Wednesday Hodgepodge 135

1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?

I can’t imagine my kids being away at college before cellphones and online chats. Technology is definitely something to be thankful for but only when it’s for efficiency and convenience though. I’m not sure I appreciate how invasive technology has become and how it’s taking over our personal interactions.

2. How ’bout one way it’s changed for the worse?

For one thing, manners seem to be a thing of the past. Parents and schools should be teaching this stuff, or so I thought, but from the way some people (not all) are behaving these days, it really makes me wonder. For instance, many of my students never bother greeting me or thanking me after class. In my day, we always greeted and thanked our teachers, always! When I ask my students why they don’t say ‘thank you’, I’m told their parents tell them they don’t have to thank me since they’re paying me. I don’t know what these parents are teaching their kids but I think it’s just plain wrong!

3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks…your favorite ‘star’?

Stars dotting the night sky.

4. Name a song that’s overplayed, but you love it anyway.

I don’t listen to the radio.

5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?

Never attempted homemade ice cream because we don’t eat a lot of it. My favorite though is cookies and cream.

6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?

I think it’s important to praise people when they’re doing good because it motivates them to try even harder. I don’t know what’s with punishing school kids for trivial stuff like forgetting to bring their books, or for not scoring a high enough grade. This only motivates the child to lie to cover up stuff and cheat in tests (which many parents either don’t know about, refuse to acknowledge or think it’s okay!) which are the very things these kids should be punished for. But I digress 😀 .

7. When was the last time you were without power?

Not sure but I hate when it happens.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My to-do list just got longer. Wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day. Have a super Wednesday, thanks for commenting and hope to see ya back soon 😀 .

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  • Joyce

    Your comment reminded me of the time I was lectured by a teacher at my daughter’s middle school. My daughter left a book in her locker that she needed for homework, and I drove her back to get it. She was always a good student, and rarely did something like this. The teacher literally gave me a lecture. I finally said, ‘Have you ever gotten to work, and realized you left something you needed at home?” She got quiet after that. I understand kids who make a habit of it need to suffer the consequences, but this was a one time thing. Sorry for the rant…I haven’t forgotten it I guess : )

  • Zoanna

    Whaaat?? A parent would tell a kid they don’t have to thank someone because they’re PAYING them?? Oh, that’s just awful. But I do understand. Even during Teacher Appreciation Week (and I was a volunteer art teacher last year) only ONE parent thanked me for teaching. A little encouragement and a little DIScouragement does as well. I wonder what would happen if the President declared a National Encouragement Day. Not Thanksgiving (we have that). Jesus said, “Encourage one another while it is called Today.” Let’s do it!

  • Nikki

    Wow that sounds so rude coming from students! ;/ Its unfortunate really.. what ever happened to respect the authority! I hear my neighbor call her parents by their first names! :Gasp: