Are schools fair to working parents?

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Are schools fair to working parents?
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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 2:38pm

I said parents because I think that working dads miss out even more than the moms do when it comes to school activites.

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Tue, 04-03-2012 - 1:17pm
Yeah, competition seems to be taboo in these days with the "everyone's a winner" philosophy.;) Field day is probably a good thing if it gets kids outside playing though, and mine always seemed to have fun.
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Tue, 04-03-2012 - 1:04pm

That sounds fun!

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Tue, 04-03-2012 - 8:20am
One of my kids' schools had a very well done field day - each grade had their assigned afternoon outside and classes had their own team name, color and tshirts. Classrooms competed against eachother and it was structured really well, I have not seen anything since.

 

 

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Tue, 04-03-2012 - 8:01am
Kindergarten when I was a kid was what PreK is now and I do remember holiday parties and dressing up for Halloween, etc. The closest to "field day" I remember were big sister/little sister events in high school (hs freshmen got paired up with hs seniors for picnics, other activities throughout the year).. I agree with you that good behavior was expected of you and so was atttendance, There were no awards for that.

 

 

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 7:41pm

When I was a kid Field Day was probably all day, I don't remember.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 5:36pm
Maybe I would have liked it better as a kid than I did as an adult watching it. Fortunately for me, not that many parents were able to make it since it was a day-long event. A lot of us just showed up a little early for pickup so we could see the last half-hour. After the first year, that was plenty for me!
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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 4:43pm

I'm in my mid 40's and there were room mothers when I was growing up and major events planned by the PTA each year.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 10:08am

We did field day at my elementary school when I was a kid.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 9:37pm
LOL....That's what I was thinking.
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Sun, 04-01-2012 - 5:08pm
ochamsrazor wrote:

I went to school in the 60's and 70's and our moms didn't come to school unless there was a problem or a field trip or a concert but those were at night so dads could attend.

I don't think mothers felt the need to validate themselves back then.

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