The truth hurts over a tee shirt

08 Aug

It seems that many Americans don’t want to see the truth when it hits them in the eyes, and political correctness spoke up once again.

Parents/adults who refuse to see the truth in front of their eyes were outraged when the Children’s Place dared to sell a going-back-to-school “kid-size tee” shirt that said “My Best Subjects” are: Shopping, Music, Dancing and Math. There was a check box in front of each item and only three were checked.

Guess which one wasn’t checked.

The truth hurt so much that “nearly 3,000 outraged comments” hit the company’s Facebook page “along with a barrage of angry tweets.”  Source: Yahoo! Shine

The company, of course, pulled the tees and apologized. Cowards!

Parents—who support teachers and do what they can at home to help their children earn an education through hard work—should not be offended. In fact, those parents should have laughed.

I think anyone who was outraged was slapped in the face with guilt for not supporting teachers and education which is the real explanation for the high drop-out rate in America’s public high schools; the embarrassing functional illiteracy rate in America, and the fact that the average American child and teen talks to his or her parents less than five minutes a day while spending several hours a day dividing his or her time between shopping, hanging out with friends, watching TV, listening to music, and dancing to the stars while dreaming of fame and fortune, playing video games, social networking, texting—need I saw more.

Parents need to talk to children at least a half hour a day while eating a family dinner together in the same room where tablets, lap tops, iPads, and cell phones are banned.

What the Children’s Place should have done was leave the check-off boxes empty and let the teachers fill them out in December right before Christmas. And another box is needed for homework.

Then the children should be required to wear those checked-off tees until the next report card. We could call it the good-parenting reminder report card. What do you think?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to kill Americans.

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2 responses to “The truth hurts over a tee shirt

  1. chang and carson

    August 10, 2013 at 11:41

    On Sept. 1, 2013, parents will have a new report card to review — a report card for their public school. Thanks to the efforts of legislators, the State Office of Education and many others, Utah’s public schools will begin receiving grades based on their performance. I applaud this new approach and believe it will lead to significant, positive changes in our public education system.

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      August 11, 2013 at 07:18

      Is this “new report card” based on the performance of the students or the schools, because both are one and the same? The performance of the students is linked to the school and without parent support and students who pay attention in class, do the classwork, do the homework, study for tests/quizzes and read outside of the reading assigned in school by teachers usually based on required reading mandated by the state, student performance—on average—will make the school review look bad.

      Is that the teachers and school’s fault or the parents and the students?

      For example, if we took the students from a top performing school and swapped them with students from a poor performing school but left the teachers in place, the performance for each school would change too. The top performing school would plunge and become a poor performing school and the poor performing school would sky-rocket to a top performing school. The moral of the teachers would also change and I’d be willing to bet that many of the teachers in the school that was once a high performing school would quit, transfer to another school or change school districts.

      Did you know that studies show that 80% of high school graduates who do not go on to college never read a book again? Why? Because their parents did not instill in them a love of reading at an early age before the child started school. That hate for reading follows them their entire lives. Reading is not fun when parents did nothing to teach their child it was fun when the child was younger than age five.

      Finland has one of the top three public school systems in the world and kids there start going to school at age seven. What is the difference, you might not ask? The difference is that parents, almost university, start teaching their children to read as early as age three so by age seven not only do the children enjoy reading but they are literate when they start attending school at age seven.

      School report cards should report student performance and blame the parents and students when children and/or teens show no improvement in school. The reason children/teens do not improve is because they don’t read, don’t study, don’t cooperate, disrupt the learning environment. Why can they get away with this? Because too many American’s blame everything on the teachers an nothing on the parents and children.


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