April 03, 2006

The Value of a REAL Education

According to a news report, a certain school in Garden City, MI was
recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were
beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the washroom. That was
fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to
the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.

Every night, the maintenance man would remove them and the next day,
the girls would put them back.

Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. He called
all the girls to the washroom and met them there with the maintenance
man. He explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem
for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night.

To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, he asked
the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required.

He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned
the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.


There are teachers, and then there are Educators.

Posted by GM Roper at April 3, 2006 06:08 AM | TrackBack

GM, This is SO cool! I could just imagine the expressions of the girls.

We need less "head in the clouds" seminars and way too many meetings and instead more common sense educators.

All Hail to the principal (and the principle) of this story.

Posted by tad at April 3, 2006 06:35 AM

Breaking through to the young takes simple but complete methods.

Posted by Michael at April 3, 2006 07:38 AM

Next, they can let them lick ash trays to see what boys think about kissing girls who smoke.

Posted by Woody at April 3, 2006 09:22 AM

Woody, that's gross. I think I'd rather kiss a smoker. Well, maybe not! LOL

Posted by GM Roper at April 3, 2006 12:16 PM

I have twin girls, age 17, and I know what this mess can be like, their mother is a Mary Kay pinko... She's my EX by the way, and when the girls were about 12 they were looking more like clowns than young ladies...

I wish I had thought of this...

Posted by TexasFred at April 3, 2006 12:59 PM

I took it one step further and taught my girls to respect themselves WITHOUT all the face paints and makeup and goop. LOL
Makeup, to me, is a mask. It covers who we really are and we don't need it. If you like yourself as you are, you don't need nor want it.

They don't wear makeup and they get along just fine in this cruel plastic world we have created.

GM so good to see you have moved into your new home with such ease (at least I hope it was with ease LOL)

Posted by Raven at April 3, 2006 02:24 PM


Posted by DADvocate at April 3, 2006 07:36 PM

Now that's what I call reflective teaching.

Posted by Ben USN (Ret) at April 3, 2006 08:50 PM

That presentation definitely kicked butt on the usual graphs and theory, the success rate tells all, LOL!

Posted by Seth at April 4, 2006 05:24 AM

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