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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr. Seuss never wrote about a duck

So at my school, there's a huge hubub about Dr. Seuss' birthday on Friday. Seriously, more precedence has been given to this event than any standardized test in recent memory. I won't go into all the details, but what really irked me today was that we were sent an email that had an attachment, a certificate saying ___________ from __________'s class participated in Read across America.

In that email, we were asked to pass out one of these certificates to each student on Friday after reading a Dr. Seuss book (oh, and it HAS to be done at 10:00; no other time is acceptable -- but that's another matter).

I don't know if the intention was that each teacher would use their own personal computers to print out the required number of certificates, or if the thought was that we would all bum rush Kinko's to get the copies made, but most of us turn in our copies to the work room to be made. (We used to have the power and authority to make our own copies on the school copier -- but that's another matter.)

So, thinking to myself that it was pretty ridiculous for every teacher in the school to turn in the same copy request for the same certificate, I took it upon myself to respond to the email (and of course, I replied to "ALL" because that's just how I roll).

This is the email I sent:

The certificates will be copied and provided to our classes, right? I imagine that Dr. Seuss himself would have said something like:

It makes no sense that I can see
To have each teacher come say, "Please?"
You know the numbers that we need,
To pass out so that we can read.

Thank you,


I then sat back and waited to be congratulated on my wit and/or reprimanded for my insolence.

Towards the end of the day, our principal sent out an email saying that teachers did not need to worry about submitting copy requests because the suggestion would be taken that the office print everything out for us.


This was followed ten minutes later by a correction email saying that because a couple of teachers had already submitted their copy request, we would all be required to submit our own copy request.


And THIS, I think, is why Dr. Seuss never wrote a story about a duck. Too tempting to use a child-unfriendly rhyme...


Tales From The Others said...

I must confess! I believe I am the only elementary librarian that is not in the love with Dr. Suess. I can see the humor and fun in his stories, but other then that I could care less. I just dont get why some people are so obsessed with him. I myself will not be reading Dr. Suess on Friday!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it pays to work in a high school. =)

Mister Teacher said...

I've always liked Dr. Seuss! This just seems a bit much...

Miss Angel said...

ROFLMAO! Also, in agreement with "Tales From The Others," I am luke warm about Dr. Seuss too. Many of his stories are not really that child-friendly. They use a lot of nonsense words, are long, and are hard to follow! As a person who has had to read Dr. Seuss stories out loud during Language Arts all week, I know. Some stories are better than others. I've always loved "One Fish Two Fish," for instance, and "Fox In Socks." But I don't think Seuss was a genius! There are plenty of other children's authors I think have done better!
Sorry if anyone loves Dr. Seuss. No offense or anything. ;)

Anonymous said...

I am yet another who refused to read anything Dr. Seuss today. I do enjoy some of his books, but as far as "his Day" goes - I don't understand all the hype either. I thinnkn my students got enough green eggs and ham in Kindergarten, first and second grade... :)

kris said... - still loved the thought though :)

Mister Teacher said...

Well then, I stand corrected! :)