisfactory at best. If you want help in NYC, you have to fight for it and be an @$$hole. It's really the only language they speak! I stood up to the snarky cops who wouldn't listen to my distraught, but English-speaking Chinese friend. If I can make out her words (and I don't speak Mandarin!), they can try!
On another occasion, we missionaries had to intervene in a possible suicide attempt. When I had to reconnect to 911 but didn't know the name of the officer I had spoken to previously, the dispatcher gave me what-for....that is, until I busted out my fluent "New York" and told her that she could either waste time giving me attitude, or we could help someone who was about to drive her boss's car off a bridge. So what if I had never intervened in a suicide attempt before?! Quit wasting everyone's time with your attitude and connect me back to the officer I was talking to, lady! And she did.
So I guess I'm actually fluent in 4 languages - my own, English; Spanish; Italian; and NY @$$hole.
Thanks Free! Although I believe immigrants should learn English and I'm opposed to illegal immigration, we have to realize that this is a diverse country. Not everyone can speak English, yet. We cannot allow people to be treated this way. Are we not better than that as Americans? I'm ashamed by what some people have posted. I know some claim to be Christians. Katie, good for you for helping others! I liked reading your story.
February 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
Come on Blaze!!!! This is NOT news. I get that you want some entertaining stories but this is ridiculous. I am finding myself going to other websites for news and information because you are really dropping the ball here. I am finding more and more of these stupid stories on here and now I usually just scan the site read a few stories and then go elsewhere. I use to read almost every story daily! I hate having to say this because I have been a part of theBlaze since the beginning and a huge fan of Beck. Don’t dumb down to the masses or you will loose the rest of us and become a junk news site. I’d hate to see that happen.
@GetRight-I'm right there with you. The Blaze is burning.
I can't afford my own newsite!-
February 16, 2014 at 11:29am
Common Core was just implemented last year in most states and maybe two years ago in some states. In my opinion this is about willful ignorance and has been going on for generations. We have amazing amounts of information at our finger tips, yet most choose to remain ignorant. I am amazed all the time how people do not know very basic things or current events. There are even educated, successful people who choose not to know what is going on in the world.
February 16, 2014 at 11:13am
Very true. They also do not know where the government gets the money they hand out to them.
February 14, 2014 at 10:29am
Believe it or not the “slur” was “hey Persian” lol.
February 12, 2014 at 12:58am
Haha! Yes! I haven’t watched that show in forever but I did see that episode. Lol
February 12, 2014 at 12:49am
I’m not totally disagreeing with you Raydoc and DumbAussie. I do think it’s silly to not let the kids address the cards in higher grades, but this is kindergarten so I can understand that it would be too difficult with a room full of 5-6 year olds who can’t read. I do think there is rampant pc nonsense in our schools and society at large. I definitely think that kids should be rewarded for performance and competition should be encouraged. Failure is as important as success in many ways. We are shaped by our experiences, good or bad. I do believe, however, that we must teach our children how to treat others. We don’t just throw them out there and let the world shape them. Humans are selfish by nature. It is our job to teach our children manners, kidness, respect, etc. I just think that V-day is a time to teach a valuable lesson of kidness and respecting the feelings if others. That’s all. I think you both make a good point about letting kids experience success, failure, acceptance, rejection, and hurt feelings. That I can agree with. I guess I just believe the lesson of kidness is the one to be learned on Valentine’s day (which I think is a dumb holiday, anyway).
February 11, 2014 at 1:09pm
And she goes to a Catholic School!! What did Jesus say about loving people? Hmmm, I forgot.
February 11, 2014 at 1:07pm
Raydocx, I think you are really stretching things a bit. There are plenty of opportunities for a child to be let down and learn that life is not fair. In large part that is part of our responsibility as parents. I don’t think letting a child get left out on Valentine’s day is the time to teach that lesson. Somehow I think you would have a totally different opinion if your daughter came home in tears because she didn’t get any cards on V-day. Kids need to be taught kindness. They are prone to mistreating children for various reasons. Would you want the handicap kid excluded? The shy kid? The one that isn’t smart? Your own child? Plus, don’t you teach your daughter to be nice to the students in her class, even the unpopular ones?
February 11, 2014 at 11:30am
Monk, are you serious? I hope that was a joke.
February 11, 2014 at 11:28am
I don’t get what the big deal is. That has ALWAYS been the rule, even when I was a kid. I have two young kids in school and would never let them exclude a child. It’s just a Valentine’s card. It teaches them to be kind to all the kids, even the ones they don’t like. Trust me I am no fan of political correctness and hate the whole everyone gets a trophy nonsense but excluding the nerdy kids or the ugly kid is just wrong.
I agree...this is not new. I did it this way all through school and my kids do it now. I don't have a problem with this one.
Exactly what I was thinking. When I was a child, the teacher sent home a class roster and we addressed a card to each student. It was handled the same way when my children were in elementary school. No biggie.
Yeah, if you want to offer a more personal note to one person you make sure their name is on the outside of the card so that you give it to the right person. Keep the contents private no matter what you did or didn't get. No one knows what was written on the inside of the card(s), so you can be personal/sweet to someone and hand everyone else a Wal-Mart card.
As long as everyone keeps what they get to themselves, no one knows how many generic cards vs personal ones are handed out. Bragging can make people feel bad, and showing off something intended to be between the two of you can be a betrayal of trust. Kids need to learn such things young.
How about these rules:
If you give out cards, everyone gets one and some (or none) may be personalized. All cards have a name on the outside. The cards can be handed out just before the kids go home; no one is to open them before then or talk about the contents with each other. If someone only got generic cards, they are with their family for comfort/support if they need it.
Agreed, Valentines aren't trophies, they're tokens of affection. No one is getting an unearned reward here, it's just good manners to be kind to everyone.
Absolutely! When I was a kid, that was just a given. And a few years back when my kids were in elementary and gave valentines out, I would never have even thought of not buying enough for all and making sure I had a list of all the kids names (TO WRITE ON THEM) because otherwise it is not personal.
(Also always tried to have a box of sweethearts or a heart sucker taped on.)
Why would parents Not be sending one for all? What has happened to people.
When kids are middle and high school and it is not a class activity as in elementary, then they can just give gifts to close friends.
Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, we did it the way you described, so I'm not against 'everyone gets a card'. I do disagree with 'no names on the envelope' though. The kids are going to sign the cards with their name. They should be able to avoid, even in the early primary school grades, being a guy giving another guy a flowery or big hearted Valentine, or a girl being able to give her crush a pretty one, rather than it going to another girl, or the boy who sits in the corner spending reading time eating his boogers.
I had the same. teacher gave us the class list. Mom would buy a big box of assorted cards. I would choose masculine cards for the boys and feminine ones for the girls.
No big deal.
There's a ton of PC crap going on in schools, but I agree that this is not one of them. Maybe not the "no names" thing, but I think the other thing everyone is missing is this is kindergarten.. Much easier on everyone to have a uniform valentine! Once they get a little older and can actually write better, maybe allow them to be more personal. I also do not think (this is my opinion) that they are picking up on the boy/girl, cute/ugly thing yet. They react more to nice or mean. A little older and the outside opinions start to have some influence on this. Get to middle school and it's full gear...
Perhaps the kids that don't get valentines cards should learn a good lesson, and quit being dicks the rest of the year and they might be more accepted by their peers.
I don't have a problem with this at all. My kids got a list of the whole class and made cards out for each child. Life beats you down enough it doesn't have to start when you are a child.
Just think how you would feel if you were the one that didn't get a card. I understand this teacher's thoughts, this way there in not one child who goes home with hurt feelings. Good for her.
Trophies, no, cards, yes.
GetRight: Agreed!!! My sentiments exactly!
Same for me as a kid, everyone got one on the list the teacher sent. You could give a little candy too back then. (probably not anymore) The cute girls got more candy
Agree totally. My thoughts, too, as I was reading all this stuff. When I was a child, we wouldn't even think of ignoring anyone -- would never enter our minds. Same for my childen - when they took valentines (and it was a pretty important thing!) they made sure they had enough for everyone.
I am not for every kid gets a trophy and we can't make a steady diet of protecting every single persons feelings. But I agree with GetRight. I'm 65 and in 4th grade we had a girl who was very poor, didn't bathe or have clean clothes. Not much to look at either. She was left out of everything, but at Valentine our teacher told us we had to give a Valentine to everyone. I think it made that little girl's year. This is a good example of how one size doesn't fit all and teachers must be allowed to teach.
I agree. I usually side with the anti-pc group, but not this time. This isn't about PC, this is about good manners. It has been around forever. I remember my Grandmother make me invite everyone to a party not just the kids I like. Take alook at old TV shows. This is a traditional old world rule on manners. Lighten up people. Not everything is about PC, sometimes its is about displaying a few social skills.
This is exactly how it's done. People need to take a chill pill. Besides managing 2 or 3 kindergardeners who are crying because they didn't get a card or not as many and why doesn't Mary like me is hard on the class as a whole much less the teacher. Everybody or nobody, take your pick...
I get what you are saying. I am pretty confident that the only reason the teacher requested blank envelopes was because in kindergarten, many of the children can't read. When you have 25 children in a class, it's a sensible way to save confusion. My children never wanted me to buy mushy cards for the very reason you stated. They never wanted anyone to get the wrong idea. Parents really need to use common sense -- there are cards available that are not lovey dovey or too flowery.
GetRight I agree. I have 2 children and this is how it has always been on Valentine’s Day and my oldest is 15 so this has been the norm for a long time.
I agree with you. it is not some PC crap it is just what has been the norm for a very long time. These are just little children, why would anyone want any of them to feel hurt.
Exactly! In the first place, it's KINDERGARTEN. In the second place, Valentine's day is a wonderful day to teach basic human KINDNESS! This is not a PC issue, an "everybody gets a trophy" situation--and it's certainly nothing to do with homosexuality, for crying out loud! They're five-years-old!!!
I agree that I am no fan of political correctness, either. This isn't an award ceremony and shouldn't be compared as such. It's happy time and everyone should be included. I remember to this day of a nerdy student who only ended up getting two Valentine cards, out of a class of about thirty students. He burst out crying after all the cards were passed out. Then many of the students had rushed over to him to give him more. Just compare this with being invited to a birthday party but you're not allowed to eat any of the cake or ice-cream.
Your correct, this is how it was when I was a kid also. Lets not start a witch hunt to find PC in everything we see.
Exactly! When I was in elementary school in the 60's and ever since then in this area, this is the rule - EVERYBODY gets a valentine card. It was the same for my kids in a different school system. It teaches kindness, at a very minimal level, but still...
What school systems DON'T do this? I'd be much more concerned by those.
make me gag. My children 'DON'T 'HAVE' TO LIKE EVERYBODY! Are you still traumatized over not getting any cards??
exactly GetRight! not a pc fan either, but this is just standard practice...they're kinders and should be taught kindness and respect with each other. don't understand the issue at all...this is and has always been required of my kids. I wouldn't want them leaving out their "unfavorite" classmates, especially on a "holiday" that is supposed to promote love...come on people.
and the "no name" thing makes it easier for these little guys to get one to everybody...they have quite the time just writing their own name that many times, let alone passing out the correct one to each person and making sure there IS ONE for each person. have you ever been in the class when kinders who can barely read are trying to pass out a bag of 30 of those envelopes...whew! I have and it gets dicey...lol.
nothing wrong with either of these requests...
Well my feeling are really hurt. When I was a child going to elementary school I didn't get a card from every one in class. When I was in middle school I didn't get chosen on the basketball team. I finally grew up and went to college. Never got to play on the basketball team there either. Got my college degree and became a teacher, and lo and behold believe it or not I didn't get a valentine from all my students. And to think I bought snacks for all of them out of my own pocket. I am just so hurt.