Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Huh?

At 5:00 a.m. my alarm clock went off and I reached over to hit the ‘snooze’. I then found the remote halfway under my pillow and switched on the TV. As I lay there, I contemplated getting up or dozing for the nine minutes until the alarm would sound again. My mind was made up for me when I heard the following being reported on the news: “12 Year Old Wins Car for Perfect Attendance”. A 12 year old girl’s name was randomly chosen out of almost 190,000 children who had perfect attendance. This prize was given for perfect attendance for a three month period. Huh? Not even the whole school year.

Apparently the Chicago Public School system is giving out prizes as incentives for kids to show up to class. I can say I get that. But a car? And to a 12 year old? Don’t you think free passes to Great America or the museum would be more appropriate?

What do you think?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Truth is stranger than fiction. The truth also makes the best jokes. You know that a lot of the stuff I've written about is true because no one could have possibly made it up.

Anonymous said...

I saw this in the newspaper this morning, and thought "huh?" too. I don't get it either. I guess the Chicago public schools are just that happy when the kids show up - LOL!

Unknown said...

Now if only the Chicago Schools could afford metal detectors, updated books and computers.

Seriously?! I'm right on track with you...their budget is so skewed. WTF?!

Michael C said...

I got Dodger tickets in my senior year of high school for my perfect attendance. And they were the crappy seats.

Anonymous said...

A car is probably a little inappropriate for a 12 year old. I'm sure 12 year olds these days would rather have the cash.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Oh, wow. A car. For three months' attendance. I had ten years of perfect attendance and got... squat.

What a rip.