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Friday, March 14, 2008

Skeptical Society?

I'm over at Cribsheet today talking about what I'm sure will turn into a very controversial subject.

So, what's your take? And hey, I know that there are people from my school (both parents and staff) that read this, I especially want your two cents.
I know in my heart that man is good.
That what is right will always eventually triumph.
And there's purpose and worth to each and every


Blogger Michael-Sarah-Greta-Calla said...

samara...i miss you too! and a good cribsheet...i think taking help from other people means that you lose control...and it's hard to not be the one in control. you want to give's hard receiving...that is my issue for sure! let's talk soon...i'm around next week and then we're on a little vacation. we need a catch up though. and really, the post of henry dancing. i watch it over & over it makes me laugh so hard...greta loves it too! love you friend! sarah

March 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone helped me a while back when I was dealing with an over-tired, crying child, and a full grocery cart. I had dropped my purse and the contents had scattered everywhere. She came up to me, and asked very kindly, "would you like some help?" And my first instinctual thought? 'No, my wallet is on the floor and you could take it'. This was followed immediately by such a sense of guilt, and I accepted her help, but with a vague sense of shame.

I'm not sure what to say about the background checks. Yes, I completely agree with your point of view that it might drive some parents away, but I don't know how else as a society we can protect out children in what should be the safest place ever- their schools. Such a hard call, balancing the needs to safety with the reality of life.

March 15, 2008 at 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting topic over at cribsheet today.
Personally, I would probably be the first to offer help to another mom, but also one of the last to accept it. I tend to be pretty cautious as well and I truly believe that you should listen to your first instinct in a situation like that.
As far as the criminal background check in the schools, I have mixed opinions on that. I do think it is probably meant with good intentions, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I would want my husbands drunken joyride thru a cornfield over 20 years ago to disqualify him from taking an active roll in our childrens education, nor would I want everyone else to know about it. Boys do sometimes do some pretty stupid things when they are 18.
I would be curious to know what kinds of violations they check for and if they check for records in any other state besides Minnesota. I have heard of sex offenders that are mandated to register relocating to another state since they are only required to register in the state in which the offence was committed. Not sure what the protocol for that would be, but I would definitely be curious to know what would qualify or disqualify someone from volunteering in their childs classroom.

March 15, 2008 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous SSnyder said...

Samara, I just wanted to add my 2 cents as you were so kind to let me in on your blog. First of all I think that we are spending way to much money on frivolous items for schools. I am all for protecting our children but I think that a background check goes to far for a volunteer. Why is it that the few bad people ruin it for all of the good people. How many people come in to volunteer that aren't parents of a student? We are all willing to let our children go to birthday parties and sleepovers with these people and we don't do background checks on them. This just seems like a huge waste of money. If we have the money in our budget to spend on a background check company why are we doing so many cuts. I would like to see our society focus on the possitive. If we give trust we will be rewarded. We can't continue to go around punishing everyone for the few bad people. Let's raise the bar and let the good people rise to the top!

March 18, 2008 at 9:53 AM  

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